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MTG - How To Sort And Store Your Magic: The Gathering Card Collection

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Advice For Returning MTG Players: http://youtu.be/aq8fy8cbSGE Journey Into Nyx Crack-A-Pack: http://youtu.be/BGplZZ2caOA How To Double-Sleeve And WHY: http://youtu.be/FZ2tMSQcBr0 A Guide To Playmats: http://youtu.be/0HOjmAB4WaA Is It Worth It To Buy A Duel Deck: http://youtu.be/SQZy_97IxpM Is your Magic collection too big for a fat pack box? Are your cards in dissaray? Many Magic: The Gathering players ask the question, "How should I store and organize my collection?" This is a question whose answer will vary depending on what kind of collection you have. For the purposes of this video, I'll be talking about organizing and storing larger, long-term collections. Please remember: this is meant as a guideline, and not an absolute rule. The precise nature of how you organize and store your cards will be personal to you and your needs. Music Courtesy Of: "Pamgaea" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ "Airport Lounge" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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Volatile Sky (6 days ago)
A much smaller amount of cards just from drafting...sure...haha...ha...
Molecular99 (1 month ago)
Video of your own original world with at least some original cards you made for it.
zombietots 2799 (2 months ago)
Ching Tiger (3 months ago)
Many magic the gathering players ask the question,
^Gecko^ (3 months ago)
Not hard to alphabetize sets that have numbers (263/350) on the bottom. putting them in numerical order automatically alphabetizes and color codes them.
Levi Stepanian (4 months ago)
I honestly just stack my cards if they're the same copy i dont have valuable enough cards so it doesn't matter yet
Souma Spiritus (4 months ago)
I chose to assort the bulk relatively the same way, but with some added extras: Step 1) Sort by color Step 2) Sort by set Step 3) Sort by rarity Step 4) Sort alphabetically Step 5) If there is alternate art: Step 5a) Sort by original first (should be closest to the end of the box depending on where the art faces) Step 5b) Sort by reprint years (The oldest is placed behind the original and the newest should be last)
Souma Spiritus (4 months ago)
Is this needlessly detailed? Yes. Izzet worth it? Yes.
Liberi Fatali (4 months ago)
I can't believe that you aren't sleeving your cards, like at all? Personally i've always got 100s of cheapo ones in for storing cards with to protect against fingerprints and what not. Then, when i need to use them i'll put a second "fancy" sleeve on it. Am i the only one here?...
Coffee Caesar (4 months ago)
If you're like me and you have nothing but time, you can sort out your cards by Mana cost.
Blake Evans (4 months ago)
If u only play sealed you will have a smaller collection, that makes no sense
SHAWN SHEPHERD (5 months ago)
i prefer instead of putting rares and foils in a binder i put them in ultra pro hard plastic sleeves to keep them in great condition and it works well
Dr Wolfslayer (5 months ago)
As a book shelver at a library, alphabetization would be nessesary.
Arthur C (5 months ago)
3:24 great illustration lol
Tex Willer (6 months ago)
I recently got back to magic. Been sorting to BCW 1000 card boxes. I sort each colour to creatures,enchantments,sorceries and instants. I keep lands in a bundle box (fat pack box).
Soranima (6 months ago)
Great help
Captain McPants (7 months ago)
Do you find it necessary to increase your sorting categories based on the number of cards you own in those categories (or their subcategories, for that matter)? E.g. At common rarity, a set will have about as many creatures as every other type in its colour combined. In this case, sorting by type alone means that it's more difficult to find a given creature in white than any other common type of white. How do you handle "arbitrary" subdivisions? Do you update non-rare cards according to format legality? What if a card changes rarity?
The Darth Revanchist (7 months ago)
I've found that holiday gift boxes worked until they stopped making those
Inkshock (7 months ago)
Are there any storage boxes out there that can hold toploaders? I keep my Alpha and Beta Cards in toploaders but I can't find good and sturdy boxes they fit in.
VivaLaRowsdower (7 months ago)
My girlfriend and I have a custom system involving the following: 1x Binder of rares, mythics and foils separated by labeled tabs for Standard, Modern and C/U Foils, respectively. 1x Binder with index pages locating favorite Tokens, Sorceries, Instants, Legendary Creatures, non basic lands and Enchantments 1x Binder with tabs delineating our favorite tribes (e.g. Elves, Vampires, Zombies, etc.)
