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  1. Good article, Sigmund. This is one of the reasons why I started writing the Hold ‘Em & Fold ‘Em series. Aside from ‘limited/capped’ supply, I think it’s as important to look at ‘true demand’ of cards from tournaments.

    People should also keep in mind why Magic exists…

    Curse of the Black Lotus
    https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/03/11/392

    • I def agree that the true value of a non-reserved list card is its playabilty and the number of players who play the formats its legal in. What’s your take on how non-player speculators impact the market on old school cards? How do you predict that the market will respond to this type of demand?

      • Hi Ben,

        I think it’s fine. I totally understand people investing in Magic just for profit. It’s not the tournament players that I’m concerned about because Old School isn’t really a supported competitive format by Wizards.

        Moreso, it’s the actual speculators that are at risk. They’re investing in cards that sometimes never see play in the competitive world which is what truly drives ‘demand’ in this game.

        If it was purely collectibility, then we’re back to the sports cards and comic books days. And we saw those markets tank many years ago. This is another reason why I bring up the NPR episode.

        As a competitive player, I’ll most likely never care about Arabian Nights Flying Men unless I become extremely wealthy. And even then, I’ll just start playing Vintage tournaments.

    • I def agree that the true value of a non-reserved list card is its playabilty and the number of players who play the formats its legal in. What’s your take on how non-player speculators impact the market on old school cards? How do you predict that the market will respond to this type of demand?

      • Trying to specifically reply to Edward Eng here ^^. Appears there’s a bug.

        Thanks for another great article Sig. As always, you make a good point that will help guide my buying decisions.

    • Thanks for the comments! Indeed the hidden supply of cards is certainly a factor we should consider when buying.

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