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Delver Lens is an awesome app to quickly check the value of trades or just your cards. It's pretty fast and accurate and I used it to scan in all my edh decks too.
https://deckbox.org/ is usually mentioned in these types of threads. I tried it and personally found it a bit cumbersome, but YMMV.
I personally use Delver Lens which is nice because entering the cards is really easy to do. That said, the filtering/searching features aren't very in-depth, so if you plan on doing a lot of searching it might not work great for you.
Before you trade or give anything, install Delver Lens on your phone and scan the cards. It'll put it up as a collection and tell you the price of the cards. You could be sitting on anything between 3000x$0.05 and 3000x$400 (assuming dual lands or w/e).
Used a camera mount holding my phone and scanned my whole card collection. Took about 10h, but the app is fast. Seriously, do it, you could be giving away thousands.
I use the Delver Lens app, and import the .csv into Cardsphere for trading.
Every card I own is listed on Cardsphere so I can search it at the drop of a hat. Most of my trading is done through Cardsphere, but if I do any "outside" trading, it's kind of a pain to maintain. Still worth it though!
I use delver lens on Android. Works great! Let's you toggle foil and edition for mis scans.
If you're sorting through heaps of cards something like this Android app might be a good idea, since it can scan and price cards.
I use MTG Scanner Delver Lens to import my Decks and Collection into TappedUut/Deckbox or similar sites you also can look up the prices with it but normally I just use MKM for that :)
So right now I use deckbox to catalog.
I use delverlens on my phone (attached to a goosneck mount) to scan and create a csv file to import cards into deckbox.
Works pretty well, but keeping the camera on continuously drains my phone pretty hard, even plugged in. Luckily, delverlens saves what you've scanned even if your phone dies. A note though, scanning a high quantity amount of cards requires a $3/month subscription.
[Edit] Also when I'm scanning the cards, I use remote software (SideSync) so I can just look at my desktop while I scan the cards in. So much easier navigating my phone with a mouse and keyboard than clicking on it with my finger.
I use Delver Lens to scan large amounts of cards. The app then lets you export this to a number of famous collection websites (I use deckstats.net)
If you use Android and want to keep track of your collection I highly recommend Delver Lens. I usually build decks manually with the actual cards so the app is also useful for then generating decklists quickly.
For Android, Delver Lens is an alternative to Scryglass. It has a lot more features than Scryglass (multiple lists, draw test, save the scanned image, merge cards, more export options, backup, search cards, can manage want list, rulings text offline, import cards from other apps/websites, ....), similar recognition performance and is free if you don't need to export 100+ cards.
You might also want to take a look at some phone apps that let you scan your cards for quick cataloguing.
Stuff like this one:
I don't know if this is the best solution for your needs, but I use Delver Lens It pulls prices from TCGplayer and MKM, but I scan all my cards in.
Delver Lens (android only though)
The only one I see is someone complaining about needing to pay to export their entire collection at once, which is one of the subscription features.
Value really depends on what you bought - they range from worthless to 6 figures (most are more towards the worthless side). If you do find that you have some valuable cards in there, make sure you do a little research on how to spot fakes/counterfeits before you go to sell them.
As far as pricing them, if you bought a large number of cards there are apps like Delver Lens that you can use to scan the cards and it'll give you prices immediately. Much easier than typing in the names one by one if you need to process a lot of cards.
If you don't want to hassle with selling them individually, you may also consider selling them to a retailer through their buylist. You'll receive a lower % than if you sold them yourself, but with the advantage of being able to offload them in one go and not having to deal with scammers or unhappy buyers. I personally like Card Kingdom for buylisting cards.
I've been thinking about making a general TCG app.
The problem is solvable, since an app already exists (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=delverslab.delverlens&hl=en), but you could try your own approach.
Furthermore, you can extend this to other card games (Two popular ones are probably Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon, but I don't know if databases are as good as for MTG).
Another thing you could try is developing a plugin for Overwolf, that parses some game data that is not otherwise accessible for easier management.
Anyhow, these are just some ideas where you can get databases realtively easily, so it makes the process more approachable :)
I've recently gotten back into Magic so all of my old cards are sorted into Fat Pack boxes. They're ordered by color, Creature vs Non Creature, then by converted mana cost. Within CMC they are alphabetical.
Lands are in groups of Fetches and Typed, Basic, Snow and Artifact, Other. They are alphabetical within their groups.
Standard legal sets are in three groups, Rotatoes, Dom/Rixalan, and M19. As they rotate out they'll be sorted into the legacy boxes. Except starting with M19, I plan on keeping them sorted by set.
More craziness. All of the rares and any card valued $2 or more are in perfect fit sleeves. All of the cards except basic lands have been scanned into the Delver Lens app
My next task is to build a trade binder.
I only use Delver Lens. I'd be in the market for a Wi-Fi only/offline Oracle Text/Price Lookup app but haven't found one.
If you want to quickly check the value of your cards, I'd recommend trying out Delver Lens, which lets you scan your cards using your phone and immediately see the online price of each card. I'm not sure if it works with non-English cards but if your collection is in English it should let you scan through a few hundred cards in less than an hour.
This way you can separate the valuable cards (say >$5) which you can sell individually from the bulk which is not worth the effort of pricing out individually.
