Note for anyone that read my blog post last night: Part of this is cut from what I posted last night. I deleted it because I wanted to make a single entry on what I was writing about, rather than having it in two separate entries. I was too tired to post everything I wanted to say last night. I cut and pasted that entry and just added on to what I had posted.
Now, that I've taken all of my finals (yesterday) I can post more in this blog when I have something to say. I've been meaning to post about how I organize my cards, what my favorite decks I have played with are, and what decks I want to build. A week ago, I had started reorganizing my Magic: the Gathering cards, and also ended up buying some more while Christmas shopping. One of the products I had bought was the Return to Ravnica holiday gift box, and I wanted to see how many fat pack boxes I'd end up using or not using after moving my cards from them and into the gift box. I also wasn't happy with the way I had reorganized my cards the last time I had looked at them.
I used to organize my cards by color--starting with the color type I like the most, which is--or was white, to the color I thought I liked the least, which was black. The color order was: white, blue, red, green, black; multi-colored went after black, but it had nothing to do with preference. I do have one uncommon Eldrazi card--well, two, but one was a sorcery. I didn't know where to put that, so I stuck it in front of the white creature cards since the color of the card seemed somewhat white (I know...stupid, right? I honestly didn't know anything about the Eldrazi and the colorless "class;" I think I only bought one or two boosters before cutting my spending on Magic cards). I also ordered my cards by subtype: creatures, instants/sorceries, enchantments, Artifacts, Artifact Creatures, and Artifact Equipment; and within each one of those, I ordered them by mana cost.
The last time I organized my cards, I organized them by color and theme, (such as: all the elementals with each other, or cards that mill--put them in order by mana cost), and that turned out to be a headache. It took me about five minutes to remember how I ordered it since it had been over a year since I had last organized, let alone looked at my whole MtG card collection. I looked up online how most people that collect MtG cards organize their collection, and decided to try to organize them different from how I had organized them before. Even though I'm almost done reorganizing them, after Christmas, I'll probably have to reorganize them again if I end up getting more boosters.
At the moment I have 14 fat pack boxes, and one Return to Ravnica gift box. At one point, all of those fat pack boxes were full, not counting the box with some pre-made decks in them. After reading a few suggestions on how people organize their cards, I thought maybe putting one of each card I have (excluding basic land and tokens) would make deck building more easy rather than having to take out all of these boxes from this bin I have in my closet (with is packed enough as it is with books since I have no room for all of my books). I just finished reorganizing my red cards into the binder and boxes, so, now, I'm using up 8 boxes (including the boxes with all of my land cards and the gift box), 7 of them being completely full.
Here's how I've arranged them: 1) Alphabetically by color -- black, blue, colorless, green, red, white, multicolor. 2) Type -- Creature, Enchantment (starts right after the last creature of its same color), instant/sorcery. After the last multi-colored spells: artifact creatures, artifact equipment or artifacts, then whichever of the two I hadn't put there, then the non-basic land. 3) Set, rarity, and then the mana cost of the card. With the new double-sided cards, I didn't know where to put the ones that had one side being one color, and another one being of another color--like Cloistered Youth with Unholy Fiend on the other side of the card; I put them with the multi-colored. I still haven't put my white cards in the binder, so I can fix that particular mistake, but for the other double-sided cards that I have, with two colors, I'll have to wait until the next time I organize my cards to fix the mistake.