Common Treasures

Today and in future articles I will be focussing on cards which are scoring high prices in relation to their rarity. We will start to look at commons, and we will be focussing on the Modern legal ones first, as their price trajectories could potentially be modified by an upcoming release this summer.

Single card prices can vary a lot, but the “acceptable” price ranges for cards are heavily influenced by card rarity. You expect different price ranges for commons than for mythic rares, no matter how overpowered a card is, or how long it has been out of print. Interestingly, due to the amount of product printed of any given set, not all commons are created equal. In fact the commons from some sets are more rare than the rares from other sets if you just look at the total number of respective copies in existence. Therefore the concept of rarities is a little misleading, as it only correctly codifies the rarity of any given card in relation to the set it was printed in, but not in relation to all cards existing. When players engage in trading they often trade a rare card for a rare card and are reluctant to trade a rare for one or multiple uncommons, although rarities neither reflect true quantities, nor actual card prices.

Today and in future articles I will be focussing on cards which are scoring high prices in relation to their rarity. We will start to look at commons, and we will be focussing on the Modern legal ones first, as their price trajectories could potentially be modified by an upcoming release this summer. Modern Masters 2015 will be released May 22 and will contain 249 of Moderns “most iconic cards”. Obviously the most iconic cards in MM2015 will be the rares and mythics, but as Wizards wants the set to be “perfect for exciting draft play” as well, we can reasonably expect that there are going to be many good common reprints in the set as well.

That means that we should try to identify some of the high price commons with reprint potential and sell them now, as a reprint of a common card will definitely reduce its price for quite some time, even if the price recovers in the long run. I personally would not bother to sell my playsets of those cards, as the margin is not big enough to set off the nuisance of not having those cards available for Modern tournaments in the upcoming months. But getting your additional copies from the closet to earn a few extra euros, which you could invest into MM2015, seems very reasonable for the following cards:

Serum Visions

From (EX+): 2,94 €

Price Trend: 4,07 €

Gitaxian Probe

From (EX+): 1,90 €

Price Trend: 2,75 €

Spell Pierce

From (EX+): 0,95 €

Price Trend: 1,70 €

Smash to Smithereens

From (EX+): 1,95 €

Price Trend: 2,65 €

Vines of Vastwood

From (EX+): 0,90 €

Price Trend: 1,78 €

All of these cards are used in high profile Modern constructed decks. None of these cards are creatures, which makes them less likely to make up a large portion of the commons in MM2015, but they all are interesting cards for limited decks nonetheless. Spell Pierce and Smash to Smithereens might just be sideboard material in draft, but with the confirmed Etched Champion hinting at a decent amount of artifacts in the set, they would make sense. Obviously we can not know for sure, which commons will be reprinted and which ones will not. Either way these commons are expensive enough right now, for it to make sense to lock in some profit and sell any extra copies before MM2015 hits the shelves.

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