State of the Magic the Gathering Card Market – January 2022

Welcome to the first of what is planned to be a monthly series of articles examining the best selling Magic the Gathering cards and sealed product on TCGPlayer. It seems the midpoint of January 2022 is a particularly good time to take a lot at the top 100 cards and sealed boxes on the most popular platform for buying and selling Trading Card Games. It’s been a couple weeks into the new year and some interesting trends have seemed to solidify that will likely shape the Magic the Gathering card market going forward.

Let’s get into the Top 100 cards & sealed product on TCGPlayer as of January 15, 2022

1. Black Lotus (Unlimited)

2. Double Masters Booster Box

3. Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer

4. Urza’s Saga

5. Underground Sea (Revised)

6. Commander Legends Draft Booster Box

7. Volcanic Island (Revised)

8. Gaea’s Cradle

9. Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Set Booster Box (Preorder)

10. Modern Horizons 2 Set Booster Box

11. Mox Jet (Unlimited)

12. Jeweled Lotus

13. Polluted Delta (Khans of Tarkir)

14. Tropical Island (Revised)

15. Solitude

16. Modern Horizons 2 Collector Booster Box

17. Esper Sentinel

18. Force of Negation

19. Taiga (Revised)

20. Mox Diamond

21. Dockside Extortionist

22. Scalding Tarn (Modern Horizons 2)

23. Smothering Tithe

24. Fierce Guardianship

25. Flooded Strand (Khans of Tarkir)

26. Misty Rainforest (Modern Horizons 2)

27. Bayou (Revised)

28. Wheel of Fortune (Revised)

29. Lion’s Eye Diamond

30. Bloodstained Mire (Khans of Tarkir)

31. Endurance (Modern Horizons 2)

32. Timetwister (Unlimited)

33. Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Collector Booster Box (Preorder)

34. Tundra (Revised)

35. Scrubland (Revised)

36. Wooded Foothills (Khans of Tarkir)

37. Verdant Catacombs (Modern Horizons 2)

38. Badlands (Revised)

39. Edgar Markov (Judge Promo)

40. Force of Will (Alliances)

41. Rhystic Study (Prophecy)

42. Mana Crypt (Mystery Booster)

43. Mishra’s Workshop (Antiquities)

44. Kaldheim Collector Booster Box

45. Wrenn and Six

46. The Meathook Massacre

47. Savannah (Revised)

48. Edgar Markov (Commander 2017)

49. Windswept Heath (Khans of Tarkir)

50. Time Spiral Remastered Draft Booster Box

51. Plateau (Revised)

52. Mana Crypt (Double Masters)

53. Urza’s Saga (Showcase)

54. Deflecting Swat (Commander 2020)

55. Sensei’s Divining Top

56. Sliver Queen

57. Arid Mesa (Modern Horizons 2)

58. Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Draft Booster Box (Preorder)

59. Mana Drain (Commander Legends)

60. Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer (Borderless)

61. Urza, Lord High Artificer

62. Grim Monolith

63. Marsh Flats (Modern Horizons 2)

64. Dauthi Voidwalker

65. Vampiric Tutor (Commander Legends)

66. Modern Horizons 2 Draft Booster Box

67. Cavern of Souls (Avacyn Restored)

68. Gilded Drake

69. Anointed Procession

70. Survival of the Fittest

71. Ultimate Masters Booster Box

72. Jeska’s Will

73. Cabal Coffers (Modern Horizons 2)

74. The Great Henge

75. Yawgmoth’s Will

76. Modern Horizons Booster Box

77. Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger

78. Commander Collection Black (Preorder)

79. Goldspan Dragon

80. Jumpstart Booster Box

81. Strixhaven Collector Booster Box

82. Phyrexian Altar (Ultimate Masters)

83. Earthcraft

84. Transmute Artifact (Antiquities)

85. Fury

86. Necroduality

87. Yavimaya, Cradle of Growth

88. Metalworker

89. Moat

90. Demonic Tutor (Revised)

91. Parallel Lives

92. Zendikar Rising Collector Booster Box

93. Solitude (Borderless)

94. Inkmoth Nexus

95. Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx

96. Finale of Devastation

97. Innistrad Crimson Vow Collector Booster Box

98. Lotus Petal

99. Commander Collection Black Premium (Presale)

100. Allosaurus Shepherd

First, the extremely obvious. All of the Revised dual lands and ten fetchlands appear on this list. Two extreme outliers are Black Lotus and Mox Jet, which have only a handful of recent sales, each having an odd $500 sale each which are clear cases of #ShadyDealings. Otherwise, this is a really nice mix of vintage, popular sealed products, Commander staples, and Modern staples. Honestly, this is likely going to be the future of the Magic the Gathering market, driven mostly by collectors with an eye on investment in their collection and hardcore Commander and Modern players. There are also multiple printings of several cards, showing how resilient certain cards are to being reprinted.

