Best way to inventory MTG cards on a computer?

  • #1
    My collection is starting to get BIG and I wanted to keep better track of my cards what is the best way to go about it? Excel,online? Any help is appreciated!
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  • #2
    I like to sort all of my commons and uncommons by set and collector's number. Each block (or set, depending on my number of cards) has its own box. As long as you know what set the card you're looking for is in, you should be able to find your cards pretty easily.
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    Quote from gereffi
    I like to sort all of my commons and uncommons by set and collector's number. Each block (or set, depending on my number of cards) has its own box. As long as you know what set the card you're looking for is in, you should be able to find your cards pretty easily.


    I have them sorted already looking for a computer based inventory guide

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  • #4
    I have binders by sets for standard. Binder for legacy and modern staples. A binder for rare lands. Common and uncommons that aren't staples I have in the long white card boxes grouped by set and color.
  • #5
    Quote from jake556
    My collection is starting to get BIG and I wanted to keep better track of my cards what is the best way to go about it? Excel,online? Any help is appreciated!


    Try Magic Album. Is exactly what you want.

    you can get the program here: http://www.slightlymagic.net/forum/viewforum.php?f=32
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    I use Magic Workstation.
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    I use Excel.


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  • #8
    I just use MS Works, though Excel would do the job just as well I'm sure.

    I enter in the set name in the first column, the card name in the second, and the amount I have in the third. Then just sort the set column by ascending and it'll arrange them all alphabetically.

    Some of the other programs mentioned are probably quite handy, but if you already have a spreadsheet program, why not use what you already have?
  • #9
    I'd recommend using google docs. You can still download them to your computer but still have an online copy that won't likely go anywhere.
  • #10
    Dran's right Magic Album is the way to go. It's what I use.

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    I made my own database and web site so I could access it from my phone. ;/
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  • #12
    I use an app called Decked Builder on my mac and like it alot.

    http://www.deckedbuilder.com/mac.html

    I think it cost $5, but was well worth it to me.

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  • #13
    Well, my collection isn't very BIG (maybe 6k cards), but I just remember them all. That's the easiest way.
  • #14
    I find that once you make the initial excel database it is relatively easy to maintain. But I suppose take that statement with a grain of salt, because I look for every excuse I can come up with to use excel. I really just love excel.
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    I use Excel. I started early when my collection was small, making it easy.
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  • #16
    I just started using TCGPlayer's collection tracker. It's actually really cool and it's something I'd suggest trying out.

    It gives an approximation of what your collection is worth and it has a built in have/want system which is nice.

    http://store.tcgplayer.com/my/collection.aspx
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  • #17
    I am a big fan of http://deckbox.org

    There are some quirks and new features that are coming down the road that will make it even better than it is today.
  • #18
    How does this "DeckBox" work? I just checked out the website, but I can't really figure out what you do.
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    How??? When I first tried to compile a digital inventory, it kept crashing after 1000 or so unique cards. What the heck do you do?
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  • #19
    Quote from Moss_Elemental
    I use Excel. I started early when my collection was small, making it easy.


    Would you be willing to share your spreadsheet with us? Maybe the layout will be a good starting point for the rest of us who may want to use Excel. There is not point in re-inventing the wheel right? Smile

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  • #20
    Quote from Voila!
    How does this "DeckBox" work? I just checked out the website, but I can't really figure out what you do.

    How??? When I first tried to compile a digital inventory, it kept crashing after 1000 or so unique cards. What the heck do you do?


    It's pretty straight forward. You can use the site to track your inventory, maintain a trade list and a wish list. It will also assist in matching up trades between players on the site.

    You can also create decks on it as well. When you are in the deck viewing mode it will show you how many items you may be missing or how many of a card you have already for it etc.

    When you add cards you can bulk add cards by name and quantity; however, currently doesn't let you specify any more information about the cards. In detailed add mode you can specify many parameters about the card, condition, promo, foil, quantity, etc.

    http://deckbox.org/help/start
  • #21
    I've been using MTG Studio for a year now and it's been great. Always updated and an interface that caters to the detail found in the cards (CMC, color, rules text, etc.) There's a demo here:
    http://mtgstudio.com/
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