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A booster pack is a sealed package of random Magic cards from a particular expansion set, designed to add to a player's collection. They have a fixed distribution based on rarity. A regular booster pack nowadays contains 15 playing cards and a marketing card.

An Antiquities booster pack
Fourth Edition Booster Pack

Contents and cost[edit | edit source]

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

  • Arabian Nights was sold in 8-card booster packs for $1.45US per pack. Each pack contained:
  • Antiquities was also sold in 8-card booster packs.
  • Legends booster packs contain 15 cards.
  • The Dark, Fallen Empires and Homelands boosters contain 8 cards; At least for Homelands, each pack contains 6 commons, and has 2 slots that can be either uncommon or rare. This makes a double rare or no rare pack possible. The ratio for each slot is roughly 2/3 for an uncommon, 1/3 for a rare.
  • Alliances and Chronicles booster packs contain 12 cards:
    • 8 commons, 3 uncommons and 1 rare.
  • From Mirage until Coldsnap, booster packs contain 15 cards:
    • 11 commons, 3 uncommons and 1 rare.
  • Unglued boosters contain 10 cards:
    • 1 land card, 6 commons, 2 uncommons and 1 rare.
  • In core set booster packs from Seventh Edition to Ninth Edition 1 common was replaced with a basic land card. These boosters contain 15 cards:
    • 1 basic land, 10 commons, 3 uncommons and 1 rare.
  • The price went up to $3.29 starting with 9th Edition.
  • The Time Spiral block has "timeshifted" cards and due to this their rarities in booster packs are different, though each booster pack contains 15 cards.
    • Time Spiral booster packs contain 10 commons, 3 uncommons, 1 rare, and 1 purple-rarity timeshifted card.
    • Planar Chaos booster packs contain 8 commons, 2 uncommons, 1 rare, 3 timeshifted commons, and 1 uncommon or rare timeshifted card.
    • Future Sight booster packs contain 11 commons, 3 uncommons, and 1 rare, any of which might be a timeshifted card.
  • Tenth Edition booster packs introduced an additional marketing card and thus contain 16 cards:
    • 1 marketing card, 1 basic land, 10 commons, 3 uncommons and 1 rare.
  • From Lorwyn to Eventide, booster packs contain 16 cards:
    • 1 marketing card, 11 commons, 3 uncommons and 1 rare.
  • From Shards of Alara on, both core set and expansion booster packs contain 16 cards:
    • 1 marketing card, 1 basic land, 10 commons, 3 uncommons and 1 rare (occasionally, about 1 in 8 packs, replaced by a mythic rare).[1][2]
  • In Innistrad and Dark Ascension which have double-faced cards:
    • 1 marketing card, 1 basic land (or checklist card which appear in 3 out of 4 packs), 9 commons, 3 uncommons, 1 rare or mythic rare and 1 double faced card (which can be anything from a common to a mythic rare)

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

  • In Fate Reforged, the basic land slot in English boosters contained nonbasic lands.[3]

Non-regular boosters[edit | edit source]

Six card boosters[edit | edit source]

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.[4] These could be found at mass-market retailers like Target and Walmart. 6-card boosters were at least available up until Dragons Maze. They seem to have been abandoned for Magic 2014, Theros block and further sets.

Demogame boosters[edit | edit source]

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

Main article: samplers

Sample Packs[edit | edit source]

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

Seeded boosters[edit | edit source]

A seeded booster is a special set of cards that is made available at prereleases. It consists of playable cards that help to create a coherent deck, so that way more people (especially newer players) have a good time. There are limited combinations of cards that can appear in a seeded booster,

Packaging[edit | edit source]

Planar Chaos blister pack
Magic 2013 booster sleeve

The first booster packs had a fairly simple packaging, where the sets only were differentiated by the color. Core sets were brown, Arabian Nights was purple, Antiquities was silver grey and so on. A problem was that this early packaging was slightly transparent.

Fourth Edition was the first Core Set, and Ice Age the first expansion, with packs made of foil flow wrap 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 (usually found in mass-market venues like Wall Mart, Target etc.). 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.[5] and about printing and collation issues.[6]

With Modern Masters 2015 WotC experimented with recyclable paperboard booster wrappers.[7] Soon rumors abounded about the ease with which these new cardboard packs could be repacked.[8] Also, the cards had room to move and could be damaged during transport. Mark Rosewater later admitted that some challenges had to be solved, before the experiment would be repeated. [9]

Modern Masters 2015 paperboard booster

Booster box[edit | edit source]

A booster pack box (or simply “booster box”) nowadays consists of 36 (12 × 3) booster packs, with the exception of sets like Conspiracy, whose booster boxes consist of 24 (8 × 3) booster packs. Earlier sets had different sizes for booster boxes, depending on the size of the booster packs. This wasn't very efficient in view of production costs. Each booster box can be flipped open to adverize the set with an appropiate piece of art.

Booster case[edit | edit source]

A booster case nowadays consists of 6 booster boxes, or 216 booster packs. Local game stores usually buy new sets by case.

Draft Packs[edit | edit source]

Conspiracy: Take the Crown draft pack

Conspiracy: Take the Crown introduced Draft Packs for sale in North American mass-market stores. The Draft Pack features three Booster Packs. [10]

Unique packages[edit | edit source]

Resale pack
  • 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" availabale at stores like Wallmart and Target contained 2 booster packs and 8 "bonus cards" repacked into a blister pack. The "bonus cards" could be any cards from any rarity, 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). Another variant was 1 booster pack and 30 random cards.
  • More modern versions of a repackaging include three booster packs and replace the "bonus cards" with the "Resale" promotional foil card. There are also
  • 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 8, 2010 at an MSRP of $11.99.[11]

Additions[edit | edit source]

Wizards of the Coast toyed with the idea of scratch-off cards in boosters of Unglued 2. Another idea they explored was having it come with pieces of bubble gum. But it turned out that putting something edible in the booster packs created a whole series of stricter rules, and it turned out to not be feasible. [12]

Artwork[edit | edit source]

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

Core sets[edit | edit source]

Expert-level early sets[edit | edit source]

Expert-level block expansion sets[edit | edit source]

Compilation sets[edit | edit source]

Starter sets[edit | edit source]

Supplemental sets[edit | edit source]

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CNS Booster pack.jpg
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References[edit | edit source]

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