You Zhou (7 months ago)
hey professor, I've been trying to find ways to store sealed MTG booster packs. is there any way you can make a video about this more in a future vid segment? in pokemon, we use double sleeving with the card saver I and then something like a perfect fit PSA case sleeve over that, and that works nicely. mtg packs are a bit thicker, so I've been trying to find a good way to double sleeve the booster packs for collection storage. appreciate any tips!
Sanel Grgic (7 months ago)
Whats the best way to store foils?
William Simkulet (7 months ago)
I think Alphabetizing is a mistake. I prefer to sort by mana cost (Creatures up front, then by type) within a color, and "cycle" or "color" in lands.
Brock McKelvey (7 months ago)
I miss the old gift boxes (like from Kaladesh) that doubled as storage boxes. I'm using one for my medium-sized collection and it's working perfectly.
Fellipe Cicconi (7 months ago)
Prof, you should touch this subject again. Especially when we are very near from another rotation.
Dusk194 (8 months ago)
This comment is very late, but I personally havn't touched a magic card in twelve years... Until earlier this week when I cleaned out a storage area and found a giant box of cards dating to my teenage years. This time capsule of MTG immediately set me on a path to once again becoming a casual player. I also quickly found your channel, and have been burning through your video's in an attempt to catch up on formats like Modern and Pauper. But this video specifically is what I needed. Teenage me was not organized. I would often come back from a draft night and add my cards to a random box... twelve years later, I now need to finally sort the 3-4 thousand commons and uncommons; of which I had no idea where to start. Thank you for this video! and your content is exceptional
Thumpdizzle (8 months ago)
So I made the mistake of buying one of those 3x4 "card houses"... Yes they are great if they rent gonna get moved. But they are also very fragile.
Hannah Hart (8 months ago)
Also, I'm very much a casual player too! Probably explains why I wouldn't organize by set
Hannah Hart (8 months ago)
Um... U don't have to sort by set right? That seems so fancy to me haha. I just do it by color and I guess I could start labeling common and uncommons for each color too 😇 I'd like that thx for the advice!
Hannah Hart (8 months ago)
Tolarian Community College you know.. Ur the first youtuber EVER who has replied to a comment I've made on this app and not to mention so quickly even if it was from how long ago. U replying makes ur channel feel more genuine and community-like for me going on YouTube. I automatically subbed just for you doing that, have watched a few of ur other vids too. Ur very informative and knowledgeable about mtg and I appreciate that so much. I especially loved ur video about u explaining that you'd much rather have kids play mtg than doing whatever else they could be doing with their time. 😇 have a great day mtg teach! The YouTube community appreciates you! 😇
Absolutely you do not. Think of this video as a guide, but not hard rules. It gives you ideas, a starting point, but the goal is for you to sort via a system that is best for you. Different players will have different systems. Many don't know how to begin, and that was the intent here.
Kleavage (8 months ago)
If you use a binder for your rares, what should you be using a portfolio for?
Dillon Vincent (9 months ago)
How can I find what cards are move out of standard, is there a website????
einhorn303 (9 months ago)
I basically have a 3 pool system, with the cards sorted by color within those pools: Pauper playables, Commander playables, and all other bulk. A lot of storage solutions depend on your favored formats and other personal needs.
corey gish (9 months ago)
What about lands? Is it worthwhile to save lands from specific sets?land from duel decks? Keep one art of each and lump the rest in a land box?
William Altreuter (10 months ago)
He almost has a full set of Giselas.
Titan Dropz (11 months ago)
my proxies need this. Printer paper so cheap....
Phyrexian GHXST (11 months ago)
Borne Destiny (11 months ago)
Ahh everytime I get them cluestones I just gotta cut em ya know XD
MrDiceman9000 (1 year ago)
Lol pulling the dildo out of storage at 4:53
cree ben (1 year ago)
I just made my own box out of cardboard. Did not cost me a $.
William Winder (1 year ago)
A standard milk crate is a great way to store 3 ring binders and 9 pocket ultra pro binders.
William Winder (1 year ago)
I've got a black 3 ring binder that creaks when I open it. It's the only binder my most cherished cards are permitted to slumber in.
Pure Insanity (1 year ago)
3:29 the sorting system has failed! There's uncommons in the the commons part :O
Josephel Escalona (1 year ago)
This video help me a lot thanks Professor
pablosotopower (1 year ago)
This is kinda wierd. Today I talk to my friends asking about a 2 copies of a card to included in on of my decks, then, I saw your 300 subcribers celebration video and in that on you reference this video to a suscriber that ask the question of oranization of cards, and when a watched I saw the exact copies that I asked to my friends: Voyage's ends.
minecraftbob10x2 (1 year ago)
800 card box is 9$ for 10... but 97$ to ship to Ireland... R.I.P
Big Money (1 year ago)
awesome video very helpful but can you make a video explaining what standered and commander etc is?
