From the Vault

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The From the Vault series for Magic: the Gathering - created by Senior Brand Director Mark Purvis[1] - 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.

The From the Vault series was discontinued in 2018, being replaced by the Signature Spellbook-series.[2][3]

List of From the Vault sets[edit | edit source]

Name and expansion code Theme Release date Logo
From the Vault: Dragons (DRB) Dragons August 29, 2008 DRB logo.png
From the Vault: Exiled (V09) Banned cards August 28, 2009 V09 logo.png
From the Vault: Relics (V10) Artifacts August 27, 2010 V10 logo.png
From the Vault: Legends (V11) Legendary creatures August 26, 2011 V11 logo.png
From the Vault: Realms (V12) Lands August 31, 2012 V12 logo.png
From the Vault: Twenty (V13) Cards from the past 20 years of winning decks August 23, 2013 V13logo.jpg
From the Vault: Annihilation (V14) Board sweepers August 22, 2014 ANHlogo.jpg
From the Vault: Angels (V15) Angels August 21, 2015 V15 logo.png
From the Vault: Lore (V16) Cards renowned for their stories August 19, 2016 V16 logo.png
From the Vault: Transform (V17) Double-faced cards with the transform or meld mechanic November 24, 2017 V17 logo.png

April Fool's Joke[edit | edit source]

Wizards 'announced' a fake From the Vault set on April 1, 2009 as part of April Fool's Day: From the Vault: Vaults.

Foiling process[edit | edit source]

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.[4] 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).

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater (November 09, 2017). "Trivia regarding the FTV sets". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  2. Blake Rasmussen (February 14, 2018). "Valentine's Day Mini–Announcement Day". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Rosewater (February 15, 2018). "Is From the Vault discontinued?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  4. Mark Purvis (August 08, 2008). "Sneak Peek: From the Vault: Dragons". Wizards of the Coast.