Did you know?
Ghostly Prison from Champions of Kamigawa or Commander is $8.00! This card was between $3.00 and $5.00 not too long ago. Ghostly Prison has seen a little bit of tournament play lately in a niche enchantment based modern deck, but I don’t think that is the cause for the increase. Commander demand has increased in the last few years, and cards that were previously readily available have had their supply stretched thin.
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Lightning Greaves is up to $8.00! This card has been printed in 4 different sets and has an FNM promo and still managed to rise, though to be fair all 4 printings are a bit old now. It’s been a few years since this was available in trade binders from a recent printing, so any new commander players from the last few years have to hunt to find these. Eventually, the $5 copies online dried up and the price increased as a result.
There are 2 direct, less expensive comparisons to the above cards: Propaganda from Tempest and Commander at $4.00 and $5.00 respectively, and Swiftfoot Boots at $1.49 and $.49 from M12 and Commander 2013 (also respectively). Both of these cards make fine pickup targets for the long haul. The Commander 2013 Swiftfoot Boots is especially attractive at a low $.49 since the market is still pretty flooded with these.
Most tournament cards come and go, and their values rise and fall with the metagame, but commander and casual cards reliably go up over time. Right now most financial experts in magic are trying to trade their soon-to-be-rotating Return to Ravnica block cards for the cards that are eternal playable, like Abrupt Decay and the shocklands. This is a good play to be sure, but one this is frequently difficult to execute. Most players are aware of the value in eternal playable cards, and there is a lot of competition for them. These days I don’t expect to come across many people willing trade me Abrupt Decays or shocklands for my rotating standard cards that won’t make it in modern or legacy, but I can usually find people willing to trade me cards that only have life in commander. This summer, instead of relentlessly trying to trade your Nightveil Specters and Sphinx’s Revelations into more eternal friendly cards, try accepting some Assemble the Legions and Crypt Ghasts.