Back in November, the Secretversary 2023 Secret Lair Superdrop went live, giving players the opportunity to purchase gorgeous alternate-art reprints and new cards across various themes. In many cases, these cards hold extremely solid reprint value. Of course, not every Secret Lair product is a hit, and some are bound to be worse than others. Still, for players who love collecting pretty cards with unique aesthetics, Secret Lair products provide the perfect opportunity.
One interesting feature of Secret Lairs, in general, is that most products come with a card that is not revealed ahead of time. These cards are known as bonus cards. A large percentage of the time, these bonus cards aren’t reprints of expensive cards. That being said, these bonus cards typically feature unique alternate art or extended art. As such, they can be worth much more than their traditional counterparts.
For instance, Grima Wormtongue, an LOTR common worth almost nothing in from the main set, has a bonus card version that currently sits at over $9 according to TCGplayer market price! The addition of these bonus cards gives players something to look forward to when they receive their products.
As players have begun receiving their products from the Secretversary Secret Lair Superdrop, we are now finding out more and more of these bonus cards. Recently, we covered a handful of bonus cards with an Elf subtheme. Today, we will be going over another group of bonus cards, some of which are rather intriguing. From a meme worthy inclusion to a common with high value potential, these are some pretty cool inclusions.
First up, we have a card that has been used as a bonus card multiple times before. These Secret Lair variants of Persistent Petitioners are currently numbered between 595 and 601, and each card’s artwork is a little different. This card heavily showcases just how much the card’s overall level of supply matters in its price. For example, number 595 is worth $342 according to TCGplayer market price, while number 599 is worth only $12. Supposedly, number 595 was not guaranteed as a bonus card in its associated Secret Lair, making it much more valuable.
Up to this point, however, Persistent Petitioners number 600 has been missing. That is, until now. This variant of Persistent Petitioners was opened as a bonus card alongside the “Calling All Hydra Heads” Secret Lair. Notably, this Secret Lair was a WPN exclusive Secret Lair. This means that this all-foil Secret Lair product was specifically available for purchase by WPN stores in most regions. This means that there’s a solid chance this specific Persistent Petitioners bonus card could be worth a decent amount of money. It’s hard to tell exactly how rare it truly is, though, so the price is definitely worth monitoring.
Next, we have our meme worthy inclusion of Colossal Dreadmaw as a bonus card. This card is fairly weak as just a six-mana 6/6 with Trample, but its recurring nature over multiple sets has made it quite the meme. Much like the cards from the MTG Jurassic World Secret Lair “Life Breaks Free,” this version of Colossal Dreadmaw is depicted as a specific Dinosaur from the past.
Funnily enough, despite looking like a Tyrannosaurus Rex, Colossal Dreadmaw is labeled as a Brachiosaurus. Etali, Primal Storm was featured as a Tyrannosaurus Rex in that Secret Lair already, which partly explains the change. Some of the Dinosaur names and artwork in the “Life Breaks Free” Secret Lair seem a bit mixed up, though, so this only further enhances this issue.
One potential bonus card for the “Tales of the Time Stoppers” Secret Lair is reportedly Relentless Rats. While Colossal Dreadmaw was an on-theme inclusion with the rest of the Jurassic World Secret Lair, some bonus cards seem like random inclusions. Relentless Rats is no exception. Relentless Rats has already appeared as a Secret Lair promo included in the “Festival in a Box” products linked with MagicCon Las Vegas 2023.
Much like Persistent Petitioners, Relentless Rats isn’t individually powerful, but a deck can have any number of Relentless Rats in it, continuing this bonus card theme. The “Festival in a Box” version of Relentless Rats is worth about $5, so we’ll see if this variant is worth a bit more.
Also found in the “Tales of the Time Stoppers” Secret Lair is another bonus card that can be opened in the form of Sylvan Ranger. Sylvan Ranger is another Elf to continue the trend. Unfortunately, much like Jaspera Sentinel and other Elvish bonus cards, Sylvan Ranger is simply just a bulk common.
Even among common Elves, Sylvan Ranger is a pretty disappointing choice overall. Cards like Wellwisher and Priest of Titania, for instance, at least see some Pauper and Commander play. In this sense, hopefully some better Elf-themed bonus cards are on the way.
Solemn Simulacrum is the bonus card for the “Through the Wormhole” Secret Lair. This card has been reprinted countless times, so it’s not worth a ton of money. Even so, though, getting an alternate art version is a welcome addition for Commander players, considering that Solemn Simulacrum sees a ton of play. As a colorless Artifact that ramps you and replaces itself when it dies, the card is simply a solid inclusion in almost any Commander deck. Given the prices of some of the less appealing bonus cards, I’d expect this one to hold a reasonable price tag thanks to its inevitable demand.
Finally, we have Chaos Warp. As a bonus card for the MTG Jurassic World “Dr. Ian Malcolm” Secret Lair, it was only fitting that Dr. Ian Malcolm himself would be portrayed in the bonus card. Much like the rest of the cards from the Secret Lair, this bonus card has a unique title specifically referencing Jurassic Park. However, the card still functions identically to Chaos Warp, with the title being treated just like flavor text.
Chaos Warp, much like Solemn Simulacrum, is a Commander staple despite not being worth much. Chaos Warp gives red decks a reasonable answer to problematic permanents that otherwise may be tough to deal with. Once again, this seems like a solid bonus card inclusion that could be in high demand among Commander players.
Clearly, there are a wide variety of different bonus card up for grabs. Some are more intriguing than others, but having the opportunity to open a cool, unexpected card alongside your Secret Lair product is a cool concept.