Bastien Clarke (1 year ago)
Timothy Gomm (1 year ago)
This was very helpful. I am just starting out and my collection is starting to grow.
Dryxket (1 year ago)
"a popular addition to most people's collection" General Grievous would be proud.
Firewolf4412 (1 year ago)
I am putting my whole Ixalan series in my binder
Dryxket (1 year ago)
Firewolf4412 (1 year ago)
lol, i am just doing it because i want to show people that i play a lot of MTG
Dryxket (1 year ago)
LOL I met a guy who did that at my lgs. I didn;t really want to trade tho
David Schultz (1 year ago)
Professor, I just recently returned to Magic and stumbled across your channel. Thank you for all of the great videos! I have a question though: What is the advantage of storing rares in binders instead of in top loaders inside boxes with the commons and uncommons?
Oxturnity (1 year ago)
Am I the only one who penny sleeves commons just so they don’t get edgeware in the boxes?
dungeonmaster16 (1 year ago)
At 3:55 for the ad card part what I do is I get penny sleeves (if ppl don't know it's literally avg 1 buck for 100 loose sleeves, mainly use to sleeve common/uncommon no to low value foils to keep them in good condition but good to sleeve ads and make as tabs) for them and put between them. Helps a lot for my sorting ways.
RDMANGLE-YT (1 year ago)
yet have you made the other video for sorting the smaller collection
Populous3 Tutorials (1 year ago)
never forget i had black lotus when i was kid and some older dude from school traded it with me i gave him lotus he gave me 2 random shit cards i hate him and myself :)
Nagoto (1 year ago)
Proff - Even 4 years later videos like this are helping players! Thank you. I'm excited to organize my collection.
Honestly even though no one will see this I just wanted to say that watching old mtg youtubers and their old videos give me such nostalgia
E Snethen (1 year ago)
This was useful! Thanks! I just got a large box of magic cards from amazon, and I need a good storage solution. :)
ShawnTD (1 year ago)
I'm not into Magic the Gathering but this applies to all card games. I collect yugioh cards and the way I store my bulks are in a regular collection binders with binder sleeves. Don't ask why I did that cause I started doing that like 13 years ago. I really wanna remove the bulks and separate them in sets, but the fact is I have so much binder sleeves that I have no clue what to do with them since I store my rares and holo cards in actual quality binders. I store everything on my little desk where everything looks so clustered. It requires a lot of room if you wanna build a big card collection. Obviously if I purchase a shelf like that my room will be full.
RMQuarter (1 year ago)
I got a 1600 card box and I am going to use it for old cards and then use my origins and amonkhet builders tool kit boxes to store standard cards, because I dont usually have large collections
Bosko Jal (1 year ago)
Careful when storing your cards in sleeve sheets binders, if you store your binder vertically, the weight of cards will bend the sleeves and also your cards
SwitchBladeX89 (1 year ago)
The Professor: "Is your Magic The Gathering collection to big for a fat pack box?" Me, Looking at my three BCW 800 count boxes FULL of MTG cards: "...YES!" 😅
Jackson Hill (1 year ago)
where did you get the pictures of the set symbols?
Ryan Clarke-Byrne (1 year ago)
Hey I have that ikea shelf in my living room
Mikael Bloomqvist (1 year ago)
Personally, I divided all of my cards by their color and have one or two colored binders to store them in... plus a binder for artifacts and one for multi color, non standard lands and tokens. I divided them all by creatures, instants, sorcery, and enchantments.. then by sub groups of those groups. It makes it easier to find cards that play off each other. I try to keep them all sorted by expansion within all that as well. It works for me, anyway. Regular lands I keep in the fat packs. I hate to think of a world where I have too many lands to fit in my fat packs.
Thanks this really helped
RzorFox (1 year ago)
I'm curious to see how the new BitBox and Bitbox Mobile would work with organizing magic cards. You can order add-on foam for protection. Has anyone tried these yet?
