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Daily Stock Watch – The UMA Box Toppers Part 2

Happy Holidays, everyone and welcome to a new edition of the Daily Stock Watch! We’ll continue where we left off last week as I talk about more box toppers that I think are great pickups now, and I’ll continue next time with the ones that I think are not good to invest on.


Every Commander deck (multiplayer that is) almost has this on their lists because of sheer power level. Have you ever played against something like this on turn one?

Drive you Nuts

Mana Crypt
Grim Monolith
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth
Ancient Tomb
Lotus Petal
Paradox Engine
Sol Ring
Basalt Monolith

Play a turn one Ancient Tomb followed by [card]Mana Crypt then Sol Ring to cast Paradox Engine, then go bananas by dropping the Lotus Petal and sequencing the casting of Grim Monolith and Basalt Monolith properly to unleash Kozilek, Butcher of Truth and start a crazy chain that let’s you go off with so much mana (or infinite if you draw Rings of Brighthearth on the same turn. Seems too odd to happen in real life? It does. And take note that we only accounted for seven cards here when you always have eight on your first turn in multiplayer Commander if you didn’t mulligan. Of course, this is only one example of the things that [card]Ancient Tomb[card] could go crazy with in that format. Don’t forget its relevance in Legacy as well. An absolutely great pickup at its current price of $140.


I intentionally didn’t include this in the first article because I think it’s not really that great right now. Tron hasn’t been that impressive as of late, and pretty much where Ugin, the Spirit Dragon goes, this one goes. Is $197 for the box topper version of this card justified? For as long as it’s under $200, then I guess it is. Probably something you might want to get at around $150-$170, but wouldn’t hurt if you’re into planeswalkers and playing all foil Modern decks.


It seems like it wasn’t so long ago when the RPTQ version of this card was released, and here comes another foiled version of the card. This reprint didn’t actually seem to hurt its stock a lot, as it has stayed at close to $60 due to high demand and somehow reminiscent of how Aether Vial managed to stay afloat despite the IMA reprint. The box topper version at $126 over that of the RPTQ at $85? Pretty close to call. It boils down to preference in my opinion but if you’re after class, my vote goes to this one. It helps that the box toppers card quality is pretty good.


It’s crazy how a card hits $100 then suddenly just dips to $90 as a box topper upgrade. Supply really does wonders to a card’s price, and it’s no surprise that this one got hit by that factor as well. People might be overselling a bit because of the sudden price dip, but real players know how important this card is to their sideboards. I’ve sold 12 copies of this after opening 20 boxes right on the day I posted them (normal copies sold for $33 fairly easily) and I guess we could expect the box topper price to rebound someday to $120-$150 if I’m being realistic. Pick them up now while they are in this price range.


My last pick and probably the surprise pick from all the good ones that I think will work is this old dude. At $55, I think that the box topper is an absolute steal considering how good this card is across multiple formats. The lack of supply probably was the reason why it tanked hard before and rose up to $55 for the normal copies, but over supply now doesn’t mean that there’s no room for its premium to be good pick ups. This will rebound pretty well someday, and along with its normal price will be the surge of the topper version as well. Grab a playset at least while it’s this low. I don’t see this getting any lower than $50 anytime soon.

And that’s it for the second part of this special edition of the Daily Stock Watch! See you again next time, as we continue my review of the box toppers from the UMA set that I think will be bad pick ups for now. 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!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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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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