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  • posted a message on The Immortal Sun and a black Dino
    Quote from void_nothing »
    Wh-what actually is the Immortal Sun?

    Clearly, it's a Triforce.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Homelands Commons - Version 2 - a really weak "Summer Magic?"
    Quote from Stoogeslap »
    Is that really the only difference? The art? Was one art "rarer" than the other? Enough to make a difference?

    'Fraid so. It's not that one is rarer, but typically one is considered "better". Elvish Ranger is the classic example - one version has a male elf that's not terribly detailed, in a very rough art style, and the other version has a female elf that's an airbrushed pinup who's almost busting out of her shirt (I'm curious to see which version comes up with my card tag).

    That said, there were distribution issues in early sets and sometimes one art would be impossible to find locally. I remember busting pack after pack of Alliances, vainly in search of the right art for Benthic Explorers. So that tints expectations.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on Explorers of Ixalan - Full Decklists
    Cool!

    Do we know what the alt-art cards are, other than Blatant Thievery, Jungle Barrier, and Mass Mutiny?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Selling Tropical Island, would you call this Near Mint?
    Quote from Ritious »
    I'm selling this card and I feel its near mint, its not perfect but very close.

    The front is Gorgeous, the back has 6 tiny one dots along outer edge.

    From those photos, sure, I'd call it NM. You're not advertising as gem mint - a couple minute imperfections are allowed. That said, it comes with the usual caveat of "better photos get you more accurate grading".

    Are you considering a private sale, or a sale to a store?
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on Prerelease cards - your opinions?
    Quote from LennX »
    Quote from KnickM »
    That's news to me. Are you talking about "Well, if you have access to a professional plastic-wrap shop, you can easily duplicate it", or "Any Timmy, Jenny, or Spike who watches this YouTube video can reseal the wrap in their basement"? Because I'd buy the first claim but will express a significant amount of skepticism at the second.


    It will be the 1st claim then. Shop owner that I frequent showed me how he's able to do it. Not anyone can do it easily imo

    Fair enough - yeah, if you have professional gear, resealing is quite possible. I don't think that most places are going to bother, since as we've said above it doesn't add much if any premium to the card's price.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on The Legacy Price Discussion Thread
    Quote from Weebo »
    Metalworker is a RL card that sees a fair amount of play in legacy and EDH. It's unlikely to go down in price anytime soon. I wouldn't expect rapid growth on the card but I wouldn't be in any hurry to get rid of it, either. Hold unless you need the money for something else right now.

    Concur, concur, concur! A ban could affect it, but it still won't crater the price as people will just hold until it gets unbanned again. This is a solid HOLD.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on eBay Flash Sale Thread
    Quote from WizardMN »
    I don't know if this coupon code works for everyone, but I got an email from eBay to use this coupon code to get $5 off a $10 purchase.

    I tried it and was unsuccessful.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on Prerelease cards - your opinions?
    Quote from LennX »
    The original plastic wrapper can be resealed
    That's news to me. Are you talking about "Well, if you have access to a professional plastic-wrap shop, you can easily duplicate it", or "Any Timmy, Jenny, or Spike who watches this YouTube video can reseal the wrap in their basement"? Because I'd buy the first claim but will express a significant amount of skepticism at the second.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on Prerelease cards - your opinions?
    So in my eternal quest to clean up my collection (that's not gonna happen until I get some free time and an actual room again), I came across a handful of prerelease promos from the last couple years, all still sealed in plastic. Now, I ran a poll a couple years ago when prerelease cards went from "Oh, there are five factions" to "Almost anything can be a prerelease card", which was soon followed up by "Psych! ANYTHING can be a prerelease card!", and the results were pretty inconclusive. Most people thought that the prerelease cards would be about the same value as a pack foil, and mostly that's borne out. With a few exceptions, most prerelease cards are within 10% of the pack foil versions.

