Pack Crackin': Fifth Edition

Magic Untapped cracks open a couple of Fifth Edition booster packs.

Magic: The Gathering's Fifth Edition, essentially the game's core set for 1997, was the largest set ever assembled at its time.  Clocking in at a whopping 449 cards, it would remain the game's largest single set for quite a long time.  It wasn't until 2019 did its size get surpassed by Wizards of the Coast releasing the Mystery Boosters set.

Despite being a core set when core sets were considered anything but powerful, Fifth Edition actually contains an assortment of cards that were either powerful at the time or have become staples over the years since the set's release. Topping the list (at time of filming) is Sylvan Library at $55 with Mana Vault listed as a close second at slightly more than $47.  Necropotence is also in this set and clocks in at right around $25 along with City of Brass and Winds of Change, which are each worth $15.  The set also contains the "Tron" lands (Urza's MineUrza's Power Plant, and Urza's Tower), which are valued at just over $2 apiece despite being slotted in as commons.

Magic Untapped spent about $20.00 ($9.99 per pack) on these two Fifth Edition booster packs, which were purchased at Big Brother Comics in Sacramento, California.

Watch the video below to see how fortunate (or unfortunate) our pulls were.

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Barry White

Barry White is a longtime Magic: The Gathering player, having started in 1994 shortly before the release of 'Fallen Empires.' After graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno, he went on to a 15-year journalism career as a writer, reporter, and videographer for three different ABC affiliate newsrooms.