Insider: Surprising Cards that Sell

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Co-owning a store provides me with some firsthand data. The great part about that is I can share it with you.

What I want to dive into today is some cards you may not have guessed are all-star sellers for me. Let me know what you think about this concept in the comments, because this is a topic I can revisit from time to time as other cards come up.

The reason I like this idea is because most of these cards have recently risen in value. Additionally, since these are cards that sell really well, they have a higher chance of making you money. Let’s start with the first cycle, buddy lands.

Maybe I’ve mentioned this before, but Dragonskull Summit as well as the whole cycle sell extremely well. I move these lands frequently in the store as great budget-option dual lands, but we also sell these online a lot too.

Another aspect about these lands that’s important is that they’ve been slowly creeping up in price. Because Dragonskull and the like sell well, the buylist percent is usually great too. I used to buy these for a quarter and then fifty cents. Now I can buy them for a dollar and still make money on them. Granted, I typically buylist for store credit, so that helps even more, but still, if you find good deals on any of these lands, snap them up quick and you’ll be rewarded.

Reliquary Tower has recently bumped up a bit in price, but this Commander staple has always sold well at a variety of price points. Despite five normal printings and an FNM promo that's nearly $10, Reliquary Tower’s normal printing is up to a whopping $4! That may not seem like much, but reprints like this are frequently held down. Reliquary Tower has shown it won’t be held down unless a bunch of the new Commander decks have a copy. (Quiet Spec will have a ton of awesome content about those new products, so click back and check on that as well.)

Writers say all the time that casual players dictate a lot of the prices, and it’s totally true. Sol Ring has been reprinted too many times for me to want to go count, yet still, the lowest-price copy available is $3. That’s almost unbelievable. I know it’s an auto inclusion in literally every Commander deck, and maybe some other players might want some too, but the fact that this card is $3 speaks volumes about the cards we should be paying attention to. Maybe the mad rush for tribal Cats isn’t so absurd in this lighting.

Another card with tons of printings is Birds of Paradise. This shouldn’t surprise you as a card on my hot sellers list, because Birds is always good. Recently, it even broke out of its long time price memory of $5. I snap-buy any copies of this card, from any set, and I’ll offer great percentages to obtain them. Every time we get a playset, it seems like someone comes in that week and buys them up.

Another great thing to pay attention to is playable commons or uncommons like Groundswell. When I’m picking bulk, I don’t just pull cards that are worth money – I also grab playable cards that I know are desirable. Groundswell is a great example of a card that hasn’t historically been worth anything even though this pump spell is in most Infect lists. Now it’s trending towards a dollar, and we have a bunch of copies ready for players. Even if it never bumped up, cards like this sell or trade well because often these are the cards no one can find. Hold onto stuff like this for sure.

Okay, we haven’t had a copy of Sidisi, Undead Vizier for a while, but I needed to include this because I feel like this is one that you have a better chance to find in bulk somewhere. Sure, this Sidisi is a tutor, but I was clueless this was a $4-to-$5 card. I’m sure we’d sell these at $4 if we had copies. The same goes for other cards that are going up like Ghoulcaller Gisa and Scourge of the Throne. Wow, double digits on those last two!? Crazy.

The gods of Theros are ones I get asked about a lot. We’ve sold a ton of them – and mostly after they rotated out of Standard. Erebos and Purphoros, God of the Forge are leading the way with price increases, but the others are great as well. If you can find cheap copies of any of the gods or get them with store credit, they’re great investments. I didn’t think this was true back when they were in Standard, because players seemed uninterested. Now that the supply has dried up, plus we have new gods to push them back into memory, players are starting to jump back and snatch them again.

Last but also best, I wanted to mention Doubling Season, because it’s a great example of a busted card that bottomed out after a reprint. Sure it’s primed for another reprint, but if that happens, I’ll be buying aggressively the second time around. The best token doubler is approaching $60! The potential Modern deck using the card did generate some hype to jump up the price, but it would have gotten here anyway. Epic casual staples like this will always sell well. I bought one the other day and sold it the same day.

Local stores that don’t regularly get cards like this in stock can really sell this stuff well. What that means for you is that if you market yourself to a local store as the guy who gets stuff like this, you can probably arrange a deal for better numbers on cards like this. I feel the same way about the new white pseudo-version Anointed Procession as well. I need to start picking up copies of that one also, like ASAP.

That’s all of the surprising cards that sell for this week. Let me know what you thought because I’d be happy to revisit the topic.

Until next time,
Unleash the Force!

Mike Lanigan
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2 thoughts on “Insider: Surprising Cards that Sell

  1. I like this as a recurring topic. It’s important for people who do a lot of trading to get as much insight into what stores want as it definitely helps when cashing out some cards.

  2. Considering Sunpetal Grove was on the leaked Ixalan rare sheet, I can only assume the whole cycle of buddy lands is getting reprinted in that set. Thus I’d be hesistant to buy in the face of incoming supply, unless you’re just looking to have a set of them to play with in Standard on day one of that set becoming legal.

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