Did you know?
Foil Sword of Fire and Ice from Modern Masters is $130.00! But the foil sword from Darksteel is only $80.00. Normally foils from the original set are worth more and are the safest guard against a reprint. If you bought a foil sword of Fire and Ice from Darksteel several years ago, your investment was still safe. A situation like this is quite rare. But magic players care a great deal about how a card looks. Just look at the price difference between a foil Island from Unhinged and a foil Island from Theros. The card frame matters as well. There are quite a few players out there that still prefer the older border, but I think as time goes on more and more of those players will convert to the new border as more cards get printed in the new border. I prefer all of the cards in my deck to have matching borders, and I think most other players do too.
Did you know?
Foil Sword of Light and Shadow from Modern Masters is $100.00, while a foil Sword of Light and Shadow from Darksteel is only $50.00! Alright, I admit it, the second card I’m talking about today was a gimme and didn’t take much effort to find. But it helps to drive the point home. The Modern Masters version looks better, and that’s a pretty big difference in price for vanity in a magic card.
There are quite a few reprints in Conspiracy that got new art, a new border, or both, and they make for some really good pickup targets. I’d primarily target foils, but regular copies are fine pickups too. To pick your targets, look up the prices of the old version and the prices of the new version and if the new one looks better (hint: most of them do), pick up the cards that seem underpriced.
One of my favorite targets is foil Alter of Dementia. This casual favorite is much cheaper than its Tempest version (afterall, Tempest was a long time ago), but the foil Conspiracy version looks fantasic! I also like foil Breakthrough and Misdirection. Whatever you pick, I don’t think you can go wrong. These cards will be way more scarce than any normal standard rares you can get right now, and having these will create opportunities for you in trades that would not have been there otherwise.