Market Watch Top 10: Old Magicians Learn New Tricks

Jason Grabher-Meyer

1/29/2018 11:00:00 AM
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With the Extreme Force Sneak Peak now in the history books, and the set's full release on Friday, we started to see the secondary market bending to adjust for its arrival.

That meant two big forces in the TCGplayer Marketplace over the weekend: Magicians, emboldened by new tricks made possible in part by Heavymetalfoes Electrumite; and the F.A. theme, which failed to make the Top 10 but clearly had an influence.

Beyond those two push factors we saw the usual steady interest in generic power cards, as well as a holdover from the first wave of demand for Structure Deck: Wave of Light cards. With YCS Atlanta just two and a half weeks out , and no F&L List in sight, players are clearly looking for new advantages with Extreme Force innovations. So far most of the mark action reflecting that effort seems to be targeted toward Magicians, but we'll keep an eye on where it all goes when EXFO streets in the Marketplace on Friday.

Until then, here are the Top 10 bestselling cards by copies sold for our last sales period, Friday to Monday morning.

#10: Duelist Alliance

With Pendulum Magicians played in three successful variants in the OCG, and new variants likely to explode from Extreme Force here in a few days, Duelist Alliance was a hot ticket all weekend long. And while the LEDD reprint is holding fast at about $1.50, the Maximum Crisis original Secret Rare is officially on an upward Price Trend, sitting just under ten dollars with lots of potential to gain value.

 Duelist Alliance
$4.38
$1.28
$0.89
Duelist Alliance147080
Set Legendary Dragon Decks
Number LEDD-ENC17
Type Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Common
Card Text

If there is a card in the Pendulum Zone: Add 1 "Pendulum" Pendulum Monster or "Pendulum" Spell/Trap from your Deck to your hand. You can only activate 1 "Duelist Alliance" per turn.


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#9: Power Angel Valkyria

The biggest new card from Structure Deck: Wave of Light, Power Angel Valkyria is a search-driven card economy machine, seeking out everything from Honest to Archfiend Kristya the moment you negate something – even if that negation doesn't come from a Counter Trap. While its potential place in competition is still way up in the air, its flexibility and general utility makes it a solid bet at 50 cents a pop.

That said, Wave of Light is still available in the TCGplayer Marketplace shipped for less than MSRP, so demand for SR05 singles will largely remain flat for some time. Barring a surprise showing at Regionals in the run-up to YCS Atlanta, this may be the last we see of Power Angel.

 Power Angel Valkyria
$1.70
$0.83
$0.50
Power Angel Valkyria155993
Set Structure Deck: Wave of Light
Number SR05-EN003
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Fairy
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 1800 / 1050
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

If you negate the activation of a Spell/Trap Card, or monster effect: Add 1 LIGHT Fairy monster from your Deck to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Power Angel Valkyria" once per turn.


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#8: Solemn Strike

With defensive trap cards making something akin to a comeback in recent Regionals, the Code of the Duelist Special Edition reprint of Solemn Strike continues to be the highest selling trap card available. Even as Floodgate Trap Hole and Bottomless Trap Hole rise in play for their advantage of not sending monsters to the Graveyard, Solemn Strike keys off their use to deliver further disruption.

It's strong, it's flexible, and it works really well with current trap trends even if it runs against them in some respects. As usual, the sheer power level of the card keeps it relevant.

 Solemn Strike
Price N/A
Solemn Strike145917
Set Code of the Duelist
Number COTD-ENSE2
Type Counter Trap Card
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

When a monster(s) would be Special Summoned, or a monster effect is activated: Pay 1500 LP; negate the Summon or activation, and if you do, destroy that card.


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#7: Abyss Actor – Curtain Raiser

Aaaaaaaand here come the Magicians. With Heavymetalfoes Electrumite finally going legal on Friday, and players picking up their copies early at Sneak Peeks this weekend, every piece of Pendulum Magician tech currently played in the OCG but not seeing play here spiked in demand.

Abyss Actor – Curtain Raiser saw some sales spikes at various times over the past month, but now its time has come, and that meant one last push for duelists playing catch-up. As the least expensive of the trending Magician tech picks, previous sales didn't do much to cannibalize its numbers over the weekend.

 Abyss Actor - Curtain Raiser
$2.99
$0.99
$0.31
Abyss Actor - Curtain Raiser136801
Set Battles of Legend: Light's Revenge
Number BLLR-EN012
Level 4
Type Pendulum/Effect Monster
Monster Fiend
Attribute DARK 
A / D 1100 / 1000
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : If you control no monsters: You can Special Summon this card from your Pendulum Zone. You can only use this effect of "Abyss Actor - Curtain Raiser" once per Duel.
Monster Effect : Gains 1100 ATK if you control no other monsters. Once per turn: You can send 1 "Abyss Script" Spell from your Deck to the GY; add 1 face-up "Abyss Actor" Pendulum Monster from your Extra Deck to your hand.


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#6: Proxy Dragon

Proxy Dragon: still irreplaceable; still selling like hotcakes.

 Proxy Dragon
Price N/A
Proxy Dragon141276
Set 2017 Mega-Tins
Number CT14-EN003
Type Link/Effect Monster
Monster Cyberse
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 1400 /
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

2 monsters
If a card(s) you control would be destroyed by battle or card effect, you can destroy 1 of your monsters this card points to, instead.


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#5: Terraforming

As more players got their hands on F.A. cards from Extreme Force, sales of Terraforming skyrocketed. Coincidence? I'd bet not. Players are only starting to figure out what the F.A. theme is capable of, and even the early forays into Turn 1 combos border on horrifying .

With up to three different Field Spells that could see play, and every combo requiring at least one of them, the demand for Terraforming in F.A. themes is undeniable.

