The prices of Magic: The Gathering products have naturally increased since it's release in 1993.
Prices listed here are the MSRP (manufacturer's suggested retail price) set by Wizards of the Coast.
Magic's first price increase took effect in September 1995. In a letter to retailers, Peter Adkison announced the increase, which affected three sets in print at the time. Prior to this, Ice Age and Fourth Edition starter decks were $7.95 and booster packs were $2.45. Chronicles packs were $2.25.
Things in life rarely remain the same. When _Magic: The Gathering(TM)_ was first released in August of 1993, no one knew how much it would change our industry. It wasn't so long ago that we were five people working out of a basement. Things in business are a lot like life. Since our game¹s release, we¹ve experienced increases in paper prices and printing costs, and a dramatic fall of the U.S. dollar in the international market. After two years, the _Magic: The Gathering(TM)_ product line will have its first price increase. Effective with all orders shipping in September, our suggested retail is: _Magic: The Gathering‹4th Edition(TM)_ Starter Deck $8.95 Starter Deck Display $89.50 Booster Pack $2.95 Booster Pack Display $106.20 _Magic: The Gathering‹Ice Age(TM)_ Starter Deck $8.95 Starter Deck Display $89.50 Booster Pack $2.95 Booster Pack Display $106.20 _Magic: The Gathering‹Chronicles(TM)_ Booster Pack $2.45 Booster Pack Display $110.25 One thing in our lives will never change: the success of Wizards of the Coast, Inc., results from our efforts together. Thank you for your hard work and continued support. Sincerely, Peter Adkison President & Janitor Wizards of the Coast, Inc.
With the release of Urza's Saga, prices were raised and distribution of cards was changed. Tournament decks now included 75 cards, replacing what used to be 60-card "starter" decks. The number of rare cards in the preconstructed theme decks was reduced from 3 to 2, and the number of uncommon cards increased from 9 to 13.
- Tournament decks - $9.99
- Theme decks - $9.99
Dear Magic Community: Wizards of the Coast will increase the price of future Magic: The Gathering(R) expert-level expansion set booster packs from $2.99 to $3.29 beginning with the October 4, 1999 release of the Mercadian Masques(TM) card set. This is the first meaningful price increase for Magic(R) booster packs since 1995 and is a result of increases in production costs over the past five years. We value our players and are continually working to deliver the highest quality Magic products at a reasonable price. Prices for other expert-level products and all starter- and advanced-level Magic: The Gathering products are not being increased. Thank you, Joe Hauck Associate Brand Manager Magic: The Gathering
- Booster packs - $3.29
- Fat packs - $24.99
WotC Vice President of Sales, Mark Jordan, informed all premiere stores that, as of 15 January 2004, prices for packs would increase.
- Tournament decks - $11.29
- Booster packs - $3.69
- Theme decks - $11.29
From Wizards Announces Price Change (August 22, 2006), effective September 22 (paper products) and October 6 (Magic Online).
- Tournament decks - $12.29
- Booster packs - $3.99
- Theme decks - $12.29 (excluding Ninth Edition Core Set Theme Decks)
- Fat Packs - $34.99
MSRP was abandoned by Wizards of the Coast in February, 2019, leaving the setting of prices to the market.