    So, a followup question: does being sealed in the original plastic wrapper add any value to the card? I made an offer to a seller some time recently, and they counteroffered, citing the fact that their copy was sealed as a selling point. But is it really? I can't play with a sealed copy (which, to be fair, may help preserve its condition). It's definitely genuine, because the prerelease stamp and bag seem like too much work to fake if a counterfeiter had already gotten a good copy (why not just try to pass it off as a pack foil?). And there are people who collect sealed product. But is there anyone out there actually collecting sealed prerelease cards? Nobody has ever expressed interest in the ones in my trade binder, so I'm wondering if any of you have ever encountered anyone who specifically wanted sealed prerelease cards and was willing to pay/trade a premium for them (if they're the same price, I'll definitely take the sealed copy because it's less likely to have been scratched). Your thoughts?
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on RPTQ/GP Promos: Noble Hierarch and Mutavault
    So how do I get my hands on these? (Besides the obvious answers of RPTQ and GP) will they be available as entry bonuses that I can 0-1 drop with a deck assembled from IXALAN chaff? I doubt they'd make it a format that caters to my predominantly casual/kitchen table/EDH/limited preferences, or do they? Mostly I want that Mutavault for my 5cc Ur-Dragon Changeling EDH deck without paying through the nose for it.

    Try eBay or TCGPlayer, and try after June. The RPTQ promos are never cheap, but the GP promos are given out like candy. It'll be cheaper to pick one up on the secondary market than to pay the GP entry fee and then drop. The cost ratio is 5:1.
    Quote from Melkor »
    Ooh, Mutavault! Any shot in the dark for what it will push prices to? I am happy with any English version, but I routinely kick myself for not already owning a set.
    GP promos from years past (including popular, playable cards like Griselbrand and Stoneforge Mystic) have typically ended up in the $10-$15 range after the dust settles.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Buy-outs - are things slowing down?
    Quote from Stoogeslap »
    There are some old school Magic cards that are now out of my comfort zone to buy that I have wanted, such as Ali From Cairo, Island of Wak-wak, Forcefield, and Gauntlet of Might. Said cards have been on my Puca Trade wants list for a while.
    Quote from MaximumC »
    I would not hold your breath. The problem with Reserve List buyouts specifically is that:

    (1) The market is smaller, so there's less turnover prompting price competition. Some of the cards (Sword of Ages? LOL) are so unplayable that literally the only reason people buy them is for speculation; and
    (2) The number of cards is smaller, so it's not making a big dent in anyone's inventory to hang on to them waiting for the next spike.

    Put these together, and you have a formula for cards that spike, then retain most of that spike value while they rot in speculator's binders until the next spike. That's not to say the price won't gradually move - sometimes you gotta dump your stock - but it will be slow and likely not keep up with the next bozo going on Twitter and starting a Reserve buyout frenzy.

    You're also listing playable cards. These all have pretty unique effects, and are quite EDH-playable (I'd even go so far as to say that Gauntlet is GOOD in red EDH). People tend to hang on to these cards. Not just speculators - players who're thinking "I don't know if I'll ever want to build a deck with Island of Wak Wak, but I might eventually, so I'll just keep it - it's never going to go down in price, after all!"
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on Forums for buying/selling MTG?
    Quote from PriestsofGix »
    I don't suppose you'd know of any specific large Facebook groups for Canadians, that you'd recommend?
    None that are Canadian-specific, no. Are you looking to be rid of the cards as fast as possible, or do you want to do a controlled descent to get more value out of them?
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on Forums for buying/selling MTG?
    Quote from PriestsofGix »
    Thanks for the suggestions, I didn't realize the trading post had moved (was still looking for it in the Market Street forum area). These Facebook groups you mention - are there specific large ones that act as hubs across larger regions, or do they tend to be more localized within a specific city (and frequented by said city's MTG patrons)?

    Yeah, a lot has moved around here.

    As far as Facebook goes, the groups are large and definitely go across regions. You may also find city-specific ones, but in order to reach a larger audience the big groups are probably best.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on European Role Grading
    Quote from Stoogeslap »

    The test card is one of the play-test cards.

    Yeah, I don't know if that's even gradable.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on European Role Grading
    Quote from Stoogeslap »
    You mentioned "test print cards & crazy promos... I have a holiday promo card (Yule Ooze) and a card that was used for testing what is either Unglued or Unhinged (it's called Caesar Salad Thallid - but not too sure what the final card was called - but thinking now, since it is a Thallid, guessing it is most likely from Unglued). Should I get those two graded?
    If you have a Gifts Given, that's the only holiday card I'd consider getting graded. Mayyyyyyybe Evil Presents. The rest are all quite affordable and not likely to be worth the grade in quite a bit of time. As far as the Caesar Salad Thallid, is it one of the white playtest stickers? What I meant was the "test foilings" like foil City of Traitors, foil Pygmy Hippo, the weird border Islands and Adarkar Wastes.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
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