By Brian Cooper •  Published: 08/04/23 •  Updated: 09/23/23 •  16 min read
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Magic cards have been part of the trading game scene for three decades now and is considered one of the greatest games ever devised. The thrill of opening MTG booster packs and finding hidden foil gems is unlike any other game on the market.

Whether you’re a long time Magic player or seasoned investor or collector, there has never been a better time to jump into the world of Magic cards, booster boxes and packs. Let’s find out why.

In 2023, Magic The Gathering players and collectors will have a fairly large selection to choose from with 10 major sets to be released. From standard sets like Phyrexia: All Will Be One and March of the Machine to supplemental sets like The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth, Dominaria Remastered and Commander Masters, there is something for everyone.

With so many options to choose from, picking the right pack of Magic cards can be somewhat overwhelming. There will be some very expensive Collector booster packs that will contain extended art cards, foil versions and serialized cards. Some lesser expensive packs will focus on cards to make playing decks and to build your collection.

Understanding The Odds of Finding The Best Magic Cards

When buying a pack of Magic cards, it’s important to know the odds of finding different kinds of cards inside. Unlike sports card packs, the odds of finding special Magic cards has never really been published too much or even posted on the packs.

So let’s use the recently released MARCH OF THE MACHINE set as an example. Here’s a breakdown of the odds of finding different cards in the different types of booster packs released by Wizards of the Coast:

Because every Magic set is different, we recommend you research each pack and set to understand the odds before purchasing. This way you make sure you are getting the best bang for your buck.

The above cards are just for March of the Machine booster packs so every set will have different odds for different kinds of cards. Some sets may even have unique or exclusive cards only found in those sets and in certain packs.

In addition, each type of MTG Booster Box may have different odds for different cards, as illustrated above. As an example, if you purchase one of the very expensive Collector Booster Packs, you have much lower odds of finding basic cards. But you will definitely have much higher odds of getting special cards, some of which are unique to Collector Booster packs like the Double Rainbow Foil Serialized cards.

On the other hand, the Draft and Set Booster packs (considered to be basic packs) may have higher odds of getting base cards but lower odds (or no chance at all) of receiving some of the higher end cards like the Multiverse Legends Cards.

Current Releases

As mentioned, there are lots of Magic The Gathering sets being released in 2023 and they all look great! Here are our top picks that we recommend when it comes to finding the best MTG cards for this year. Although the Collector Booster packs are more expensive than Draft and Set boosters, you will definitely get the BEST cards out of these packs.

Best MTG Booster Packs For 2023

Commander Masters Collector Booster

Magic: The Gathering Commander Masters Collector Booster Box - 4 Packs (60 Cards)
  • FIRST MASTERS SET FOR COMMANDER—Masters boosters are super-charged packs full of the finest Magic: The Gathering reprints; Commander Masters brings the first Masters packs specifically designed for Commander, Magic’s most popular format
  • GET THE BEST OF THE BEST—Collector Boosters are a shortcut to the coolest cards in an already extraordinary set, with packs full of Rare cards, shiny foil cards, and special alt-art, alt-frame cards
  • COLLECTOR BOOSTER-EXCLUSIVE TREATMENTS—Collector Boosters are the only boosters where you'll find Extended-Art, Foil-Etched, and possible Textured Foil treatment cards

This pack typically costs around $50 and contains 15 cards. It features a mix of Extended-Art and shiny foil cards with every pack including 5 Borderless cards and 5 cards of rarity Rare or higher. There’s also a chance to find.a possible Textured Foil Borderless card (1 in 25 of packs.)

The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth (Universes Beyond) Collector Booster

Magic: The Gathering The Lord of The Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth Collector Booster Box - 12 Packs + 1 Box Topper Card
  • MAGIC MEETS THE LORD OF THE RINGS—Experience the beloved story of The Lord of the Rings through the gorgeous art and thrilling gameplay of the Magic: The Gathering collectible trading card game
  • JOIN THE FELLOWSHIP—Immerse yourself in Middle-earth with unique game mechanics and stunning art that draw you into this epic tale
  • BEST BOOSTERS FOR COLLECTORS—Collector Boosters are a shortcut to the coolest cards in a set, with packs full of Rare cards, shiny foil cards, and special alt-art, alt-frame cards

This pack typically costs around $35-$40 and contains 15 cards. It features a mix of the best cards in the set including plenty of Rares and Mythics, shiny foils and special alternate art and alternate framed cards. Each pack also contains at least 1 Scene card with Borderless art . There’s also a chance to find Serialized Elven, Dwarven, or Human Sol Ring cards (odds of less than .03% of packs contain one of these.)

