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Buy List Instructions

Thanks for visiting HobbyMaster.co.nz This page should hopefully answer any and all questions you might have about selling your Magic the Gathering cards for cash or store credit. If there is anything we have not covered here, you can email us 24/7 at info@hobbymaster.co.nz or call us on (09) 526 5068 between our opening hours.

The Basics:

1. Proceed to the checkout using our selling chart or email us a list of the cards you want to sell to info@hobbymaster.co.nz

2. You will receive an e-mail with the order in which we require the card to be in, and please de-sleeve the cards as we need to inspect each card individually. But don’t send those cards in just yet!

3. Within two business days, you will receive another email which will approve what cards we wish to buy and notify you of any price updates.

4. After the approval email, you will have 10 days to ship the cards to us; please provide a print out of the email approval.

Buy List and Pricing:

You can search up the cards you wish to sell using the sell chart’s search bar and add to the cart the amount of each card you wish to sell. You will notice in the top right of the page; the cart will automatically update to show you the cash value of what you wish to sell to us.

Please select the correct set/printing of the card you wish to sell. If you are unsure, you can hover over each card entry on the sell list, and a picture will be displayed, please review the art and set symbol to determine if you are selecting the correct one.

If you wish to sell sealed product, please note we adhere to the Wizards of the Coast Internet Retailer Agreement, which means we cannot purchase any products for at least 2 years after its release. Email us with what sealed product you wish to sell, and we can give you a quote.   

We are currently not buying foreign singles.

We only purchase Magic the Gathering singles.

Payment Methods:

Once you have added cards to your cart, please review your contact information and that the cart contents are correct. You can choose from the following payment methods:

Bank Deposit:

Offered for New Zealand customers only. Please allow for up to 7 days for payment to be made into your nominated account.


Offered for both Domestic and international customers. Please note: You will be responsible for a 5% transaction fee if you choose PayPal option.

Store trade credit:

An additional 25% bonus to your subtotal. It can be added straight away and store credit can be used for anything (except pre-order items and event entry).

Please note: During times of high business volume (new set release, public holidays, etc.) payments may be delayed by up to a week.

Approval and Shipping:

After you have submitted the sell request, an automated confirmation will be sent to your account email. This is not your approval!

Within two business days we will follow up with an approval email, or any questions/additional information we may require about the cards you wish to sell. Please note: We may also adjust prices and quantity of the cards listed in your sell requests, depending on our business needs and if there have been any price spikes/buyouts.

Once you have received the approval, please send/drop off the sell request within 10 days, failure to do so could result in an additional delay in processing the sell request, or we could potentially reject the sell request all together. Be sure to include a print out of your confirmation e-mail and sell list. Failure to provide both could delay processing and payment of your order by at least one business day.

Make sure that the order of the cards on your list matches the physical order of the cards shipped to us. If you do not have your cards in any order, or if the non-bulk cards have multiple problems, you will incur a 10% penalty to your ENTIRE sell order.

Make sure your cards are packaged securely. We cannot be responsible for any items damaged in transit to our store. Collections that arrive in a state of complete disarray will incur penalties of up to 10% or may be refused outright. If we refuse to purchase your collection because this rule was not followed, you will be responsible for all shipping costs associated with returning your collection.

Your sell order must total at least $10.00. If your sale totals less than $10.00, we will ask you to add cards to your order until you reach $10.00. Please do not individually sleeve cards that are under $20 in value. We need to de-sleeve cards to grade them, and the more cards we have to de-sleeve, the longer it will take to process your buy.

We encourage you to use a track-able method (Courier post or NZ couriers) to ship your package. You are allowed to ship to us via the NZ post office, but please keep in mind that standard NZ shipping options cannot be tracked. You are responsible for all shipping costs of items you are selling/trading to us, including any postage due or custom fees that we may incur upon receipt of your package.

Points to remember:

  1. Remove cards from any sleeves, binders, or other packaging.
  2. Avoid rubber bands, paper clips, and any other containers that may damage your cards.
  3. Cards should be secured in a hard-shell case, deck box, fat pack or other container.
  4. Ensure that cards are packed securely and will not shift or fall out during transit.
  5. When packaging your cards do not use excessive tape or anything else that will put your cards at risk by making the package difficult to open.
  6. We encourage you to obtain a tracking number and insurance for your shipment.

International Shipments

We accept shipments from all countries; however most international orders take 3-5 additional business days to process. Whenever there are customs or import fees associated with your package, you are responsible for the payment of the fees. In the case of such fees, we will contact you with the amount of fees associated with your package and deduct that amount from your final order total.

Non NM Cards Price Adjust Chart

All listed buy prices are for Near Mint versions of cards! We buy Slightly Played (SP), Moderately Played (MP), and Heavily Played (HP) versions of cards at the following rates: SP (85%), MP(70%) and HP (50%). Some cards the buy price may vary depends on our inventory and requirement.


