If you’ve gotten into investing in MTG cards, you may have heard the term “lottery cards” by now.
So what exactly does this term mean? And which MTG sets have lottery cards?
We’ll give you an explanation of what these cards are, and which sets you can find them in.
Here’s what we’ll cover:
- What are lottery cards?
- Where can you get them?
- Our personal recommendations
What are Lottery Cards?
The term “lottery card” is most commonly used by a well-known Magic YouTube channel, Alpha Investments. If you’re interested in watching some of his videos, you can find his channel here.
This channel features a man who extensively collects Magic cards. He frequently opens whole boxes of them and films which cards he gets from each pack with commentary.
He also discusses investing in Magic: the Gathering. This includes discussions on the history of the game, acquiring collections, and the value of different cards.
The theme of many of his videos, though, is attempting to pull a lottery card. When he refers to these types of cards, he typically means a particularly rare and expensive card.
That’s because, in a way, opening a booster pack is like getting a lottery ticket. Why?
Well, it’s not a secret that there are some really valuable cards.
In fact, in 2019, a Black Lotus card sold for over $160,000, which you can read about here.
You’re not going to find a Black Lotus in a booster pack these days, but there is a possibility you’ll find something else that can fetch a decent price. Of course, you aren’t guaranteed to get anything valuable, and therein is the gamble.
So Where Can You Get Lottery Cards?
Perhaps some of the more common lottery cards today are Masterpieces.
Masterpieces are a series of promotional MTG reprinted cards that are scattered throughout a handful of sets. Each segment of Masterpieces has a different name, and is included in a different block.
As of January 2020, there are three main Masterpiece series:
If you'd like to see a list of all MTG sets in order, you can reference our list.
As a quick summary, these are the sets that include Masterpieces or similar cards:
At the end of the day, you might be wondering: should you care about lottery cards?
Truthfully, that’s up to you. Some people can profit off of pulling these cards, and put time into figuring out which sets will yield the highest chances of making said profit.
Like any other collectible thing, however, Magic: the Gathering cards frequently spike and drop in value. There’s not necessarily any guarantee that a card which is valuable now will be valuable in the future.
Investing in MTG takes luck and no small amount of skill and knowledge. You can learn more about that by watching some Alpha Investment videos if that piques your interest.
One of the most reliable ways to get value out of MTG is to simply play it because you like it. If you’re buying booster packs because you genuinely enjoy the game, whether or not you pull a lottery card is unimportant.
Of course, there’s no reason why you couldn’t buy MTG booster packs for both reasons: the potential for a lottery card and for sheer enjoyment. It really is a versatile game.