Lord of Atlantis - Illustration by Billy Christian

Lord of Atlantis | Illustration by Billy Christian

Did you just get into Magic: The Gathering and are looking to start your collection by buying cards affordably from other collectors? Maybe you’re an MTG veteran and just want to expand your collection for the heck of it. Whatever reason you’re interested in buying MTG card collections, this will be an awesome resource for you!

Buying MTG collections is now only a click away on your smartphone or laptop. You could even find hidden gems at in-person locations like garage sales or flea markets. Let’s explore all the possible options where you can obtain an MTG collection.

How Do You Buy a Collection?

High Market - Illustration by Carl Critchlow

High Market | Illustration by Carl Critchlow

Buying an MTG collection is as easy as browsing various secondhand marketplace websites and asking friends of your pod members if they know anyone selling a collection. Of course, it takes time and patience analyzing individual cards in each collection you come across to be sure you’re getting a good deal, and maybe sometimes you'll even some extras thrown in.

Peruse each listing description. If it's too vague, ask the seller these questions to determine if the collection is of adequate value for the purchase price they’re asking:

  • How many rare cards are in the collection?
  • What are the most expensive cards in the collection?
  • What Magic sets are the cards in your collection primarily from?
  • Does the collection contain more bulk cards than rares and mythics?

eBay

Magic collection listings on eBay

Magic collection listings on eBay

Magic: The Gathering collections on eBay cost anywhere between $15 to $50 depending on how much bulk is included in the lot and how many cards there are in the collection. Some 1,000-card collections may even include 100 lands with the lot for under $30. If there are foils and rares mixed into the collection, it may be upwards of $30 to $50. However, if there are just commons and uncommons featured, then the lot could be between $15 to $25 depending on how many total cards there are.

Facebook Marketplace

Magic collections listed on Facebook Marketplace

Magic collections listed on Facebook Marketplace

If you’re already scrolling your Facebook feed, why not check the Marketplace to see what you can add to your Magic: The Gathering collection along the way? Depending on size, some collections range from $50 to $350.

Instant collections are a cheap way to stock up the cards you have like this ship-to-you deal on Facebook Marketplace that contains 15 rares and 10 foils with a mix of commons and uncommons in the lot. Another seller was asking for $280 for 8,000 MTG cards containing some Vintage cards and some rares, or 4,000 cards for $125. Higher-priced collections may contain more rares, but tread with caution that you aren’t being taken for a ride.

High-price Magic collections on Facebook Marketplace

High-price Magic collections on Facebook Marketplace

Be careful with any second-hand selling platform, including Facebook Marketplace. Be sure to ask the seller relatively how many bulk commons and uncommons there are in the collection. Are the foil cards of any value or are they also bulk foil cards? From there, you can weigh the value to see if you should really buy into the collection or not.

Individual Magic collection description on Facebook Marketplace

Individual Magic collection description on Facebook Marketplace

Etsy

Magic collection listings on Etsy

Magic collection listings on Etsy

Bulk cards are relatively cheap on Etsy, ranging anywhere from $10 to $30. You can find a pack of 100 foils usually around $20 and under.

Since Etsy is more of a crafting website than a secondhand marketplace, you’ll find more posts specializing in proxy card collections that can make your deck look more customized. A pirate typal deck with One Piece characters is highly popular on Etsy for $100, but sometimes you can catch it on a sale. A proxied collection of the most popular mana rocks is about $40 unless you can catch it on a sale.

Additional Magic collection & bulk listings on Etsy

Additional Magic collection & bulk listings on Etsy

Mercari

MTG collection listings on Mercari

MTG collection listings on Mercari

If you’re in one of the valid Los Angeles zip codes, you can do local meet ups with Mercari, somewhat like you can in multiple locations nationwide with Facebook marketplace. If you’re outside of the Los Angeles metro, you can still find great deals on Magic: The Gathering collections.

"Vintage" MTG lot listed on Mercari

“Vintage” MTG lot listed on Mercari

Bulk vintage cards from earlier sets usually cost more on Mercari than bulk cards from recent sets. For example, one set was a 1,000-card vintage lot for $110 and on sale for around $65 at the time of writing. Some bulk commons and uncommons may be a higher price than more recent bulk cards, which is why sellers try to get a higher price for them. One of the best deals was a 4,200-card lot for $125, but it was on sale at the time of writing.

Bulk MTG lot listed on Mercari

Bulk MTG lot listed on Mercari

Watch out for overall pricing and descriptions on Mercari and use your best judgment. One seller was attempting to sell a 100-card bulk lot of Magic cards for $25 but recently dialed down to a much more reasonable price for selling on a secondhand marketplace platform.

Cheap bulk MTG lot listed on Mercari

Cheap bulk MTG lot listed on Mercari

Garage Sales

Browse your local newspapers to learn of upcoming yard sales in your area. Keep an eye out for any yard sale signs near the weekend to stop by and look around to see if anyone is selling MTG cards. Use a website like Yard Sale Search to see if any garage sales in your town will be selling Magic cards.

Picking up a MTG collection from a garage sale makes price haggling easier because you’ll have a chance to go through the cards for a value check and possibly lower the asking price, if needed. Depending on the quantity and the overall type of cards available in the collection, you may pay $30 to $150 or more for an MTG collection at a garage sale.

Any bonus items like binders, deck boxes, sleeves, and higher-value cards outside of bulk may increase how much you pay for a collection. The seller may even throw in one or more of these bonus items to sweeten the deal if they aren’t willing to go lower on the price.

Flea Markets

Finding an MTG collection at a flea market can be hit or a miss. Your best bet would be to find a vendor that specializes in selling trading cards. Some trading card vendors that regularly sell at your local flea market may have a variety of MTG products available like sealed packs, booster boxes, and singles sold based on market value. If they don’t have a collection available to buy, but they’re selling singles, you can peruse the bulk and more valuable cards to haggle an offer where you can purchase a collection.

People You Know

Whether it’s the people in your play group that meet up at your house for Friday Night Magic every week, or if it’s those you’ve met at Magic events at your LGS, you'll occasionally meet players trying to sell a Magic collection.

Ask around to see if anyone in your circle has part or all of their collection that they no longer want. Arrange a time and place to meet up to look at their cards and agree upon a price. You may be able to score a collection from people you know for as little as free, especially if you both have a close relationship as a family member or friend. Otherwise, you may pay $50 to $200 on an MTG collection depending on its contents.

Wrap Up

Amass the Components - Illustration by Matt Stewart

Amass the Components | Illustration by Matt Stewart

Now that you know some great places to purchase Magic: The Gathering collections, visit a few of the platforms or check into your local flea markets. You never know what you may find when purchasing a collection from one of these sources.

When you’re ready to learn more about the cards that came in your new collection and how they synergize with different deck builds, check out the Draftsim blog to gain some inspiration. Get access to more stellar content by following the Draftsim Facebook page.

Until next time, keep your eyes open for that new addition to your collection!

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