Commanding Sales

Published on: 2017-08-07
Some of you really liked my recent Commander article.

Some of you really liked my “More C17 info” article, so it makes sense to look at some other cards which might be lurking in your binders or in a box in your closet. With Commander 2017 getting released in 18 days and official previews starting today, the timing is quite fitting as well.

So to be perfectly clear, this article is going to be about selling cards which are priced reasonably high for casual cards. The argument is that with Commander 2017, Iconic Masters, and Masters 25 all on the horizon (all scheduled to be released in the next nine months), now might be the best time to sell all cards which could fit those products. Reprints always hurt card prices, but there is a large difference between reprinting a Modern staple 4-of and a Commander favorite (which can by format definition only be played as a 1-of). Those casual cards tend to lose a lot more of their former value, so it makes sense to sell them now if you ever planned to sell them. In case of a reprint it will take them many years to climb back to their former price. Let's take Damnation as a recent example. It was selling for 30 € before the reprint, now you can easily pick up copies for less than 15 €.

Or look at the Lieges cycle instead. Wilt-Leaf Liege is the strongest card in the cycle. It was even played in Modern for a while before the format moved in a different direction. Deathbringer Liege is much more expensive though. This is the case because Wilt-Leaf has been reprinted once already while Deathbringer has not.

Obviously, you don't need to panic sell all your Commander decks, but most of you probably have stacks and stacks of cards, which you do not currently use in any deck and cashing them in for value now should be better on average than keeping them to sell them at a later point. This only makes sense for cards which cost multiple Euros, not for your 50 cent mythics.

Here are some typical examples:

Big creatures with popular types

Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund

Lord of Extinction

Avacyn, Angel of Hope

Sigarda, Host of Herons

Small creatures with unique and interesting abilities

Bloom Tender

Patron Wizard

Elvish Piper

Later this week I will come up with more examples of these and other categories of cards, which typically see play in the various singleton formats. I suggest to consider selling those and similar cards in the near future.

Do you know any other examples? Comment below!

2 Comentarios

Autor:MKM-Insight(2017-08-08 04:11:53)

Right! I picked the wrong Wizard for my examples. Khalni Hydra is another good example, sure.

Autor:CardPlanetAustria(2017-08-08 00:50:11)

Ertai, Wizard Adept is on the reserved list, right?
Khalni Hydra as an example!?