What? Another Modern Horizons article already? You'd better believe it.
When we first talked about the set last week, I was flying by the seat of my pants with a massive amount of new information. Heck, we didn't even know how much the set would sell for! (The answer appears to be about $200/box, but with 36 packs/box instead of 24 packs/box like Masters sets. That comes out to roughly $5.50/pack for Modern Horizons.)
I still don't have any more hard facts about the contents of the set – we won't find that out until May – but I have had a lot more time to think about which cards might be reprinted in Modern Horizons. Not just a wish list of all the format-warping Legacy staples that have a shot at showing up, but the stuff that I actually expect to see reprinted.
This is important to figure out now, because possible Modern Horizons reprints like Baleful Strix have already begun to sell out and spike in price. And while some of the cards that show up in Modern Horizons will see their price tags fall, many will see a permanent increase in value while others will make for solid short-term specs.
One way or another, Modern Horizons will be the engine driving Magic Finance for the next couple of months, and I want to spend as much time as possible right now setting us up for success.
My goal today is to build ourselves a shopping list of potential Modern Horizons reprints. Not just the cards that might come back, but the ones that are likely to increase in value when they do. But first, let's talk about—
Cards That Are Too Powerful for Modern Horizons
Cards on this list aren't bad buys, necessarily. As with most things in Magic finance, any attention from the community is usually enough to cause a spike. For example, the previously mentioned Baleful Strix is up to $8 right now despite the fact that it would make for an absolutely miserable card to play against in Modern. No matter. If you bought in before the spike, you can sell your copies now at a reasonable profit.
On the other hand, I feel like this is the wrong list of cards to focus on. While one or two of them might sneak into Modern Horizons anyway, I'd rather not spend too much time buying cards that probably aren't going to be added to the Modern card pool.