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  • posted a message on The PucaTrade Thread
    Quote from Eryops »
    Should a Cardsphere thread should be started to keep this more on topic?
    You may do so if you wish. That would probably push both this thread and that thread into the Store Discussion subforum rather than the main Cafe. I'm also amenable to renaming this thread.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on [[Official]] Miscut, Misprint, Foreign, Foil &Other Oddities Price Thread.
    Quote from KnickM »
    I'm just curious of what this could possibly fetch I Have A Sliver Overlord from The Scourge expansion foil that has been caught in the stamp that seals the booster packs so it has a ribbed Edge at the top I will be sending a picture soon.... ok not sure how to post pics

    A crimped pack foil from Scourge? Could be a lot.

    Are you posting from mobile or desktop? Attachments are much easier from desktop.

    Yes i am posting from mobile... thank you for your time. But yes i have a crimped sliver overlord foil from scourge just want to upload to see what people think.

    So in order to add an attachment, you have to switch from the mobile site to the desktop site (you can access the desktop site on your phone, you just have to tell it to switch to the full version).

    I'll reserve judgment until I see the photo, but in general everything that Seal said is accurate. It's a small market, but people have deep pockets. The depth of the crimp will likely determine the price. As with most everything in this thread, I'll reserve judgment until I see an actual photo.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on Experience with grading cards? Have some Arabian Nights that need some love
    Quote from sm4llz »
    Hi all! I just purchased a collection that looks like it includes a gem mint Arabian Nights collection. I know the previous owner and he opened these himself and has stored them since. I'd like to send a few off to have graded but think there are a few different services. Anybody have experience or thoughts on who to go with?

    thanks!
    The two big names in the USA are PSA and BGS. I personally don't like BGS because when I was looking at getting some cards graded, their rep asked me about my budget and then kept pressuring me to spend significantly more money.

    Other than that personal anecdote, both companies have a decent reputation. A BGS 10 is harder to achieve than a PSA 10, allegedly, but it really depends on how the grader is feeling that day, so your mileage WILL vary just because at the end of the day it's a human making a decision.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on The Other Format Price Discussion Thread
    Quote from SavannahLion »
    Yeah, the price jump on the non-RL cards caught me by surprise. My Antiquities and The Dark sets are complete but I still want cards to finish Arabian Nights and Legends. Had a few cards in my basket the day before payday and the next morning every card from those two sets skyrocketed. Some by as much as 1500%.

    It's totally bizarre. Original cards from those four sets are leap frogging but no one is touching reprints like those in Chronicles.

    I don't think that you're the only one looking to finish out old sets. At this point those sets are ridiculously underprinted (as opposed to just regularly underprinted), so they are things of worth for their ancientry alone. With WOTC pushing nostalgia for the 25-year mark, people are looking at grabbing a piece of an older set. It only takes a few.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on From The Vaults Discontinued
    Quote from vandertroll »
    If WotC had humor the final product would be From the Vault: Discontinued , featuring cards that never made it to the end.

    I would have loved the heck out of this product.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [[Official]] Miscut, Misprint, Foreign, Foil &Other Oddities Price Thread.
    I'm just curious of what this could possibly fetch I Have A Sliver Overlord from The Scourge expansion foil that has been caught in the stamp that seals the booster packs so it has a ribbed Edge at the top I will be sending a picture soon.... ok not sure how to post pics

    A crimped pack foil from Scourge? Could be a lot.

    Are you posting from mobile or desktop? Attachments are much easier from desktop.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on The [Un]Official "Buy or Sell?" Thread!
    Quote from Stoogeslap »
    I have 8 Lightning Bolts not being used. I could easily trade them off on Puca Trade while they are in the 200 to 250 point range. With a rumor to possibly be printed in Masters 25, should I send them away while they still hold their value? Or will the popularity of pauper help them keep their value?

    Even if it's reprinted as an uncommon in M25, the price will take a hit. If it's not reprinted, it's not as though the price will skyrocket, right? Ship 'em.

    Disclosure: Over the last year I have packed up all my extra Bolts and traded them off.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on The Modern Price Discussion Thread
    Quote from Kryptnyt »
    In the short term at least, Modern Miracles may prove to be a popular way to reintroduce Jace to the format. So I think Terminus and Entreat may see some movement.
    Similarly, I'm wishing that I'd followed through on my desire to pick up Traverse the Ulvenwald last month.

