Top 15 Most Expensive Magic: The Gathering Cards Printed At Common Rarity

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When we see a common Magic card, we usually think that it's worth less than a dollar. There are actually some cards printed in common rarity that actually turned out to be expensive. Some can be seen with a price tag of almost $60 a piece or at $40. This list features the most expensive cards printed in common rarity. I bet you'll want to dust off those cards from your basement and see if you have one or more of any on this list. Just a precaution though, not even a single card on the list is included in the Reserved List, expect that most if not all will be reprinted someday.

In no particular order, here is your list of the most expensive commons Magic: The Gathering has to offer so far. 

  1. Quirion Ranger

    Expansion first printed: Visions and FNM promo card.

    Price Tag: $3+

    Quirion Ranger is first printed in Visions that is a highly sought card by Pauper format players and also Legacy. Some players include it in their Commander decks. It also has a special print which is an FNM card that costs $50 a piece. It really is quite expensive and also very rare to see nowadays.

  2. Flying Men

    Expansion first printed: Arabian Nights and Timeshifted.

    Price Tag: $10+

    There's nothing new when you see a card printed in Arabian Nights and say, "What a pricey card it is that doesn't do much but fly and attack for 1 damage". I know, it really is quite expensive but you can also check its second print in Timeshifted that only costs less than $1. What slightly bothers me is that it was named Flying Men but the art only shows one man in a carpet and flying, though the flavor text states twenty flying men. Why not name it Twenty Flying Men? Yea, no big deal. I just saw it and made me scratch my head. By the way, some Commander players love to include it on their list.

  3. Gush

    Expansion printed: Mercadian Masques, Duel Decks: Jace vs. Chandra and Duel Decks: Anthology.

    Price Tag: $4+

    "OH MY GOSH!" is what I usually hear when people see that the card went up as high as $12 each on its Duel Deck: Anthology print and $5 each for its first print in Mercadian Masques. The main culprit is Pauper format followed by Commander players. With three prints out, the card seems to stay at around $5 each just because a lot of players love the card.

  4. Darkness

    Expansion printed: Legends and Timeshifted.

    Price Tag: $7+

    Legends is a set that contains highly expensive cards such as The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale, Moat, The Abyss, Nether Void, Chains of Mephistopheles and Eureka. The cards you won't see a lot on the table since most of them were already in the possession of high-end collectors. Some of these are on the reserved list so the price is expected to be as high as it possibly could. Darkness though is also printed on this set which has been printed as well in Timeshifted. It is commonly used by Miller decks in Modern format and Commander players.

  5. Army of Allah

    Expansion printed: Arabian Nights.

    Price Tag: $10+

    Another card printed in Arabian Nights, one of the sets with low volume of supply which is the reason why cards like this is still expensive regardless if there are also cards printed from recent sets that also does the exact thing it does. Have you ever seen this card played that much? I haven't as well and just saw exactly one deck in a certain site that includes it, a Mono-White Soldier EDH deck.

  6. Fire Ambush

    Expansion printed: Portal Three Kingdoms.

    Price Tag: $8+

    A Sorcery speed Lightning Strike. The only reason why it has a price tag of $8 is that it was only printed once in a set with a low volume of supply. It actually does nothing special and I'm not actually sure if somebody would buy it unless it is gem mint as collectors highly prefer.

  7. Lotus Petal

    Expansion printed: Tempest, From the Vault: Exiled and Masterpiece Series: Kaladesh Inventions.

    Price Tag: $7+

    Oh, I'm not yet done with the price tag. The prints coming from the special sets From the Vault: Exiled and Masterpiece Series: Kaladesh Inventions also has a price tag of $40+ and $140+ each. Now we're talking about one of the most useful artifacts the game has ever created. It is mostly used in Legacy decks such as Dredge, Turbo Depths, Sneak and Show, Storm and many more. It is also used by a lot of Commander players to easily ramp up their mana to cast spells earlier than they were supposed to.

  8. Zodiac Rat

    Expansion printed: Portal Three Kingdoms.

    Price Tag: $10+

    Sorry, another useless card. It's the truth, what else aside from fun decks that contains a whole bunch of rats has this card ever been used? None. The only reason it costs a whopping $10+ is that it is printed in Portal Three Kingdoms, another set with a low volume of supply. I'm not buying a single copy of it, ever.

  9. False Defeat

    Expansion printed: Portal Three Kingdoms.

    Price Tag: $10+

    Here is a card I could definitely say is useful. However, some will ask if why did the creator of Magic: The Gathering give White the access to put a creature directly into play from your graveyard since Black is usually known for doing that since the game was created. The four-mana cost seems appropriate. They are holy as what they thought White should ever be and reviving a fallen comrade fits well.

  10. Forest Bear

    Expansion printed: Portal Three Kingdoms.

    Price Tag: $18+

    No love for Grizzly Bear? I think they don't. They have overprinted one of the most popular vanilla creatures into eternity while Forest Bear has only one exact print in Portal Three Kingdoms

  11. Manamorphose

    Expansion printed: Shadowmoor and Modern Masters.

    Price Tag: $15+

    Here we go! I will not disappoint you with this one as the card is auto-included in Modern Storm. Some new random decks also include it such as Mardu Pyromancer, Blue-Red Thing in the Ice, Sultai Shadow and many more. It's quite a cantrip that definitely does a very good thing to thin your deck yet leaving you two mana in exchange for the cost.

  12. Rhystic Study

    Expansion printed: Prophecy and Commander's Arsenal

    Price Tag: $14+


    With two prints out, the most expensive is from Commander's Arsenal that costs $42+ each. There is quite a good list of EDH decks that uses the card, ranging from Zur the Enchanter, Atraxa Super Friends and a lot more. This is the kind of card that gives you advantage, and when left unchecked, wins you games more often.

  13. Thought Vessel

    Expansion printed: Commander 2015 and Commander Anthology.

    Price Tag: $8+


    The cheaper version is from Commander 2015 which is sitting around $6 each as of the moment. Specially printed on those sets for Commander players to ramp up their mana. A lot of stones means early spells to cast which is what they love to do more often than not.

  14. Oubliette

    Expansion printed: Arabian Nights.

    Price Tag: $39+


    There are two versions of the card, one that costs $35 and $39. Also coming from the set with low volume of supply, the card is also highly sought by players of Pauper format. However, the card is not included in the reserved list so I'm quite hopeful that they will reprint it someday. Pauper is no longer cheap if there are cards that costs $30 - $40 each.

  15. Three Visits

    Expansion printed: Portal Three Kingdoms.

    Price Tag: $95+

    The most expensive Rampant Growth I've ever seen and yet it warrants a price tag of almost $100 a piece due to its low volume of print. Certain old cards have the appeal of getting a price tag as high as it could due to some facts like the law of supply and demand. When I say demand, it comes a lot from our dear friends who are playing Commander. By the way, the forest you put into play is untapped so I guess that makes it a little different from Rampant Growth.

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