NM/M = "Near Mint/Mint" (Cards in Near Mint/Mint condition show minimal to no wear from shuffling or general play. A card graded in Near Mint/Mint condition is generally indistinguishable from cards in an unsleeved deck of other Near Mint/Mint cards. Foils in this category have little or no scuffing or clouding on the front.)

SP = "Slightly Played" (Cards in Slightly Played condition show definite, minor wear. Examples of cards in this grade include cards with mild border wear, minor corner wear, slight scratching, clouding, or scuffing/loss of sheen on the front due to play wear. Cards signed by the card's artist or Richard Garfield, or bearing a pro tour stamp, are graded as Slightly Played condition, if they would otherwise be Near Mint or Slightly Played. Foils in this condition will generally have some clouding or wear on the front of the card. Sleeves may or may not be needed to play these cards in a tournament.)

MP = "Moderately Played" (Cards in Moderately Played condition show moderate wear but are still legal for tournament play if sleeved. Examples of cards in this grade include cards with moderate binder creasing, moderate corner wear, moderate border wear whitening on the back or front face of the card, slight inking along the back borders, moderate scratching, minor water damage, or slight (hairline)shuffle creasing.)

HP = "Heavily Played" (Cards in Heavily Played condition show extreme wear, and may not be legal for tournament play, even in a sleeve. We do not sell cards in this condition on our website! We do occasionally sell Heavily Played cards in-person at events, where the buyer can see the exact amount of damage to the card before purchase. Heavily Played cards include cards that have writing on the back, major creasing, folding, major water damage, major whitening, major border wear, major inking (white-bordered cards that are markered on front to look black-bordered), tearing, chunks missing out of the card, cards that have been run over by a car, cards that have been run through a washing machine, etc. In short, Heavily Played cards are any cards that grade worse than Moderately Played.)

If the majority of the cards are MP/HP or worse; a further penalty may occur to cover the costs of supplies used for inventory card condition indication.

Alternatively, the entire sell order will be refused entry into our inventory.

Foreign Cards:

Currently we are not buying all foreign cards. Please send us an email to check if/what foreign cards we are buying.

Receipt Returns:

You will receive an email once the package has arrived at the store. We will process the sell order within 3 business days of arrival.

Once we receive your cards, we will review your package to make sure all the cards are accounted for, and their condition according to our grading guide. Once this is done, a new invoice will be generated for you to approve; and If any of your cards physical condition were not NM according to the grading guide, you will be notified. Please note: We will never process a buy with an adjusted total due to grading without first contacting you to make sure that the adjusted total is acceptable!

If your cards need to be returned (usually due to issues with grading/card condition), you are responsible for the cost of shipping to have the cards returned to you. You may use credit card, PayPal, or store credit to pay for shipping costs. If you request to have your cards sent back, you have 30 days to pay for shipping costs. HobbyMaster.co.nz is not responsible for the loss or any damage of any returned items.

If payment has not been received within 30 days, we will process your sell order using the amount of our last adjusted offer. The return shipping cost can be between $2.00 or $10.00 NZD.

We buy sealed boxes, complete sets, oddities, and larger collections! E-mail us if you have these items for sale!

Following these instructions allows us to process your sell order as quickly and efficiently as possible. Thank you for selling to Hobbymaster.co.nz!


1) We offer 25% bonus on trades!

2) Please wait for your approval email prior to mailing or delivering your sell request.

3) We only purchase Magic the Gathering singles.

4) We do not buy foreign cards.

5) Please don't hesitate to use Excel to email us your collection information!

6) During times of high business volume such as; new set release, Xmas and other public holidays) there may be a delay.

7) We reserve the right to refuse any sell order, at any time, for any reason.

8) All singles must match the order that they appear on the invoice. Failure to follow this requirement can result in a deduction of 10% or more of the approved total.

Frequently asked questions:

Do you purchase signed cards? Yes, we do purchase signed or Pro Tour stamped cards. But the grade of the card will go down one level. For example, if a signed card is otherwise NM, the card would be graded at SP.

Do you purchase foreign cards? No, not at this time.

Do I need to organize my cards? Yes! We ask that all singles match the same order listed on the approval list. The list will order cards via set, colour and rarity. NOT in the order you added them to the cart. Collections that arrive in complete disarray will incur penalties of up to 10%.

Can I sleeve my cards? Please don’t! Each card needs to be graded individually, without the sleeve. Aim to package the cards nice and tightly rather than relying on sleeves. If they must be sleeved, please limit it to cards worth more than $20.00. If too many cards that are worth less than $20 arrive, you may incur penalties of up to 10%.

What if I want my rejected cards back? The seller is responsible for any costs related to shipping fees that may be incurred. We can however, return the cards with your next order with us. You can also pick them up from our Ellerslie store during our normal business hours. Just notify us which option you would prefer.