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Mana Flood – NSFW (If you work at a card shop)

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Ever see something that makes you feel physically ill?

I made the mistake of going on the general Magic subreddit and I found something that made me wish I could unsee. A sump pump failure and improper box storage lead to a worst case scenario.

Someone got mana flooded.

The results are pretty horrifying

A few of the more cringe-inducing pics made me literally gasp audibly. This is an affront to all of our collections.

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Water did this, and water is going to pay for it.

 

What about you? Got any horror stories of mass collection destruction? Leave it in the comments section.

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15 thoughts on “Mana Flood – NSFW (If you work at a card shop)

  1. My bird has gotten a hold of a few of my cards before and bit through the edges, luckily nothing to expensive. But nothing to this degree. This was really painful to look through.

  2. \”I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.\” – Obi Wan Kenobi

  3. Back before EDH existed there was a format called 5-color. It was a 250 card deck with contract from below and all that jazz. Anywho, I left my entire deck outside by accident in a parking lot. That same night it rained hard and the deck got ran over by cars repeatedly. I still have a gnarled Academy Rector that has been the topic of many conversations, sitting in my binder.

  4. Nothing like this guy but… I was buylisting a stack of about 50 cards last weekend. Mostly dollar cards, but I also had an extra set of 4 Voice of Resurgence. I left them on the couch and went to dinner. When I got home my dog had knocked them over. I noticed one of them had a bite mark, then noticed quite a few more were destroyed. Probably about 8 total, but you guessed, it all four Voices were obviously eaten beyond repair. RIP.

  5. My son has just started walking a couple and I didn’t think anything of it. Left the door to my office open. Now we know that foils chewed on makes babies look like they are wearing stripper lipstick and I’m out a foil delta.

    1. I ruined a trade paperback with a free hotel continental breakfast apple and I thought I had a bad beats story, RIP in Peace, Jared’s deck.

  6. I live in a damp area. After a long hiatus, when I picked Magic back up again, I dug out my old cards… turns out that some sort of soft-wood loving bug had gotten into them, and eaten away. FORTUNATELY, I had already sold off all the really valuable stuff, so nothing of great import was chewed. But I now have about 5000 cards that would have had a value of around $1000 that have massive damage and are covered in bug feces. If anyone else cares enough, I can try to post pics over in the forums.

  7. To a previous poster’s point, your home or renter’s insurance can cover this for like an extra few dollars a year. I recommend loading all of your cards into the TCG collection software and printing off a copy that includes collection value and all of your cards. IF your house burned down or something else terrible happened, you can log into TCG and provide the most recent list and pricing.

    I’d say any collection worth over $1000 is probably worth doing this for, just like your jewelry or other valuables.

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