On the February 13 episode of Sports Card Radio, my new favorite podcast, host Colin Tedards interviewed Ryan Kent Jr. from BallCardsRadio.com. Ryan is a 14-years-old high school freshman who’s been collecting sports cards for ten years, and he now has his own podcast that Colin has been listening to.
During the interview, the discussion turned to the topic of Magic: The Gathering, the highly popular collectible card game. Ryan described Magic: The Gathering players at his local card shop, and how they’re a little… different.
Here’s an audio clip:
Nobody ever buys a box of Magic: They Gathering? I’m sure this would be news to the retailers who sell boxes. If most Magic: The Gathering people aren’t the most spendy, big-wallet type of people as Ryan says, and Colin seems to agree with, how is Magic: They Gathering making so much money? According to Hasbro, the parent company of Wizards of the Coast, maker of Magic: The Gathering, profits for the 2013 fourth quarter were at $286.2 million. That’s profit, not sales.
When was the last time a sports card manufacturer made over $286 million in profit for a quarter? Probably never.