MTG Collection Buying: How to do it!


If you ever get the chance to purchase someone’s entire Magic the Gathering collection, do so. It’s a great way to get new trading cards and occasionally find some hidden gems!

Going through someone’s entire collection is a lot of work, going through tens or hundreds of thousands of cards, but you can usually make a profit from it, which makes it worthwhile.

The Process:

Materials: Labels, Markers, Lots of Boxes, Binders

1. The first sort will take off around 75% of the cards, you will skim off the cards that are worth a fraction of a cent, and you can’t go through them individually. Most vendors will buy bulk commons and uncommons for 3$-5$ per thousand.

2. The second sort will be for more valuble cards, somewhere from 1$-10$. For these, I suggest putting them in a binder for you to sell to vendors or trade later.

3. The third sort should be for keepers such as Force of Wills, Mana Drains and Dual Lands, and oddities that are fun to have and show off, stuff like miscuts, misprints, and proxies. Some of these cards should go into a binder, because a binder of expensive staples will go a long way towards buying another collection. The others should go into your long term investment folder, for selling later down the road.

4. A second pass through the bulk, to check for any cards you may have missed.

After selling bulk and most of your most valuable cards, the amount of money you have made from selling them should be close or over the purchase price of the collection. Time spent sorting collections is not the most enjoyable, but it’s quite profitble. If you have any questions, comment below!


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