Trash for Treasure: Better Late Than Never (Finale & Coda)

In May 2012, I started writing a blog series that tracked my quest to trade free booster draft leftovers upward and backward until I acquired one of the most iconic cards in the history of Magic: the Gathering, an Unlimited Black Lotus. As most readers of my blog know, I never finished writing that series. Somewhere along the way, life, school, and the T4T quest itself became too overwhelming for me to finish – as I write this in November 2014, I still have four incomplete T4T installment drafts in my WordPress dashboard, covering pivotal trades that allowed me to get the cornerstone and other key pieces I needed to arrive at the Lotus. I will probably never publish these, which pains me, because I put a lot of work into them. Unfortunately, enough time has elapsed that I can’t even begin to attempt to reconstruct the trades well enough to do those installments justice. More to the point, I’m not sure that doing so would actually add much to the series – as I read the previous installments, especially the later ones, it’s clear that I was snowballing into an insane amount of value as I made bigger and better trades, especially for bulk. The main takeaway was clear: Acquire low, trade high, and pick up bulk wherever possible. Sheer quantity allowed me to brute force my way into quality cards. Continue reading