July 19, 2015

MTG Revised Booster Packs $50-$90

revised mtg boosters value dual lands

Price and Value:

Interested in buying an MTG Revised Booster Pack? You can expect to pay anywhere in the $50 (Ebay) to $100 (Amazon) range.

How much will your pack be worth in terms of potential card value if you open it?

According to my calculations based on TCG, the expected mean return of a pack is $16.43, while the high end is $38.79. If you’re opening a new booster, you can probably expect higher returns because of the shiny “new” condition :).

Of course, the value of an unopened back is intrinsically higher because of the “who knows what could be inside” factor :).

Also of note, there are currently 10 rares in the set with values greater than $50. Since there are 121 rares total, this gives you an approximate 8% chance of your pack containing a card more valuable than the purchase price of the pack.

Though small, this is definitely better odds than some sets with only two or three very valuable cards.

You can find more of my math on this spreadsheet:

NameCostEditionRarityHighMeanLow
MountainRevised EditionLN/AN/AN/A
PlainsRevised EditionLN/AN/AN/A
Underground SeaRevised EditionR$600.00$278.45$230.00
Volcanic IslandRevised EditionR$500.00$264.55$197.00
Tropical IslandRevised EditionR$500.00$183.35$155.77
TundraRevised EditionR$350.00$197.91$148.74
BayouRevised EditionR$186.99$154.78$125.00
ScrublandRevised EditionR$105.20$71.04$58.51
PlateauRevised EditionR$99.98$57.96$42.25
SavannahRevised EditionR$94.70$74.13$59.00
TaigaRevised EditionR$89.99$64.89$54.94
BadlandsRevised EditionR$89.53$71.90$59.01
Wheel of Fortune2RRevised EditionR$27.49$19.87$15.49
Sol Ring1Revised EditionU$20.00$4.29$2.55
Demonic Tutor1BRevised EditionU$19.98$14.91$9.11
Mana Vault1Revised EditionR$15.00$6.51$4.92
BraingeyserXUURevised EditionR$10.30$2.06$0.73
Copy Artifact1URevised EditionR$9.98$4.99$3.80
Wrath of God2WWRevised EditionR$9.27$4.46$2.79
Winter Orb2Revised EditionR$8.15$3.19$2.25
ForkRRRevised EditionR$7.99$4.49$3.15
Will-O'-The-WispBRevised EditionR$7.80$1.56$0.65
Birds of ParadiseGRevised EditionR$7.35$4.80$3.59
Vesuvan Doppelganger3UURevised EditionR$7.18$3.29$1.98
Mind TwistXBRevised EditionR$7.03$2.80$1.58
Lord of AtlantisUURevised EditionR$7.00$4.45$3.42
FastbondGRevised EditionR$6.49$3.79$2.38
Nevinyrral's Disk4Revised EditionR$6.17$2.30$1.00
Hurkyl's Recall1URevised EditionR$6.10$4.46$2.63
Animate Dead1BRevised EditionU$5.10$1.02$0.68
Lightning BoltRRevised EditionC$5.00$2.10$0.99
Balance1WRevised EditionR$5.00$1.26$0.86
Armageddon3WRevised EditionR$4.99$2.50$1.50
Nether ShadowBBRevised EditionR$4.99$3.08$1.82
Demonic Hordes3BBBRevised EditionR$4.53$0.94$0.48
Zombie Master1BBRevised EditionR$4.18$2.41$1.47
Howling Mine2Revised EditionR$4.06$2.39$1.85
Swords to PlowsharesWRevised EditionU$4.00$2.42$1.71
Goblin King1RRRevised EditionR$4.00$1.19$0.69
Stasis1URevised EditionR$3.60$1.45$0.89
The Rack1Revised EditionU$3.29$2.19$1.49
Regrowth1GRevised EditionU$3.20$1.30$0.85
Mana Flare2RRevised EditionR$3.08$1.91$0.56
Basalt Monolith3Revised EditionU$3.08$0.77$0.36
Ivory Tower1Revised EditionR$3.08$1.33$0.83
Mana Short2URevised EditionR$3.04$0.69$0.32
CrusadeWWRevised EditionR$3.00$0.93$0.35
Royal Assassin1BBRevised EditionR$3.00$1.22$0.91
Bad Moon1BRevised EditionR$3.00$1.45$0.87
