This week, we look at a completely different kind of card, a card picking up steam in Pauper. It’s a common from Magic 2012 called Stonehorn Dignitary! It’s seeing play at four copies in 5-Color Urzatron Control and four copies between the main and sideboards of Sunscape Storm (I think that’s what the deck is called.) While it’s still a $0.25 card at the moment, just looking at people listing playsets for $4 or $5 on eBay tells me that people are expecting this card to move up quickly!
What makes the Dignitary so interesting from an investment perspective is that there are no reprints of it. Also, foil copies have been going bonkers. They’ve been listed as high as $13 on TCGPlayer, although the actual market seems to be between $4 and $7. Since Pauper is an Eternal format, players are quite willing to invest in foil copies for decks they plan to keep built. So, do we want to pick up a playset or two of Stonehorn Dignitary and hope for the best?
Low-Risk, Decent Reward
Because this is a common you can still find in bulk, Stonehorn Dignitary is extremely low risk. Heck, because it sees some Commander play in “blink” decks like Brago, King Eternal and Roon of the Hidden Realm, you can usually sell it to buylists for about a nickel. That’s the absolute worst case scenario, though. This card shouldn’t be going anywhere in Pauper.
The only thing that can hurt the Dignitary is if he gets reprinted. While this guy could fit into a lot of different scenarios, he hasn’t been reprinted yet. As it stands, there’s a good chance that Dignitary is $0.50 before long, and being that people are buying him four at a time for Pauper, $1 isn’t out of the question.
If you buy Stonehorn Dignitary at retail, you’re looking at likely doubling or quadrupling your money. If you already have some laying around, set them aside. This is one of the better commons to keep your eye on right now. If you can get foils on the low-end, that’s probably the better plan to make money quick. But if you’re just looking to grind out some value, keep a playset or two of these around.
A look back at previous Magic Card Investor episodes:
Nezahal, Primal Tide was $1.50 TCGPlayer mid on 6/20 and is $1.64 on 7/2. That’s a 9% gain in a little under two weeks. The market price is $1.74, so the market is still heating up. Getting to $3 in a hurry isn’t out of the question. This is still a buy.
Scrap Trawler was a little under $1 on 6/26 and by 7/2 it’s $1.15. That’s 15% in about a week! It’s slowed down, though. So I still really like this card, and I’d categorize it more as a hold. Still, you can’t turn down picking these up at such a low price.
If there’s a card you believe we should take a look at here on the Magic Card Investor, let us know in the comments!