Could I Sell Magic (MtG) Cards for Crypto on Hive?

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Long story short, in college I played Magic the Gathering (a popular collectible card game), and then went into online business back in the early eBay days. When the fees got silly, I opened my own website, using a simple opensource shopping cart and PayPal to take orders, and shipped the cards through the mail. A few years ago the business ended, and I downsized my inventory, but I still have a LOT of cards.

That's maybe 1% of them, just to show a sample. None of them are newer than 5 years old, but most of them are in near mint condition (unplayed). I don't have any of the top 50 cards (which go for $1000+ each), but I do have quite a few cards in the 2 and 3 digits.

Magic is on FIRE

Along with other collectibles, Magic is doing really well during the lockdown. People are pulling out their decks and dusting off their binders. Maybe they aren't getting together to play (or maybe they are?), but they're definitely interested again, and they're definitely buying again. People have stimulus money, or tax returns on the way, and they're bored. (You may have heard the same thing about hockey cards, which are getting their first day in the sun since about 1993.)

Magic is hot, and I have a LOT of it. Suddenly handfuls of $2 cards are handfuls of $15 cards, for example. Not to mention a few from old sets like Legends now over $100. And I could use some spare currency right now.

I still have my eBay account, but my PayPal account is severely limited. I'm now unbanked, and eBay doesn't allow sellers to accept crypto (PayPal would lose too much money if they did), so that's not going to work.


Could I sell Magic cards directly from Hive?

Long ago, I used to run a large gaming website called MTGNews (later moving to MTGSalvation), and one of the forums was set up for people to post a list of cards for sale or trade. That's where I got my start, before eBay even. People could comment with offers or questions, confirmation was done by email, feedback could be left as comments, and so on. We made it work.

Something similar (likely much better) could be done here on the blockchain. Maybe once a week I could make a post with the cards I have available, photos, prices, and instructions for how to make an order. (My track record and Hive reputation show I'm not some fly-by-night popup scam artist, but I also have thousands of positive feedback on eBay if people want to see that.) Payment could be HIVE, or something off-chain like BTC.

The details could be sorted out, I'm pretty sure. But a few questions...

  • Is anyone else here doing a simple "sales post" model like that? If so, does it work well?

  • Does anyone around here play/collect Magic? Would there be enough interest to make it worthwhile?

  • Might it be able to draw people to Hive, for example if my prices are low and my shipping is fast? A tiny alternative (for a few people at least) to corporate centralized platforms with massive fees?

It's possible I could undercut eBay Buy-it-Now prices by 20, maybe 25%.

I think it's time I let somebody else play with or collect some of these cards. I've been looking for a way to earn crypto, since I can't buy it. Could this be the answer?

It would be awesome to turn some unused items into crypto, using the blockchain to make it happen! What do you think?


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Doo eet!! Love the idea.

I recently got back into magic when arena came to mobile last week. I also have a huge collection of old stuff my buddy has been working on selling. Good times!

Cool, thanks for the feedback.
Been thinking about it, and leaning toward "yes".
I think people are going to like the idea of turning some of their digital tokens into physical cards. Everything I've got it out of print, and much of it is on the reserved list (never to be reprinted in any form). It could work! :)
Stay tuned ;)
PS: What was/is your favourite deck or strategy? I favoured green, and aggro critters decks, sometimes fast mana combo decks. I hate counter/control decks :P

Interested to see what people say to this.

Might be a good time to try selling some via Hive. And no I don't play MTG.

I don't have a very large following, but maybe it would grow by word of mouth, especially if I undercut prices people could get elsewhere. Kind of like a garage sale... just get stuff moving and bring in some funds. It's hot right now, and I don't have much use for it, so seems natural.

sounds like you got some ideas :)

I used to play Magic.
I also used to smoke a lot of weed.
I still do smoke a lot of weed. I'm just saying that I used to smoke a lot, too.

Hahaha same... Altho last time I played magic I wasn't smoking bud.

I don't play much of card games but I could share your post on my Twitter page. Good luck with the card sales.

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Thanks, word of mouth is always good promotion. If I can't find any reason not to do it, I'll put up a sales post soon.

I'm interested in the same questions, just for yu gi oh 👁

Cool, let's see if we get any responses to the questions.
It seems possible, but maybe I'm missing something!