The Friday of Grand Prix New Jersey I brought three large boxes of Magic cards to the MTG FIRST booth and traded them in.


It was sort of heart-breaking but that was just sentiment fucking with me.

I traded in thousands of useless cards for two cards I’ve wanted since I started playing Magic.


I woke up the following Monday and saw this on Star City Games’s website:


My Black Lotus was picked up for $3100.00 in trade-in credit. It’s value had more than doubled in a couple of days.

I’m going to keep my Black Lotus because I love it.

Very best,


Matt Jones (born 1980, Rochester, New York) is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Matt works between a variety of inter-related genres that explore mythology, archaeology, ancient history, theoretical physics, comedy, and the paranormal—all developed and inspired by research and personal experience. Together his bodies of work form a way for Matt to evaluate, negotiate, and play with the world around him. You can check out his art at Matt’s played Magic since early 1995, took a break for a decade or so, and came back to the game the weekend after the Scars of Mirrodin release. With Hugh Kramer he formed New York’s Team Draft League and is one of the original writers for Hipsters of the Coast. Matt’s been sober for seven years.

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