There are a lot of ways to organize your cards that are efficient. What it is going to come down to, is what sort of efficiency are you looking for.
Deck building efficiency - This is pretty much a non-issue if you use digital deck builders, but if you don't know exactly what cards you own, it is helpful in finding possible alternatives for cards you want ...
There is a standard way to store those cards in the big box. Your big box should've come with a couple of large bookmark-shaped cards. One side has a bunch of card names upon decorative scrolls, like this:
photo from Board Game Barker
What you're supposed to do with this organiser card is to lay it down in the center of the box, between all the card slots. ...
Will any harm come to board games that I leave out in a car in that ['below -18°C/0°F'] temperature?
I have had some board games for 30+ years that, during that time, spent two years in a Minnesota storage garage and three years in an Upstate New York storage garage; in which neither had heat or air conditioning (neither location was ever particularly ...
Similar to using rubber bands, but they don't deteriorate and stick to the cards over time. If possible get metal free ones, rather than the type on the right - less likely to catch on the cards.
Small Cardboard Boxes
Have a look around your house, you'll probably find something that's the right size. Plasters often come in boxes that are a ...
From my experience, the UltraPro 9-Pocket Platinum Pages are some of the sturdier pages out there and therefore will be more resistant from the start to the kind of wear you're describing. You don't have to worry about your cards much, though, as the pages or binders will be damaged before the cards will.
They work well and last long if you use them with ...
I bought ultra pro black sleeves and ultrapro white sleeves (700) for my cards against humanity [I have both expansions].
Using both colors helps keep cards distinct. Also, since we usually play around drinks it helps ensure that they stay protected/away from sticky surfaces.
Additionally useful, is that the write your own blank cards stay in tact (i used ...
Rubber bands - Extremely cheap solution. Allows you to group cards of a similar type together. Over a long period of time though, the rubber will crack and may even stick to your cards. If you sleeve your cards this is of minor concern.
Plastic Sandwich bags - If you submit your games to high humidity, these do not "breath" and may cause moisture damage.
For more than 10k cards, a Card Catalog:
You can find them on CraigsList, eBay, antique stores ($$$) and occasional garage sales.
In my catalog I have one drawer per block. Separated in the drawer by set. In each set they are sorted with Rares & mythics in the front, as I have a lot less of those. I buy sets of commons & uncommons for each set ...
I bought a bunch of these grip seal bags in various sizes. I did buy these from Amazon, but have seen them in stationery shops if you prefer not to get them shipped.
These ones for cards cost me £1.34 GBP with free shipping for 100 (1.3 pence each). Unless eBay/Amazon shipping is super extortionate for you, I think they are worth the investment; I've found ...
Probably, the best way to store a cube is in a properly sized corrugated trading card box. These boxes are fairly cheap, and with your local friendly game store's 100% markup, they shouldn't run you more than a couple dollars.
I wouldn't use booster pack boxes or shoe boxes. Booster boxes are too flimsy, because the are designed for display purposes. You ...
The cardboard boxes that come with "fat packs" are sturdy, reasonably portable, and visually appealing. I don't think one can hold 750 sleeved cards, but two should be sufficient. Third-party online shops often resell just the boxes individually for a few dollars.
Players are going to need to sleeve up their basic lands anyway, so I see no reason not to put ...
For me I have a box for:
Creatures are separated from non creatures.
Sorted alphabetically by set.
Somewhat slimmed down by eliminating cards there are 10 or more of through most of the collection. For good cards like lightning bolt, swords to plowshares, etc. I don't limit at 10.
I find "by set" irrelevant. If I need a disenchant, I don't want to look through every set.
Color -> alpha by first letter
I don't mind flipping through all the white Ds to find something and it's easy to sort. Some letters get bun.ched together based on how many cards UVWXYZ for example in most colors.
If I want to search, I search using Oracle. I have ...
It looks like that version of Ascension has the Broken Token Box Organizer (or similar) included, which should allow for most, if not all, of the expansions to fit into the one box.
The game normally comes with an insert that looks a little different.
As such you would not need to keep the additional expansion boxes if you have no desire to resell the game,...
I use compartment boxes which are mostly used for organizing small hobby materials.
They come with 5 to 25 compartments and are usually very effective for lots of small pieces.
There are also boxes where you can remove some spacers or move the spacers to make your own sizes of compartments.
I also bought Ultra Pro sleeves for my deck, in black. I made a fusion deck with the main set, 1st & 2nd edition, plus selected Apples to Apples cards. Ended up with almost 850 cards in total, so I picked up a cardboard deck box from a game shop for less than two bucks.
With shipping, I was able to get them for $0.05/each on Ebay. Well worth the ...
You can get little plastic boxes in all kinds of shapes and sizes.
Also the little clear plastic bags with press-in tops (known as zip-lock)
For storage of multiple card-based games there are all kinds of small craft ...
Put value cards in a binder. I put all my land in a seperate box. Another box is then organized into columns based off of color/artifact/multicolor. Those columns are organized by format, then into set in chronological order as they were released. Each section is in alphabetical order. The columns for Standard contain dividers based off of how close they are ...
This isn't what you want to hear, but I actually built a wooden box for this because there was nothing on the market I could find that would do the job.
It wasn't massively complex - create partitions that could hold decks of cards on their sides, and squarer partitions for counters, dice and the like. There's an elastic strap in the lid for the board.
I use Hugo's Amazing Tape.
It works similarly to plastic wrap; but it doesn't tear like that does. And you can either re-wrap it around the deck each time, or slide the wrapped ring on and off the cards (unless they are sleeved, then it won't slide).
I use the 1/2 inch, but I think the 1 inch would actually work better.
Very similarly, a friend of mine ...
I'd recommend to not sort by edition. It will drive you mad. I put all of my rares and mythics in binders. The commons and uncommons are separated and are then sorted by color then by creatures or spells. I can quickly find what I want with this system. I would occasionally cull through the cards and see which ones haven't been played for awhile or if they ...
There are several different ways to organize a collection of Magic cards. Some of them have some advantages over others, but ultimately the one you should pick is the one that makes the most sense to you and is easiest for you to work with.
Sorting by set. This is personally how I organize my cards. I have each set separated and ordered by collectors number,...
I usually use those white cardboard boxes to hold large amounts of cards. They come in various sizes. http://www.amazon.com/BCW-Count--Corrugated-Cardboard-Storage/dp/B000K3XQ8U/
Or I create my own boxes using plastic canvas. (sorry i do not have any better links for these at the moment) http://www.crafts-for-all-seasons.com/plastic-canvas-box.html
I highly suggest a cardboard box. I got a 1600 size box for about $10.
On the topic of lands and tokens, I keep 60 of each basic land (so 300 in total) with the cube at all times sleeved. my cube is from Khans/fate/dragons so tokens aren't really an issue, however I keep 10 of each token sleeved in a different color.
I don't recommend using the cub3 from ...