Hello, everyone and welcome to the last edition of our special Ultimate Masters review on the Daily Stock Watch! My apologies for the delay on the release of this last part as there were some very personal issues that I had to deal with. It feels great that some readers have asked me for it, so I’m still proceeding with it to start the week before I return to the usual segment tomorrow. For today, I’m going to talk about cards from the set that had a special “reboot” that would affect its financial value.
Mana Vault was one of those cards upon spoiling the box toppers that gave us the feel that this was going to be an EDH/Legacy kind of set. This used to be a rare card that last saw print back in Fifth Edition, and is widely used as a key cog of multiplayer Commander decks along with the likes of Sol Ring, Mana Crypt, and Grim Monolith among others. Even though it was not being used elsewhere, it has remained popular and expensive due to its power level. This mythic promotion is justifiable, and the new art is great enough to attract more interest for the card. It will also be the first time for it to have a foil (outside of the Masterpiece version) so I would be suggesting that you be on the lookout for the normal foils or even the box topper if that’s possible, as they will command some pretty good prices down the line.
What was once considered a bulk rare came to life because of decks like Tin Fins in Legacy, and Ad Nauseam in Modern. It was doing well years removed from its original print until WotC decided that it’s time to make it an uncommon. The $8 tag that it’s currently enjoying is almost as good as gone once UMA hits the shelves, and this would be back to a dollar or less in no time. Don’t be afraid to move your copies now while you have time.
Cards like Temporal Manipulation are seen in the same light as Three Visits or Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed: pretty expensive because of low supply, but not as powerful as they seem for what they could do. I remember seeing a list in Reddit before about cards that are above $50 and aren’t part of the Reserved List, and there’s a clamor from the masses to see them reprinted again. This card gets the reprint axe, and the rest of the cards from that list that didn’t appear on UMA should be safe for now — for as long as WotC keeps its word that this would be the last Masters set in a while. If you plan on playing Unli-Turns deck on Commander, now’s the best time for you to get this card. Capture of Jingzhou might not be too far ahead at this rate.
Arguably one of the best cards to get printed in this set, Demonic Tutor makes a return with a new art and a new foil that would make Commander and Vintage players cringe. There’s never enough copies of this card to go around, as it could just get you what you need for such a cheap cost. Of course, the same thing cannot be said in reality where it is expected to maintain at least a $25 price tag for normal copies, but way more for the normal foil and box topper versions. Along with Back to Basics, this would be one of the cards that I would be keeping an eye on.
This card was banned in Commander for a lot of obvious reasons, and it also had something to do with why Deathrite Shaman and Gitaxian Probe was hit with the banhammer in Legacy because of the dominance of the Czech Pile. One of StarCityGames’ most recent sales dropped this to as low as $21, and that was even before the box toppers were revealed. Unless some new list abuses this card, I don’t see it climbing past $15 once UMA hits the shelves. The formats where it could be of premium use just stopped it from becoming the powerhouse that it already is.
All in all, I think that Ultimate Masters is indeed the best of its kind until WotC decides that it’s time to make another one. A lot of this product will be opened while it lasts but if the print run is indeed limited, there would be lots of value in the unopened boxes and the box toppers. Buy singles appropriately, and don’t get blinded by price drops. We should have learned our lesson from past Masters sets by now.
And that’s it for today’s special 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!