    Living End and Ancestral Vision are sweet cascades with BBE, but it sounds Magical Christmasland to me.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on The Modern Price Discussion Thread
    So, this happened: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/february-12-2018-banned-and-restricted-announcement-2018-02-12

    BBE and JTMS are unbanned in Modern. Expect to see significant motion.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on Nationals 2018 Promo Flooded Strand
    Quote from Shea_0 »
    This art is of Dominaria for sure. It's the next standard set and as we know from Khans, fetches can quite powerfully affect the format. How do you insulate the format from being warped by this power?

    Blood Sun

    Just printed. A foreboding of the powerful lands to come in Standard's future

    It's 1+1


    A wizard can hope.....

    Let me put the final nail in this coffin:

    This card was designed to be an answer for double-faced cards in Standard.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on The [Un]Official "Buy or Sell?" Thread!
    Quote from JayLawlerrr »
    I play everything but standard & edh, however I'm mostly a collector. I also have had an offer for a WWK Jace...Jace has been spoiled as key art for Masters 25. I do have him as a one of in an esper deck, so I will probably keep him unless someone has pimpin foils to trade.

    Snapcaster is a better call than JTMS, right now. There's rampant speculation that he'll be unbanned in Modern tomorrow, but unless that happens (and my personal feeling is that it probably won't) there's no way I'd trade for Jaces before Master25 has been out for a month.

    If you've got Snappy in a deck, I'd say hang onto him unless, as you said, someone offers you some "pimpin' foils".
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on Convert a collection to foils?
    Quote from Aazadan »
    So here's the tl;dr, I want to offload a significant portion of my paper collection. I don't want to get out of Magic, I just want to get rid of anything I'm not playing and reduce my collection to cards I want to play. However, I've been thinking that I also want cards that are likely to hold value long term. So along these lines I've considered doing a tradein with SCG. I would trade in most of my collection, and use that value plus the tradein bonus to get a different collection full of mostly the same cards but in foil. I estimate this would probably cost me around 20% of my collections total value (cards I play that don't have foil options like ABU duals wouldn't be traded in).

    So my question is, what does the foil market look like right now? Are prices stable? Are they appreciating faster than non foils? If I wanted to sell the collection at some point in the future would a small store be willing to take the plunge on a large foil collection or would I be limited to the large stores? Are foil counterfeits an issue, or perhaps a looming concern?

    That's been my strategy for the last few years. I've been slowly offloading my Modern staples in exchange for reserve cards when I can, original foil printings when I can't. Original foils do fluctuate in value - look at Inquisition of Kozilek and Stoneforge Mystic as two examples - but they're generally more reprint-proof than nonfoils. If you trade in to SCG, you're going to take a significant haircut on values, but you'll be able to do the whole thing in one transaction. I've been trading at GPs, and it's taken me a few years to turn over about 80% of my Modern collection. So, you'll definitely save time.

    If you want to get out in the future, your best bet is to sell singles directly. Again, you'll take a 15%-20% hit via eBay or TCG, maybe only 10% on Facebook (no charge, but you have to price competitively). But that's way better than what a store will do to you (50%).
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on Opened Duel Decks value
    Quote from ikariw »
    Quote from KnickM »

    No. Sealed Duel Decks are of value to collectors of sealed product, but opened Duel Decks are only as valuable as the sum total of their singles (and usually only the expensive singles). Your market is twofold:
    1) Collectors who don't care about having it sealed and only want one of every card
    2) People who want the singles for a reasonable price

    3) People who want to play the duel decks

    If we're being pedantic, then technically 3 is a subset of 2. People who want to play with the duel deck want the singles at a reasonable price.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on The [Un]Official "Buy or Sell?" Thread!
    Quote from JayLawlerrr »
    I have a mint MM3 Snapcaster fresh out of the pack...I've noticed it slowly trending up. I've had some trade offers (3 THS Thoughtseize & 2 Ally of Zen probabnly being the best) should I trade or wait??

    All of these cards are reprintable, and we have another Masters set on the way. What do you play? If the Snapcaster has a slot in a deck, go ahead and just pay 1U and keep flashing him in to flashback your stuff. If you don't really have a good place for him, trade him for what you need. I certainly wouldn't want to hold him long-term unless you plan on sleeving him up, but I'll say the same thing about Thoughtseize.

    Get cards that go in your decks.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on MTG25 infographics -- Start of 25th celebrations?
    Quote from Serberus_08 »
    I'd love to see Phyrexian Tower reprinted, but I know that's a pipe dream. I'd also be pleased with the filter lands or enemy buddy lands.

    Tower is not actually on the reserve list, so it's fair game, and it's actually a decent guess for a card that's likely included.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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