Savannah LionsWRevised EditionR$2.99$0.75$0.35
Serendib Efreet2URevised EditionR$2.75$0.85$0.24
Hypnotic Specter1BBRevised EditionU$2.70$0.91$0.35
EarthquakeXRRevised EditionR$2.55$0.57$0.34
Millstone2Revised EditionR$2.45$0.49$0.15
Dark RitualBRevised EditionC$2.38$0.67$0.13
Meekstone1Revised EditionR$2.24$1.43$0.86
Verduran Enchantress1GGRevised EditionR$2.10$0.42$0.24
Contract from BelowBRevised EditionR$2.10$0.42$0.20
Shivan Dragon4RRRevised EditionR$2.09$0.95$0.52
Shatterstorm2RRRevised EditionU$2.00$0.99$0.55
CounterspellUURevised EditionU$2.00$0.97$0.67
Force of Nature2GGGGRevised EditionR$1.95$0.39$0.20
BlessingWWRevised EditionR$1.90$0.38$0.20
Northern Paladin2WWRevised EditionR$1.90$0.39$0.19
Manabarbs3RRevised EditionR$1.80$0.36$0.18
Reverse Damage1WWRevised EditionR$1.75$0.35$0.19
Eye for an EyeWWRevised EditionR$1.70$0.34$0.15
Jayemdae Tome4Revised EditionR$1.65$0.33$0.15
Disrupting Scepter3Revised EditionR$1.65$0.33$0.12
Gaea's Liege3GGGRevised EditionR$1.65$0.33$0.20
DarkpactBBBRevised EditionR$1.65$0.33$0.12
Animate WallWRevised EditionR$1.60$0.32$0.14
Personal Incarnation3WWWRevised EditionR$1.60$0.32$0.12
Serra Angel3WWRevised EditionU$1.55$0.40$0.15
Kormus Bell4Revised EditionR$1.55$0.31$0.13
FarmsteadWWWRevised EditionR$1.55$0.31$0.13
Sorceress Queen1BBRevised EditionR$1.55$0.57$0.19
Clone3URevised EditionU$1.55$0.36$0.18
Nightmare5BRevised EditionR$1.51$0.67$0.39
Bottle of Suleiman4Revised EditionR$1.50$0.30$0.12
ThoughtlaceURevised EditionR$1.50$0.30$0.12
Onulet3Revised EditionR$1.50$0.30$0.11
Control Magic2UURevised EditionU$1.39$0.55$0.15
Ankh of Mishra2Revised EditionR$1.39$0.59$0.35
Drain PowerUURevised EditionR$1.26$0.68$0.43
Island Sanctuary1WRevised EditionR$1.26$0.50$0.21
PurelaceWRevised EditionR$1.25$0.30$0.15
Kird ApeRRevised EditionC$1.20$0.25$0.14
Black Vise1Revised EditionU$1.20$0.45$0.20
White KnightWWRevised EditionU$1.17$0.27$0.10
Sengir Vampire3BBRevised EditionU$1.17$0.36$0.10
Sleight of MindURevised EditionR$1.09$0.31$0.12
ChannelGGRevised EditionU$1.09$0.39$0.12
Power SurgeRRRevised EditionR$1.09$0.33$0.13
Cockatrice3GGRevised EditionR$1.09$0.34$0.21
LifelaceGRevised EditionR$1.09$0.31$0.12
Volcanic EruptionXUUURevised EditionR$1.09$0.32$0.12
Mahamoti Djinn4UURevised EditionR$1.09$0.47$0.20
Rocket Launcher4Revised EditionR$1.09$0.31$0.12
Aspect of Wolf1GRevised EditionR$1.09$0.36$0.20
Sedge Troll2RRevised EditionR$1.07$0.32$0.20
Fungusaur3GRevised EditionR$1.07$0.29$0.13
ChaoslaceRRevised EditionR$1.07$0.32$0.12
Aladdin's Ring8Revised EditionR$1.07$0.33$0.12
WebGRevised EditionR$1.07$0.30$0.12
Ebony Horse3Revised EditionR$1.07$0.30$0.13
DeathlaceBRevised EditionR$1.07$0.29$0.11
Elvish Archers1GRevised EditionR$1.07$0.35$0.19
Demonic Attorney1BBRevised EditionR$1.07$0.29$0.11
Granite Gargoyle2RRevised EditionR$1.07$0.40$0.20
Mishra's War Machine7Revised EditionR$1.07$0.32$0.13
Veteran Bodyguard3WWRevised EditionR$1.07$0.35$0.13
Rock HydraXRRRevised EditionR$1.07$0.45$0.20
Mijae DjinnRRRRevised EditionR$1.07$0.43$0.14
Titania's Song3GRevised EditionR$1.07$0.30$0.12
Helm of Chatzuk1Revised EditionR$1.07$0.31$0.12
SmokeRRRevised EditionR$1.07$0.42$0.24
Dingus Egg4Revised EditionR$1.07$0.33$0.13
Roc of Kher Ridges3RRevised EditionR$1.07$0.30$0.08
RighteousnessWRevised EditionR$1.07$0.35$0.14
