First, true confessions: I've not read the books. I don't even own them. I've developed a bit of an interest, though, so if I ever stumble on them and have a bunch of time on my hands, I want to, but thus far I've neither stumbled on them nor had the time.
I'm a yard sale junkie, and a few years ago, on a whim, I bought a box lot of CCG cards at a moving sale. Mostly WoT, and then some from one other more obscure game.
The seller wasn't into WoT either, so he couldn't tell me anything at all about them. He only said that a friend of his had owed him some money, and offered him the cards to pay off the debt, and he took them to make his friend feel better. He knew he wouldn't be seeing the money.
I sold some of the cards immediately -- there were some sealed boxes of various Booster Packs, which made them easy to sell even with zero knowledge. The rest of them -- probably 2000-3000 loose cards -- I stowed away for a time when I had the time and energy to learn how to list them intelligently.
I've spent the past couple of days trying to learn a bit about the cards in an effort to figure out the best way to list them (most likely on an online auction site). I sorted them into the three sets, and then went through the Dark Prophecies set with a list I found on a ccg fan site (mahasamatman) to figure out which were commons, uncommons, rares, etc. Among the 700-800 cards, I have a nearly complete set -- missing just one of the R1 Rares -- and of course tons of duplicates. I haven't yet decided how I'm going to list these, but probably in fairly large lots just to minimize the work and shoo things out of the house faster.
So for those of you who are into the WoT ccg, a few questions:
1) Some of the cards don't seem to be from any particular set. On the lower right, they're either marked "Promo", "Promotional Card", "Secret Card", or "Cycles". Do any of those go with a particular set, or is there a list somewhere of those cards so that I know what I'm missing? I know (thank you Wikipedia) that there are four different Cycle cards, but I can't figure out much about the Promo or Secret cards.
2) Stupid question, but I'm sick of wondering: In the "Dark Prophecies" set, there are two different Jaret Byar cards -- one "Jaret", and one "Jarette". Just curious: why? Typo corrected in a later printing? The rarity list I'm using has them listed separately from the other Uncommons in their own category as "Uncommon (u1)". Does that actually mean anything or is that just something that guy made up?
3) Most of these cards are in individual protective sleeves. Not the variety that fit into a binder, but just the single ones. The big sets I'm seeing on eBay are mostly in the binder-sized pages that hold multiple cards per page. For those of you who play this game / collect these cards, do you really care about that? I don't really want to buy pages if I don't have to, but I guess I would if it makes a huge difference to people.
4) Do you have any other words of wisdom or general advice about listing these?
Thanks for any info or insights!