Daily Stock Watch – UMA Box Toppers Part 5

Hello, everyone and welcome to the last part of my review of Ultimate Masters’ box toppers here on the Daily Stock Watch. I’ve previously talked about the cards that I think are good enough right now to be purchased as box toppers, as well as the ones that I am on the fence about. Today, I’ll be finishing with the cards that I think are a bit irrelevant, finance-wise, and should only be purchased at a certain price or if you are into collecting it. I’m going to bundle some of them since they are pretty obvious, but I would be specifically talking about the ones that I think could still confuse you a bit as a good investment target.

Did I just put Emrakul, The Aeons Torn as the first one on my list today as a bad spec target as a box topper? At $80, I think it absolutely is. There have been multiple printings of this card already as of now, and it also has a RPTQ version just like Noble Hierarch which I still rank highly on my personal list. If you’re wondering why that is my stand, just look at how many copies of Emrakul are being used in actual competitive lists that use it (probably 2-3 copies and you rarely see four) as to how many decks use a play set of the Hierarch. This guy is also banned in Commander, where a vast majority of foilers are to be found. With a variety of options to choose from, and the restriction in the number of formats where you could use it, I think it’s easily one of the toppers that you should avoid getting now. Wait for it to hit the $60 range in my opinion.

This has slowly gone back up to $60 for the Eternal Masters version when it suddenly got reprinted in UMA. As expected, the price crashed back to earth for the normal copies (somewhere around $30 now) and it’s no surprise that the box topper is just at $81. If you think that this is cheap right now, think again. Outside of Legacy, there are no other relevant formats for this card and this should experience the same price dip that its EMA counterpart had in the coming months. Probably a good buy at $60 but definitely not at $81.

The Czech Pile died along with the banning of Deathrite Shaman and Gitaxian Probe in Legacy. They took the price of Leovold down with them as well, dropping it to as low as $10 right now as opposed to its price back then of around $45. I still don’t understand why it’s a $75 topper, as it’s also banned in cEDH for some very obvious reasons. I’d probably get some at $50, but no way at $75.

Yes, this card is a Commander superstar, but that’s just about the format where it makes a lot of noise. Priced generously as a topper at $85, I’d be the first one to tell you to stay away from it. $60 should be fair enough as the only reason why this was expensive as a normal card prior to the reprint was due to lack of supply and a decent demand. I expect this to drop in price in the coming months as well.

Unlike Emrakul that got some serious loving through the RPTQ foil printing, this guy was left behind as his alter ego Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger was given more love by Tron users in Modern because of its superior power level. At $60.79 as a box topper, I wouldn’t be thinking twice if this was the other Ulamog. However, this one should be around the $40 range if you ask me. There’s only much appeal for it in Commander games.

Have you seen the price dip of the normal copy of this card all the way down to $10? The same could be said about its box topper, which started out strong at around $120 before going down to $60 now which I think is still pricey. Jund isn’t as popular now in Modern as it was, and this guy definitely isn’t needed to show up on the lists for the deck to succeed every now and then. Just wait a bit as this could drop all the way down to $45 if the trend continues. There’s no need to rush in acquiring copies of this card.



Raging Ravine
Lavaclaw Reaches
Lord of Extinction
Platinum Emperion
Stirring Wildwood
Tasigur, the Golden Fang
Balefire Dragon
Kitchen Finks
Maelstrom Pulse
Creeping Tar Pit
Sigarda, Host of Herons

Some of these cards were financially great before the reprint, but now they are just as bad an investment as Bitcoin was. I wouldn’t even bother getting them for spec purposes at their current prices, so I would like to say that only get them if you’re into collecting. Otherwise, stay put with what you have.

And that’s it for today’s 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!

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