Hello there, thanks for visiting my About Me page. My name is Sigmund Ausfresser, though you may know me best as sigfig8. I use that nickname almost everywhere: twitter, eBay, MOTL, etc. I first started playing Magic when Visions was the newest set, back in 1997. Things were simpler back then. I didn’t really think much about MTG finance. Heck, I didn’t even know which card in the pack was a rare; to me, it was whichever was the coolest sounding.
I played casual Magic for about ten years, taking the occasional break here and there along the way. Then, when Time Spiral block came out, I decided to try a couple FNM’s and a PTQ. After getting demolished, I took another two years off before attempting competitive play yet again. After a few months of perseverance, I started winning drafts. It was right around that time I got into Legacy, and in turn trading/finance.
Now that I’m married and work full time, I can’t really participate in the PTQ grind. So I participate in the Magic community by buying, selling, and trading mostly through the internet and the occasional FNM. I hope to give back to the MTG community through my financial articles; they may not be the traditional articles that guide you on what cards to buy and how to make “value”, but hopefully they provide an interesting perspective into why the game has evolved in this way.
If you like what you read in my articles, I encourage you to follow me on twitter: @sigfig8 or follow my Pack to Power blog:http://sigscorner.blogspot.com/ . As always, I love comments so please don’t hesitate to tell me what you think.