Celebrating it’s 25th anniversary this year, Magic: The Gathering (MTG) created by Richard Garfield, hasn’t lost any of the charm that has made it a favorite of nearly twenty million people across the globe. In this article, we’ll take a look at the best Blue Cards to get graded when investing in MTG cards. But first… Allow Me to Digress.
Color choice is crucial for deck building
Be that as it may, our business here today is Blue Magic.
A Brief Background of Blue Cards
Did You Know? With Timetwister, Ancestral Recall, and Time Walk, Blue is the only color observed in the Power Nine!
Now, for the meat and potatoes!
What Are The Best Blue MTG cards to get PSA graded?
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An Uncommon card, Remand is a Staple in modern blue decks. However, it is not your traditional counter-spell. Rather than bouncing your opponent’s spell back, this card neutralizes it. What makes Remand so special? For starters, it can be a real game changer.
The secret beauty of Remand is that you can use it on yourself to counter an opponent’s counter, making this card an ace in the hole. Remand allows you to gain tempo without having to compromise your card advantage. The card’s artist, Mark A. Nelson, took an interesting approach to this card, giving it the dark feel a trickster deserves. Remand sits at ten on this list because it’s a card that has great value in-game and on the market. This card is the tenth pick for the best Blue MTG cards to get PSA graded.
Every Format has a few rare cards that players want, and Morphling was that card. A Mythic Rare, Morhphling continues to stand out as one of the best creatures that can be played.
Not only can it attack and block, but it can also cheat death by dodging attacks with evasion. The proclamation of the sixth edition rules marked a turning point for this card, and I can see it gaining value in the future.
Rk Post drew this attractive card and captured the shape-shifters abilities perfectly by depicting the creature mirroring its enemy. This card is ranked number nine on this list because of its potential and current value.
#8. CRYPTIC COMMAND
Cryptic Command is a Rare than can serve as a format-defining card. As a matter of fact, this card’s an entire toolbox in one card. An MTG “jack-of-all-trades.” After all, what more could someone possibly want? One well-timed move with this bad boy can cripple an opponent. Not to mention, Cryptic Command is a top-end control card for Blue Deck players who want to focus on playing counters.
Moreover, Cryptic Command is a necessary piece for long games for control and tempo decks and offers a great counter. Illustrator Jason Rainville puts much detail into this card; the robes look alive and truly embodies the power of this card. At number eight, this card doesn’t exactly burn a hole in your pocket, but still makes for a smart investment.
#7. VENDILION CLIQUE
This Mythic Rare is definitely a card to keep your eye on, let alone one of the best cards you can have in play. With tons of power to throw around, what’s not to love about Vendilion Clique. The card has instant speed, a 3/1 body with evasion abilities, it’s a faerie, and you can target yourself to upgrade your hand.
There’s plenty I could say about this card, but what’s for certain is that Vendilion Clique is a diamond-in-the-rough. The faerie-centered artwork shows you the vibrancy and color so characteristic of these creatures.
Illustrator Willian Murai delivers extensive detail into each faerie giving them all distinct features. Sitting pretty at number seven on our list, its currently teetering on the triple-digit value line and will probably see much more value in days to come.
#6. SNAPCASTER MAGE
I love this card; I’m not lying when I say that either. For players who wield the mighty Snapcaster Mage have an array of options when considering how to unleash this Mythic Rare. For one thing, this card is a powerful engine that plays instants and sorceries, making it one of the best creatures in MTG.
Now, the Snapcaster Mage doesn’t offer a huge card advantage, so don’t get too excited. However, the card does provide you with more options that weren’t there beforehand. Rendered by Ryan Alexander Lee, the artwork is beautifully done, highlighting the strength of this dark wizard. While on some lists this card may be ranked higher, on this list is sits at six because, however valuable, its still under $200.