The Hive5Revised EditionR$1.07$0.31$0.12
Timber WolvesGRevised EditionR$1.07$0.33$0.15
Clockwork Beast6Revised EditionR$1.07$0.31$0.13
Magnetic Mountain1RRRevised EditionR$1.07$0.30$0.12
Primal Clay4Revised EditionR$1.07$0.32$0.12
Magical HackURevised EditionR$1.07$0.32$0.15
Lord of the Pit4BBBRevised EditionR$1.07$0.48$0.16
Dragon Engine3Revised EditionR$1.07$0.34$0.13
Aladdin's Lamp10Revised EditionR$1.07$0.37$0.19
Living ArtifactGRevised EditionR$1.07$0.31$0.12
Flying Carpet4Revised EditionR$1.07$0.31$0.12
Island Fish Jasconius4UUURevised EditionR$1.07$0.33$0.13
Warp ArtifactBBRevised EditionR$1.07$0.29$0.11
Sunglasses of Urza3Revised EditionR$1.07$0.35$0.14
Living Lands3GRevised EditionR$1.07$0.31$0.12
Jade Monolith4Revised EditionR$1.07$0.32$0.12
Jandor's Ring6Revised EditionR$1.07$0.29$0.14
Jandor's Saddlebags2Revised EditionR$1.07$0.31$0.12
Pirate Ship4URevised EditionR$1.07$0.31$0.18
Kudzu1GGRevised EditionR$1.07$0.33$0.14
Dancing Scimitar4Revised EditionR$1.07$0.30$0.12
Armageddon Clock6Revised EditionR$1.07$0.32$0.12
LifeforceGGRevised EditionU$1.01$0.23$0.08
Resurrection2WWRevised EditionU$1.01$0.26$0.08
Living Wall4Revised EditionU$1.01$0.26$0.08
Instill EnergyGRevised EditionU$1.01$0.25$0.10
Wall of Stone1RRRevised EditionU$1.01$0.22$0.07
Desert Twister4GGRevised EditionU$1.01$0.26$0.09
Gloom2BRevised EditionU$1.00$0.20$0.07
Flashfires3RRevised EditionU$1.00$0.21$0.08
El-Hajjâj1BBRevised EditionR$1.00$0.25$0.17
DisintegrateXRRevised EditionC$1.00$0.20$0.08
Red Elemental BlastRRevised EditionC$1.00$0.24$0.10
Black WardWRevised EditionU$1.00$0.20$0.04
DeathgripBBRevised EditionU$1.00$0.20$0.08
Black KnightBBRevised EditionU$0.99$0.29$0.10
Red WardWRevised EditionU$0.99$0.20$0.08
HurricaneXGRevised EditionU$0.98$0.22$0.08
Tsunami3GRevised EditionU$0.98$0.20$0.08
Wall of Swords3WRevised EditionU$0.98$0.20$0.07
Dragon Whelp2RRRevised EditionU$0.98$0.22$0.08
Cursed Land2BBRevised EditionU$0.98$0.21$0.04
Energy Flux2URevised EditionU$0.98$0.23$0.08
Nettling Imp2BRevised EditionU$0.98$0.21$0.07
Library of Leng1Revised EditionU$0.98$0.31$0.16
Juggernaut4Revised EditionU$0.98$0.22$0.08
Keldon Warlord2RRRevised EditionU$0.98$0.20$0.08
Wall of Ice2GRevised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.08
Wall of Fire1RRRevised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.07
Wall of Brambles2GRevised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.07
Wall of Bone2BRevised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.07
Wall of Air1UURevised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.07
Green WardWRevised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.07
Brass Man1Revised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.08
Castle3WRevised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.05
Goblin Balloon BrigadeRRevised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.07
Uthden Troll2RRevised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.08
TunnelRRevised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.08
White WardWRevised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.07
LanceWRevised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.08
Ley Druid2GRevised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.07
Glasses of Urza1Revised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.07
