1. The Problem
If you have been playing Magic the Gathering (MTG) for any period of time, you’ve undoubtedly got a heap of cards in a box somewhere, it could be a few cards, or it could be a plethora of cards. They could be in a big cardboard box or shoebox, but do you realise, if your collection isn’t properly protected, you could be unnecessarily damaging your collection and losing lots of potential value from your collection. match attax
This article highlights an important step in the process to maximise the income from your collection – how to effectively store and protect your MTG collection to make sure your cards stay new, mint and worth their utmost.
2. Why is this Important?
One thing that is vital if you are going to sell MTG cards is to understand the concept of card quality. Basically put:
The closer the card it to Mint condition, the more it will be worth
When I describe a card as Mint condition, I mean that a card that is effectively brand new as it would have come out of the pack or booster, so this means no marks, defects, dings (slight dents on the sides of cards), breaks, tears, dirt or even greasy finger prints.
So, if you have kept your Magic the Gathering cards in a card board box until now and not thought about this, chances are that your cards are not in Mint condition. The bottom line here is that:
Anything which marks a card as not Mint is costing you money!
Hopefully by now this article may have made you think about protecting your MTG collection; here are some recommendations on how you can effectively protect your Magic the Gathering collection:
Never use rubber bands to hold groups of cards together
Always use protective boxes such as deck boxes or Fat Pack boxes to store sizable groups of cards such as commons – they are perfectly sized to hold MTG cards without any card bashing.
If you really want to protect your cards, I would recommend using protective card pages such as Ultra Pro 9 pocket pages to store your cards in. Whilst it may not be feasible to keep all your cards in these protective sleeves, I would recommend putting at minimum your rares, if not uncommons too to protect your collection.
When using cards in games, always use Deck Protectors for all your cards. Actually playing the game is when your cards take the most pounding, so protect your cards whilst having fun! There are a plethora of types of Deck protector with lots of fun and stylish backs to them – these can help augment your enjoyment of the game too!
If you can follow all of these recommendations, then your MTG collection will be well cared for and last you a lot longer, and will help to protect the potential income in your Magic the Gathering (MTG) collection.PSL 2016
Protecting your Magic the Gathering collection is vital for any collector, but especially so if you want to realise and release the potential in your spare Magic the Gathering (MTG) cards through selling.