Hello, everyone and welcome to the freaky Friday edition of the Daily Stock Watch! It's that time of the week again where I talk about a card (a Commander beloved card for most of the time) that has surged financially for varying reasons. Today's featured card is another one that's not even seeing competitive play in any other format outside of EDH but is already commanding a $20 price tag due to buyouts and low supply in the market.
I remember having a conversation with some shop owners at a recent Grand Prix I attended about how big Gods in Magic are to their certain communities financially. They command fairly high values that you don't see much on some Modern cards that look subjectively as mediocre as some of these Gods, but they still sell relatively well and continue to keep their values over time. With that in mind, we could turn our attention to the Shadowmoor "Reflection" cycle, particularly to Wound Reflection which is now sitting at its all-time high of $23.41.
It should be fair to say that Mana Reflection and Wound Reflection are the two financially popular cards from this cycle and should continue to be expensive barring any reprints. Both were able to dodge the most recent product release from WotC where a few Standard staples (hello, Ghalta, Primal Hunger) just got hit by the additional prints. This triggered the buyouts as finance junkies considered the popularity of the Commander format again in the aftermath of Commander 2018's release.
I wanted to write an article about these Gods but I figured that they have pretty much been moving in the same trajectory as time goes by. I am still not certain up to what extent could we speculate on certain cards that have very high casual appeal just like Wound Reflection, but will almost certainly lose tons of value outside of table top Magic if it gets reprinted. There are plenty of cards that have really absurd power levels when it hits play and this one in particular works brutally in multiplayer games when left unsolved. Enchantments have been pretty hard to answer in thise format and will continue to be long term problems that drags games into healthy yet competitive battles that a majority of its target audience will enjoy.
From a finance perspective, it's hard to move cards of this caliber around for pieces that are easier to trade (Modern and Standard staples move fairly quickly) or even sell for its online price among players who are interested in it. I am a seller at buylist prices and I would suggest that you do the same. Card Kingdom and StarCityGames would always welcome this to their inventory for a price that I believe is fair enough if you aren't keen on using it or if you don't have the patience/means to move it around. After all, it's hard to speculate on something like this without actually knowing the crowd who buys into it. I'd always lean towards selling cards that will lose so much of what it's worth if it gets reprinted because they just aren't good enough or worth the price tag that they command in my opinion. You could always trust your instinct as a finance junkie but if you'd like to consider my thoughts, you should be starting to fill your online selling cart and be ready to checkout with all of your Wound Reflection copies in it.
At the moment, English copies of Wound Reflection are out of stock via StarCityGames, Card Kingdom, and ChannelFireball. TCGPlayer is down to its last vendor as we speak and it could be out of stock by the time I have published this. If you're into foreign cards, SCG should handily have lots of stock with Japanese, Chinese, and German versions. I'm not a Commander expert so I would stay away from this for spec purposes but I'd recommend you get your copies if you want to play with it. They should be reaching $30 territory once this buyout period is over.
And that’s it for this week's edition of the Daily Stock Watch! See you again next time, as we check out a new card that should be on the go, or good enough for speculating. As always, feel free to share your opinion in the comments section below. And if you want to keep up with all the market movement, be sure to check in with the QS Discord Channel for real time market information, and stay ahead of the hottest specs!