Make Money Selling Cards
MTG or Magic: The Gathering is the granddaddy and forerunner of cards for a genre of games known as collectible card games or CCG. The genre name of Collectible Card Games does pretty much sum up there use. Cards used to play a specific style of game and that the cards of sets are also collectible.
Magic The Gathering was the first and still most widely played game of the CCG types. Depending on the information, Yu-Gi-Oh CCG and Pokemon CCG games may rival this, but the principles outlined here also work for just about any other CCG game.
So how can you make money selling cards? This can be accomplished by using various options and with specific techniques and also by thinking outside the box. Lets explore some of these options.
I may suggest if you have never done anything like this before, research your market, and research some more. Start off small as well, do not go and buy heaps of product, buy one 'box' or 'booster' pack, sell all the items, rinse and repeat, then when you research, obtain a better understanding of your target market and you get more confident with how this is working and your profit money increases, then, buy two 'boxes' or 'booster' packs to sell and rinse and repeat the process.
Make Money With Magic Cards Series
There are a few hubs here on HubPages that can assist you in learning more details on making money with MTG cards and about the game itself;
Get Started With The Game is an easy entry into the game and game mechanics that shows how to play this wonderful game.
Get Further Training With Intro Packs are 'ready to play' packs that allow you to quickly get into playing without the initial hassle of trading and deck building. Great for beginners.
Card Covers, Folders & Protectors will show more about protectors and covers for keeping cards free of grime and bends.
Archenemy - First Multiplayer vs Single player shows you how to play a unique variant to the game with a single vs multiplayer setup.
How To Make More Money By Adding Value To Your Sales shows how to complement, share value and increase sales, by adding value to all your sales.
Magic Cards 11th Edition Core Set And Expansion get into the core cards and expansions from the 2011 M11 Core Edition cards and expansion packs.
Sell Booster Packs From Booster Boxes
This is most likely the best straight forward way of making profit margin. For example, you buy a box of boosters of a core edition for $120. It contains 36 booster packs of 15 cards each. You sell each booster pack for $3.99, a profit of $23.64. Even better if you get the the box at a price better than $120. Now, don't go nuts and buy 5 or 10 boxes and try to sell them all, you may take a long time to do that especially if you have not done this type of selling before.
Even better, if you buy a box, since it has 15 cards per booster and 36 boosters per box, it will be the cards of rare, and highly sought uncommon that are the most valuable to sell (for even more profit)
You may even want to complete sets over time to sell of and its also a good way to at least keep one copy of each card from each set, especially tricky with all those common cards one ends up with.
One can also trade off via a more suitable price to sell of those commons and uncommons. Although not always wanted there will always be buyers who want them to finish off a deck build, collect for a set or for many and various other reasons.
The Hubber Origin, has a couple of great hubs below that show you some excellent ways to obtain booster boxes and how to effectively sell those products for profit.
Origins Hubs On Buying Cheap & Selling Booster Boxes
- Magic the Gathering: Game Styles and Strategies
How to learn from unique tatics with learning new game style and strategies of play
- How To Build A Magic the Gathering Deck (Beginners)
Magic the Gathering (also known as "magic" or "MTG") is a collectible card game created by mathematics professor Richard Garfield and introduced in 1993 by Wizards of the Coast. Magic the Gathering is the...
Booster Packs To Sell
If you look through these items on eBay below you will start to get a sense and feeling of what you believe will sell appropriately and what items will sell well. You may decide that buying a complete box of boosters is your forte. Or obtaining single cards holding for a while and then selling at a later date. By observing the strategies others are using you will soon start to formulate your own preferred way of selling.
Alternate Ways To Sell Boosters & Additional Products
Some of the idea's expressed here will also work for not just booster boxes, but also for other Magic The Gathering products as well (since they sell boosters, fat packs, starter sets, expansion sets, etc).
Depending on the product obtained for future sale, here are some suggestions of what may sell well for your chosen markets.
- Rares and Ultra Rares will always command highest value, followed by Uncommons and Commons and then basic land.
- Complete sets of one each of every card for specific sets also sell well. Expansions will do better than core sets.
- Unique, individual cards will always sell well. For example if a new type of game play is created that hasn't been seen before, Wizards Of The Coast may produce a special 'promo' card to show how this new aspect of the game works, and usually these cards are available in extremely limited editions.
- If you can obtain 'goldmine' cards, these are the cards from the Alpha, Beta and Unlimited editions. These set cards are always in high demand and command a fierce price due to their limited circulation.
