Magic the Gathering is a popular game that uses collectable cards, such as lands, creatures, enchantments and artefacts. There are a wide variety of sets and colours, and a huge number of individual cards. Since players like to assemble their own decks for tournaments and other games, Magic the Gathering cards are a popular item to buy and sell online.
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Things you need
- Magic the Gathering cards
- Internet access
- Shipping supplies
Research the types of Magic the Gathering cards you have using the manufacturer’s website. Type in the name of each card to find out more about it.
Use the symbols just below the lower right corner of the pictures on the cards to determine which set the cards are from. Some Magic the Gathering cards don’t use symbols, but have other distinguishing features. For example, alpha cards have more rounded corners than beta cards.
Sort your cards by set and by colour. If you have a lot of cards, you may want to use envelopes or boxes for each set.
Research prices for your Magic the Gathering cards at online sites. These prices are general guidelines, and the actual prices you receive for the cards may vary.
Determine how you want to sell the cards. You may want to sell high value cards individually, and sell lower priced cards in lots or complete sets.
Rate each of your Magic the Gathering card's condition. You might use a numbered scale from 1 to 5, or use terms such as factory sealed, mint, near mint, good and used. You can note any particular condition features in the description for each card or set.
Pick an online auction site or other website where you can sell your Magic the Gathering cards. You may want to use a general site, or one that specialises in game cards. Check out the fees for listing and completing sales, and set up an account. Set up an account to receive payments, if needed.
Look at recent completed sales, if available, and current sales of similar cards to get an idea of the prices for the cards and the selling formats used. Set prices for your cards and guidelines and prices for shipping.
List your Magic the Gathering cards for sale on the website. You may want to include links to the manufacturer’s website for more information and a picture, or provide the details and pictures yourself.
Tips and warnings
- When setting your prices, make sure to take into account any fees from the website or payment site, as well as shipping costs and the cost of materials such as sleeves or toploader cases to protect the cards when mailing them.
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