Booster pack

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A booster pack is a sealed package of random Magic cards, designed to add to a player's collection. They have a fixed distribution based on rarity. A regular booster pack, depending on the expansion set, contains 8 to 16 cards of that set.

A Booster Pack Box consists of 36 booster packs. A Booster Case consists of 6 boxes or 216 booster packs.

An Antiquities booster pack
Fourth Edition Booster Pack

Contents

Contents and cost

Over the years booster packs have grown in size and cost:

The latest expansion set's booster pack retails for $3.95US.

Non-regular boosters

Six card boosters

Conflux 6-card booster

Conflux was the first set to be sold in 6-card booster packs containing a tips/token card, 1 land, 3 commons, 1 uncommon, and 1 slot that had an equal chance of being rare/mythic, uncommon, or common. These packs are exclusively available from Gravity Feeds. [3] These can be found at mass-market retailers like Target and Walmart. 6-card boosters were at least available up until the Return to Ravnica block. They seem to be abandoned for Magic 2014 and the Theros block.

Demogame boosters

Free 24-card Demogame boosters were available for several starter-level sets and Core Sets.

Main article: samplers

Sample Packs

Free 10-card Sample Packs were available for several starter-level sets and Core Sets. 6-card Sample Packs were given available for Duels of the Planeswalkers-users.

Main article: samplers

Packaging

Planar Chaos blister pack
Magic 2013 booster sleeve

Fourth Edition was the first Core Set, and Ice Age the first expansion, with packs made of foil wrappers and the first with artwork on the wrappers.

From the Time Spiral block on, Booster packs could be sold in blister packs. A blister pack is putting plastic and a cardboard backing around the booster pack, this is somewhat of a theft-deterrent and adds the possiblity of hanging the boosters on pegs. This kind of packing can add cost to the booster pack. Blister packs can hold one, two, or three booster packs. Starting with Magic 2013, the blister packs were replaced with cardboard booster sleeves. [4]

Unique packages

  • The Ravnica block has been sold as a "perfect for draft" piece. This includes one booster of Ravnica, Dissension, and Guildpact, and a spindown life counter. Retail price: US$11.99.
  • An "Extreme Value Package" contains 2 booster packs and 8 "bonus cards" repacked into a blister pack. The "bonus cards" can be any rarity cards including lands and foreign cards from any expansion or limited edition set. Retail price: US$7.99 (which is .01 more than the cost of 2 booster packs). More modern versions of a repack package instead include three booster packs and replace the "bonus cards" with the "Resale" promotional foil card.
  • The Alara Premium Foil Booster pack contained fifteen foil, black-bordered cards from Shards of Alara, Conflux, and Alara Reborn. It was released on January 8th, 2010 at an MSRP of $11.99. [5]

Artwork

A Mirage booster pack
Magic 2011 Booster Pack
A Gatecrash booster pack
A Chronicles booster pack

Core sets

Expert-level early sets

Expert-level block expansion sets

Compilation Sets

References

  1. Mark Rosewater. (Monday, June 2, 2008.) "The Year of Living Changerously", MTG.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Wizards of the Coast. (Monday, June 2, 2008.) "Changes as of Shards of Alara", MTG.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Magic Arcana. (February 05, 2009.) "The Gravity Feed", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Monty Ashley. (June 28, 2012.) "More Magic 2013 Packaging", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Magic Arcana. (September 29, 2009.) "The All-Foil Booster", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Monty Ashley. (June 18, 2012.) "Magic 2013 Boosters", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Trick Jarrett. (June 04, 2013.) "Magic 2014 Product Shots", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Magic Arcana. (May 08, 2009.) "Wallpaper of the Week", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Trick Jarrett. (August 27, 2013.) "Theros Intro Pack Rares and Packaging", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.

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