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  1. I think that another 25 years will definitely be enough to make Magic much more of a collectible. People tend to be able to spend more as they age and there should be many more players feeling nostalgic by that time. I could easily see Magic reaching this point. This is one reason the trader in me is perfectly happy to accomedate the collector.

    • pi,

      I think you’re spot on with this assessment. If Magic remains strong for another 25 years, we could definitely see numbers approaching those of the comic books I mentioned in the article. And if that happens, holding Magic cards for the next 25 years can prove to be quite lucrative…

      Great build!

      Sig

  2. Good piece, Sig. Most importantly, I think these ideas should be brought to the broader community to ruminate and discuss. Thanks for that!

    I do need to clarify: I was not intimating that a millionaire would be better, or equally served, investing in MTG rather than, to use your example, comic books. I agree that MTG is still a bit young for the 1% to see a significant ROI on a relative significant investment. As a collectible it needs more time to mature. We’re aligned there. This isn’t the best playground for millionaires who want to create more millions.

    Rather, my position is that the business of MTG is often presented as a hobby, a fun way to supplement primary income, but something that should not be taken seriously as a source of one’s livelihood. While the former axiom is certainly true, I believe the latter to be a falsehood.

    From what I have seen, MTG is scalable in the sense that a seller can begin with a modicum of capital, grow to sustain a meaningful full-time income (let’s set that number at $100,000 gross/yearly baseline), and then further escalate to provide a foundation for wealth generation. Dan’s article helped solidify that position for me, even though he focused strictly on RL vintage collectibles and not the products that drive the mainstream consumer base.

    One might say, “Well there’s so many easier, less risky ways to make the same amount of money.” That is likely true. Be that as it may, I think it’s a disservice to present MTG as a business path destined for failure, when success is attainable. It carries the burden of deep drive, hard work and focus…but that’s pretty much any goal that’s highly ambitious at it’s core 🙂

    Great read!

    • Tarkan,

      Thanks for the comment and kind words! I’m inclined to agree with you given the way you worded your reply. Very sound reasoning. Glad we are on the same page. Great minds thinking alike, and all that. 🙂

      Long live the Reserved List, eh? 😛

      Sig

    • I’d love to engage with folks further on this topic within the QS Discord! I am there on a daily basis – please find me there to chat further!

    • This is partly true. I find the sealed product market can move a bit slowly. Plus there are the added hassles of packaging and shipping all the boxes. I suppose if you have a few Arabian Nights boxes, you could park a large sum of money into an MTG investment…that I will grant you.

      I don’t know about whole sets as much, but I wonder how much of a markup ABU Games has on these…?

      Thanks for your comment!

      Sig

      • c/u sets is a good way to out bulk but that is EXTREMELY not where you want to be if you have six figures to work with

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