12 Modern and Legacy Cards You Need To Sell or Trade Before Ultimate Masters Releases

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By Brian McCormick | More Articles
November 12, 2018  12:29 PM
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Ultimate Masters is the end of the Modern Masters sets according to Wizards of the Coast. As we say farewell to the series, we should also say farewell to the cards being reprinted as they will likely plummet in market value over the next few months. About half of the rares in Ultimate Masters have already been spoiled and based on what we’ve seen there’s going to be a lot of value in the rare slot.

Although UM has a higher than normal MSRP, that is only going to do so much to keep the additional supply of cards from reducing card value. Ultimate Masters rares will continue to decline in price from now until their release. After release, prices will decline for another 3 to 6 months until the set is no longer in significant circulation, at which point card prices should stabilize and rise or fall with their popularity in Modern.

With that being said, here are 12 cards you should sell or trade before Ultimate Masters releases:

1Ancient Tomb

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Ancient Tomb is a card from Tempest, which was released way back in 1997. Its only been reprinted as an Expedition Land and in the FTV: Realms product. Ancient Tomb is not legal in Modern and isn’t a high demand card, although it does see play in decks such as Eldrazi and Sneak and Show. Expect Ancient Tomb to lose over half its value.

Current Price: $40

Expected Value: Less than $20

2Dark Depths

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Depths was printed in Coldsnap and anything that was ever good in that set has high valuations. Unfortunately for Marit Lage fanatics, Dark Depths has never been reprinted in paper form outside of From the Vault: Lore. It’s also a staple in Legacy decks, such as Lands. Since it is banned in Modern, its demand isn’t too high and its price is mostly determined by a limited supply. Dark Depths is being reprinted at Mythic Rarity, which should keep its price from plummeting into oblivion, but it's still going to have a major impact on the supply of this card, and ergo reduce its value.

Current Price: $50

Expected Value: Less than $20

3Karn Liberated

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Karn and Mox Opal are the two mythic cards that needed a reprint the most. To the chagrin of many Modern players, this is going to help make Tron decks more affordable. Karn is such a vital card to Tron (one of the most popular Modern decks), that it’s not going to take as dramatic percentage wise loss as other cards, but on a dollar loss basis, it is going to be considerably cheaper.

Current Price: $82

Expected Value: Less than $65

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Brian McCormick is a Fantasy and Science Fiction enthusiast & Co Founder of Epicstream.com