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The Multiverse Gift Box was a seasonal Magic: The Gathering gift package released in November 1996.[1]


The Multiverse Gift Box contained a French Homelands booster, an Italian Alliances booster, a German Renaissance booster, a Japanese Chronicles booster, and two English Visions boosters. This was months before Visions was released, so these weren't standard boosters; rather, they contained 15 cards out of a possible 25. These boosters had a different wrapper, and said they were a Special Edition on the back of the wrapper. This was the first time that Magic cards were sold in product before their official release, and explains why the copyright date on these Visions cards is a year earlier than it's supposed to be.

Card list[]

The 25 preview cards are:

(*) Slightly different from regular Visions cards

Differences from regular Visions cards[]

After these early cards came out, but before Visions was officially released, many of them were changed. For example, the art on both Dark Privilege and Peace Talks was cropped. King Cheetah's preview version does not have its name capitalized in the flavor text.[2] Viashino Sandstalker has a similar lack of capitalization of Sandstalker in the flavor text. Ovinomancer's preview version's text wraps differently; the text "{Tap}: ... owner's hand:" fits on one line. Peace Talks' preview version's text wraps differently; the second line ends with " attack". And all the black cards (Dark Privilege, Necrosavant, Urborg Mindsucker, Vampirism, and Wicked Reward) have slightly longer copyright lines on the preview versions than the final versions.


  1. Opening The INSANELY RARE 1996 MTG Multiverse Gift Box (Video). The Magic Historian. YouTube (March 2, 2022).
  2. Stephen D'Angelo (February 2, 1999) "Card Rulings Summary". Usenet.