Inside the Ertai’s Lament Precon Library
From time to time, readers of Ertai’s Lament have asked us to post some pictures of our precon collection. Knee-deep in spring cleaning today, it seemed the perfect time. For the curious, here is our collection and how it’s stored. We like to think of it as a library of precons. Here’s a brief tour.
Each deck is sleeved in the UltraPro 5-mana sleeves and stored in the corresponding UltraPro deck box for each particular set. Here you see a Rise of the Eldrazi deck. Additionally, a laminated card is inserted into each box denoting the deck’s name, colours, and a verbatim transcript of the blurb found on the back of the box. For sets where no such deck box was released, we use a flat black UltraPro box instead.
Each set of intro decks is then housed in the card boxes that come with a Fat Pack. For those sets preceding the advent of these boxes, we have extra boxes we’ll be repainting… a mythical future project when we actually have more free time to devote than at present.
The intro-pack-filled card boxes are then stored in a simple, easy-to-reference manner.
Duel Decks are stored in their UltraPro official deck boxes. Note that Elves vs Goblins never had one released for it, thus the flat-black box in the lower left of the image. I haven’t bothered picking up the box for Knights vs Dragons, but it’s on the list.
Event Decks are stored in their original packaging, but sleeved in the same standard sleeves- the boxes thoughtfully came with enough interior room for the deck to be fully sleeved.
Odds and ends get stacked to the side. From bottom to top: Deckmasters, Beatdown, Anthologies, the MBS promo box, FTV: Relics (whiteboxed)
A number of decks haven’t been given the loving treatment yet- it’s still a work in progress. Here’s a gaggle of them stored on a shelf in the office, waiting for the day they are chosen for review, and given a good home.
For the curious, we’re similarly fastidious about our stock of loose cards. Here’s one of the boxes, M-S. All cards regardless of set are alphabetised together, and all of them are penny sleeved in playset bundles.
And there you have it! I feel like I’m channelling Monty Ashley’s Magic Arcana today, but it’s something to tide us over until tomorrow’s next Commander review. See you then!