Best Magic: The Gathering Sealed Products For The Competitive Collector

We’re back with more Magic: The Gathering recommendations for our favorite trading card game obsession!

Hardcore MTG fans, the Present Author is talking to you! Let’s temporarily put aside the play aspect and talk about the investor’s aspect. Lots of players boo and hiss at us (and YouTube channels like Rudy with Alpha Investments) for looking at the monetary side of MTG, but the fact remains that this game is sold as a COLLECTIBLE trading-card game. Wizards of the Coast has conceded that their game is an investment too, creating a reserved list and conservative reprint policies to make sure their chase cards do not devalue.

Players may complain a lot about WotC’s reprint policies (the old joke goes that WotC could include a $100 bill in each booster and players would still complain), but you have to admit that it’s the most sane balance between keeping the game playable and still a potentially profitable hobby. Economics is never an exact science, and that applies double for an economic system based around a game.

That being said, with this list we’re keeping an eye on players as well as investors with these boxed products. While it remains true that top spike investors prefer to trade single-for-single, some of us would like to pull $80 value out of a $40 box and still have some good cards to play a few games with. These boxed products are our picks for one-stop treasure chests with the highest expected value in its category. That way you can keep it wrapped and sock it away, open it and hold a draft with your friends, or go ahead and incorporate the cards into your collection for deck-building fodder, confident in your aggressive return-per-dollar spent.

We’re looking at anything from MTG history within reasonable reach of the average collector, of course. Yes, a slabbed Black Lotus auctions for a few million clean, but did you really need us to tell you that?

Best Duel Deck:

Magic the Gathering Card Game Duel Decks Elspeth vs. Tezzeret Gift Set [Toy]

Magic the Gathering Card Game Duel Decks Elspeth vs. Tezzeret Gift Set [Toy]

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Features

  • Two Ready-To-Play 60 Card Decks, Two Deck Boxes, Strategy Insert, & Magic Learn-To-Play Guide
  • cards with new art including 2 alternate art Mythic rares
  • 2 preview cards from Scars of Mirrodin
  • All cards are black-bordered and tournament legal - Limited Print Run!
  • NOTE: This product can ONLY be shipped the United States, Puerto Rico, APO/FPOs and USVI

Of all the Dual Decks series, this one has one of the highest expected box values (tied with Divine vs. Demonic, which is far less accessible). Value cards include 2x Swords to Plowshares, a Steel Overseer (!), a Master of Etherium, and the planeswalkers themselves – note this is four-drop Elspeth, not the more common six-drop. At the least, the set breaks down into cards still played in many formats, and makes a great 2-player game besides.

Best EDH Precon:

Magic the Gathering Commander 2016 Deck – Stalwart Unity (RGWU)

Magic the Gathering Commander 2016 Deck - Stalwart Unity (RGWU)

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Features

  • brand new sealed 2016 magic commander deck

Commander precons are a tough pick, with the market being very volatile. Today’s chase card could be tomorrow’s dollar mythic when WotC prints a new card that’s even more powerful. That being said, this unassuming group hug deck on the surface has some value pulls lurking within, including Chasm Skulker, Selfless Squire, Sidar Kondo of Jamuraa, Benefactor’s Draught, Tempt with Discovery, Ghostly Prison, and Propaganda. It’s a meaty precon without too much fat, breaking down into some hearty partner deck potential as well.

Best Core Set Fat Pack:

Magic the Gathering – MTG: 2011 Core Set M11 Fat Pack!

Magic the Gathering - MTG: 2011 Core Set M11 Fat Pack!

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Features

  • 2011 Core Set M11 Fat Pack - Factory Sealed
  • 8 Magic 2011 booster packs, 1 pack of 40 Magic 2011 basic land
  • The Magic 2011 Player's Guide
  • 1 Magic 2011 Spindown Life Counter (available only in this Fat Pack)
  • NOTE: This product can ONLY be shipped the United States, Puerto Rico, APO/FPOs and USVI.

Note we’re not listing full booster boxes here, because anything still sealed outside of Standard falls outside the range of accessibility for this list. For fat packs, Core set 2011 has the highest expected return value per box, and the sealed Fat Pack is still affordable enough to make it worth the while. Big money cards in the set include Leyline of the Void, Leyline of Sanctity, Leyline of Anticipation, and Steel Overseer just in the rares, plus Grave Titan and Baneslayer Angel in the mythics. There’s a lot of value surprises in this overlooked set!

Best Recent Expansion Set Bundle Box:

Magic: The Gathering MTG-XLN-BU-EN Ixalan Bundle

Magic: The Gathering MTG-XLN-BU-EN Ixalan Bundle

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Features

  • Brave the Unknown!
  • Ixalan features double-faced cards!
  • Ixalan features three brand-new planes walker cards, including the introduction of Huatli!
  • English Edition

Ixalan is still in Standard as of this writing, which makes the Bundle still very affordable. Money cards include Carnage Tyrant (!), Search for Azcanta (!), Vraska’s Contempt, Star of Extinction, Vraska, Relic Seeker, and Treasure Map, plus several more decent pulls scattered across the rarities that will pay for the pack.

Best Compilation Booster Pack:

1 Pack of Magic the Gathering MTG: Modern Masters Booster Pack (15 Cards)

1 Pack of Magic the Gathering MTG: Modern Masters Booster Pack (15 Cards)

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Features

  • Age range: 13 and up / Number of players: 2
  • Manufacturer: Wizards of the Coast

No big surprises here: If you must buy a booster pack, this is one of the best sealed packs you can buy and still be within the average players’ budget. The first Modern Masters was a reckless splurge of WotC’s part. This set is brimming with jackpot pulls like Sword of Fire and Ice, Dark Confidant, Tarmogoyf, Arcbound Ravager, Engineered Explosives, Chalice of the Void, Doubling Season, and dozens more.

Best Deck Builder’s Toolkit:

Magic the Gathering – MTG: Deck Builders Toolkit (2011 Edition) 285 Trading Cards

Magic the Gathering - MTG: Deck Builders Toolkit (2011 Edition) 285 Trading Cards

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Features

  • Magic the Gathering - MTG: Deck Builders Toolkit (2011 Edition) with Full-art reusable card storage
  • 125 semi-randomized cards suitable for building several different Magic decks
  • Four 15-card booster packs from a variety of recent Magic: The Gathering sets
  • 100 basic land cards to help you cast your spells & Magic "learn to play" guide
  • Deck builder's guide with tips about building the best Magic decks

Deck Builders’ Toolkits have a reputation of being for scrubs only, but this classic, if you can find it still sealed, has the best value per box and is a lot of fun for the money anyway. Between the fixed and semi-random cards, you have several format staples and popular archetypes for burn, vampire tribal, elf tribal, and metalcraft / affinity / artifacts. Then there’s the box itself, a prestigious storage showpiece. But best of all is the four boosters from recent (circa ~2011) sets, which is potentially M11, Zendikar, Worldwake, and Rise of the Eldrazi. How about pulling a Jace, the Mind Sculptor out of your MSRP ~$20 scrub box?