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Tell me all your Magic The Gathering stories

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So after dropping my collection off last week to be evaluated, I left with a pretty good vibe. As mentioned the young man I spoke with told me they used StarCity Games website for all of their pricing and when I checked the site it looked as if their offerings were very fair.
Using the website I spent some time pricing out the bulk of my collection and came up with a final value and after some thought decided on a number (below that value) I thought would be an acceptable trade off for the convenience of selling everything at once and locally.
The local shop called me on Tuesday and asked If I could come in that evening to discuss an offer, which I did. Turns out, even after having commented on the quality and state of the cards in my collection when I dropped them off, they decide to assign every card a grade of "played" which immediately reduced the price of every card by 25% across the board. The high value cards I brought them were kept in sleeved card sheets for collectibles and went from booster pack to binder. So while there were definitely cards I had played the sets and high value stuff is all near mint. So anyway the kid at the store shows me a pricing sheet with the 25% reduction and a final tally he says the collection is worth,about a grand below the number in my head, but I am giving it consideration. Then he tells me since they will have to have a lot of the cards professionally graded at $50 per card (this is also wrong information) they need to knock another $600 dollars off the already low ball offer. I thanked him for his time and took my cards back. I may still try and sell some of them online but will see.
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I'm a little surprised you didn't try to just give them your assessed value at that point as a take it or leave it.

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While I am not dead set against it I typically do not haggle. If there is something I want to purchase or sell there is a fair price I am willing to accept, if the other party isn't I will typically just move on. I did consider negotiating a bit as I was driving there that evening but the kid I was dealing with sort of annoyed me when he 1) reduced every card by 25% across the board when it was very obvious 99% of the collection was near mint 2)showed me the price from the website he represented and then decided to drop another $600 just because and then try and BS me about the cost for professional grading as the cherry on top.
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My two bits on M:TG.

I played back in 1994/95 and built up a collection of Green that was almost complete. I was missing 12 extremely hard to find cards. Then Wizards of the Coast started hammering expansions and I saw ahead to an endless cash sink where I'd have to pour money down a drain if I wanted to "stay competitive" - and with fewer friends after graduation, there was little need. I sold my collection to an eager buyer for $200, or roughly what I had invested in the game.

Fast forward to a couple years ago and now I've got kids. I've got an itch to play, so I pick up a pile of cards and decks from a few current expansions. It's awesome again, and now I'm feeling quite okay with lagging behind the curve. I kept the sealed decks in their original configurations and built a couple of decks out of everything else. Now I've got a box of decks and a few binders filled with cards - and when the kids want to play, I pull out the box of decks and let them pick one to play with. It makes the game much more fun when you're not chasing collectables or a power curve and are just playing.

That's the only way I'll play it now.
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I bought in early. I was in Union Station in Indy in... 1994? There was a guy with a folding table set up selling this new game I'd never heard of. I picked up a single deck, but I knew absolutely nobody who played, and there was nowhere in Terre Haute (where I lived at the time) that dealt with tabletop games, so I was never once able to play. I kept that deck for 25 years and finally gave it to a friend who plays last year. I've still never gotten to play, and these days I'm not really interested in a game that requires constant investment.

But, hey, this game saved Dungeons and Dragons, so no complaints. ;)
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I'm holding on to my Revised through Mirage cards in the hopes that someday I'll find someone to play the game with using the rules I know (Revised through the Ice Age/Homelands/Alliances sets). Once Mirage started introducing sideboards I pretty much stopped playing.

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It’s not hard to get back into the game, especially if you use Magic Arena to learn the rules.

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Zarathud wrote:
Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:51 pm
It’s not hard to get back into the game, especially if you use Magic Arena to learn the rules.

Thanks, Mortis.
Heh, I was playing too much and I got out. That is what happens to me and FTP games. I think I spent $15 on Arena and I don't feel bad about it. Oddly enough, the biggest reason to get out was that I love a 3rd UI for tracking my collection and decks and it was just borked for like two weeks (and counting). Without the tracking functions I liked, the game started to piss me off. Specifically when I was drafting and trying to figure out how to draft to boost my collection.

It was a good implementation. I don't like the match making but UI was good. I'm not going back to that time sync but it was solid.

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good thread

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