What’s Fair? 2/4/13

With the SotMK community continuing to grow both online and in the park, there are many people who missed out on the limited edition spell cards released at MNSSHP & MVMCP.  Which leads me to ask, what are these cards worth?  Better yet, what is a fair trade?  My initial opinion was that the special event cards would hold a high value and be a nice collectible in the future.  However I just don’t think that’s going to be the case.  The general consensus seems to be that people are just looking to get back the value of their party ticket.  It appears even that has become fairly difficult.

When it comes to the sale of the special event cards on the resale market you’ll see all kinds of numbers.  Early on the average asking price was roughly the cost of admission to whichever party was attended.  To my surprise that number has dropped dramatically.  After doing a few sold item searches on eBay you’re looking at a fairly broad price range of $20-$50 for either the MNSSHP or MVMCP card.  There are two reasons as to why I think they haven’t held any value.  The first being is that the market is saturated with them.  People spend a lot of money on vacation and are likely looking to get some back and selling their extras is the first move.  Not to mention the words Limited Edition typically mean $$$ to most people and see that as an attempt to profit.

Second being that In 2012 there were only 23 dates in which you could obtain Chip N’ Dale’s Bag of Tricks and 20 dates for Wayne & Lanny’s Ornament Barrage.  Although the total quantity of each card given out is unknown I was told by several sources that there was an allotment of 2500 per party.  Now in reality that doesn’t seem like much given the amount of attendees each night.  However I hadn’t heard of them running out once.  Which brings me to this point, we truly have no idea how many of these cards were distributed.  Had they completely ran out of cards on every party night there would have been 57,500 MNSSHP & 50,000 MVMCP cards distributed.  Considering that was probably not the case, let’s just say there are 20,000 of each card in circulation.  That definitely doesn’t bode well for anyone looking to profit let alone break even.

So considering the fact you’re not going to retire off the sale of these cards even though there are plenty of people who want them.  What’s a fair trade?   You have to figure everyone has different opinions and it will vary from time to time based on an individual need and a persons proximity or ability to visit WDW on a regular basis.  With that in mind  I strongly believe those circumstances should be taken into consideration.  For example, Mr. A has a MNSSHP card and won’t be taking another trip to WDW for 3 years.  Mr. B is an AP  who visits multiple times of year but missed out on MNSSHP.  However he has the ability to obtain lightning bolt cards regularly.  Is it too much for Mr. A to say they want 4 lightning bolt cards for their special event card?  Personally I don’t think it is, 4 Booster Packs at $13.95 with a 10% AP Discount is just over $50.  Not too far off the price of that Mr. A paid for his party ticket.  Now I do realize that is a bit higher than you can likely snag one for on eBay.   However the point I am trying to make is that it’s not that unrealistic given that it always comes around to people just trying to break even.  Whichever route you decide to take in getting one of the exclusive event spell cards just remember it isn’t as difficult as you might think.

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5 thoughts on “What’s Fair? 2/4/13

  1. I was an AP and am pleased to say I have both limited edition cards which I traded to get (4 star cards for one, 2 star cards for the other). I wanted to say that trying to “recoup your ticket price” by selling the cards seems ridiculous to me. Your ticket got you an evening of Disney fun and magic, the card didn’t cost you anything extra. I understand the mentality that wants to get some money back, but full ticket price seems extreme. I also ran into people hoarding stacks of these limited edition card, which they acquired simply by going to the event with a large group of people who weren’t into SOTMK and had the cards given to them. I’m glad I met some people willing to share their extra cards with me, without making me have to pay for it.

    • I couldn’t agree with you more in regards to what the party ticket entitles you to. You’re paying for the entertainment, treats, & reduced crowds. The spell card is just an added bonus.

  2. I was lucky enough to have friends go to the Christmas Party and obtain a Wayne and Lenny card for my sister and myself and on our last visit while she and the rents were at Hall of Presidents I was loitering by that portal trying to trade to get the last few cards needed to obtain 1-60 when I was approached with someone willing to trade me an extra Chip and Dale and I was almost tempted considering my sister still had her Christmas but I didn’t….. so right now I have Christmas, and all but Buzz of the standard ‘free’ cards….maybe one day I’ll find the price of boosters worth it to try and get the back 10 cards

  3. Look, the leftover cards aren’t destroyed. Managers have been giving them out quietly. Cast members always take a “few” (read: dozen to hundred) home each night, and guest relations got fat stacks to hand out to guests who later complained via mail, e-mail, phone and in the parks that they “didn’t know about the cards that night.” So all of these cards have or will be distributed at some point in time.

    I don’t find it strange that all the random cast lanyard pins that were IMPOSSIBLE to find at DLR back in 2005-2006 are now on EVERY lanyard on Main Street. Disney is notorious for tucking away stashes of items like these and releasing them quietly, months or years down the road. I was in on it as part of the pin trading specialist team at DLR during the 50th Anniversary year in 2005 and I’m sure it’s happening now.

    Buy your event cards for $50 if you want. I’ll continue to trade for mine in the Facebook groups and in the parks for 2 bolts per party card or party card for party card ALL DAY LONG. That has been the trade value since the end of the Christmas season and I don’t see it changing anytime soon.

    There will always be card sharks and advantageous people standing outside the firehouse asking families of folks if they’ll be using their cards and if they say no, they ask the family if they can have theirs. Or the one shark I came upon 2 minutes too late after she took an entire 1-70 card set from a guy for 1 Christmas card. He sadly just didn’t know any better yet.

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