Wilds of Eldraine Collector Booster

Magic: The Gathering Wilds of Eldraine Collector Booster Box - 12 Packs (180 Magic Cards)
  • A TALE ONLY YOU CAN TELL—Venture into the untamed Wilds of Eldraine, a fairy tale-inspired world in the Magic multiverse, and free the kingdom from a curse of endless slumber.
  • BEST BOOSTERS FOR COLLECTORS—Collector Boosters are a shortcut to the coolest cards in a set, with packs full of Rare cards, shiny foil cards, and special alt-art, alt-frame cards
  • BEWITCHING BORDERLESS CARDS—Every Collector Booster contains at least 3 Enchanting Tales cards with alt-art that looks right out of a storybook; you may even find some with special anime-inspired art

The Wilds of Eldraine Collector Booster pack costs around $25 and comes with 15 cards. Each pack features 3 Borderless alternate art cards and also contains at least 5 cards of rarity Rare or Mythic. Every collector booster pack contains 10-12 traditional foil cards so the packs are definitely stacked with the best cards in the set.

Most Valuable Cards Found in MTG Booster Packs in 2023

Outside of the very valuable THE ONE RING (1 of 1) card found, which was recently found in a Collector Booster Pack, there are plenty of high priced cards and valuable MTG cards in 2023. Some of those are serialized cards and include:

MTG LotR The One Ring Serialized 1 of 1 PSA9

Atraxa, Praetors’ Voice – Serialized 1 of 500 – $900 (March of Machine) – Individually numbered cards are all the rage and this one is one of the most valuable.

Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite – Serialized 1 of 500 – $800 (March of Machine) – Another numbered serialized card that is bringing big bucks.

Jeweled Lotus Textured Foil – $600 (Commander Masters) – This will be the most sought after Jeweled Lotus version ever printed and prices are strong even prior to the official release date.

Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger Textured Foil – $200 (Commander Masters) – The Textured Foil cards were introduced in the Commander Legends set in late 2020 and their popularity continues to grow with the new Commander Masters set. This is one of the best and most valuable.

All of these great cards can be found in the newest booster packs for this year, which are still on shelves at your local game store and online as well. So far 2023 has been a busy year for MTG booster packs and Wizards still has a few sets yet to be released. There’s definitely a lot of excitement and anticipation in the air for what’s to come!

Should You Buy MTG Booster Packs or Boxes in 2023?

When it comes to deciding between MTG Booster Packs or Boxes, there are two things to consider to help you make the decision. Those two important things are budget and whether you really like the set and the cards.

The first thing to decide is whether you like the set, the cards and the mechanics. If you’re more a collector than a player, the artwork and rarity of those cards will play a big role in whether you buy the cards, packs and booster boxes. If you’re a player, the usefulness of the cards in gameplay are huge and will determine if you buy or pass on the set.

As both a player and collector, I tend to look at both the artwork as well as the usefulness of the card in the game. I tend to lean more collector so finding cards that are considered the ‘best’ cards in the set is a high priority.

But budget also plays a big role too. If a set appeals to me and I want to open more than a few packs, I will normally lean towards Set Booster Boxes. Those boxes are great for someone like me that is a player/collector but leans more collector. Buying by the box rather than by the pack in that case is way more economical.

If a Magic set doesn’t appeal to you and the budget is low, stick with buying a few booster packs and singles (if that.) There are many sets I completely pass on because I’m just not a fan. For instance, I passed on Unfinity last year because the set did not appeal to me. I didn’t even buy one pack. If you don’t like the set, move on to something else or wait for new sets to come out.

Are There Any Vintage MTG Booster Packs Worth Buying in 2023?

Vintage Magic packs are not only exciting to open, but appeal to collectors for their value in their sealed state. As the older Magic booster packs get more and more scarce over time, values tend to rise and make them great investments. Additionally, older Magic packs tend to contain tough to find and valuable cards that also appreciate in value as the years go by.

CORE SET 2021 (2020) is starting to make a comeback and I think that set is ready to make a big move over the next few years. I know it’s only a couple of years old so it’s not quite “vintage” but it’s an older out of print set with great cards. Terror of the Peaks ($32), Chromatic Orrery ($28), Ugin The Spirit Dragon ($20) and the Grim Tutor ($17) are just a few of the big cards driving up prices on booster packs.

