nippletwister wrote:Aren't pretty much all the cards from way back them more or less worthless from being old editions and not allowable at official games anyway?
I actually used to play with douches who only allowed the most recent editions, citing official rules.
Standard is the format defined by the current block, the last completed block, and the most recent core set.
But the thing is there are often a lot of cards that get carried forward.
The old cards are by no means worthless though. There's other kinds of games:
Extended is the format where all Magic blocks and core sets issued during the last seven years are legal. Prior to March 1, 2008, Extended format rotation system was different and more complicated: three Magic blocks rotated out every three years.
Vintage and Legacy are considered eternal formats because the card pool never rotates. This means that all the sets that are currently legal will continue to be legal and any new sets will automatically be included in the legal card pool. The only banned cards in Vintage are cards using the ante mechanic and very few cards, which are considered not to be compliant with the nature of the game. Because of the expense in acquiring the old cards to play competitive Vintage, most Vintage tournaments held are unsanctioned and where players are permitted to proxy a certain number of cards, which is not normally permitted in sanctioned tournaments. Legacy differs from Vintage in that it has a longer list of banned cards than Vintage, no restricted list exists though. In 2004, Legacy was revitalized by separating the banned list from Vintage and banning many old, powerful, and extremely expensive cards. The result is that Legacy has a lower power level than Vintage and is considerably more affordable. The DCI has attempted to promote the format with the addition of occasional Legacy Grand Prix events.
And of course if you're playing with friends that aren't douches, even those restrictions won't apply.
If you're interested in seeing what your cards are worth, check eBay or cardshark.