From the Vault
The From the Vault series for Magic: the Gathering - created by Senior Brand Director Mark Purvis - was released on an annual basis, usually in late August. Each box set contained 15 tournament-legal, black-bordered, holographic foil cards with a common theme, aside from From the Vault: Twenty, which contained twenty cards. Some of these cards featured novel alternate artwork.
While the MSRP for these sets was US$39.95, these sets may demand a higher price due to low availability and high demand.
List of From the Vault sets
|Name and expansion code||Theme||Release date||Logo|
|From the Vault: Dragons (DRB)||Dragons||August 29, 2008|
|From the Vault: Exiled (V09)||Banned cards||August 28, 2009|
|From the Vault: Relics (V10)||Artifacts||August 27, 2010|
|From the Vault: Legends (V11)||Legendary creatures||August 26, 2011|
|From the Vault: Realms (V12)||Lands||August 31, 2012|
|From the Vault: Twenty (V13)||Cards from the past 20 years of winning decks||August 23, 2013|
|From the Vault: Annihilation (V14)||Board sweepers||August 22, 2014|
|From the Vault: Angels (V15)||Angels||August 21, 2015|
|From the Vault: Lore (V16)||Cards renowned for their stories||August 19, 2016|
|From the Vault: Transform (V17)||Double-faced cards with the transform or meld mechanic||November 24, 2017|
April Fool's Joke
Wizards 'announced' a fake From the Vault set on April 1, 2009 as part of April Fool's Day: From the Vault: Vaults.
From the Vault sets were printed using a special foiling process that was unique to the series. They were printed on a foil stock that is twice as reflective, and treated with a varnish. This resulted in a shinier and stiffer card that had an almost 'holographic' look to them. They feel much slicker to the touch and weigh a notable amount more than a regular foil. From the Vault cards are also exceedingly hard to write on (e.g. an autograph). However, these cards were also notable for having many production issues, like one-pixel vertical lines going down the cardface. They were also more prone to curl, regardless of moisture (but moisture makes it worse).
- Mark Rosewater (November 09, 2017). "Trivia regarding the FTV sets". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- Blake Rasmussen (February 14, 2018). "Valentine's Day Mini–Announcement Day". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater (February 15, 2018). "Is From the Vault discontinued?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- Mark Purvis (August 08, 2008). "Sneak Peek: From the Vault: Dragons". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.