Remember how I estimated Tim’s Magic collection was around 24,000 cards? As it turned out, it was a little over 30,000. Ugh.
We were able to sell around 3,500 to various card shops around the country. There are stores online that would have bought the rest in bulk, but the sheer cost of mailing that many cards would cancel out any money from selling them. size and weight of the boxes would have negated any money we made.
In the end, we sold them to a friend for $125. He doesn’t have a ton of money, and he likes to play versions of the game that include older cards. We got a good deal because, frankly, I think we’d have been hard pressed to sell someone all those cards — other than a shop, where you get about $5 per 5,000 cards. Meanwhile, he got a good deal: 26,000 cards plus deck boxes, card sleeves, dice and playmats.
After subtracting the cost of postage, we’ll get around $550 from the various stores. Most of that was from nickel and dime stuff. Actually, some of them were as little as two cents.
A good reminder that little amounts add up, eh?
This has all prompted me to realize that I need to do something with my collection. It’s languished in boxes for the two years since the move. I need to either to get it out and display it — actually enjoying it — or I need to sell it. I’d get around $300-400, I think.
(By the way, before you guys condemn the cost of a collection… I bought most of it on eBay or Craigslist. I bought and sold quite a bit, which usually covered the cost of the stuff I kept.)
This wouldn’t be the first time I sold parts of my own personal collection off. Tim asked me to pitch in on the down payment by paring down (cough, cough, gutting) my collection. It was for the house, so I did it. But when he told me how much he wanted me to sell, I actually started crying.
I will say that paring down felt nice. I will also say that I was very sad to see a lot of it go. And, of course, we had to box up everything almost immediately. I never got a chance to really take in just how much is gone.
Just writing about selling it off makes me a little queasy, so I think it’s just not the time just yet. Then again, maybe I’ll feel less attached to it after two years. There’s really no way to know until I unpack it all.
One of my concerns: Once I unbox it, I may want to start replenishing the collection. Plenty of stuff is available on Craigslist and eBay, but even that could get expensive. I guess I’d just have to start allotting myself fun money, the same way I do Tim.
One way or the other, the collection is coming out. Hopefully, things will be clearer then.
What are your guys’ experience with collecting?