Conservator4Revised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.07
Thicket Basilisk3GGRevised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.07
Conversion2WWRevised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.08
Crystal Rod1Revised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.08
Orcish Artillery1RRRevised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.07
Orcish Oriflamme3RRevised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.07
Stone Giant2RRRevised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.08
Steal Artifact2UURevised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.04
Llanowar ElvesGRevised EditionC$0.95$0.22$0.06
Soul Net1Revised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.07
Animate Artifact3URevised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.04
Iron Star1Revised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.07
Disenchant1WRevised EditionC$0.95$0.19$0.05
Siren's CallURevised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.07
Simulacrum1BRevised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.07
Lure1GGRevised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.07
Air Elemental3UURevised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.06
Wooden Sphere1Revised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.07
Karma2WWRevised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.07
Water Elemental3UURevised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.04
Rod of Ruin4Revised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.07
Evil PresenceBRevised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.07
Feedback2URevised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.05
Blue WardWRevised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.07
Wanderlust2GRevised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.07
LifetapUURevised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.07
Wild GrowthGRevised EditionC$0.95$0.19$0.05
SacrificeBRevised EditionU$0.95$0.19$0.07
Plains (No Trees)Revised EditionL$0.93$0.26$0.16
Island (Blue)Revised EditionL$0.93$0.43$0.10
Swamp (Low Branch)Revised EditionL$0.93$0.29$0.15
Plains (No Mountains)Revised EditionL$0.93$0.25$0.14
FireballXRRevised EditionC$0.93$0.19$0.05
Earth Elemental3RRRevised EditionU$0.90$0.18$0.07
Fire Elemental3RRRevised EditionU$0.90$0.18$0.07
Wall of Water1UURevised EditionU$0.90$0.18$0.07
Bog Wraith3BRevised EditionU$0.90$0.18$0.07
BurrowingRRevised EditionU$0.90$0.18$0.04
Celestial Prism3Revised EditionU$0.90$0.18$0.06
Ivory Cup1Revised EditionU$0.90$0.18$0.07
Regeneration1GRevised EditionC$0.90$0.18$0.05
Scavenging Ghoul3BRevised EditionU$0.90$0.18$0.07
Reverse PolarityWWRevised EditionU$0.90$0.18$0.08
Throne of Bone1Revised EditionU$0.90$0.18$0.07
Dwarven Weaponsmith1RRevised EditionU$0.90$0.18$0.07
Obsianus Golem6Revised EditionU$0.90$0.18$0.07
CrumbleGRevised EditionU$0.90$0.18$0.05
Drain Life1BRevised EditionC$0.90$0.18$0.05
Prodigal Sorcerer2URevised EditionC$0.90$0.18$0.07
Phantasmal Forces3URevised EditionU$0.90$0.18$0.04
Phantom Monster3URevised EditionU$0.90$0.18$0.07
Giant GrowthGRevised EditionC$0.85$0.17$0.05
Unstable MutationURevised EditionC$0.85$0.17$0.05
FirebreathingRRevised EditionC$0.85$0.17$0.05
Tranquility2GRevised EditionC$0.85$0.17$0.08
