The Curious Case of Affordable Power

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Brainstorm Brewery co-host Marcel couldn't wait to own power. He'd been investing and divesting and wheeling and dealing on MODO for an entire year so he'd have the tix saved up for Vintage Masters. When the time finally came, he took his tix and went to the Classifieds section and finally cashed out.

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A thing of genuine beauty. He didn't start playing early enough or play enough money to own real power, but this plays the same, and somewhere you can actually get a game every once in a while. I'm jelly.

But is Marcel's case a rare one? Can Power stay as rare with so many boosters being opened? I want to share a depressing graphic.

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While Legacy-related prices are up, Vintage-only prices are tanking. It seems that Vintage Masters can give us some new stuff, but people only seem to want what they could use already. I'm actually taking a different view and mine is that the Legacy cards' prices were already more stable due to there already being established supply and demand curves whereas the new stuff like Power is out of left field and was going to be hyperinflated day one due to people not knowing what the hell to charge. 700 tix for a Lotus day 1? Insane? Maybe! Maybe not. Some jackwagon jammed his up at that price and crossed his fingers. Someone had to do it.

Power prices are going to normalize. Will the allure of owning power drive them back up? Will the sheer volume of VMA drafts flood the market? Will a renewed interest in playing Vintage as a format put upward pressure on prices? I can't say, but I can say that you better keep your eyeballs fixed on these graphs. Big things are happening, and we don't know which way things will shake out, yet. There may be money to be made here, yet.

Jason Alt

Jason Alt is a value trader and writer. He is Quiet Speculation's self-appointed web content archivist and co-captain of the interdepartmental dodgeball team. He enjoys craft microbrews and doing things ironically. You may have seen him at magic events; he wears black t-shirts and has a beard and a backpack so he's pretty easy to spot. You can hear him as co-host on the Brainstorm Brewery podcast or catch his articles on He is also the Community Manager at and writes the odd article there, too. Follow him on Twitter @JasonEAlt unless you don't like having your mind blown.

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