Did You Know?

One of my favorite discussion points is the wild price swings of magic cards. I love to look up cards and see what wild highs or lows a card may have reached and then share and discuss it with my friends. This daily blog aims to make you shake your head in amazement as I share price changes of cards you may not have looked up recently. When applicable I’ll share some financial tips as well. 9 times out of 10 the blog will focus on pricing changes, but occasionally I may touch on something different. I hope you find this as fun as I do, and I look forward to hearing your comments!

Did you know?
Foil Spell Pierce is up to a whopping $50! This foil common that doesn’t even see universal play made me wonder what other foil commons are crazy expensive. This card is only 4 years old and used to only be $5 shortly after it came out but after everyone knew it would be a Legacy playable.

Did you know?
Foil Delver of Secrets is $20! This one is a person jab in my gut, because about 1 and ½ years ago I had over 30 copies of them. They immediately rose to $5 shortly after release when people realized it was good in multiple formats, and after a year and a half they rose to $7 or $8. I had someone offer me $1 over their retail price and I accepted for all of my copies other than my personal play set. The following month they dropped down a few bucks validating my prediction that they had topped out. This is card that is shattering my beliefs of what price a foil common from a recent set can reach. I think Delver sees more play than Spell Pierce, so the price difference is most likely due to available copies.

Did you know?
Foil Gitaxian Probe is $35! There was some recent movement on this card that many people were already aware of, so this one may not be a surprise to you. I feel like I should have seen this one coming. It sees a lot of play in combo decks in both Modern and Legacy, and often in Delver decks too. It fills it’s role very well and will see play for a long time to come.

All of these foil commons were only $5 each for quite a while, even knowing that they were playable in eternal formats. None of them were sleepers. I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely trying to think of the next foil common that might rise to such heights. One thing to note when looking though is that the above examples only experienced one printing with the exception of Gitaxian Probe, which has a $20 FNM version. The next time you notice an underappreciated common seeing play in multiple eternal decks, you might want to check out the foil price and consider stocking up.