I’m in the midst of sorting around 20,000 Magic cards. They’re in a kinda-sorta order, but nothing cohesive. I’m finding small pockets of sets across all three 5,000-count boxes, and the sets that are together aren’t stored by any obvious order.
I’m getting all our ducks (or decks, heh heh) in a row because we’re cleaning house on Magic the Gathering. Tim and I took a break starting last fall. Tim wasn’t happy with the recent sets, and he’d become disenchanted with the local scene. Mainly some of the shop owners, but also some players.
We planned on his resuming play in October, when the next set came out. He misses Magic, but he doesn’t miss the shops themselves and a few of the key players. So he’s decided to play online.
While online still isn’t as cheap as, say, not playing Magic, it is cheaper. Online tournaments can be a couple bucks (or more) cheaper than in-store ones. We’ll also save a lot on gas. And neither of us will mind getting rid of the clutter. If we didn’t stack the boxes, they’d easily cover a coffee table… and then some.
For my time and efforts, I’ll get a third of whatever we get from selling the cards. The rest will go to Tim so that he can start paying for an online deck. He’ll then use his monthly allotment to pay for whatever else he needs. It’ll be a good way to keep our budget safe.
I am a little bummed that Tim won’t be seeing so many of his friends. But as he’s quick to point out, they rarely saw one another outside of tournaments. And since he’s taken the break, we haven’t heard anything from them except on Facebook. So, I guess “friends” might be stretching it a bit.
Meanwhile, we’re trying to reconnect with a friend of mine from college. She lives in town, but we almost never see her. We went to her birthday party on Thursday, and it was the first time we’d seen her since last summer. Oops.
She’s part of the local improv scene, so she knows a lot of fun people through that. We need to stop hermiting (my natural inclination) so maybe we’ll just start piggybacking on her get-togethers. It might be nice to have a social life that didn’t revolve around decks that cost hundreds of dollars.
Do you have any expensive hobbies? How do you keep costs under control? For example, I used to do some reselling to help me afford my own collection.