Hello, and welcome to our exploration of Urza’s Legacy! The second set in the Broken Block amped up the power even more for Magic. It was the first set to be printed in foil, as well. Foil-mania swept collectors around this time; fresh from $100 Pokemon foils, people scrambled to make sets. Importantly, foils were rarer when first introduced than they are now; hence, the prices are higher. I’ll be discussing foils in this article and subsequent ones, but know this: most foils are worth about a buck to the right person unless they are truly awful. I’ll be making notes of only the ones that are worth substantially more than they are normally. Let’s get started!
You can tell Legacy is a smaller set price-wise because we are starting with C! Crawlspace is a pretty popular multiplayer card, because it acts like a funnel instead of a wall. The player with dragons doesn’t really care, but the Thallid guy is going to be hunting for their removal. It is an inex
pensive card to cast and it is very easy to understand how it works. That’s why I like it personally over Portcullis.
For years, I didn’t think this would be unrestricted in Vintage. The reason it was tanked in the first place is that the Roto-Tiller is very good at finding Tolarian Academy. That deck needed to be throttled back, so Rotation had to go. However, I didn’t think that it was Academy that would hold it back. No, thanks to Crucible of Worlds, I thought Crop Rotation for Strip Mine would be too powerful. Obviously, I was wrong and the card is now bought and sold pretty frequently on Ebay. Highly noteworthy is the fact that it grabs Gaea’s Cradle; Elf players who have a single Cradle but cannot afford the full set can make good use of the Rotation to get their copy.
$9.25 in foil – yeah, really!
Long before Tooth and Nail, we had this card. It is easy as sin to trigger in multiplayer games and, at one colored mana, the card is easily splashed for. What can you get with DOTH? How about Sundering Titan and Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker? What about Kiki-Jiki and Pestermite so you can just win right there? It threatens to combo-kill very easily, and that’s alluring to many players. It’s good to have a copy for EDH since it goes in just about every green deck; you can remind trading partners of this fact when they see it!
$20.25 in foil
Oh, the stories.
This card kickstarted a million Squirrel decks and I doubt it would be nearly as popular if it made Saprolings or something rational. Liege of the Hollows finally had a friend! Hermit saw a lot of play in Constructed because it plays well with Recurring Nightmare and Skyshroud Poacher. However, its continued high price is driven nearly entirely by kitchen table Squirrel guys. Nine power for five mana is pretty good, as is Zerg rushing with little mammals.
This card is mainly popular because it plays so well with High Tide, which you have to remember is a very popular casual deck for people to have together. Frantic Search sees a little play in Vintage, but it is nothing showstopping. However, folks love free Careful Study, so this card is actually quite valuable to have, especially as a foil common! This showcases that while a card might be worth fifty cents as a common, the foil version is radically higher.
$20.50 in foil
Your favorite Goblin from technical school has been a fixture of Vintage for eight years. He’s not made a big splash in Legacy until now, with the rise of Welder MUD. Goblin Welder works well in both Stax decks that aim to abuse Smokestack so they never have to sacrifice permanents, alongside the Control Slaver decks of old that would recur Mindslaver over and over.
Goblin Welder is absurdly expensive as a foil and was long the poster child for Vintage collectors. In its Japanese foil version, I’ve seen Welders sold for over $500. Those days are past now, and the market right now is a meager $350. Cheap, right?
Due to the recent success of Welder in MUD in Legacy, I expect this price to double or triple. Get them now.
$62.00 in foil
When Grim Monolith was unbanned in Legacy, it shot up to $30 on speculation, despite not having a home. It was previously about $6, which was dictated by fans of Wildfire decks from the Urza Block. It combines swimmingly with Voltaic Key to make gobs of mana. Now that MUD is popular, it has shot up in value. I expect it to easily hit $40 two weeks after this article is published.
$15.00 (if you can find them now)
White reanimation is so… foreign. Karmic Guide has some really, really weird abilities tacked together on a single card. It has a bit of value because it was once part of the Flash – Protean Hulk combo deck, before that deck moved on to other kill mechanisms. Mainly, though, it’s a real workhorse in EDH, fueling Reveillark combos there and making big monsters come out to fight again. It is also an example of how EDH distorts foil pricing on certain cards.
$42.25 in foil
To wrap this up, I’d like to talk about foils a little. They are a welcome part of the game at this point, since they only offer positive value; people who don’t use them can get a benefit by trading them to people who do. At the time foils were introduced, it was looked at as a cash grab by WOTC. Foils don’t exactly sell more boxes, but they did create a new breed of collector who will attach a value to them. I like having people who want to collect varied aspects of Magic, and part of that might be as many foil Angels or Plains or whatevers that they can get ahold of.
At its introduction, the hyped card in Legacy as a foil was Ring of Gix. People LOVED Icy Manipulator and looked at the Ring as the best card in the set. They didn’t realize that Icy was dead by that time; creatures were much better and the game wasn’t as focused on riding one big attacker through. You couldn’t use Fellwar Stone and Armageddon with Icy to tap down the opponent’s lands
anymore – it was terribly inefficient.
If you were facing down Sligh, the Ring or Icy were both just obsolete for stopping attackers. Nonetheless, the Ring was the chase card of the set for awhile and its foil version hit $100 and beyond at times. It’s both interesting and sad to see cards like Icy, Juggernaut, Serra Angel and Erhnam Djinn utterly fail when reintroduced. I suppose Kird Ape alone comes away better.
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