#5. FORCE OF WILL
Well beyond the triple-digit barrier, Force of Will is wise-choice when thinking about investing in a Blue Card. This card’s rarity is Special and might be the best counterspell ever. Often referred to as a card that “ties it all together,” this spell is crucial for self-protection when you are tapped out of mana.
Force of Will also rewards its player on the draw. That’s right! You can have your cake and eat it too with this card because it allows you to keep unfair decks in check and disrupts your opponent’s play at any point in the game. The “genie-esque” creature in this card is wonderfully drawn using vibrant colors to capture the eye; Terese Nielsen drew it.
This card ended up in the middle of our list, at number five, because of its extreme fluctuations in price, but overall rising value.
To not put the Blue Cards that are members of the elite “Power Nine” would be a smudge on the color’s reputation. With this in mind, let’s take a look at our first Blue card to carry this honor. Undoubtedly one of the game’s most valuable cards, this Rare card is basically a death sentence. Even though it allows both players to draw seven brand new cards, chances are the player opposite Timetwister won’t last long enough to enjoy their new hand.
Credit for this card’s image goes to Mark Tedin, who did a wonderful job of illustrating the utter destruction caused by this card. Valued upwards of three grand, it’s unlikely the value of this card will be going down any time soon; which is why it’s just next to the podium at number four.
#3. UNDERGROUND SEA
This legendary land, found in the Limited Edition Alpha set, counts as both a swamp and an island. This card is, per usual land cards, free of mana-use, but could be considered an extra card. In other words, for players who have certain “deck-breakers,” this card can prove extremely useful.
As far as the artwork goes, Rob Alexander keeps us guessing whether this beautifully serene scene depicts sunrise or sunset. In any event, the mere fact this card allows both Ancestral Recall and Yawgmoth’s Will to be played is why it’s so OP. Because I didn’t want to move a land card into first or second place, I thought it fitting to give this card bronze for its “investability.”
#2. TIME WALK
Wouldn’t you like the ability to stop time during a match and take an extra turn? Well, if you’re brandishing an Alpha Series Time Walk card, you probably wouldn’t be asking that question. Simply reading, “Take an extra turn after this one,” this card acts as a powerful weapon against any adversary.
Crediting Amy Weber for this card’s macabre style, this card is constantly climbing the charts regarding value. I put it at number two because an extra turn is a valuable thing, but, hey, so is six thousand bucks!
Alpha Investments has a lot of three Time Walks graded PSA 10 right now on eBay. The asking price is a whopping $100,000! See it for yourself here.
#1. ANCESTRAL RECALL
With the ability to turn tides, this Blue Instant is incredibly powerful. More specifically, Ancestral Recall lets you to draw three cards, or to force your opponent to draw three. In addition to its incredibly influential powers, the card has an interesting aesthetic appeal as well.
Mark Poole employed a “Mayanesque” style when drawing up this card. This card climbed to number one on our investment list because it consistently tops value charts, and is just an all-around great card.
A psa 10 Gem Mint 10 copy sold for $9,250 recently on eBay. That’s a pretty decent profit if you only paid $3,000 for a raw copy and an extra $10 to get it graded.
At The End Of The Day
There are many factors at play when determining the value of a card. Furthermore, this list isn’t the definitive source when wondering about the best Blue MTG Cards. However, it is a summary of some of the best cards you can get when looking for a robust blue deck. It’s also, a mix of cards I enjoy with cards that are just too steep in price to be left off this list. It’s also a great list of some of the best Blue MTG cards to get PSA graded.
Does anyone even have time for plain, old trading cards?
If you’re an avid player, a long-time collector or a new prospector in the market, this list is for you! There’s no denying that Magic: The Gathering is going to be around for a long time.
I just hope it doesn’t outlast me. Wishful thinking, perhaps.
This intriguing and collectible card game will likely continue to make its indellible mark in the trading card game industry long after you and I play our “final hand”. With its beautiful and unique art, its incredible fan base, and its devoted employees, its no surprise that Magic stands out as a trail-blazer in the Trading Card Industry.