Daily Stock Watch – The UMA Box Toppers Part 1

Are you a Quiet Speculation member?

If not, now is a perfect time to join up! Our powerful tools, breaking-news analysis, and exclusive Discord channel will make sure you stay up to date and ahead of the curve.

Hello, everyone and welcome to the return of the Daily Stock watch! I was out for a while to attend to some personal stuff and we're back with a vengeance, as I'll be doing a review of some fun stuff before the year ends. For this initial write up, I'll be focusing on the Ultimate Masters box toppers and what I think are great going forward. It might be arguable that each and everyone of them are great but then again, finance junkies like us are supposed to focus on the ones that really matter. If the toppers aren't your thing, Sigmund Ausfresser can guide you a bit further on the things to look out for in UMA in this article.

LotV will never go down no matter how much WotC decides to reprint it. The card is just too good at three mana, and the ability to play it on turn two makes it ultra hard to beat in any format. But is the $299 box topper price justifiable at the moment? I would say yes to that if you are into that kind of thing. Teferi, Hero of Dominaria is almost just as good and its mythic edition version has been doing well along this price range. There might be room for it to drop to around $250, but I'm not sure about it. I won't be taking my chances if I am a collector for that time to come. Invest now.

I was just talking about how this card keeps on getting reprinted, but we have to give props to WotC because they gave him a facelift just now. Back in the day, the $200 price tag for a premium Tarmogoyf would be a bit low but considering how many times this has been printed (and will still be printed) makes it seem like a decent price. I would be a buyer at $150, but I don't think it would go down that low.

At $209, I think that this is the best topper from this set. Any competitive blue deck almost always packs four copies of this, and its power level covers all formats. It was never deemed a bannable card despite of its greatness and that will always factor in when we consider cards that we should invest on. I'm a buyer at the current price tag, as I think that there is a higher ceiling for this card.

I have a soft spot for cards that are faring well in older formats, and this one certainly fits the bill. I have played against tons of multiplayer Commander decks, and I barely see any that doesn't have this on their list. Casual crowds and hardcore EDH players are foil addicts, and I don't see why this isn't a good investment at $150 with the art that was used for it. I would be investing on this right now while it's not that hot.

Another one of those cards that is more appealing to the casual crowd, I was surprised that this was more expensive than Mana Vault at $180. It's arguably the best tutor out there as it has no drawback and is another auto include in every Commander deck that plays black. I would also be paying $180 for the topper, as it seems that the Judge Foil version has gone bananas at around $275. The ultimate battle between this version and the Judge foil would mostly rely on art preference by players. I am slightly biased towards the artwork on this one.

The last card I would like to talk about today would be Cavern of Souls, which is sitting at around $206 as of writing time. One argument that could be made for this case was how more people preferred the Avacyn Restored version over the newer art (which was the one used for UMA and MM3) and how it was able to maintain its price tag due to preference. I think that the way the box toppers were made gave this version an edge over the old school foil, and the price tag is justified for me if we are to invest in it. $200 is somehow fair in my opinion, but it would be great if you could snag copies for a lower price. It should be $250-$300 if the demand continues in the coming months.

And that’s it for the first part of this special edition of the Daily Stock Watch! See you again next time, as we continue my review of more box toppers from the UMA set. 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.

View More By Jamie Robertson San Juan

Posted in Stock WatchTagged , , ,

Have you joined the Quiet Speculation Discord?

If you haven't, you're leaving value on the table! Join our community of experts, enthusiasts, entertainers, and educators and enjoy exclusive podcasts, questions asked and answered, trades, sales, and everything else Discord has to offer.

Want to create content with Quiet Speculation?

All you need to succeed is a passion for Magic: The Gathering, and the ability to write coherently. Share your knowledge of MTG and how you leverage it to win games, get value from your cards – or even turn a profit.

Join the conversation

Want Prices?

Browse thousands of prices with the first and most comprehensive MTG Finance tool around.

Trader Tools lists both buylist and retail prices for every MTG card, going back a decade.

Quiet Speculation