Daily Stock Watch – A Review of Our Best Specs So Far

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Hello, everyone and welcome to a special edition of the Daily Stock Watch! I will be doing something different this week than the usual, as I'll be posting in parts an evaluation of how my picks for the past months have performed so far. I wouldn't include picks from the last 2 months since they're still kind of fresh, and I'll try to cover as much ground as I could with the ones that really performed well.

It has been almost a year since I first wrote about Tarmoygoyf and its market price for low was already at $48.95 back then. Gone are those days now as its current price tag for low is at $65.95 which is a far cry from its rock bottom state. With Assassin's Trophy's arrival, better days are definitely ahead for our favorite Lhurgoyf.

Some people actually thought that I was pushing my luck too much on a card that was just getting reprinted in Iconic Masters. Almost a year removed from the initial success of the Humans deck that Collins Mullen made popular, the list has been tweaked/upgraded a couple of times but Aether Vial has been the engine that kept the deck disruptive and powerful at the same time. The reprint should have pushed its value down in a way, but my prediction that it will retain its value has been holding up well so far.

Probably the biggest winner among all the cards I have speculated on, I took some flak for even thinking that this card would reach $50 in the not so distant future when I wrote about it. Reserved list cards have gone way up since then, and this was the last one that I wrote about before deciding to stay away from it entirely because it seems that the only way to go for those cards is up. If you were believer of my crazy thoughts back then, you have already tripled up by now on your investment.

I specifically talked about getting foil copies of this card because it was just so good in Modern where all the big bucks are made. Fast forward to today and UW has been a tier one deck once more, with copies of Field of Ruin in every list you could find. It was sitting at $6.99 when I wrote about it and is now at $22.42 which would mean that you tripled up easily if you were able to get copies (or doubled up if you acquired it online at $10 which was the price back then)

This card looked like it was a casual favorite and would barely do enough in Modern to retain its price tag, but keep its value it did and even more. I speculated on it for $15 last year and it's now sitting at an average price of $23.28 after dodging any possible reprints in the past sets. Mill hasn't really been a tier one strategy, but the casual demand for this card has kept it afloat financially. I also said that it could top out at $25-$30 and it has peaked at $25 last April and held its value since. A $10 win is not bad if you ask me.

I wrote about this white critter when it spiked a bit in the latter part of 2017 and it was still under $10. As of writing, the average price of Weathered Wayfarer is at $14.33 so you should be able to cash out on some gains if you held on to them. This card has kept its Commander appeal and is looking good to dodge reprints along the way.

It would seem absurd to think that this card was at $58 when I decided to talk about it and it's now a $100 card easily because of its continued success. I was skeptic back then to buy in to the hype and would have wanted you to cash out once it reached $80, but I was also able to note that this would reach $100 easily if it continued to perform the way that it did while not getting reprinted at the same time. Hardened Modular has been successful even though Lantern Control has stayed off the grid and this should be enough reason for the card to stay afloat the decade barrier for more months. Another one of the big winners if you were able to get them for $60-$70 when I featured it.

I did a little Nostradamus when I wrote about this as I guessed that a Mardu Pyromancer deck would top eight the Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan and just take this card over the top. It was a $1.29 card when I talked about it and the foils were at $4, so you would have easily made so much money if you went bananas with me and bought all that you could. Normal copies are at $4 now while the foil ones are sitting at $11. It was one of those penny stocks that played out really well for us.

And that’s it for today’s edition of the Daily Stock Watch! See you again next time, as I continue the recap of the best specs we've made for the past year. 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!


Jamie Robertson San Juan

Rob has been playing Magic since 2004 and is a control player by nature. He was able to crack the top eight of the 2011 Nationals in the Philippines, and he has multiple Grand Prix top-64 finishes. He's a finance junkie nowadays, but he still dreams of winning a Pro Tour someday.

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2 thoughts on “Daily Stock Watch – A Review of Our Best Specs So Far

  1. Definitely some good picks.. But it’s important to consider the cost of getting out of any before claiming it was a good pick. Specifically Mesmeric Orb.. Which if you bought in at $15..and sold near the current TCGlow of $21..after fees and shipping you would likely net around 20% profit.. Not terrible but not a home run like some of the others.

  2. Thanks, David! Yeah, there are some really good ones and some decent ones like Mesmeric Orb. Let’s see if we can get some more good specs that could double up!

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