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Posted on Aug. 4, 2018, 6:19 p.m. by Mj3913

I find myself at a turning point... I work full time (12hr/not rotating), recently moved in with my SO, and am a couple months away from having a baby girl. In the last 4 months I haven't gotten out to play at all and it's got me thinking about just selling out. I really don't want to but logically it seems the only route. I've sold out before and regretted it... at that time my playgroup migrated to different games so naturally...

I mostly play EDH, and like the occasional draft/prerelease. From a financial standpoint, I dont see being able to afford keeping up with new cards/sets while trying to progress in life at the same time... also my SO doesn't exactly approve of my hobby which is another drag...

Sorry to vent here, but nowhere else to really...Anyone else been there?

Arvail says... #2

Sell and maybe try out MtGO? You can play with far less commitment.

August 4, 2018 6:30 p.m.

shadow63 says... #3

Don't sell your cards but dont buy any new ones. Keep em in a closet. Or maybe only keep 3 4 of your best decks and get rid of everything else. You dont need to stay on top of the newest cards in a format like edh

August 4, 2018 6:42 p.m.

SteelSentry says... #4

I would sell off your bulk/trades, but hold on to your EDH decks. Everyone I know that sold off their EDH decks ended up rebuilding them anyway when they eventually got back into the game.

August 4, 2018 6:45 p.m.

Mj3913 says... #5

TheDevicer - MtGO still costs monthly and to build a collection does it not?

shadow63 - That's where they currently reside, I did think of just keeping my decks however that's where all the value in my collection is... everything else is bulk junk no one wants.

SteelSentry - I sold out before and regretted it, this was before EDH existed I believe (or I just never heard of it). I could see that happening... so it does make sense. However, see above.

I wish I could get my SO into the game but no interest, and/or get people in my community to just come play table top in my tiny apt... I fear that will only lead to more disappointment...

August 4, 2018 7:26 p.m.

cdkime says... #6

Kids can be expensive, so if you have a number of pricy cards, it might be worth selling them off. That said, I think you should then purchase lower value replacements so that you still have a usable deck. You might be able to play again in the future - at the very least, you can teach your daughter to play a few years down the line.

If you want to trick your SO into playing Magic, start small. Fluxx and Munchkin are solid gateway drugs to Magic, as they are simple and have multiple themes to appeal to even non-card-game-affectionados. They don’t work well for two players though, which might prove problematic. There might be an equivalent designed for two players that might serve as a good jumping off point.

August 4, 2018 7:56 p.m.

Dredge4life says... #7

Keep your favourite deck, whatever you do. You’ll regret it if you don’t. And maybe, someday, your kid will want to play with you.

August 4, 2018 8:24 p.m.

Adamram1985 says... #8

Mtg arena. They have draft and standard right now but supposedly are gonna add edh and other goodies. It's free to play and you unlock cards the more you play

August 4, 2018 8:48 p.m.

TypicalTimmy says... #9

Sell family, buy packs.


Buy singles, instead ;)

I don't have any helpful advice. Sorry. Best of luck to you.

August 4, 2018 8:55 p.m. Edited.

Arvail says... #10

@ - Mj3913

MtGO has a signup fee of $9.99 and has no monthly fees. You're going to have to pay for cards and if you want to enter specific events and such. Overall, it's much cheaper than paper and you can cash out your electronic cards just like you can your digital on ones. Lets say you put your Urza Tron deck together on MtGO for $300 and play for $50 worth of games. A few months later you cash out your collection for $150 or something. Yeah you lost some value, but that's essentially what you're paying for the entertainment.

Check out this tutorial.

August 4, 2018 11:50 p.m.

Rabid_Wombat says... #11

Sell everything- cards, decks the whole lot and give the cash money to your SO.

This way you are showing her that she is your priority - this will strengthen your relationship and let her know that you are up to the responsibilities that come with being a Father.

Create an account online on Cocatrice and upload all of your decklists and then some. You want a Mox Diamond in every EDH deck? Sorted.

They do pre-releases and drafts of new and upcoming sets all the time. And it's totally free my man...and it always will be.

August 5, 2018 7:03 a.m.

Panas says... #12

oh man! it's a shame that your SO doesn't approve of the hobby. It's a lot healthier than many others and it provides very long hours of enjoyment. :/

I would keep my decks, and sell the rest. If you ever get back in it, or if you can meet occasionally with a couple of friends, you can keep playing :)

EDH is an eternal format, it will never rotate, your cards will always be playable, and so will your decks. Keep them, even if it's just as mementos.

August 5, 2018 8:12 a.m.

Rzepkanut says... #13

Don't sell out again!! Just put them away in storage and forget about them for a while. Once you have a child to focus on all the time, keeping a hobby you enjoy all to yourself is even more important for your own mental well being. At least that's been true for me since I became a parent. And maybe in 5 years she will enjoy playing magic with you! Who know what the future brings. But if you preemptively sell out just to make closet space you will never know. And besides maybe they become super valuable over the next 20 years, and when you finally decide to sell them all then you can buy something big for her like a car.

August 5, 2018 9:12 a.m. Edited.

shadow63 says... #14

I mean what harm are they doing in a closet. Most lgs's will buy bulk commons and uncommons and if you cant sell them your decent stuff that you dont want to keep there are a plethora of online retailers that will give you cash (well a check) for almost anything. I really suggest holding onto anything on the reserve list

August 5, 2018 11:04 a.m.

flluid says... #15

In my honest opinion it truly depends on how large a collection you are talking about. If you are deciding on whether to sell a collection now for 300-500 dollars I would hold off. The price of older cards that are played in EDH have only been going up for the past couple of years, even if you are not playing keeping them could increase the value of what you can get out of them overtime. If you are in the process of trying to unload a much larger collection then maybe consider selling out now for a more stable financial cushion for when your child arrives.

August 5, 2018 12:03 p.m.

twistedmage says... #16

I know exactly how this goes man as ive been there my advise is this keep your whole collection as its your hobby and just store it away for now because eventually you will get back into it and maybe once that little girl is older that could be something you can do with her both my kids play and they run d&d games too but when they were young i put up the games until things could settle down and i eventually was able to get back into mtg without losing my collection and now today i add to that collection every once in a while just to stay current usually a couple boosters a set or a pre-built to tear down. Anyways congrats on the little one and good luck

August 8, 2018 8:13 a.m.

Mj3913 says... #17

Thanks all, I think I may catalog it all online for trade/sale and just keep my best decks. Hopefully trade into upgrades for said decks. Will be hard to resist the urge to brew... still have projects on the go too... maybe just do that on here for future use..

I did always think I'd teach my child(ren) magic, but what's to say what the future of the game will be in another 6-8yrs. I may have competition with my SO's horses though... either way it leaves no room for a drug habit it lol.

August 8, 2018 7:14 p.m.

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