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January 20, 2013

Most Valuable Sets

A few months ago I found a reliable and open source for MTGO prices: supernovabots.com. Using this data I put together a list of the 100 most expensive cards on Magic Online. This weekend I gathered a fresh set of data decided to find out which sets were the most valuable.

How do you define a set's value? Obviously you look at the prices of the cards in the set, but sets come in different sizes. You can add up the total value of all the cards in the set and while this is a bit interesting, it's not the kind of value we want to measure. We really want an average. By dividing the total value of the rares in the set by the number of rares in the set we can get an average value. This number is the average value for a rare and a decent approximation for the value of a booster pack for that expansion.

This is just an approximation. It isn't meant to be an exact calculation of the expected value of opening a pack. For starters, I didn't account for the rarity difference in rare and mythic rares. Since opening mythics is less likely than rares you would need to correct for this. Additionally, I didn't account for commons and uncommons. This would have a very real impact (think nine dollar Lotus Petals). Finally, I used bot sell prices in the calculations. Your sell prices would most likely be less than this.

All of that being said, I think this is still a pretty cool look at the twenty most valuable sets. I sorted the sets by average value. For each set I also listed the number of rares (includes mythics), the total value of all of the rares, and the top five cards. Hover over the card name to see the card. Units for prices are event tickets ($1).



#1 Worldwake (WWK) 1) 66.0 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
2.57 average value 2) 9.6 Eye of Ugin
45 rares 3) 7.0 Omnath, Locus of Mana
115.47 total value 4) 6.35 Avenger of Zendikar
5) 4.0 Celestial Colonnade


#2 Master Edition IV (ME4) 1) 26.75 Underground Sea
2.53 average value 2) 23.5 Mishra's Workshop
105 rares 3) 19.6 Savannah
265.51 total value 4) 18.3 Tundra
5) 18.3 Tropical Island


#3 Avacyn Restored (AVR) 1) 30.75 Bonfire of the Damned
2.45 average value 2) 18.2 Tamiyo, the Moon Sage
68 rares 3) 12.8 Temporal Mastery
166.58 total value 4) 12.2 Restoration Angel
5) 12.2 Griselbrand


#4 Eventide (EVE) 1) 15.9 Glen Elendra Archmage
2.29 average value 2) 15.8 Twilight Mire
60 rares 3) 10.9 Cascade Bluffs
137.34 total value 4) 9.75 Fetid Heath
5) 8.9 Figure of Destiny


#5 Future Sight (FUT) 1) 75.5 Tarmogoyf
2.29 average value 2) 13.1 Grove of the Burnwillows
60 rares 3) 11.0 Horizon Canopy
137.21 total value 4) 6.85 Pact of Negation
5) 4.2 Magus of the Moon


#6 New Phyrexia (NPH) 1) 23.5 Karn Liberated
2.26 average value 2) 20.25 Batterskull
45 rares 3) 9.75 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
101.64 total value 4) 8.05 Phyrexian Obliterator
5) 8.0 Sword of War and Peace


#7 Zendikar (ZEN) 1) 18.8 Iona, Shield of Emeria
2.23 average value 2) 16.7 Mindbreak Trap
68 rares 3) 15.8 Lotus Cobra
151.46 total value 4) 14.2 Scalding Tarn
5) 11.4 Misty Rainforest


#8 Dark Ascension (DKA) 1) 26.5 Huntmaster of the Fells
2.20 average value 2) 17.8 Sorin, Lord of Innistrad
50 rares 3) 16.2 Falkenrath Aristocrat
109.83 total value 4) 10.4 Hellrider
5) 4.25 Havengul Lich


#9 Innistrad (ISD) 1) 34.5 Geist of Saint Traft
2.08 average value 2) 30.25 Liliana of the Veil
75 rares 3) 18.1 Garruk Relentless
155.72 total value 4) 13.4 Olivia Voldaren
5) 8.85 Past in Flames


#10 Magic 2013 (M13) 1) 28.75 Thundermaw Hellkite
2.02 average value 2) 15.1 Garruk, Primal Hunter
68 rares 3) 13.7 Jace, Memory Adept
137.30 total value 4) 12.4 Sublime Archangel
5) 9.95 Thragtusk


#11 Morningtide (MOR) 1) 35.5 Vendilion Clique
1.82 average value 2) 16.8 Mutavault
50 rares 3) 9.85 Bitterblossom
91.17 total value 4) 5.1 Reveillark
5) 5.0 Idyllic Tutor


#12 Rise of the Eldrazi (ROE) 1) 27.25 Linvala, Keeper of Silence
1.81 average value 2) 17.9 Vengevine
68 rares 3) 14.6 Kozilek, Butcher of Truth
123.41 total value 4) 11.9 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
5) 10.5 Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre


#13 Masters Edition III (ME3) 1) 19.0 Mana Drain
1.81 average value 2) 18.6 Tropical Island
70 rares 3) 17.5 Bayou
126.97 total value 4) 15.2 Volcanic Island
5) 14.0 Scrubland


#14 Urza's Saga (UZ) 1) 34.75 Gaea's Cradle
1.81 average value 2) 33.5 Show and Tell
110 rares 3) 15.2 Argothian Enchantress
198.81 total value 4) 14.8 Exploration
5) 13.8 Sneak Attack


#15 Masters Edition (MED) 1) 79.5 Force of Will
1.74 average value 2) 3.5 Winter Orb
60 rares 3) 3.25 Nevinyrral's Disk
104.64 total value 4) 3.05 Berserk
5) 2.9 Moat


#16 Return to Ravnica (RTR) 1) 21.25 Sphinx's Revelation
1.68 average value 2) 15.7 Jace, Architect of Thought
68 rares 3) 10.5 Angel of Serenity
114.21 total value 4) 7.95 Rakdos's Return
5) 6.7 Vraska the Unseen


#17 Visions (VI) 1) 28.75 Vampiric Tutor
1.60 average value 2) 16.7 Natural Order
50 rares 3) 12.0 Undiscovered Paradise
80.24 total value 4) 6.15 Anvil of Bogardan
5) 4.05 Tithe


#18 Nemesis (NE) 1) 32.5 Tangle Wire
1.54 average value 2) 5.75 Parallax Wave
44 rares 3) 5.1 Kor Haven
67.91 total value 4) 4.1 Lin Sivvi, Defiant Hero
5) 2.7 Parallax Tide


#19 Mercadian Masques (MM) 1) 57.5 Rishadan Port
1.49 average value 2) 30.5 Misdirection
110 rares 3) 8.0 Dust Bowl
163.50 total value 4) 6.65 Nether Spirit
5) 6.5 Food Chain


#20 Masters Edition II (ME2) 1) 27.0 Underground Sea
1.48 average value 2) 20.25 Tundra
80 rares 3) 17.9 Savannah
118.66 total value 4) 12.6 Badlands
5) 10.2 Taiga



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