Chaz here, and I’ll be taking over a familiar segment presented formerly by Ryan Overturf. I wanted to bring these updates back on a semi-regular basis and quickly update Insiders about market movement and specific card choices – and explore why!
For this update, I’ll be focusing on Bitterblossom. This card needs no introduction, it has been a staple for as long as it's been printed. At the same time, since it's unbanning in Modern - it's play has been dubious at best. There hasn't been any consistency and that doesn't lead to a very good card to purchase, whether for play, or upside in value. Recently has been an entirely different story, and the card's price has increased almost to it's original $40 price tag up from $25 - as we can see from the graph:
Foil versions of the card are also quite lucrative - as many foil prices now barely hold a higher price tag than the normal printing counterpart. It's something I've noticed over many of the major online retailers. While supply is still quite healthy over the internet - it's been a great tool to combat Death's Shadow as per Chris Van Meter's assessment on the most recent QS Cast. A few different archetypes are turning to this answer.
We've also seen more of UB Faeries in Modern, as an attributing factor to the cards demand. Many players won't ever let this archetype go, and rightfully so with additional tools to benefit the deck. We've seen an increase in Mistbind Clique not too long ago, so it would make sense this would follow. The deck now has access to some great tools:
While this may not have immediate upside in value - it would certainly be worthwhile to consider acquiring now rather than later for personal use. I would also like to mention the Judge Promo, which has decreased by 50% since drastically increasing when Bitterblossom was unbanned. I would prioritize Morningtide pack foils, then Judge promo, and MM2015 versions.