Frequently Asked Questions

Why are some card prices at $0?

This just means the card didn't have any copies available for sale on TCGPlayer. (The site checks prices every 24 hours.)

This is especially the case for high-end cards that are unlikely to be sold via TCGPlayer online without getting a jeweler's loupe involved!

Why is set _____________ missing?

It probably isn't on Wizard's Gatherer page, and I still need to add it manually as I couldn't automatically parse the data.

I probably know about it already, but feel free to let me know and give me a poke. :) I add new sets all the time!

What's the deal with alternate art cards? Some of them look the same on your site.

I currently pull all of my card images directly from WotC, as I believe that's their preference. Unfortunately, their database is missing the art for some alternate art cards, and instead just shows the same art multiple times. I'll look into fixing this by perhaps securing WotC's permission to host the card art directly on my website. Until that time, please exercise caution when placing any orders or making any trades. Make sure you know what you're missing, and what you're looking to acquire.

To confuse matters even more, translating the name of an alternate art card from WotC, TCGPlayer's, and MTG Studio's naming conventions took a bit of guesswork at times. If in doubt, please research first.

Why are all of the alternate art Alliance cards missing pricing data and links to TCGPlayer?

They're actually missing from TCGPlayer! While my website can track them as part of your collection (and import them from MTG Studio), I can't go any further with them until they pop up on TCGPlayer's website.

When I click a link to buy all missing cards from a set, why are some of them from the wrong set in the TCGPlayer shopping cart?

The TCGPlayer Mass Entry page only allows specifying the card name and quantity, not set. As a result, the shopping cart picks whatever set it feels like for each card.

I asked for this functionality to be added, but at the moment, there are no plans for them to do so. In the meanwhile, after adding the cards to your cart, use the Cart Optimizer and manually select which set you want each card from. It's a bit of a pain, but beyond my control.

What did you use to make the collection folders pictured on the main page?

The art for the folders I made myself in Photoshop. (Feel free to use my files.)

The binders used are the Avery Heavy-Duty View Binder with 1.5 Inch One Touch EZD Ring, Black, 1 Binder (79695). I experimented quite a bit and found this one worked best for me, as it had panes to put in your own printouts for the front, back, and side, and felt quite sturdy.

For sleeve pages, I use the Ultra Pro 9-Pocket Trading Card Pages - Platinum Series (100 Pages).

At first, I only made folders for sets I owned. But I've been getting a lot of requests for the rest of Magic, so I've been chipping away at them!

How often are the prices updated?

Prices are updated once per day auto-magically, at around 2:30 AM Pacific Time.

How does sorting by price work in the Card View?

Currently, it only sorts by low prices. This will be changed in the future.

I'm super confused by the Junior Series / Scholarship Series sets!

They are confusing! MagicCards.info lumped them into a single set. TCGPlayer has them scattered throughout multiple sets, some with special annotations on their name, and some are erroneously combined. When collecting these sets, you may want to reach out to vendors directly. There are subtle differences with the card numbers at the bottom of each card. Your best source is Magic Librarities. Here are links to each of the affected sets:

Who are you?

Hi! My name is Brian, although I go by Manath online. I started on this website toward the end of my Computer Science degree mostly because I wanted to know how much of Magic I had collected, and how much my collection was worth. It was also a great opportunity to teach myself PHP. The first version of the website served as a great portfolio piece, and I'm now working full time as a software engineer after having graduated. I still love to put time into this website, though, and will continue to implement new features as time allows.

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