Ever since the introduction of Collector Booster Boxes it has become clear that Wizards of the Coast is trying hard to keep the sale numbers of Magic the Gathering up. Find out what they have added to their Collector Booster Boxes in every new set in this breakdown!
Throne of Eldraine
It all started with Project Booster Fun, and all of it boils down to the following quote:
How do we make opening booster packs more exciting? Put more cool and beautiful versions of cards in them.Mark Rosewater
The Collector Booster Boxes of Throne of Eldraine introduced the following:
- Extended Art Rares and Mythics
- Showcase Cards
- Borderless Planeswalkers
These boxes were initially sold for $400 but quickly fell to the $200-300 range shortly thereafter once people figured out they were not that limited. Right now they are getting sold for $260-320 on eBay. Click here to view their current prices.
Theros Beyond Death
Theros Beyond Death upped the Collector Booster Box game by adding two Foil Showcase Lands to every Collector Booster Pack, next to the already existing Extended Art, Showcase and Borderless Planeswalker cards.
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths spiced things up even more. This time we got two new additions:
- An exclusive card series: Godzilla Monster Series
- Commander cards available in Collector Booster Boxes
The special treatment artwork also took a big step forward in my opinion.
Core Set 2021
Core Set 2021 was kind of a step backwards, no Commander cards nor exclusive card series showed up in this set. It did keep the Foil Showcase Land however.
Zendikar Rising again builds upon the previous set, but now Collector Booster Boxes do feature Foil Expedition cards one in every six Collector Booster Packs, and it is the only place to find them!
These cards actually have their own set symbol and belong to the Zendikar Expeditions set. The card aesthetics have also been improved by adding varnished elements to the card frame. Check out some of the Expeditions below!
Foil-Etched cards are a brand new addition to Collector Booster Boxes, starting with Commander Legends! Pictures don’t do their beauty justice, it is best to simply check out the video below.
It is also worth noting that Foil Basic Lands cannot be found in these boxes, but this is simply because the regular main set does not have any either.
Kaldheim mixes things up slightly:
- In the fourth slot we find a Rare that cannot be found in Draft Boosters
- We only have one Foil Basic Land, but this time it is a Foil Snow Basic Land!
- There is one card with a Phyrexian treatment to be found
The image above shows Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider in its Showcase and Phyrexian treatments.
These boxes may have had an initial price of $200-210, but they quickly fell down to $170 and sometimes even lower. Right now they are getting sold for $135-150 on eBay. Click here to view their current prices.
Strixhaven: School of Mages
Strixhaven: School of Mages combines the newest additions from the latest sets. We now have a Mystical Archive subset featuring some of the most iconic instants and sorceries, and some of them come in a Foil-Etched version too! This time around there are no Foil Basic Lands.
And as an extra the Mystical Archive cards have a chance to come in a special Japanese alternative art version, of which you can find images below.
Modern Horizons 2
Modern Horizons 2 builds upon the following:
- Even more Foil Etched cards
- Retro frame cards as in Time Spiral Remastered
- Sketch cards as alternate art version
To be honest, it is getting a bit hard to understand what you can all expect in Collector Booster Boxes, but I figure they put in about all of their variants for a non-Standard set like Modern Horizons 2. The idea is that more shiny cards means the product sells better, after all.
Adventures in the Forgotten Realms
Adventures in the Forgotten Realms does not really offer anything new and exciting, it actually does not even offer Foil Etched cards. Maybe you’ll like the showcase versions if you are a D&D enthusiast.
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt neither offers anything new. WotC gave this set so little thought that I had to find the Collector Booster Box contents on WotC’s WPN website, which is intended for retailers only.
Unsurprisingly it does not offer anything new over Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, which already was mediocre.
Innistrad: Crimson Vow
Innistrad: Crimson Vow is probably where WotC realized that it was not collectors who were buying boxes from the previous few sets, but rather flippers. The market was in a weird state anyway with COVID-19 being a massive factor as well as the relief bills.
Special card series made their return in this Collector Booster Box, this time in the form of the Dracula card series, one of which you see pictured above. For the rest these boxes build upon the previous few sets.
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty is where WotC went full-out again on possible variants! It also marked the return of Foil-Etched cards.
And that’s not all, they did something huge with Hidetsugu, Devouring Chaos, and I can’t really explain it better than Max McCall did in the linked post.
