Author: Adam Eltarhoni

Grand Prix Promos: Where everyone is a winner!

  Grand Prix Season is upon us and this year’s promo card is Goblin Guide. Goblin Guide joins a run a great Grand Prix cards that have been introduced in the past.  Since it has begun, Grand Prix promos have kept a consistent value of the $15 – $20 range (with the exception ofone.)   This has added extra value to the Grand Prix series. Because even if you do poorly at the event, you at least get to go home with a premium foil card. Wizards has been smart to use powerful and relevant cards to keep the promos valuable.   This can be seen by the last 3 Grand Prix Promos: Chrome Mox, Umezawa’s Jitte, and Maelstrom Pulse.   So if you’ve been on the fence on the heading to a Grand Prix (which are always fun experiences anyways), at least you can go knowing you won’t be at a total loss.   Short post today, but heading to GP Nashville this weekend. If you see anyone with a RoxieCards.com Shirt on, let them know you read the blog and win a prize (quantities are...

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Financial Retrospect: Scars Dual Lands

Welcome to a new installment of Roxie Cards blog, Financial Retrospect. In this series, we will look back on cards that started off low and rose to higher values. We will look at the reason for missed opportunities and hope to give better insight so you can get in on value cards early next time.   Please note, prices are quoted from major online Magic retailers. Lower prices can be found online at places like eBay.   In this segment, we will be looking at the Scars of Mirrodin Dual lands.   When spoiled, there was a lot of talk about these cards. Mostly negative, people did not see the worth of these cards compared to the other duals. At the time, the criticism was valid. With Zendikar fetch lands, and Worldwake man lands, there was no reason to play the Scars lands. Mana fixing was easier and more powerful than the new dual lands. Because of this, the duals were lower value cards, ranging from $2 – $5 and easily getting passed in draft to late picks. No one had a need or desire for them. I remember when I had them in my bulk rare box. Now, things are different. Lets take a look at the price history of a couple of the lands:   Darkslick Shores   Copperline Gorge (Images courtesy of Ark42)   As you...

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The Value of From the Vault

The From the Vault sets of Magic are an interesting anomaly. Starting with From the Vault: Dragons, the set of 15 premium foil cards was designed for the collector in mind. Quickly snatched up, this release featured classic dragon cards that are famous throughout Magic. The biggest sell of this was that some of the cards were printed in the new style, black bordered, and foil for the first time ever.     While I wasn’t around for the time the set was released, I heard how it jumped in price for a box set. With an MSRP of $35, there was definitely more in value with the cards alone. This drove up the value of the box to around $100 with retailers. I’m not sure if Wizards was planning other From The Vault series before the release of the Dragon set, but after it’s success, they knew they had something. This has led to a release of 3 more From the Vault sets.       The formula seemed simple enough; find great cards that have been popular over the years, put a new shiny coating on them and release them from the “vault” (possibly ripped from Disney, who releases a rotation of their classic films once every ten years.) For the most part this formula worked out well with releases like From the Vault: Exiled and Mythic;...

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The Present and Future Value of cards

One of the main things a financial Magic player does is attempt to predict the value of old and new cards. This can be a tricky situation because while one can see the value of the card alone, they have to decide if it will make movements in the tournament scene. While casual and EDH formats also predict the value of a card, tournaments are the major factor for price changes among cards.   Today, we will look at 3 cards that show how predictions can create current card values. Prices are current from March 7th, 2012.   Our first card is one that started with a lot of hype and predictions but quickly fell to the wayside. This card being Skaab Ruinator.     As you can see from the history Skaab Ruinator had a value of $25 before it’s release. The card had talks of so many possibilities. A 3 drop that could come back multiple times. By the time of release though, it has dropped to $15. People were realizing that maybe exiling 3 creatures in your graveyard wasn’t as easy as expected. A 5/6 flying zombie is nice, but it does die pretty easily. As the months went by, Skaab Ruinator was absent from any major tournament, making its price drop to around $3. People who invested early on this card took a major loss...

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Price Changes in Magic- March 7th

So today we have some good amount of price changes. A lot of Judge and DCI promos but a few regular cards too. Let’s take a look at the biggest movers.   Sorin, Lord of Innistrad: Sorin continues his decline down to $30.   Havengul Lich: The Lich drops down to $13 from $15.   Steam Vents: Jumps from $25 to $30.   Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite: Increases from $25to $30.   Sword of Feast and Famine: Jumps from $30 to $35.   Phyrexian Obliterator: Increases to $22 from $18.   Pact of Negation: Jumps from $15 to $20.    ...

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