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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Wednesday, September 10th, 2008 09:57 pm
magic: the geekering


Just finished pricing out my Magic collection. It's time to sell it. I haven't played for about a decade -- and didn't really play much then, preferring instead to collect; there were so many changes to the rules of play for years after the initial release that I just didn't have the stamina (or cash) to compete in more than house games, which were hard to come by in Reno. So I just bought and traded cards on USENET because it was kind of fun, in a hard-core nerd kind of way.

The grand total: nearly 9,000 cards spanning 18 sets, and a ton of supplies and related swag. The cards took awhile to price, and the concept of "pricing" is so uncertain and buyer-dependent. I looked at a bunch of online card shop price guides, some handily showing asking prices from other popular sites, and compared them against a list compiled from eBay selling prices.

So to get a rough idea, I found a searchable database and filtered out everything less than about a buck, inventoried everything else, and checked against the eBay price compilation. This was about 400 cards, of which I've got multiple copies of quite a few. This was kind of a surprise, considering that I sold off most of the valuable cards to raise some cash prior to law school.

The bottom line: those 400 cards (+ duplicates) price out at nearly $1500.

But that's if sold individually, and at dealer asking prices (even if they're on the extreme low end of dealer asking prices). I won't find a private collector willing to pay that for the collection as a single lot, even if I throw in everything else for free. I'll put the whole shebang up for $900 and see what happens. Maybe I'll partition it out.


Seems like I'm closing a door somehow, even though these have been gathering dust for most of the 15 years since I started.

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drjeff
drjeff
Raoul Duke
Thursday, September 11th, 2008 05:11 am (UTC)

Seems like I'm closing a door somehow, even though these have been gathering dust for most of the 15 years since I started.

I feel that way about getting rid of anything that I own, especially if it was given to me.


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nemo_wistar
nemo_wistar
Nemo Wistar, Escaped Lab Rat
Thursday, September 11th, 2008 05:39 am (UTC)

I need to do that to mine ... I started collecting during the Unlimited series and stopped around Ice Age. I have NO IDEA how much it's all worth.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Thursday, September 11th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)

Probably more than mine. I did sell off a chunk of the valuable cards already, and UL stuff is valued higher.


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jef182
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Thursday, September 11th, 2008 07:34 am (UTC)

Lemme know when you put the Beanie Babies up on the auction block- those are worth A FORTUNE!!!


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phasmaphobic
phasmaphobic
The Sniper in Drag
Thursday, September 11th, 2008 12:56 pm (UTC)

I regularly see lots for that size got for less than half what you're asking. I have about 3000 cards I could barely get rid of more more than a hundred bucks.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Thursday, September 11th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)

I'm kind of expecting that. If my best offer comes in too low, I'll try batching it out or sell the expensive singles by themselves and the rest in grab bags or smaller lots or something.


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zind4gi
zind4gi
Bob Sahangin
Thursday, September 11th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)

I'm gonna feel this way when I have to sell my Star Wars action figures.


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cosmicjohn
cosmicjohn
Something witty and engaging
Saturday, September 13th, 2008 04:18 am (UTC)

This has (almost) nothing to do with this particular post, but how in the hell do you achieve the shots as showcased in the first photo? I've seen many gifted (shut up, you are) photographers do the extreme closeup with the grizzled edges. I'm assuming you don't use any photo-editing software.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Saturday, September 13th, 2008 01:17 pm (UTC)

You might be able to get that effect with the macro setting on digital camera if you have a point-and-click, but if you have a camera you can change lenses on, use one with a good range or a macro lens. I use editing software but it's basic -- that effect is achieved with the lens.


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