So, I know people over the years have posted plans on how to make a card reader for basically nothing. Which is really cool, and still is, but sometimes you just want to play around with other hardware to get familiar with it. So I found a very recent project done by the crew HackMiami documenting how to read 2 track Magstripe cards. (in a very sleek and sexy package I might add!) Even if it is on a breadboard))
In this project they show how you can use a Arduino coupled with a LCD and a magstripe reader to easily output the contents of your card. They even include the code and pretty easy to follow diagrams. How cool is that!