Circle of Protection: Red1WRevised EditionC$0.85$0.17$0.05
Grizzly Bears1GRevised EditionC$0.85$0.17$0.08
Stream of LifeXGRevised EditionC$0.85$0.17$0.06
ParalyzeBRevised EditionC$0.85$0.17$0.05
Pestilence2BBRevised EditionC$0.85$0.17$0.07
UnsummonURevised EditionC$0.85$0.17$0.05
Blue Elemental BlastBRevised EditionC$0.85$0.17$0.08
Samite Healer1WRevised EditionC$0.80$0.16$0.05
Phantasmal TerrainUURevised EditionC$0.80$0.16$0.05
Atog1RRevised EditionC$0.80$0.16$0.08
Psychic Venom1URevised EditionC$0.80$0.16$0.05
Ironroot Treefolk4GRevised EditionC$0.80$0.16$0.05
Spell BlastXURevised EditionC$0.80$0.16$0.05
Howl from BeyondXBRevised EditionC$0.80$0.16$0.05
Wall of WoodGRevised EditionC$0.80$0.16$0.05
Hill Giant3RRevised EditionC$0.80$0.16$0.05
Stone Rain2RRevised EditionC$0.80$0.16$0.06
Healing SalveWRevised EditionC$0.80$0.16$0.05
Guardian AngelXWRevised EditionC$0.80$0.16$0.05
FearBBRevised EditionC$0.80$0.16$0.05
Shanodin DryadsGRevised EditionC$0.80$0.16$0.05
Power Leak1URevised EditionC$0.80$0.16$0.05
Drudge Skeletons1BRevised EditionC$0.80$0.16$0.06
Gray Ogre2RRevised EditionC$0.80$0.16$0.05
Terror1BRevised EditionC$0.80$0.16$0.05
Erg Raiders1BRevised EditionC$0.80$0.16$0.05
Mons's Goblin RaidersRRevised EditionC$0.80$0.16$0.05
FogGRevised EditionC$0.80$0.16$0.05
Giant Spider3GRevised EditionC$0.80$0.16$0.05
Scryb SpritesGRevised EditionC$0.80$0.16$0.05
Circle of Protection: White1WRevised EditionC$0.80$0.16$0.05
Unholy StrengthBRevised EditionC$0.80$0.16$0.05
EarthbindRRevised EditionC$0.80$0.16$0.06
Circle of Protection: Green1WRevised EditionC$0.80$0.16$0.05
Circle of Protection: Black1WRevised EditionC$0.80$0.16$0.05
Circle of Protection: Blue1WRevised EditionC$0.80$0.16$0.05
Mountain (Fog)Revised EditionL$0.79$0.43$0.16
Holy ArmorWRevised EditionC$0.75$0.15$0.05
Scathe Zombies2BRevised EditionC$0.75$0.15$0.05
JumpURevised EditionC$0.75$0.15$0.05
ReconstructionURevised EditionC$0.75$0.15$0.05
Plague Rats2BRevised EditionC$0.75$0.15$0.05
Sea Serpent5URevised EditionC$0.75$0.15$0.05
Dwarven Warriors2RRevised EditionC$0.75$0.15$0.05
Craw Wurm4GGRevised EditionC$0.75$0.15$0.05
Creature Bond1URevised EditionC$0.75$0.15$0.05
Raise DeadBRevised EditionC$0.75$0.15$0.05
Benalish HeroWRevised EditionC$0.75$0.15$0.05
Frozen Shade2BRevised EditionC$0.75$0.15$0.05
Mesa Pegasus1WRevised EditionC$0.75$0.15$0.05
Merfolk of the Pearl TridentURevised EditionC$0.75$0.15$0.05
Shatter1RRevised EditionC$0.75$0.15$0.05
Death WardWRevised EditionC$0.75$0.15$0.05
FlightURevised EditionC$0.75$0.15$0.05
Power SinkXURevised EditionC$0.75$0.15$0.07
WeaknessBRevised EditionC$0.75$0.15$0.05
Holy StrengthWRevised EditionC$0.75$0.15$0.05
War Mammoth3GRevised EditionC$0.75$0.15$0.05
Pearled Unicorn2WRevised EditionC$0.75$0.15$0.05
Hurloon Minotaur1RRRevised EditionC$0.75$0.15$0.05
Mountain (Dirt)Revised EditionL$0.74$0.26$0.15
Island (Green)Revised EditionL$0.74$0.45$0.10
Mountain (Slate)Revised EditionL$0.74$0.24$0.09
Forest (Rocks)Revised EditionL$0.64$0.26$0.14
Forest (Eyes)Revised EditionL$0.62$0.35$0.18
Island (Purple)Revised EditionL$0.60$0.41$0.20
Forest (Path)Revised EditionL$0.57$0.36$0.15
Swamp (High Branch)Revised EditionL$0.54$0.25$0.16
Plains (Trees)Revised EditionL$0.54$0.33$0.07
Ornithopter0Revised EditionU$0.50$0.37$0.20
Swamp (Two Branches)Revised EditionL$0.49$0.31$0.15

