Jumpstart 2022 has taken hold of the second-hand market. One of the Booster Fun initiatives in Jumpstart 2022 was the inclusion of one anime art card per pack. Recent community conversations suggest that the MTG world has embraced these new Booster Fun cards with open arms. The secondary market supports this view since anime art cards go for more than their alternatives.
A $1 card that goes for $20!?
The increase in prices of anime art cards from Jumpstart 2022 compared to their counterparts. This Coldsteel Heart takes things up a ridiculous notch, sort of $20 average. Coldsteel Heart is a solid mana rock in Commander that can tap for any color. The snow synergy is a nice touch for the few decks that care about it.
Coldsteel Heart is an uncommon that has been reprinted several times throughout various Commander products. As a result, you can find copies of these cards that only go for $1. Heck, there was a listing for a Coldsteel Heart for one cent at the time of writing. This should put into perspective how crazy the current ‘Waifu tax’ really is on MTG cards.
Balan, wandering knight
Of all the Jumpstart 2022 anime art cards currently available on TCGplayer, Balan, Wandering Knight is the most expensive. The percentage increase isn’t as crazy as some of the cheaper anime art cards available, but it’s still ten times the original price point. For those who want their own anime MTG cat girl, Balan currently has one $50 price tag, making it the most expensive card in the entire set. This is completely unparalleled as the card outperforms Commander staples such as Russian study. The average price of a non-anime Balan is approx $4.50.
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The Tree of Perdition
There is still a “Waifu treasure” available with this first ever printed card, but it’s not nearly as bad as the other anime art card price increases from Jumpstart 2022. This Tree of Perdition lasts approx. $16 currently only 60% more than its $10 price otherwise.
Stitcher’s Supplier is a popular constructed card. Being able to paint as many as six cards for a one-mana investment is a fantastic prize for decks that interact with their graveyards. This makes regular versions of Stitcher’s Supplier a sensational one $3 despite the fact that it is unusual.
As you might imagine, this particular Stitcher’s Supplier is running for a premium. The spike for this has been particularly explosive, rising from a low point $1 to $8 in just over a week.
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The unusual mirror image is relatively unplayed. While it’s probably a decent budget Commander card, it just passes $1. As soon as the card receives any anime artwork, the card, after a massive spike, passes $8.
Outside of this anime artwork, Tragic Slip is a 25 cent card. Morbid is much harder to turn on than the Revolt mechanic Fatal push which most competitive players are used to. If a creature (it doesn’t have to be yours) has died this turn, Tragic Slip can remove almost any creature you come across, including giants that Ulamog, The Easeless Hunger.
Tragic Slip with the anime artwork from Jumpstart 2022 goes for anywhere in between $4.50 and $5. That’s a 1900% increase!
Spoiled as one of the earliest Booster Fun examples for Jumpstart 2022, Spectral Sailor is another card that goes for much more than its counterparts. In particular, this card sees play in some Spirit builds in Pioneer, giving it a competitive home. Regardless, in its normal form, Spectral Sailor still only goes for about 25 cents. Spectral Sailor’s anime artwork currently averages at $3.50.
Is this booster fun artwork coming back?
If anything was made clear by the absurd price increases seen in many (but not all!) of the anime art cards introduced in Jumpstart 2022, this Booster Fun promotion looks set to be wildly successful. After this, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a return of the anime artwork in future sets. As discussed in our article addressing the community’s attitude towards these artworks, while many people like the new art, those who don’t like it tend to hate it, to the point where they won’t even see their opponents play it. Unfortunately for these players, success breeds repetition with MTG, so there’s a good chance we’ll see them again.
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