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Foil Mimic Vat is up to $15! This card was only $6 less than 6 months ago, meaning you had 2 years to pick this up before commander demand brought it up to its current price. I only managed to acquire 2 copies in that time, and wish I had pursued them more aggressively.
Not every commander card can pull this stunt though. A lot of commander gold has been reprinted in the base sets in the last few years. Gilded Lotus, Akroma’s Memorial, and Darksteel Citadel come to mind. Akroma’s Memorial from M13 has already seen a lot of growth with regular copies at $12 and foils at $25. I think the foil can go higher, but are there better targets? Darktseel Citadel was originally expensive due to scarcity more than demand; only one type of deck wants it. Gilded Lotus on the other hand sees play in several decks. It’s only a rare in M13 and is currently at $5 for regular and $10 for foil, but even with the FTV:20 reprint I feel confident that these will slowly rise. I have several copies myself, and I think foils are a good bet.
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Foil Chromatic Lantern is $30! Wait, what?? When did this happen? Everyone knew that this card would be a hit in commander after drawing comparisons to Coalition Relic. They hit the scene at $15 per foil, and I picked up 1 or 2 at that price. 6 months later, they were down to $8 and I liquidated my copies figuring that the original price was due to hype. Apparently the low price was due to saturation. The same trend has been spotted with other foils after release. Abrupt Decay went from $35 to $20 and is back up to $70+. The best time to pick up foils is 3 – 6 months after release. Patience and confidence is required to score a hit, but pay attention to the patterns and you can score $30 foils for $8.
So what commander cards haven’t gone up yet that fit this pattern? Prophet of Kruphix is definitely a powerful inclusion in almost any GU deck. Everyone knows this though, and foils are still $15. Theros is already 6 months old, so I don’t see the price dropping on this, but being an obvious all star hasn’t stopped cards from going higher before. Prophet will surely go up, but I think its 2 years off. Can we find better targets? Sylvan Primordial was the consensus opportunity until it got banned. Illusionist’s Bracers is a valid target. It’s a bit older so the pay day isn’t as far away, and its foils are still just $3. It doesn’t see as much play, but it can only get better as new abilities are printed. Personally, my favorite target right now is Crypt Ghast. It’s super powerful with mana acceleration and even drains the table. Foils are $6 and seem like a reasonable target to me. I’m not rushing out to buy every copy, but if I can pick them up in trade for cards that have no future or at a discount, I’ll pick them up. Cyclonic Rift will be an excellent target too once it rotates, but right now its standard play is keeping it too high. I personally like Aetherling in my commander decks too, but I think that is just me. I like tucking away these kinds of cards in a box and forgetting about them, then finding them in a few years and laughing in amazement and wondering why I didn’t get more.