Christopher Combs (1 year ago)
i use the 5k+ 5 row box but that just for colored commons from mana cost 1 - 3 mana cost 4 and up go in fat pack boxes uncommons get the 800 size box treatment also organized by mana cost basic lands taje up 5 1k count boxes non basice lands colorless cards and multi-color cards and tokens get their own 1k box rares and cards im brewing with at the time go in 2 fat pack boxes abd my 26 playable decks, my sliver collection, my planes chase, and arch enemy cards go in a carry case but thats me
rojoshow13 (1 year ago)
I sort my Pokemon cards by type, and alphabetize, and also keep the evolution cards with each other. This has proven challenging since some sets have a Pokemon as one type but another type in another set. And some Pokemon evolve into multiple different Pokemon​ of different types. It's a constant and neverending effort of moving a card from one place to another.
Yoseph Bailey (1 year ago)
artifact - common. *first card showing is unknown shores.
KyubeetheEspurr (1 year ago)
Whats the problem with cluestones??
Tyler Schug (4 months ago)
You get them as much as basic land and they're next to useless.
WarseerDarkKnight (1 year ago)
This was basically a video that said, "I feel your pain fellow players." lol
Michael Brintz (1 year ago)
I love your channel. Recently started playing again and I find all your videos helpful, fun and engaging. Thank you!
TheMonyarm (1 year ago)
Why are BCW boxes so expensive? I tried ordering from BCW, but the site told me that the shipping would be nearly 100$, then I checked other sellers, as well as eBay and Amazon, and the markup is ridiculous. Any alternatives?
TheMonyarm (1 year ago)
My LGS does have 1 BCW box, a big one for all the bulk, but it's very beat up, and is the only BCW box they have.
Nanofuture87 (1 year ago)
I bring it up because most stores use something like BCW boxes to store their bulk singles, so they can be organized by set like in the Profs video.
TheMonyarm (1 year ago)
They sell singles, not sure what that has to do with anything ? They've got one really big box for all of the bulk, while everything else is in a binder.
Nanofuture87 (1 year ago)
That's... bizarre. Do they not sell singles?
TheMonyarm (1 year ago)
My LGS doesn't have them, they have pre-release boxes galore, but not BCW boxes.
I have a collection of over 30k cards, where almost nothing is more than 4 copies of a given card. (believe me, your collection gets a LOT smaller when you pare it down like that)... With a collection this large it takes like 35x of those 800 count boxes to hold all the cards. The collection has gotten so large that I HAD to get really really organized or I could not quickly get to any cards I needed, or even worse I could not keep track of what cards I needed to trade for or buy. After paring down the collection to playsets... I then entered the entire collection into software. At first, Magic Workstation. Now it's MTG Studio/Echo MTG. So every time I get new cards I have to take those new cards and first check if I already have copies of that card from previous sets or the same set. If not, I add them to the electronic database and then physically put them into the collection. YES it's a LOT of work... but - I know exactly what I have - I know exactly what the value is of my collection and cards - I can build a deck in a few minutes - I don't trade for or buy cards that I already have (makes me efficient) - If I want to make a trade I can immediate know if I need the card being offered or tell my trade partner if I have the card(s) he's going for. - If I ever wanted to insure my collection I have the data required to do so. - The automated tools inform me on price movements. After playsets of cards I don't use move up I trade/sell them for cards I need and do use. So yes, it's a huge time investment. But after doing this for 20 years I can tell you it's worth the effort. After posting this, I'll try to attach pictures of my cards in drawers (before I 3D printed dividers) and a picture of the dividers I 3D printed. (Edit: tried to attach pictures, didn't work. Sorry.)
Staine2009 (1 year ago)
Nice way to sort and store. Here is my way to sort my cards (rare and myth). I sort them by colors and then by type. For example : Black card. Enchantment together, Creature together (only rare) Instant, Sorcery, Legendary creature (for commander purpose) Mythic (Instant, enchant, whatever) For multi-colored card I sort them by "Guild" such as all the azorius goes together and I separate mythic and Legendary again. In multicolored I don't sort by card type. I donc have enough card which still justified this structure for now. For 3+ colored I put them together without any sorting excpet for legendary and mythic (for commander purpose again). Then I separate my lands card by "guild" colors or duo-colors. I also put common lands which are ofter used in commander in those binder. Oh and I forgot, planeswalker are regroup together. I dont look after their colors too. For the common and uncommon, I sort them the same way you do Tolarian ! :D I just wonder if it's valuable to keep a playset of each common/uncommon ? :/ (some are usefull... some are just useless). How can I process with un-wanted common/uncommon which are ofter worthless ?