The next five cards? Demonic Tutor from Strixhaven Mystical Archives, Serra’s Sanctum, Murktide Regent, Mana Crypt, and Force of Vigor. Notably, Cultivator Colossus from Innistrad: Crimson Vow is the next card.

Now more than ever, Magic the Gathering is becoming one of the premier collectible markets around. There’s a clear mix of cards that are holding value, even as reprints emerge, and the Reserved List cards (those that can’t be reprinted) make up a good chunk of this list. Interestingly, Innistrad Crimson Vow sealed product barely makes the list, and only Collector Boosters, with Innistrad Midnight Hunt boxes nowhere to be seen. Notably, the best card from Midnight Hunt, The Meathook Massacre, is present. Also, the best selling card from Crimson Vow, Necroduality, makes the Top 100.

Meanwhile, Neon Dynasty is selling quite well in preorders, especially when it comes to Set boxes. Not surprisingly, the amazing value that can be found within Double Masters, Commander Legends, and Modern Horizons 2 are allowing the sealed products of these sets to outsell most individual cards.

Another thing of note is the Kaldheim Collector booster boxes hanging around the middle of this list. Despite being a set with mixed reviews, the set has plenty of strong cards, especially in Commander and Modern, with some of the best Showcase art we’ve seen so far. It’s very likely the set will age extremely well and collectors seem to be hedging their bets in favor of that outcome. Personally, Kaldheim is one of my favorite Magic the Gathering sets of all time.

The other very interesting booster box to see her is Time Spiral Remastered, itself an OK set, but the value here is in the old border reprints of popular cards. The long term value of these boxes seems secure thanks to many of those bonus cards being relevant cards in competitive play. It remains to be seen if Wizards of the Coast releases more of these Remastered products.

Of course, the monkey in the room is the actual best selling card on TCGPlayer, Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer. This card probably never should have been printed, especially not at the bonkers power level it has proven to be in Modern. If this card had been printed in a Commander product, where it can only then affect Commander, Legacy, and Vintage, I would have been OK with it. It’s absolutely redefined the Modern format along with the next best selling card, Urza’s Saga. Both of these cards are fine in Commander, where you can only play a single copy and their immense power levels are balanced by the singleton format. They play fair in the high power levels of Legacy and Vintage, too. But, in Modern, they just warp the format into some unfair and un-fun play patterns. The more I see them, the more I want to see them banned in Modern. That’s not likely to happen for some time, as they are driving sales of Modern Horizons 2.

No matter the eventual fate of Ragavan and Urza’s Saga, the Modern Horizons 2 set is full of enough busted cards as it is. Many of them inhabit this list. The Evoke creatures such as Solitude, Endurance, and Fury are powerful, but balanced. Esper Sentinel is a tad ridiculous, but again, not breaking the format. Force of Negation is Modern’s version of Force of Will, and since it only affects noncreature spells, it’s perfectly fine. Force of Vigor is probably underplayed. Yavimaya, Cradle of Growth is probably my favorite “cheap” card from the set, and players are quickly realizing how extremely useful it is for all lands to also be Forests.

When we revisit this Top 100 next month, it’s likely many of the players will be similar, as we’ll do so right before the mid-February launch of Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty. It’s possible that the key card in that set, Satoru Umezawa, may grace this Top 100 list for some period of time. Watching how new releases cause ebbs and flows with these best sellers will be perhaps the most fun exercise of this series.

What conclusions do you draw from this Top 100? We’ll certainly go more in-depth on the cards we didn’t mention on future incarnations of this list. For now, stay safe and gather your Magic cards responsibly.

Writing words, spreading love, Amelia Desertsong primarily writes creative nonfiction articles, as well as dabbling in baseball, Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, and whatever else tickles her fancy.
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