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Old 02-11-2011, 03:37 PM   #26 (permalink)
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So the common theme here is do not invest in Magic unless I want Alpha, Beta, Unlimited booster packs/starter packs at decent prices...
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Old 02-11-2011, 04:06 PM   #27 (permalink)
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I hope that's not the case...everything I've read about them shows they have a great business model...

Even the smallest lcs near me has magic tourney's...and more than 1/2 their business consists of magic sales!
The LCS I worked at for 10 years, is still in business to this day (18 years and goign strong). If it wasn't for MTG, Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, and all those other games - it would have closed long ago. They have around eitht 8' tables in there - and some W.O.W. or DD big ass thing set up for miniatures. They have a full house everyday and night on the tables and they day tournaments all the time. It's crazy there.

It's a fantastic money maker, however it is one of those "strike while the iron is hot" when it comes to the new products. This has been my experience while working there anyways.



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So the common theme here is do not invest in Magic unless I want Alpha, Beta, Unlimited booster packs/starter packs at decent prices...
Exactly. Other will disagree, but I think ALPHA is better. I read somewhere that production of it was less than BETA. But, either way - those two products are king. Unlimted is third choice in my book.

Good luck in whatever you choose though.
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Old 02-14-2011, 05:26 PM   #28 (permalink)
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How can you tell if a beta pack has been searched? The one I ordered has a ton of wrinkles in the wrapper and near the edges (side and near the top) of the pack...I called the place where I ordered it from and they will let me come into the store to exchange the pack for something else...so I'm covered but just wanted to know how you know it's been searched. The guy at the store told me the "white" parts of the pack will be worn down from people trying to press down on the card to see through the "white".
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How can you tell if a beta pack has been searched? The one I ordered has a ton of wrinkles in the wrapper and near the edges (side and near the top) of the pack...I called the place where I ordered it from and they will let me come into the store to exchange the pack for something else...so I'm covered but just wanted to know how you know it's been searched. The guy at the store told me the "white" parts of the pack will be worn down from people trying to press down on the card to see through the "white".
Pretty much thats the only way you can tell. Wrinkles and impressions are pretty much dead give aways.
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Old 03-03-2011, 04:41 PM   #30 (permalink)
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If looking for a quick rip and flip...magic can be great. Tear open a few boxes of new product...and sell right at the start when a new set comes out....or wait to see what the current tournament decks become, and flip those cards. I've been collecting/playing since around '96....and currently still have all the expensive old stuff (Power 9, dual lands, etc...)

That being said...buying boxes now and sitting on them MAY pay off in the long long run...but I personally wouldn't do it. I'd rather invest my money in gold or silver....=P
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I don't think buying the newer ones are a good investment
Only the oldest ones - Alpha, Beta,... increases in value
I used to play around Ice-Age era...and those cards has no value now
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