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11 days ago


Alison Luhrs returns to Magic the Gathering

In September 2017, my favorite writer Alison Luhrs penned an episode for the Magic Mothership––the episodic story series that accompanies the cards of Magic the Gathering––that changed the writing of Magic forever. This standalone chapter, titled "Jace, Alone," followed the game's most famous character, a wizard named Jace Beleren, awakening on an island with no memory of his past. The chapter was different than all the others because it was really really good. Magic's writing has always been a little cheesy and ridiculous, but this fresh storyline, Jace's reinvention, elevated the narrative depth of one of the game's most iconic characters from a simple hero to a more complex figure. And Alison was hailed as brilliant. In September 2022, Luhrs famously left Magic the Gathering over creative differences and all of Magic was worse off for it.

That is why I was so excited when I opened up my phone this morning to see that the weekly story had been published and it was titled "Bring the End. By Alison Lurhs." It blew my mind. It was especially cool following last week's crazy reveal that another character Ashiok, had been Jace (Alison's charachter) in disguise for over six months! Sorry. Spoilers. And now Alison was back to write another Jace story over a year and a half later.

Collecting Magic the Gathering has always been so special because of the lore that accompanies it. It's not just cards, when you play the game you reenact big story moments. And those in-game moments hit less hard if the story's bad. Alison Lurhs I'm so happy to have your writing back. You made my day.

You can read the original 'Jace, Alone," here:

As well, as "Bring the End," here (which won't really make sense if you haven't been following along):

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12 days ago


Mantel on Foot - The Disney Collectibles Experience

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Dear curious community reader, 

Today I share a story with you from the perspective of a traveler who had mixed feelings about using the word “vacation” to describe visiting the Orlando theme parks with my partner and two young children during spring break season.

Initially, we had hoped that our patience could outweigh what would predictably be days filled with long lines, humidity, and grossly inflated expenses. 

Regardless, we also (naturally) wanted the children to celebrate the magic of Disney’s most timeless stories and create family moments that will eventually become their precious memories.

For them, the theme parks did not disappoint as it was easy to see the joy displayed openly on their faces as they gazed at Cinderella’s Castle, danced to the irritating yet oddly charming “It’s a small world” theme song, and took their time as they chose the perfect souvenirs.

As an adult, choosing souvenirs still felt blissful since I used to describe them as trinkets and now I purchase collectibles so I can talk about them on our content platform with other collectors like me.

But which collectibles should I buy? Was the question that rolled around in my head in every gift shop and at every kiosk. This was particularly difficult to answer as you better believe it - they are EVERYWHERE (See pic) and they seem to call wallets from every possible direction. EK! 

So where to start? - After exploring the web, it seemed like Disney’s marketing plan was aimed to target trading pins. My network (shout out to @Bpeck @polo @BWSC @BenchMob and @EPonMantel) added that there is an entire trading culture around them and some of the rarest ones can be worth thousands of dollars.

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So (with confidence and zeal!!) I knew that I wanted to talk to more people about them. Here are five interesting things I learned while venturing the theme parks on foot:


  • You can trade your pins a maximum of two times per encounter with characters, employees, and on display boards in all the stores. 
  • It’s advised to buy trading pins in bulk prior to visiting the parks as the ones on property (of which I can confirm) are very expensive.
  • If you’re tempted to buy pins on property, I recommend keeping your purchases to a minimum by only buying certain pins for your personal collection. I went with Daisy Duck (my favorite), Starwars, and the Muppets.
  • Pins can be displayed in a variety of ways including in frames and in fancy collectible boxes. Sometimes they are organized thematically or by year and often they are paired with art and/or autos making them more expensive and unique.
  • In transit, guests can be seen wearing pins on lanyards, backpacks, or sometimes they carry them in books. (You can see examples of these in the pics) These display methods can all be purchased (as you guessed it) in stores and at kiosks as well.   

To explore more learning with me please upvote this post and leave comments below in support, by adding knowledge, and/or by sharing your collectible experiences.

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22 days ago


The "friendly"

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(bio+art+story+create/rarity) x passion = collect


Tomorrow, England plays Brazil at Wembley in a national team "friendly", as each team respectively preps for Copa America and the Euro Cup this summer. Copa America will the held in the US (pretty excited, as my brother and I have tickets to the Brazil vs Columbia game at Levi stadium), while the Euros will be in Germany. Besides these two teams being among the favorites to win each tournament, both teams have a deep fubol history. While I don't collect many tickets, I do enjoy having this one in my collection from the England vs Germany game in 1963, also at Wembley. Love these highlights and I always wonder where in the crowd this ticket was held. England 1 - Brazil 1 (1963) - YouTube

I always love a good "friendly". These teams are playing with pride on the line and they seem to play with same aggression, but more freely without the fear of a dropped point costing them their tournament lines. You also have the possibility of seeing young prospects, like Kobbie Mainoo, make their England debut for example. Looking forward to watching England vs Brazil at Wembley again 61 years later, should be a good one.

For an 'unfriendly" game, there is always Mexico vs USA rivalry on Sunday in the Concacaf Nations League final. No slight or kick will go unanswered. Should be a tense one. US will need to pick it up after a poor performance against Jamaica in the semis. With rain in the forecast, this will be a great weekend to watch the friendlies and the unfriendly!

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a month ago

The Why Behind the Collector

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Great interview with @EPonMantel from The SPY Debrief - Where Evan gets into what he buys and why. 🙌

Read it here and share this relatable content with other collectors.

2 months ago

A Collector's Mindset - Are you guilty?!?

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Upvote if you can relate and add things you say or hear in the comments 😂