Play Boosters: A Price Per Pack Analysis (Update)

Now that we’re only a few weeks away from Murders At Karlov Manor (MKM), and the debut of Play Boosters, I think it’s worth looking at how much we can expect the price of playing our favorite game to increase. I’m going to take a lot at the preorder price of a box of Play Boosters, as well as the current price of both Set and Draft Boosters for Lost Caverns of Ixalan (LCI), to help frame our discussions on the price change in a more informed context.

  1. Update: Card Kingdom is now offering MKM Presales, and there have been a few updates to prices.
  2. If there’s an online site you use that you’d like to see represented here, please send an email to MagicTheScribe@gmail.com and I’ll update this article as soon as I’m able to.
  3. All prices are accurate at the time I’m writing this, which means I’m using current LCI prices and presale MKM prices.
  4. I am not factoring in Shipping & Handling, as these might change depending on where you’re located but should remain consistent regardless of which product you’re buying from a given site.
  5. All prices are in USD unless otherwise specified.
  6. Draft and Play Booster boxes have 36 packs in them, while Set Boosters only have 30 packs in them.
  • Amazon:
    • LCI
      • Draft Booster Box: $119.37 | Price Per Pack: $3.33
      • Set Booster Box: $131.22 | Price Per Pack: $4.37
    • MKM
      • Play Booster Box: $144.99 | Price Per Pack: $4.03
    • Analysis
      • At Amazon, Play Boosters are going for $0.70 more per pack than Draft Boosters and $0.35 *less* per pack than Set Boosters.
  • CoolStuffInc
    • LCI
      • Draft Booster Box: Out Of Stock | Price Per Pack: $2.99 (This is the cost of a single pack, and may not be representative of a per pack cost when purchasing an entire Draft Box)
      • Set Booster Box: $124.99 | Price Per Pack: $4.17
    • MKM
      • Play Booster Box: $139.99 | Price Per Pack: $3.89
    • Analysis
      • At CoolStuffInc, Play Boosters are going for $0.90 more per pack than Draft Boosters (when purchased outside of a box) and $0.28 *less* per pack than Set Boosters.
  • Star City Games
    • LCI
      • Draft Booster Box: $109.99 | Price Per Pack: $3.06
      • Set Booster Box: $129.99 | Price Per Pack: $4.33
    • MKM
      • Play Booster Box: $139.99 | Price Per Pack: $3.89
    • Analysis
      • At Star City Games, Play Boosters are going for $0.83 more per pack than Draft Boosters and $0.44 *less* per pack than Set Boosters.
  • Card Kingdom
    • LCI
      • Draft Booster Box: $104.99 | Price Per Pack: $2.92
      • Set Booster Box: $129.99 | Price Per Pack: $4.33
    • MKM
      • Play Booster Box: $149.99 | Price Per Pack: $4.17
    • Analysis
      • At Star City Games, Play Boosters are going for $1.25 more per pack than Draft Boosters and $0.17 *less* per pack than Set Boosters.
  • Face to Face Games
    • LCI
      • Draft Booster Box: CAD $159.99 (USD $119.23) | Price Per Pack: CAD $4.44 (USD $3.31)
      • Set Booster Box: CAD $169.99 (USD $126.68) | Price Per Pack: CAD $5.67 (USD $4.22)
    • MKM
      • Play Booster Box: CAD $209.99 (USD $156.47) | Price Per Pack: CAD $5.83 (USD $4.35)
    • Analysis
      • At Face to Face Games, Play Boosters are going for CAD $1.39 (USD $1.03) more per pack than Draft Boosters and CAD $0.16 (USD $0.12) more per pack than Set Boosters.