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9, Feb, 23

MTG’s Most Valuable Product May Be Too Good to Be True

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Following in the footsteps of The Brothers’ War, MTG’s latest premier set is once again pushing the bounds of collectibility. Rather than having ultra collectible serialized cards, however, Phyrexia: All Will Be One is going all out on art treatments. For instance, the set’s chase mythic, Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines has six different, immensely valuable variants. Out of these myriad art treatments, currently, the extra exclusive Oil Slick Raised Foil version is the most expensive. Leading the pack by over a $100 margin. Now, this Oil Slick Raised Foil is selling for $299.00 apiece. Due to this incredible value, it’s no wonder that the only product where you can get Oil Slick Raised Foils, the Phyrexia: All Will Be One Bundle: Compleat Edition, is selling like hotcakes. As compelling as this MTG product seems, however, it may be too good to be true. 

The Fanciest Foils

Phyrexia: All Will Be One Compleat Edition
Phyrexia: All Will Be One Compleat Edition | Wizards of the Coast

Priced at just $80 on Amazon and other retailers, the Phyrexia: All Will Be One Bundle: Compleat Edition promises investors instant and incredible profit. As we highlighted previously following the bundle selling out, the Compleat Edition boasts a minimum value of around $217. On the opposite end of the scale, the Compleat Edition can now be worth around a staggering $525. With this much value on offer, it was no surprise that finding a Bundle to buy became quite the feat. That was the case, at least, when we first wrote our article. Since then, numerous retailers have replenished their stock, allowing players another chance to purchase this exceptionally valuable MTG product. 

Considering how good the Oil Slick Raised Foils look, these restocks are wonderful news for casual collectors and foil fans. However, investors are growing increasingly skeptical about the Compleat Edition’s exorbitant value as more product becomes available. While Compleat Edition bundles are still being pre-ordered for around $150 on TCGplayer, this skepticism makes a lot of sense. After all, much of the value for Oil Slick Raised Foils was due to their presumed exclusivity and scarcity. Now that more product is being allocated for pre-orders, the value of these highly prized MTG cards may plummet significantly. 

This appears to already be happening for many of the Bundle: Compleat Edition’s cards. For instance, the pre-order price for a Tyrranax Rex has already dropped by over $24. Initially, this foiled-out green bomb was priced at $69.99, however, now copies are being sold for just $45.95. While Tyrranax Rex has fallen the furthest so far, almost all Oil Slick Raised Foil cards are tumbling in price. For the most part, prices have only dropped between $5 and $15. However, they may well continue to fall. 

The Fall From Grace

Oil Slick Raised Foil Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines
Oil Slick Raised Foil Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines | Phyrexia: All Will Be One

Following yet another round of restocks, this time at Target, users on the r/MTGfinance subreddit highlighted how the rarity of this once-prized MTG product is fading fast. “Wow, between Target, Walmart, and all the Amazon restocks, it’s like these aren’t as rare after all,” u/pbaddict commented. Alongside this obvious assessment, Reddit user u/AltairKamil highlighted how prices of Phyrexia: All Will Be One’s mythics are likely to crash once the Bundle: Compleat Edition launches in March. “Loving it. Regular versions of cards will plummet HARD when people start chasing those slick oil treatments.” Following this, u/Not_Good_Not_Bad_Tho pointed out, “this is great for the players and terrible for the collectors of this product. Really interesting because everyone whaling out on this will definitely saturate the market on the ‘lame versions’ of each card.” 

While many Reddit users expect prices to dip even lower following continued restocks, some players aren’t so quick to dismiss the value of the Bundle: Compleat Edition. Reddit user u/malikona, for instance, noted that at $80, the Compleat Edition is compelling even without the chase mythics. The Oil Slick Raised Foil land, for example, is worth roughly $54 all on its own. “Lest we forget, these also have 12 Set Boosters, 20 foil Phyrexian lands (which will have demand because they’re sick), 20 foil panorama lands, and a Phyrexian language Phyrexian Arena in every box, IN ADDITION to the oil slick lands and mythics (not to mention the box itself). Call me crazy, but depending on allocation, $80 sounds like a steal.” 

The Silver Lining

Oil Slick Raised Foil Prices | Phyrexia: All Will Be One
Oil Slick Raised Foil Prices | Phyrexia: All Will Be One

Ultimately, whatever happens to the Bundle: Compleat Edition’s price, there will be a silver lining to this tumultuous saga. On one hand, if prices remain high, savvy MTG players stand to make an astonishing amount of profit. On the other hand, however, if prices crash, casual players may be able to acquire powerful mythics on the cheap. Following the recent waves of restocks, the latter option seems more likely. However, it’s too early to tell for sure. After all, the Phyrexia: All Will Be One Bundle: Compleat Edition is still almost a month away from launching. 

When it does launch, some MTG players may be able to get even more value for their $80. At select stores, and while stocks last, Compleat Edition purchasers will also receive the Phyrexian Click-Wheel Life Counter. Currently, these chase collectible accessories are being sold on websites such as eBay for between $75 and $100. As we noted recently, however, once stock of these accessories floods the market, prices may fall significantly. Nevertheless, those who can pick up this promotional life counter will receive even more value for money. 

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