Why buy Revised?

The short answer is that Revised (sometimes also referred to as 3rd edition) has awesome dual lands that are still used in Vintage and Legacy and are highly collectible. Also, at $50 per pack on the low end, they are still at an affordable entry point for newer collectors.

The set also contains one of the rarest and most valuable misprints in the game, the “Blue Hurricane,” which has previously sold for thousands of dollars.

1994 summer blue hurricane green

Now, let’s check out this pack opening to get your nerd adrenaline flowing… if opening a fresh (though old) pack doesn’t make you want to buy Revised, I’m not sure what will!

Revised lands are classic and timeless… not to mention, they are worth quite a lot of money these days! Also, these gorgeous lands have no restrictions, unlike the pain lands, etc. we have today. Definitely worth picking up!

Bayou – This gorgeous card is worth a cool $150 these days.

Plateau – This is worth around $60 in the mid-range.

Scrubland – My favorite, scrubland, retails for around $90 in average condition.

You can also check out Taiga, Badlands, Tundra, Underground Sea, Tropical Island, Savannah, and Volcanic Island. These valuable dual lands are probably what make Revised boosters and boxes keep their value. I don’t see if decreasing any time soon!

Beyond the lands, Revised also includes Demonic Tutor.

In each pack, there are 15 cards: 1 rare, 3 uncommon, and 11 common.

Where to find it:

On Amazon, you’ll pay $89 with shipping:

On Ebay, you can pick it up for around $50 a pack with free shipping.

revised booster box magic

History and Key Stats

Total Cards: ~500 Million

Release: Revised was released officially in April 1994.

Thankfully, Wikipedia has done an awesome job providing some of the history of most Magic the Gathering sets.

Revised was launched well into Magic’s emergence as a popular trading card game. Though similar in style to the Unlimited set, some people actually felt Revised cards were “paler” and even bordered on appearing “cheap.” That said, I feel like they have a very distinctive appearance these days that is highly sought.

Of course, the “blue hurricane” misprint above is one of the most sought after in the game. (A current auction with 30 watchers is listed for $10,000.)

There was also a much more common misprint of “Serendib Efreet” that you can pick up for only a few dollars.

In general, the special “Summer” set of Revised cards is particularly difficult to find. These cards feature a copyright 1994 symbol and boosters from Summer 1994 are indistinguishable from the regular booster packs. So, keep that in mind before you pay someone an outrageous sum for a Summer booster!

 

Extra thoughts and considerations

Well, one key consideration is to make sure you trust who you get it from and preferably form a reputable dealer or from a freshly opened booster box. (As I found out the hard way.)

The reason is that the booster packaging for this particular set, similar to Antiquities, is very thin. If an unsavory collector uses a lamp and pushes up the tops of the cards inside the pacakages, it is possible to determine EVERY card in the pack without actually opening it.

(I tried this myself… and yes, you can actually see every card even though it is difficult and takes some time.