Ixalan DFC's aren't and won't be worth SQUAT!

Ugh, thanks WoTC...

So you may have seen this recent announcement published by Wizards of the Coast admitting to the use of the incorrect cardstock on an undisclosed amount of dual faced cards (DFC for short) in Ixalan.

As a result of this announcement, the misprint community has seen the inevitable flood of people asking if their cards are misprints and flooding marketplaces like eBay with all these new "misprints" they've opened.


Even worse, there are people with significant youtube followings, who know little about misprints, spreading misinformation by directly comparing this mishap to Summer Magic!


I'm here to set the record straight:


If we look at eBay right now we can see that people are hoping that misprint collectors will buy these magical new misprints at exorbitant premiums.  There's a small flood of flashlight photos and "Ixalan Misprint" listing titles all over eBay,

Holy crap!  Only $500 for a playset of misprinted Growing Rites?  Sign me up!  **even harder facepalm**

So are these cards even selling?  Admittedly, a few of them are, but not for the insane prices that some people are putting them at.  If you've read my article about how to figure out the value of your misprint, you'll recall that I brought up supply and demand.  Any demand for these cards is going to dry up very quickly.  The types of collectors who want to own a few or all of these most likely have already got them.  The more experienced collectors won't be in a rush though and if they don't have them yet will wait for the over-hype to pass before picking them up.  What I'm saying is that there's LITTLE TO NO DEMAND for these cards.  A few have sold on eBay at slightly higher prices, but that ship has sailed.

Yes...2 listings got lucky, but don't expect that to be the norm.

So now that we've established a baseline for demand, let's talk about supply.  For WotC to make a PA about the error means that they are expecting multiple people to run into these and they needed to acknowledge them to avoid any potential competitive REL issues.  From that, we can infer that a significant portion of product has been affected.  This is supported by the fact of how many people are finding these cards now.  It's safe to say that this is a very common error.

If you wan't to figure out the price of a very common production error over the long term, you need to take a look at the other very common errors that have popped up throughout the history of magic.  I'm talking about the hairy Runeswords, the shifted Gaea's Touch, Alpha Unsummon, and the myriad of other similar examples throughout magic's history

Let's compare our Ixalan DFC to one of the more valuable recurring misprints. 

Unlike the Lost Vale to its right and the other 3 aforementioned common misprints the Serra Angel/Time elemental is visually stunning.  Anyone who knows either of the 2 cards or anything about magic can immediately tell that there's something wrong.  To top it off Serra Angel is a very collectible card.  There are reasons that this card commands a $75+ price-tag.

The Lost Vale on the other hand requires a flashlight to even verify that it is a misprint.  Otherwise it doesn't stand out at all.  It's arguably less noticeable than the hairy runesword.  People are also unsure about if these cards will be considered marked due to the tangible difference from normal cards when shuffling.  That's why it will never carry a significant premium.

I hope after reading this that I've cleared up any potential confusion about the Ixalan cardstock issue.  I need your help.  Take this blog and share it.  Stop the rumors about DFC's being valuable misprints from spreading further.  The misprint community has become a bit of a dumping ground. Normal MTG players are opening minor misprints more than ever and because of misconceptions about what is collectible, we see floods of cards that are not.  This may not seem like a big deal, but it's damaging to the health of our hobby.  Imagine that you're watching your favorite tv show, and every 7 seconds a trailer for a show that you may be interested in interrupts your viewing experience.  It'll get very old very quickly.  Thank you for helping me spread the word!