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How To Sort Your Magic The Gathering (MTG) Cards In 5 Steps

By Jonas FitzGerald

The Problem

If you are a Magic the Gathering (MTG) player who has been playing for a bit, you’ve probably got a load of MTG cards that are all over the place, and as a result, it can be nearly impossible to figure out what cards you have, and also to be able to find them!

If you’re looking to sell off any Magic the Gathering cards and earning some serious cash from them, sorting your Magic The Gathering card collection is an essential part of the process. This article is an overview of how you can to effectively sort your MTG cards so that you can fully understand what you have and move forward with your MTG collection.

The Process

This is a summary of the process needed to sort your Magic the Gathering cards – it will help you find cards and maximise your understanding of your collection for selling.

1. The Whole Story

The simplest, yet most important step – try to find every Magic the Gathering card you have and gather them together in one place where you can sort your collection; I’d suggest a big table if possible. If you have all you collection together in the first instance you wont have to go back and redo any of the steps later on.

2. Sort by Set

Now we go through probably the longest step in the process – sorting the big pile of Magic the Gathering cards into sets. Sort through that big pile of card and sort them into piles – one pile should contain all cards from one Magic the Gathering set. As you are sorting them, try to keep the piles in chronological order if possible, so you have the older sets first, and the newest last.

3. Sort by Block

Once sorted by set, we now sort those piles of cards into their respective Blocks – a Block in Magic the Gathering is a grouping of Sets which are usually released consecutively. This is a quick step. Try to get hold of a full Magic the Gathering set and block list to aid this step.

4. Sort by Rarity

After having sorted your MTG collection by set and block, now we need to sort by rarity.

Finding your most sought after cards is very important, so this step will help you to find your real value cards, namely your mythic rares and rares.

5. Sort by Colour

The final step in the process is to sort each rarity grouping of cards by colour. So take all your mythic rares within that set, and sort them by colour. Then repeat for your rares, uncommons and finally commons. Then repeat for each set. The standard colour order for sorting your Magic the Gathering cards is:

- White – Blue – Black – Red – Green – Multicolour – Artifact – Land

Sorted – this should now leave you with a collection of Magic the Gathering cards which are nice and sorted, and easy to find anything you want.


The sorting process can be lengthy, but it is a real asset once completed. Your reward is a sorted Magic the Gathering card collection which is easy to use and find any card you want. This can be a big, especially if you decide to sell are of the cards in your MTG card collection.

Want to find out more?? Need to find a full Magic the Gathering (MTG) set list, or help identifying what set your cards come from? Find full guides and MTG set lists at How to Sell Magic the Gathering (MTG) Cards. Now you’ve sorted your Magic the Gathering cards, its easy to release the potential from your sorted cards, go to to find out how, and for much more.

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