“There are four colors of neon ink that Hidetsugu appears in: blue, green, red, and yellow. You can open neon ink blue, green, and red Hidetsugu exclusively in Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Collector Boosters. There are about half as many neon green cards as neon blue cards, and about a quarter as many neon red cards as neon green cards.”
And as if that was not enough, this set also marked the return of Phyrexian frame cards.
Streets of New Capenna
Streets of New Capenna looks similar to the sets before Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty, but there are still some things worth mentioning.
One of those things is the Gilded Foil treatment as pictured above. It is said to be even nicer than the already known Foil-Etched cards. The other one is the Phyrexian variant of Urabrask, Heretic Praetor pictured below.
Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate
Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate does not really offer anything new over Commander Legends when talking about the Collector Booster Box contents. It does solidify the Foil-Etched treatment to be used as default from now on though, an example can be found below.
Double Masters 2022
Double Masters 2022 builds a lot on the previous Collector Booster Boxes. Foil-Etched cards are probably the standard for the biggest hits overall by now. Every few sets WotC also adds something even cooler, this time around they added Textured Foil Borderless cards!
These boxes had an initial price of about $270, but it should be kept in mind that there are only four packs inside, instead of the usual twelve. Right now they are getting sold for $200-230 on eBay. Click here to view their current prices.
Dominaria United is the next Standard set in which WotC tried something big. And by big I mean that they included original Legends cards in 3% of the Collector Booster Packs! Some of the possible Lost Legends hits are pictured below.
Phyrexian frame cards also make another return.
Collector Booster Boxes of this set are not quite comparable to previous Standard and Modern sets. They are however the only boxes in which you can find Galaxy Foil cards, shown in the previous image.
Each box also contains one Traditional Foil Borderless Shock Land as a Box Topper. And that’s not all! These Borderless Shock Lands will also show up in Collector Booster Packs, 1 in 25 packs for their Traditional Foil variant and 1 in 25 packs for their Galaxy Foil variant.
The Brothers’ War
The Brothers’ War is the first set that features serialized cards, and they can only be found in Collector Boosters. Numbered cards have already been huge for a while in the sports and entertainment card market, so it was only a matter of time until WotC would have their go at them.
The pictures above show the schematic form cards, with the middle card being serialized. The serialized variant can be found in less than 1% of Collector Booster packs.
These Collector Booster Boxes offer even more with Transformers series cards! The Shattered Glass variants pictured above can be found in 12% of boosters. Foil variants can be found in less than 1% of boosters, making them really valuable!
Dominaria Remastered honestly does not offer a lot of exciting cards on the Collector Booster Box front, it is all about Retro Frame cards and Borderless cards. The only bonus of the Collector Boosters is that the majority of the cards come as Traditional Foils.
These boxes seemed to have an initial price of $200-240, though it depends a lot on where and when you placed your pre-order. Right now they are getting sold for $220-240 on eBay. Click here to view their current prices.
Phyrexia: All Will Be One
Phyrexia: All Will Be One is characterized by the cards having absolutely astonishing art. The Collector Booster Boxes don’t introduce many new features, but the Ichor, Manga and Step-and-Compleat Foil treatments are absolutely gorgeous as seen below.
Another special treatment can be found in the form of Borderless Concept Praetors, you can find their images below. Any of them can be found in under 2% of Collector Boosters. Also included is the Borderless Manga variant of Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines, which can be found less than 1% of the time.
March of the Machine
March of the Machine is a set that builds on the best parts of the previous sets. Notable features include:
- Halo Foils, a new foil type
- Multiverse Legends cards, a reprint set
- Serialized Multiverse Legends cards
- Double rainbow foil
- Serialized to /500
- Serialized Praetors
- Double rainbow foil
- Serialized to /500
- New art
Of course Foil-Etched, Borderless and Extended Art cards also make a return. Serialized cards can be found in less than 1% of packs.
March of the Machine: The Aftermath
The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth
They offer serialized versions of Sol Ring for Elves, Dwarves and Humans. It is also the first time serialized cards can be found in a non-foil treatment.
And most importantly, it also offers a very special The One Ring with its own unique artwork! There only exists one of this The One Ring, making it a true one of one.
Other than that one can also find Surge Foils and Borderless Scene cards in this set. More information will surely become available closer to its release, which is expected to be on June 23, 2023.
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Commander Masters has also already been announced, it introduces new Frame Break Borderless and Profile Borderless treatments as seen below. Foil-Etched cards are also present.
Currently there is only limited information available, more information will surely become available closer to release, which is scheduled to be on August 4, 2023.
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