Roofne telvin (1 year ago)
How can i do for common and uncommon card who cost many money like aether vial, lightning bolt or path to exile ? I put sleeve or i take a binder ?
Azathoth Cuetlachtli (1 year ago)
3:03 how did you made those dividers? did you tape them to something or how did you made that?
Azathoth Cuetlachtli (1 year ago)
I'm going to take some tips from this video, I find having my cards divided by color, type and then mana cost is easier and better than rarity (ej: Commons separated from uncommons)
Rapidcheetah (1 year ago)
I feel like this is way too late to ask, but where do you find the prints for the set symbols?
adamant12345 (1 year ago)
How does your tip for easy sorting using mainly loose binder sheets sit with your reviews of bound card folios? My temptation is to getting good quality card folios but that means not being able to switch sheets of cards out so easily...
adamant12345 (1 year ago)
Am I the only person that finds loose binder sheets curl at the corners and cause the cards themselves to curl? Only the sheets that are towards the middle and back flatten under the weight of the other cards for me...
Euronymous Mayhem (1 year ago)
that is why we are calling you the professor! you find solutions for everything and most importantly you SHARE the solutions with us to make us organize our cards better! way to go Professor!
Styre Grey (2 years ago)
Ikea Kallax
Jamie Sydney (2 years ago)
instead of dividers, stick 2 commons together so the colour protrudes above the rest by half an inch, you will go to your colour instantly rather than reading it all.
Adam Sheppard (2 years ago)
My collection is getting on for 20,000 cards, and I'm organising it like this. It's truly taking ages though and by the end of it, I might realise I don't have enough storage and then I'll cry
ThatGuy (2 years ago)
What a nerd
Project Lighthouse (2 years ago)
Great video my friend.
Daniel (2 years ago)
Are there alternatives to BCW cardboard boxes? I can't get my hands on them where I live, or I would have to buy them over the internet where they'd cost me 5€. It doesn't matter if it's plastic
Faerie Hearthwitch (2 years ago)
I am brand new at playing Magic and just starting out collecting cards. How do I know what is considered common or uncommon? Thank you!
Faerie Hearthwitch (2 years ago)
Thank you so much! :)
dexter morgan (2 years ago)
glad i found this video,i finally decided to short my cards but i have litterally two full trash bags of common and uncommons and i didn't know where to start.I got back in mtg after a few years of absence and i am so excited!!!!
Axon (2 years ago)
Like if you watch this in 2017
Bread Man (2 years ago)
Snotcrawler the Dead (2 years ago)
If you have a lot of cards, sorting by CMC can help with deck-building.
Travis Bottoms (2 years ago)
Honestly, I use the bundle (fatpack) players guide and sort cards by print/collector number, but still put all rares/mythics in their own binder with same rule of collector number. I used to go by Alpha, but yes it was a time sink hole...
Dope Pope (2 years ago)
Where did you find the set symbol templates?
Kyle Hart (1 year ago)
The internet.
V4VENDETTAMAN (2 years ago)
Jessaaayyy (2 years ago)
if you always played draft, wouldnt you have a ton more cards because youre always opening packs?
Michael Buonaguro (2 years ago)
Your the man
Aaron Neville (2 years ago)
Love the videos! Been playing since Onslaught i don't play tournaments myself so i break my stuff down and little differently. I usually play kitchen table casual with friends and acquaintances by vintage rules. I store all my stuff in binder by color. each color has at least 2 binders one for all creatures one for enchantment, instant, sorcery. Then within that its all broken down by creature type and rarity for creature binders and just rarity for spell binders. Lands, Artifacts(along with artifact creatures) and Multi-colors have there own seprate binder and get the same treatment. Multi's i break down by Guilds (Ravnica, Alara etc) then by creature type and rarity.
Alex Dobbs (2 years ago)
what would be the best way to carry/and store you're dice?
Faerie Hearthwitch (2 years ago)
I keep my dice I am not using in tupperware containers. The softeness of the plastic prevents any dice chipping. When out playing I use a tarot bag with drawstring closure. :)
Aaron Neville (2 years ago)
I usually buy Chessex brand dice and i keep them in the plastic containers they come in. I lug my decks around in a backpack so if im playing dice heavy decks ill put them in that. When they aren't in my bag i store them on a shelf in all their containers. If its a commander deck i use Ultra Pro satin tower deck boxes that have dice holders at the bottom and store deck specific dice that way.
I organize my mtg cards by colour regardless if they are from different sets or formats

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