The prices of Magic: The Gathering products have naturally increased since it's release in 1993.
Prices listed here are the MSRP (manufacturer's suggested retail price) set by Wizards of the Coast.
September 1995[edit | edit source]
Magic's first price increase took effect in September 1995. In a letter to retailers, Peter Adkison announced the increase, which affected three sets in print at the time. Prior to this, Ice Age and Fourth Edition starter decks were $7.95 and booster packs were $2.45. Chronicles packs were $2.25.
Things in life rarely remain the same. When _Magic: The Gathering(TM)_ was first released in August of 1993, no one knew how much it would change our industry. It wasn't so long ago that we were five people working out of a basement. Things in business are a lot like life. Since our game¹s release, we¹ve experienced increases in paper prices and printing costs, and a dramatic fall of the U.S. dollar in the international market. After two years, the _Magic: The Gathering(TM)_ product line will have its first price increase. Effective with all orders shipping in September, our suggested retail is: _Magic: The Gathering‹4th Edition(TM)_ Starter Deck $8.95 Starter Deck Display $89.50 Booster Pack $2.95 Booster Pack Display $106.20 _Magic: The Gathering‹Ice Age(TM)_ Starter Deck $8.95 Starter Deck Display $89.50 Booster Pack $2.95 Booster Pack Display $106.20 _Magic: The Gathering‹Chronicles(TM)_ Booster Pack $2.45 Booster Pack Display $110.25 One thing in our lives will never change: the success of Wizards of the Coast, Inc., results from our efforts together. Thank you for your hard work and continued support. Sincerely, Peter Adkison President & Janitor Wizards of the Coast, Inc.
September 1998[edit | edit source]
With the release of Urza's Saga, prices were raised and distribution of cards was changed. Tournament decks now included 75 cards, replacing what used to be 60-card "starter" decks. The number of rare cards in the preconstructed theme decks was reduced from 3 to 2, and the number of uncommon cards increased from 9 to 13.
- Tournament decks - $9.99
- Theme decks - $9.99
October 1999[edit | edit source]
Dear Magic Community: Wizards of the Coast will increase the price of future Magic: The Gathering(R) expert-level expansion set booster packs from $2.99 to $3.29 beginning with the October 4, 1999 release of the Mercadian Masques(TM) card set. This is the first meaningful price increase for Magic(R) booster packs since 1995 and is a result of increases in production costs over the past five years. We value our players and are continually working to deliver the highest quality Magic products at a reasonable price. Prices for other expert-level products and all starter- and advanced-level Magic: The Gathering products are not being increased. Thank you, Joe Hauck Associate Brand Manager Magic: The Gathering
- Booster packs - $3.29
- Fat packs - $24.99
January 2004[edit | edit source]
WotC Vice President of Sales, Mark Jordan, informed all premiere stores that, as of 15 January 2004, prices for packs would increase.
- Tournament decks - $11.29
- Booster packs - $3.69
- Theme decks - $11.29
September 2006[edit | edit source]
From Wizards Announces Price Change (August 22, 2006), effective September 22 (paper products) and October 6 (Magic Online).
- Tournament decks - $12.29
- Booster packs - $3.99
- Theme decks - $12.29 (excluding 9th Edition Core Set Theme Decks)
- Fat Packs - $34.99