This previous weekend a Reddit person going by LATIN0 posted a picture of what they estimated to be six pallets of Magic: The Gathering cards that had been dumped at their native landfill. What could be a treasure trove to a devoted participant was taken as a curiosity by LATIN0, who solely knew the game existed from a decade of Reddit use. In order that they snapped an image, dumped their trash, and moved on with their life. Later, they posted the quirky image to Reddit alongside a number of extra photos of opened sealed packs.
All with out figuring out that the retail worth of these pallets and containers was, at a conservative bent, one thing to the order of $100,000. Relying on contents, nevertheless, that might simply have been greater than $250,000 price of MTG playing cards, containing because it did a mixture of Secret Lair, Trendy Horizons 2, and Unfinity playing cards spanning 2019 via the tip of 2022. That greater determine is that if extra of the precious playing cards like Trendy Horizons, which retail for close to twice the worth of an everyday MTG pack, or the nicer Secret Lair playing cards have been current. Both method, it would not matter now—you possibly can’t take stuff from a landfill, so virtually all the playing cards bought left there by LATIN0 and their coworkers.
Naturally individuals flipped out to a very unreasonable diploma, demanding extra photos, an evidence, and that the particular person that they had by no means met return and seize all of the playing cards they might. By LATIN0’s return the following day, spurred on by web strangers’ estimations of the huge fortune at hand, the playing cards had been via what occurs to all the things at a landfill inside 24 or so hours: Run over by a bunch of bulldozers, then buried in additional trash, then run over a number of extra occasions for good measure. The outcomes have been absolute carnage. (NSFW for Magic: The Gathering gamers.) LATIN0 later up to date their story with solutions to the frequent questions individuals have been asking.
There was after all rampant hypothesis about where, or why, this small fortune in retail product had been trashed. The more than likely reply is that it was a product a delivery firm held as a result of they have been unpaid that was finally disposed of—which occurs on a regular basis. That or a warehouse product that had been rejected by a big purchaser like Goal after somebody had an accident with a forklift and/or a raccoon broke right into a warehouse and peed on it or what have you ever. Additionally occurs on a regular basis, with staff totally unaware of no matter it’s they’re throwing away.
For others this was an indication that the rampant rumors round Magic: The Gathering up to now 12 months or so have been true, and that Wizards of the Coast really is overprinting playing cards to spice up income. That got here to a head late final 12 months amongst controversy over the $1,000, 60-card Anniversary Set and a significant financial institution devaluing Hasbro inventory whereas assessing that it was “killing its golden goose” with how Magic was being handled.
Anyway, no, this most likely is not an indication that retailers do not see the worth in carrying an overstock of MTG playing cards and would quite simply write them off and toss them in a dumpster. Our society is simply monumentally wasteful on this actual method.
As somebody who used to reside close to a landfill, no, there is not any likelihood you possibly can go get these playing cards nonetheless. The landfill individuals will yell at you. You’ll most likely get run over by a bulldozer. Even the better-preserved buried specimens are like as not completely soaked with scorching rubbish juice. Particularly in Texas, where it should already be reaching a balmy 80F/27C on the each day.
Given the relaxed nature of LATIN0’s perspective about this catastrophe, Redditors within the replies known as for a lot of unreasonable issues, to which stolid LATIN0 responded: “Please do not threaten me, that is Texas.” A sentence which makes me proud to be a fellow Southerner.
For his or her half, LATIN0 displayed very good wabi-sabi about the entire thing. “I am not mad I did not take any containers however I want I knew what they have been price after I took a photograph and seeing them on the bottom. I solely know of MTG due to Reddit posts I’ve seen over time,” they mentioned. What is the subsequent step, then? LATIN0 says “I am going again to work like everybody else.”
Anyway, only a nice reminder that not one of the issues we care about on this earth are everlasting and we are going to all in the future return to the constituent atoms of which we have been made.
For ease of linking, right here is the unique Reddit publish and the update, with a primary and second gallery of photographs.