 Terraforming
$1.47
$0.62
$0.35
Terraforming147084
Set Legendary Dragon Decks
Number LEDD-ENC21
Type Spell
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Common
Card Text

Add 1 Field Spell from your Deck to your hand.


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#4: Pot of Desires

The place of Pot of Desires in our Market Watch Top 10 results have sort of started to create a litmus test for the level of interest in trending cards. Sell fewer copies than Pot? Strong sales, but not necessarily remarkable. Sell more copies than Pot? There's probably something really worthwhile happening, and you should definitely be paying attention.

Such was the case this week, with three Pendulum Magician monsters outpacing the ubiquitous “draw 2” spell.

 Pot of Desires
Price N/A
Pot of Desires141277
Set 2017 Mega-Tins
Number CT14-EN004
Type Normal Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Banish 10 cards from the top of your Deck, face-down; draw 2 cards. You can only activate 1 "Pot of Desires" per turn.


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#3: Astrograph Sorcerer

First up was Astrograph Sorcerer, selling hundreds of copies over the weekend but still maintaining a neutral price trend. There's certainly been talks of a potential buyout over the past couple of weeks, but with the status of Astrograph Sorcerer in competition still so undefined, and a $3.50 price point, it seems no one's been willing to pull the trigger just yet.

 Astrograph Sorcerer
$5.18
$4.09
$3.46
Astrograph Sorcerer134948
Set Pendulum Evolution
Number PEVO-EN001
Level 7
Type Pendulum/Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute DARK 
A / D 2500 / 2000
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : During your Main Phase: You can destroy this card, and if you do, take 1 "Stargazer Magician" from your hand or Deck, and either place it in your Pendulum Zone or Special Summon it. You can only use this effect of "Astrograph Sorcerer" once per turn.
Monster Effect : If a card(s) you control is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can Special Summon this card from your hand, then you can choose 1 monster in the Graveyard, Extra Deck, or that is banished, and that was destroyed this turn, and add 1 monster with the same name from your Deck to your hand. You can banish this card you control, plus 4 monsters from your hand, field, and/or Graveyard (1 each with "Pendulum Dragon", "Xyz Dragon", "Synchro Dragon", and "Fusion Dragon" in their names); Special Summon 1 "Supreme King Z-ARC" from your Extra Deck. (This is treated as a Fusion Summon.)


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#2: Norito the Moral Leader

Instead it was Norito the Moral Leader that was bought out over the weekend. Those mass sales sent the Number Hunters Secret Rare north of $15, nearly tripling in price overnight, while the Infinite Gold reprint effectively doubled in value. At this moment a trickle of lower cost copies are occasionally available, but as the full release of Extreme Force draws closer that seems unlikely to continue, and another rise in price seems almost inevitable.

Norito's effectively a bit of a longshot for competition, but it wasn't a bad bet for speculators and budget-savvy players at its previous price points. Now, on massive upwards Price Trends, it's more the kind of card players will be searching their locals for so the can snap up straggling copies on the cheap. If Norito takes off at YCS Atlanta, we can expect a lot of players who bought in earlier this weekend to be breathing a sigh of relief… while speculators make cash register noises and smile ear to ear.

 Norito the Moral Leader
$17.99
$13.97
$6.85
Norito the Moral Leader70022
Set Number Hunters
Number NUMH-EN039
Level 6
Type Xyz Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster/Xyz/Effect
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 2700 / 2000
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

2 Level 6 Spellcaster-Type monsters // Once per turn, during either player's turn, when your opponent activates a Spell/Trap Card: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy it.


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#1: Chronograph Sorcerer

But Norito's two printings and generally scarcer supply meant it couldn't outpace the it-card of the weekend, Chronograph Sorcerer. With abilities that can create giant swings of momentum and pay off established combos with bigger value and faster wins, Chronograph Sorcerer's been muttered about as a potential investment opportunity for weeks, and has seen high sales on and off within the same period.

But it took the arrival of the Sneak Peeks to truly unleash Chronograph's secondary market potential, and when Heavymetalfoes Electrumite moved from being a point of conversation to a card people were capable of holding and putting into a sleeve, the demand officially went crazy. A few caches of deep stock are keeping Sorcerer from rising much in value for now, but it's on an upward Price Trend and is already largely a $2 card, up from just a buck a couple days ago.

Will it have legs? It'll be tough to tell, since it's very likely that the Top 10 on Friday will include at least some cards from Extreme Force presales – those presales are available now in the TCGplayer Marketplace . But we'll keep an eye out for Chronograph Sorcerer throughout the week.

 Chronograph Sorcerer
$2.00
$0.99
$0.53
Chronograph Sorcerer134949
Set Pendulum Evolution
Number PEVO-EN002
Level 6
Type Pendulum/Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute DARK 
A / D 2000 / 1700
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : During your Main Phase: You can destroy this card, and if you do, take 1 "Timegazer Magician" from your hand or Deck, and either place it in your Pendulum Zone or Special Summon it. You can only use this effect of "Chronograph Sorcerer" once per turn.
Monster Effect : If a card(s) you control is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can Special Summon this card from your hand, then you can Special Summon 1 monster from your hand. You can banish this card you control, plus 4 monsters from your hand, field, and/or Graveyard (1 each with "Pendulum Dragon", "Xyz Dragon", "Synchro Dragon", and "Fusion Dragon" in their names); Special Summon 1 "Supreme King Z-ARC" from your Extra Deck. (This is treated as a Fusion Summon.)


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That's it for now, but join us on Friday to see the presale trends from EXFO sales, as the dueling calendar rolls over into release day. It's time to place your bets – what do YOU think will become the highest selling cards from Extreme Force, and what will become the set's surprise money cards?

We'll find out the answer to those questions and more, later in the week.

-Jason Grabher-Meyer


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