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A foil Grim Monolith is $250! That’s the same price as a foil Emrakul! Good luck finding one though. Foils were more scarce back in Urza’s Legacy. This is why it’s so expensive; there may not be a lot of demand for Grim Monoliths, (only 1 or 2 niche legacy decks play them, and some commander players), but there are so few to go around that they can sustain that high of a price.

 

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Foil Sensei’s Divining Tops are $100! That’s pretty impressive for an uncommon! It’s no secret that there is a ton of demand for this card among commander players. The miracles deck in legacy runs 4 of them too. Even a non foil copy of Sensei’s Divining Top is $30. I personally don’t recommend sitting on too many copies of this card though; I believe it’s ripe for a reprint in a full set of commander decks. It may never happen, but that’s not a chance that I am willing to take.

 

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A foil Fellwar Stone from 9th edition is $25! I didn’t even know that Commander players played these! 9th Edition is the only foil version available, which explains a lot of why it’s so expensive for what is not that exciting of a card to me.

The recurring theme among these cards is scarcity. There is nothing in today’s sets that are as scarce as the above cards, not even foil mythics. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t still opportunity to be found in scarcity.

There was a recent announcement that judges that have trained other judges since 2005 will receive a promo foil Force of Will. This is in celebration of the judge program reaching 5000 judges. If all 5000 of those judges met the criteria for receiving a foil Force of Will, there would be 5000 of these Force of Wills. In reality, the number is probably less than half that. Force of will is one of the most heavily played cards in Legacy. Vintage and commander players play Force as well. Demand for these will be high and the price will inevitably be quite high. It may take some time for the player base to get over the sticker shock and develop demand for it, but it will surely rise over time to ridiculous levels. I expect it to start at a minimum of $200 and gradually rise to $500 and above until it is reprinted in some other form. Playing the game of scarcity has big risks, and the payoff may not happen for a long time if ever, which is why I prefer to stick to other factors in price increases. But one nice thing about owning a scarce card is that if you decide to trade it off, you can pretty much name your price and everyone will have to go to you to get it.