I know the last few weeks I haven’t had many trades for you guys, so last week I set out to remedy that. My plan was to hit up a Friday Night Magic with higher stakes than most. A store on the other side of town where I don’t go often was having a special […]
Reading the Runes An important skill in FoH-style acquisition, is the ability to see a decklist at a marquee event, and know the cards to pick up. At U.S. Nationals, we had a really cool field which broke into an unorthodox Top 8. Dredgevine (2x), Mythic Conscription, Naya Force, Pyromancer Ascension, RDW, Mono-effing Green Eldrazi […]
It’s time again for a look at the Demand Matrix. What is the Demand Matrix? Is it what you call the line of fanboys waiting for the IMAX showing of the movie The Matrix in 3D? No not really, I don’t have that kind of special effects budget (and would probably be right there in […]
Welcome to another edition of Write to Reid, Quiet Speculation’s mailbag column where you get to pick my brain and get answers to all the burning questions about Magic, Trading, Buying and Selling you may have. If you’d like your question answered, shoot it to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll answer my favorite ones each time. I […]
It’s that time of year again, when I go through my stack of cards and pull out ones that I just need to get rid of. Some come from price enforcing local stores and I have not come around to selling them for a small profit. Others, cards I have held onto for a long […]
We’re back with another installment of Whinston’s Whisdom. From now on, I want to start taking this column in a different direction. Now that Russel Tassicker is no longer writing, I decided to take over his MTGO-centric column. In today’s article, I’m going to kick things off by covering the basics of MTGO trading, as […]
If you read my article last week about the power of uncommons, then you know how important having these in your collection can be. The ability to pick up sweet uncommons that many players don’t care about can be a boon to you in your trading. Last week I introduced the concept, and this week […]
Actually, I don’t hate Mythics. I just thought it was a catchy title. We’ve lived with Mythic cards for almost two years now and it seems that for better or worse they are here to stay. At this time I’d like to share my thoughts and comments that were previously only available in a limited edition spoken word version that I’d willingly rant to anyone who’d listen.
Doug Linn explains the time value of money, arbitrage, and other such concepts!
Hi everyone, and welcome to Whinston’s Whisdom. I hope you all enjoyed my last article on Quiet Speculation, and I’m glad to be back writing again. While last week’s prediction about Aluren becoming the runaway success story of Columbus wasn’t on the mark, it still put up a solid showing, so I wouldn’t be selling […]
Quick quiz – Name the three most expensive cards from the following list: Lavaclaw Reaches Sensei’s Divining Top Spell Snare Malakir Bloodwitch Aether Vial Sunpetal Grove Mistbind Clique Celestial Purge Destructive Force Siege-Gang Commander All right, finished? An astute trader would immediately recognize that the three most valuable cards on the list are Sensei’s Divining […]
An Introduction to Abundance Trading So, while there’s nothing really epic to talk about in the “pick it up now” department, I promise I’m going to dedicate a little bit of our budget today by the end of the column, if only to sate everyone with a hole burning in their pockets. First things first. […]
If you’ve been reading my articles, you’ll see that I’ve taken in a lot of data, smashed it, shook it, baked it in Excel, and it’s given us some perspective on the prices and demand of various cards. There is still a lot more to learn, and I hope, more data to be had. There […]