Once you've managed to sort your cards, you have a few options depending on the amount of effort you want to put in and how much of the value you want to get out of the cards. Selling to online card stores is probably the easiest but lowest return approach. You can also consider selling to local card stores for a (potentially) better return, but they may also be limited in what they want to buy from you. Finally, you could consider selling directly, either to local players or on a marketplace like eBay for the best return, though obviously this requires a lot of work to photograph, organize, ship, etc. all the cards, and might take a while to sell all of them.
Good luck, and I hope you find some buried treasure in your collection!
You need to sift out the valuable cards yourself if you want to get what they are worth.
Install an app like this onto your phone and categorize the cards. Dump everything below 1$ into a big box and don't expect to get anything for them. Bulk cards go for 5-15$ per 1000 cards.
Add up the more valuable cards and demand about ~80% of their market value if you want to sell them to a shop or another person.
And don't respond to private messages.
Delver Lens. I manage my collection in the app but you can use it to scan and export your collection to websites such as DeckBox.
You can't search or manage your cards in ScryGlass directly. Decked Builder is another option.
There's an android app that does what you're describing on a smaller scale.
Depending on your phone's camera quality, you're limited to only scanning in maybe 3-4 cards at a time but it's pretty accurate.
For start, sort into colour, taking out any really obvious money, then put all substantial duplicates together. After that, I'd go Delver Lens and just dissapear for a couple of days. Good app for scanning in individual cards, but doesn't it ever take a while.
Delver Lens is tits for card recognition.
Forge is good to goldfish decks on the shitter.
Hey @hieronymousxi, (disclaimer, I am the cofounder of magemarket.com, a modern bid/ask marketplace to buy and sell magic cards).
I recommend you giving a scanner app a go to appraise the value.
- Delver Lens (android only: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=delverslab.delverlens)
- TCGPlayer App (android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tcgplayer.tcgplayer, iOS: https://apps.apple.com/de/app/tcgplayer/id1247645833)
and, of course
- Mage Market (android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.snapcardster.app, iOS: https://apps.apple.com/de/app/mage-market-for-magic-mtg/id1299134858)
Happy to help you manually sell your inventory, as we've build up a huge network in the MTG ecommerce space and I might have a few vendors on hand who can personally help you out. Feel free to email me at [email protected].
If you've got an Android device Delver Lens is awesome and free.
Delver Lens supports Cardsphere specifically:
Delver Lens is a good scanner if you are on Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=delverslab.delverlens
Delver Lens is great.
Check out Delver Lens for a more stable and free scanner in the meantime.
I have the version that stores 6x 1600ct (two-row) boxes. I have 1 box for each color, one for multi-colored cards. My colorless cards, basic and non-basic lands, commanders, and duplicate cards (my collection is almost entirely one-ofs, I sold/traded almost every extra I had in order to get more cards that I didn't have yet) live in a separate 5000-ct box.
My goal was to create a collection of one-of cards that I could use to build any deck, so I have them all double-sleeved and ready to go; I can just grab the ones I need for any given list and have a new deck made in 10 minutes or so (putting everything back usually takes a lot longer).
I have all of my cards sorted by:
This keeps stuff easy to find within each box, and easy to put back where it goes.
I used Delver Lens to scan my entire collection, exporting CSVs that I uploaded to Deckbox.org. This way I can easily look at a decklist and see what cards I have or am missing. Now when I get a few new cards, I just add them to the Deckbox.org inventory to keep it updated.
I also used a Chrome extension so that I can immediately see on certain sites (TCGPlayer, EDHRec, Scryfall, etc) whether or not I already own a card, this cuts down on the duplicates that I end up with accidentally.
I use Delver Lens for Android. It's pretty damn awesome.
there's already programs like this for Android
the one i use is Delver Lens. works good
there's a Android app called Delver Lens that might work for you.
Funnily enough, I'm in the process of cataloguing mine so I tried a lot of tools before finding something that I like.
Currently I use deckbox.org but cannot recommend it if your purpose is to have market price on them. It's a really good website if you want to be able to easily search your collection but the price is completely false and inflated (and I'm in Europe so inflated US price doesn't help). I also like the fact that I can choose the language of the cards since my collection is split 50/50 between French and English.
For the initial import of my collection, I used DelverLens (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=delverslab.delverlens). This app is rad ! It can scan multiple cards at a time and load price from a lot of classic website (MKM, TCGPlayer,...). I then used the export function to create a csv file that I loaded into deckbox.org. Keep in mind that the free version cannot export more than 100 cards at a time so you have to make multiple list and so on. But if you have a large collection, it may be worth it to pay the monthly fee during a month or 2 to facilitate the exports.
So, my solution would be to have your collection on those 2 tools. In deckbox to facilitate searching it and in DelverLens as a price checker + photos of the cards. DelverLens is anyway a really good tool to have. When you remove cards from your collection or add new ones (like during a trade), you can just scan them and export the new ones into deckbox.org and use the list of removed ones to remove them from deckbox.org.
Before that, I tried MagicAssistant (https://sourceforge.net/projects/mtgbrowser/). It's a open-source project and the database is kept on your computer so no privacy concern and it run on Linux (really important for me, I don't have a Windows PC or a Mac).
The problem is that the program is slow (based on Eclipse, programmers will understand), buggy, using an out-dated java version and I was unable to get the localization of certain sets which was a deal breaker for me (see above). I still use it but as a tournament software and not a cataloguing one (so I don't use like 90% of the software).
I use Delver Lens.
Delver Lens for life! :D Best way to quickly scan and organize collections.