Magic: The Gathering Core Set 2021 (M21) Draft Booster Box | 36 Booster Packs (540 Cards) | Latest Set
  • GROW YOUR COLLECTION. Your Core Set 2021 booster box has 36 Draft Booster Packs to help fill your deck with classic cards from Magic: The Gathering’s Core Set 2021 (M21).
  • MAGIC LIKE YOU REMEMBER IT. Core Set 2021 (M21) gathers iconic cards from MTG’s past and combines them with recent favorites. It’s the perfect set to reconnect with Magic: The Gathering.
  • PLAY IN STYLE. Core Set 2021 is filled with beautiful cards and special art treatments, including alternate art, thematic showcase frames, and more.

Going back a little further, FALLEN EMPIRES (1994) is another Booster Pack that has seen a big jump in the last year. Prices have gone from around $8/pack up to over $12/pack in just a few months time and I think supplies are finally getting depleted. I don’t see huge gains coming anytime soon, but Rainbow Vale ($8) and Conch Horn ($5) are still desirable cards helping to push booster pack prices up. Adding vintage unopened Magic Booster Packs to your collection is never a bad idea, especially at this price.

One last Vintage Magic Booster Pack I’ll recommend is REVISED EDITION (1994.) This is one of my all time favorite sets as I first started playing MTG back when these came out. Pack prices are currently a bit off their highs from 1-2 years ago which is why I think the current $270 price tag will one day look cheap. These are getting more and more rare by the month and two words will tell you why…DUAL LANDS!

How to Choose the Best MTG Booster Packs

Choosing the best card packs can be a daunting task. Here are some of the tips and strategies that can help you get the best cards with ease

Best MTG Booster Packs to Buy in 2023 – Less Than $10:

When choosing good Magic The Gathering booster packs that are under the $10 price tag, you need to take the following into consideration:

Best MTG Booster Packs to Buy for Serialized Cards:

When choosing good MTG booster packs for serialized or individually numbered insert cards, here are some things you need to know:

Best MTG Cards to Collect for Profit

Buying and selling Magic cards for profit is probably something that not only collectors do but players as well. Some sell for profit while others sell or trade cards to improve their decks and collections. Here’s a few things to keep in mind when looking for these types of cards:

Best MTG Booster Packs To Buy in 2023: FAQs

Q: What types of Magic Cards Are Best to Collect?

Answer: This is a very subjective question as everyone has their own individual preferences when it comes to collecting MTG cards. The Magic cards that are best to collect are the ones that you yourself enjoy. If you’re into rare and mythic foil cards, collect those. If you prefer Etched Foil or Serialized cards, collect those. If you just prefer Black cards or rare Land cards, those are a great option too. Collect what you like and what you can afford.

Q: What Are the Best MTG Booster Packs to Buy?

Answer: The best MTG Booster packs to buy is an individual decision and really comes down to personal preference and budget. If you have a limited budget and just want lots of cards, buy Draft Booster packs as they tend to be the cheapest. If you have a limited budget but want better cards for your collection, then go with Set Booster packs as they tend to have better cards for just slightly more money than Draft booster packs. If you have an unlimited budget and love flashy shiny cards, definitely go with the Collector Booster packs as they’re the best and most expensive MTG packs you can buy.

Q: What Are the Best 2023 Magic The Gathering Cards to Collect?

Answer: This is very subjective but the best 2023 Magic The Gathering cards to collect are Rare or Mythic, Foil, Extended Art or anything that is more limited than a Base Magic card. Anytime Wizards enhances a regular version card by making it more special (whether by foiling, texture, or artwork), that tends to be what collectors want to add to their collections. So if you’re collecting Magic cards, a binder full of these special versions is very desirable.

Wrapping up the Best MTG Booster Pack Conversation…

Although collecting Magic cards doesn’t have a long history like collecting baseball cards, there are still millions of collectors worldwide that enjoy playing and investing in Magic The Gathering. In 2023, there are so many options to choose from, including really cool new sets as well as plenty of vintage MTG booster packs and boxes still on shelves.

Make sure you know what you’re looking for and learn about the odds of finding the best and most valuable Magic cards in each set. For 2023, I still highly recommend the Collector Booster Boxes for the best high end cards, Draft Booster Boxes for building decks and Set Booster Boxes for a mix of high end rares and mythics and base cards to build decks. And if you’re adventurous, try and get your hands on some vintage packs like Core Set 2021, Fallen Empires and Revised Edition for long term value.

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Brian Cooper

Brian Cooper is the founder of Magic Card Investor and has been in the trading card industry since the 1980's and Magic The Gathering since 1994. Since then, his mission is to bring the nostalgia and joy of collecting trading cards to everyone and to help people learn about (and maybe even profit from) this fun and rewarding pastime.

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