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With an extremely large variety of Magic: The Gathering Cards that exist out there from so many sets and a loose definition of utility and value in the game, it's often hard to gauge a card's individual worth/price without checking it out online. Of course, the rarity is generally a good indicator, but there are plenty of expensive common and uncommon cards too.

My question is What is the most efficient way of determining card value without individually loking up each Magic card?

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Note that your link for 'expensive commons and uncommons' is very much online-specific; OTOH, there's a very similar article for offline play (the prices are slightly out of date but still fairly close) at starcitygames.com/php/news/print.php?Article=25391 , sorted by set. –  Steven Stadnicki Oct 22 '13 at 0:08

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The most time efficient way to sort the wheat from the chaff is hard to gauge, there are a number of different ways that will work for different people.

One option is to take a buylist from your preferred website, which will give you prices for most cards that are valuable. This lets you quickly look through a list of cards (often sorted in alphabetical order and set) all in one place, and check if its on the list.

This wont give you the ACTUAL value of your cards, but generally a buy list price indicates whether a card has much value.

many websites will also let you type in a list of cards and bring up their sale prices of each, which might be quicker depending on how quickly you can go through them.

a further option would potentially be a mobile app, many apps have collection trackers where you can enter your entire collection and then traverse the list in the app to get values for them.

whatever you choose, it will probably be pretty time consuming. Rather than going through your cards and comparing them against the web or a list, it might be better to try and learn as many commons and uncommons worth more than a specific threshold (e.g. $1) as possible, and then go through your collection looking for those specific cards, seperating out any rares and foils to check later. While there are plenty of commons and uncommons that are worth money, there arent so many that you cant have a good idea of what most of them are. having a threshold as low as $1 makes it significantly harder, but starting at $5 cuts out a huge number, and gets you most of the value in your collection quite quickly, before making further passes to pick out the rest, knowing you dont need to look for anything above $5.

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If you didn't want to go online, you can go to a local gaming store and get them appraised. A good gaming store should be able to list out what each card is worth and what they are willing to buy it for.

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I found the online card manager Deckbox to be quite useful. It allows me to add any card to my inventory with a single click and will display prices, has some nice search and filtering functions and even provides a platform for deck building and trading.

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