As indicated in my last announcement, we prioritized a few projects and couldn’t really put as much time into content as we would like. However, Rags is long overdue, and it is now time to continue (and hopefully close on our goal to trade a single booster for a foil Force of Will)! Recently, I was able to do a bunch of trades and do some calculated speculation on a certain card – but I am getting ahead of myself. Let’s see what happened in the last week and take stock of the collection’s value.
Anyone who is following this series for a while will not be surprised that I am particularly fond of foil promos – the margins can be great. While scanning a popular bot chain, I found a foil promo Day of Judgment for 5.25 tickets. That seemed like a great deal to me as the card is very hard to find and there are only 32 in existence. I immediately bought it and made a mental note to be watching for an opportunity to sell for a neat profit.
Advertising the card for sale was fruitful after a while and brought me a few tickets more then I paid…
As some time has passed since my last visit, I was also able to secure 64 free commons from MTGOTradersFreeBot (Thanks Heath)!
Don’t forget to use those free bots when you can, and while you are on your scavenging binge, don’t miss trying our new bot “Academy_QuizBot“- it’s stocked with a random assortment of free rares, uncommons, commons… if you answer a trivia question correctly!
The rares are usually going quickly but we are refilling regularly and you can try your luck from time to time. If you happen to have a nice (and not too long trivia) question with four answers, feel free to post them in the comments and you might even see it appear on the QuizBot!
While waiting for a buyer, I scanned the Classifieds section and saw a post from a user that was giving away free cards – no need to mention that twice! I contacted him, and he said he was just about to get rid of them on a bot that takes cards for free! I opened trade and got all(!) cards he still had left. That added about 1200 commons and 300 uncommons to my account (only showing screenshot of one trade).
A while later, already in March, I used the freebot again (as it resets monthly).
As the new set was already out, it made sense to buy and sell cards while they are changing values quickly. Of course, it is easy to burn your fingers, but usually it is possible to spot good opportunities. One of them was an ad selling Sword of Feast and Famine for 10 tickets! The card is an important component of the currently strong CawBlade deck and should stay a staple for a long time to come.
I would also share a “secret” with you that seems very obvious but for some reason not many players utilize – comparing digital prices with paper prices for new sets. We usually have to wait several weeks until new sets are online past their paper release date. People have had time to play and use the cards in tournaments which shapes demand and prices for the paper market. If you go to a few big paper dealers and compare prices with the digital counterpart, you will encounter a few discrepancies in value that are just begging to close up in the future. Let me show you what I am talking about with an example:
Now if you take into account that 22 copies of this card showed up in the Top 16 of the last Legacy paper event, and that the card is around 2 Tickets currently online (one-fifth of the paper price!), I don’t have to tell you what I started buying…
“All In” on Green Sun’s Zenith!
I bought a total of 10 Green Sun’s Zenith, one foil, for around 22 Tickets and hope that it will reap some reward. It is always a certain risk to put in a huge amount of your resources into one card, but in this case I just hope that the overall strength and versatility will keep demand high and make the price rise. Finally, I was able to get more free cards from a fellow player that wanted to get rid of junk and a free Balance avatar from another that had too many of those.
With trading done, it is time to get an overview of the current account value and the composition of it. How close are we? It is also important that we start trading up or selling our commons/uncommons as no one will be willing to give you a foil FoW unless you have either tickets or rock solid tournament staples. Our collection looks now like this (bot buy values):
Mythics/Rares: 129 tickets
Uncommons/Commons: 27 tickets
Total value of collection: 156 tickets
I hope that we will need only a few more sessions to be able to purchase/trade the Force of Will. Let’s see how things develop.