More Ways To Sell And Garner A Well Deserved Reputation
If you sell more than what you have already sold within a single transaction, and you did not charge more for the extras can be enough to set you apart from the crowd. This is called value adding. But being slightly different to everyone else in your market, people come to appreciate your business. Its another way to set yourself apart and keep your customers back for more. Here are some simple suggestions.
- Selling a pack of 20 rare cards, throw in one more additional rare at no cost.
- If you are selling on eBay and sell a very good deal (for example you sell a set of cards exceeding your expectations to sell by 20%) throw in free shipping for your customer.
- Sell your unique 'package deals' with deck boxes, or clear sleeves, or with a free pack of 100 common cards.
- If you are an avid player. One can garner a reputation for a fair dealer at tournament and other game tournaments. Be even more cautious in your dealings as with face to face, if a deal sours, your reputation is shotand people always remember your face.
I Sell This Much Each Time I Make A Sale
Further Suggestions On Alternate Selling Idea's
Always be fair in your dealings and don't rip off your client base, if you said to your person you made a sale to, you will provide free shipping, then do it..
Conversely don't let your customers try and stiff you either. If they try and say, hey I wanna buy from you but only if you do this for me like, throw in this card if you have it, gimme free stuff, gimme free shipping. Tell them no, be nice but be firm. If they are to pay for shipping, then they have to pay.
Also, look at those aspects of what you can do to enhance or improve your sales. Here is one suggestion. I have one friend who trades in buying and selling cards as a hobby and he makes a tidy little profit. Every time he buys a booster box, he will put two booster packs aside. He knows that each set of MTG that gets printed will only have a certain lifetime and those cards will be in circulation for a couple of years. So when these specific sets are no longer printed, eventually they will be out of circulation and more harder to buy, hence they will rise in value.
He also buys one of each and every 'retail box' of Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic The Gathering, Pokemon and their respective expansions, add-ons, additions, etc, for the same reason. One day they will rise in value.
Good luck with your endeavors. Here are a few more items on eBay to get yourself started. Remember, if this is your first time start small. These strategies will also work for other collectible card games as well.
Additional Suggestions About Shipping Sold Product
Recently I have been receiving lots of emails in regards to sending stock but in a manner that will not damage it during transport. Card sleeves on their own for a single card cover are too flexible and may bend if handled inappropriately at any time went sent via post mail.
i have in the past cut out sections of cereal boxes, put the card/s sold in between the cut cereal box and then used a very small amount of cling wrap around the cardboard. It will keep the card/s flat, keep them secure in an envelope and otherwise keep the card/s from being damaged by moisture.
Check with your local art store as well. Some of these stores will sell thin plastic sheets. If you get the right rigidity and cut them to size, this both protects and also keeps moisture away from your precious cargo on sold.
Always double check your customer orders against the stock you are shipping, not only does this help with ensuring you are sending your customer the right stock, but also gives you an opportunity to ensure your not breaking up any valuable sets! (Has happened to me in the past)
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Ian McGonigal from California on February 20, 2015:
Unless you have a pre-existing way to ship singles for dirt cheap, I would like to throw in that is is nearly worthless to sell singles worth less than $2. Because of E-bay/Paypal fees and shipping costs. Anything worth less than $2 group together and sell as lots!
-I've been selling MTG/Pokemon/YU-Gi-Oh in the states for 10+ years.
Kangaroo_Jase (author) from Melbourne, Australia on June 28, 2012:
You can add on shipping costs to your purchasers, this is a hard choice, but people will pay for shipping for items they really want, regardless of countries they live in. Don't rip your customers off though, if you gouge them with shipping fees too high, you will never see them again.
Ive seen this with DVD purchases as I have sold DVD's to Niger, France, South Africa and the UK and US from my country, Australia.
From booster boxes, the demand for cards from these are high, selling them as individual cards will significantly boost your profits.
Maters on June 27, 2012:
Hey, loved your post. I was just wondering as i live in Europe and shipping costs would be bigger if i shipped from and to other countries would it still be possible to make a profit selling MtG cards? And how likely are you to make a profit from a Booster Box if you sold the cards individualy?
Kangaroo_Jase (author) from Melbourne, Australia on May 01, 2012:
That certainly is a tidy profit margin. On a card won in a game!!!! Excellent. I still have complete sets of 3rd edition, original Ice Age and a couple of other expansions I just havent got around to selling yet. I will need to find the latest prices first :)
sunforged from Sunforged.com on May 01, 2012:
I sold my Alpha Time Walk Card for around $400, that was a nice profit on a card won in a game!
They list at over 1k now