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May 8, 2018Default Condition and Language are no problem! Although if you want, you could just specify a format of your choosing (EN) (NM) or something to designate these and those could be entered as well. Anyway, not as important as just having mass card entryPosted in: Third Party Products
May 7, 2018I just went through the exercise of converting my collection to be compatible with The Vault, a desktop-based program that I've found pretty friendly to use. The main things I'd look for are:Posted in: Magic General
* Automatic Pricing <- if you use Excel you're probably writing macro's for this.
* Capability to distinguish by Set (especially relevant for set foils vs some particular promo). Basically the program should have a database of all possible variations of a card so you can pick the Exact variation you have.
* Output friendly - to ensure you won't have to retype your entire collection if you ever move to a different program. Also to allow export to CSV in case you ever want to run some analysis
* Input friendly - some programs allow you to scan cards, some programs allow you to type and select cards, up to you on your input method of preference.
[I personally wish there was a program that would allow Mass Card Entry WITH sets - it's by far the fastest form of card entry if you're decent at typing.]
May 7, 2018Dresden posted a message on Relatively large magic collection storage solution?5000 count boxes for bulk (By Set By Color), smaller boxes for somewhat playables (By Color), binders for sets.Posted in: Magic General
Apr 27, 2018QQ: Is there a default way to set up the pics such that I can use the pics downloaded from your other program, GathererExtractor? I tried setting it to the GE pic dir (C:\Program Files (x86)\Gatherer Extractor\pics), then card nomenclature by Name but this didn't seem to work. Does this work with the GE pics or do I need to get pics from a diff source?Posted in: Third Party Products
Edit: I figured it out. GathererExtractor default will get the images, name them .full.jpg and put them into setcode-named directories, i.e. FE\Armor Thurll1.full.jpg. So in the Vault, the extension needs to be set to .full.jpg, setcode-named dir needs to be checked and card nomenclature is 'by name'. Just posting this for anybody who couldn't get it to work.
@chaudakh: Great program btw, finally decided to convert my collection to Vault format. One thing I miss is a sort of 'mass-card-entry' form. i.e. when entering cards into collections if you could have a textbox where ppl can just type (or copy/paste) a mass of text such as:
5 Force of Will (AL)
etc. that'd be faster than typing it in, right-clicking add to collection, etc.
Aug 25, 2017This. reddit is pretty big. Kinda sad because you lose that sense of community and reddit's fairly fragmented - miss the days of people being active on the forums.Posted in: Market Street Café
Quote from Raver »I'd imagine reddit's r/mtgfinance has been swallowing up a lot of the news and discussion. Podcasts too, and those often get linked to reddit with corresponding discussions.
Mar 4, 2017@MinaHarcout - it's a link in the FAQ section of the page:Posted in: Magic General
Unfortunately, he doesn't have 'all' the sets...
Jan 12, 2016Dresden posted a message on Most efficient way to get cards from newly released sets.For efficiency? Just buy full sets. MOTL redemption is usually the cheapest.Posted in: Magic General
Jan 8, 2016I haven't used this software but I've utilized the author's other tools so I'm fairly sure it will automagically update your collection prices:Posted in: Market Street Café
Also if you store your collection on deckbox, that should update as well.
Jan 6, 2016@DefaultUser:Posted in: Market Street Café
Yes, that's why I went with CI. They cover the cards you bring with you to play with at events (i.e. cards not in a safe)!
On book-keeping, unfortunately this is unavoidable. The good news is that you don't necessarily need to grade the cards - just assume an average condition throughout and maybe list a few of the highest-$ graded ones. Pricing for signed cards can be assumed as SP, as that's what they are generally sold for, on an individual basis anyway
Once you have the list of cards, getting and maintaining prices on them is an automated process if you're using a good app to store your collection.
Jan 5, 2016@KnickM - Yes on homeowner's insurance. However I've found that homeowner's insurance will not cover your mtg collection, at least not up to the amounts you must be inquiring about if you're thinking about this. As for collection value - I actually have a list of most of the cards in my collection, even the ones less than $1 and manage it with pricing software. Deckbox or other apps out there can do this as well, I believe. The difficulty was in typing out all those cards to begin with, but managing it has been not too bad. It's also helped that a large portion of my collection are complete sets, which makes for much, much simpler card management.Posted in: Market Street Café
Some external reading - there's links to other articles in there from other sites.
Jan 5, 2016There are a couple more threads on this on MTGS, reddit, motl too for more references btw.Posted in: Market Street Café
2 good online insurance sources: Collectinsure.com, TheFia.com. I've asked for quotes from multiple home insurance vendors (as recently as winter '16) but the prices were pretty crazy.
In the end I went with CI (cheapest option for my usage), they don't require an independent third-party appraisal and I made several videos for my collection. In addition to this, I have copies of my collection regularly updated on various online sites as well as a workbook documenting all changes to the collection for audit purposes.
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Oct 2, 2015Dresden posted a message on The Magic Street Journal: Wizards Always Hurts The Ones They LoveLove the article, pretty comprehensive! One thing not discussed, however is why Wizards would or should tweak formats to benefit players. Players also need to know that as with all companies, Wizards has long-term financial gains as a key driver - whether that 'benefits' a particular group of players who seek to have fun or profit is a distant concern. Magic's primary consumers are the consumers who continuously buy packs. Thus, prices are here to stay, PostModern will likely be a thing. In the meantime, players should diversify their collection to avoid price shocks and like the writer said, just say no to being exploited!Posted in: Articles
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