The new Secret Lair Superdrop is offering some incredibly powerful reprints! Rebecca Guay’s Stoneforge Mystic treatment has the community collectively losing their minds, and cEDH players should be thrilled that they finally have a chance to find a foil Grand Abolisher without giving up their left arm for it. Interestingly, one MTG Twitter user who bought a Secret Lair from the last Superdrop received quite an unexpected surprise. It appears that Secret Lair drops that offer unique foil treatments may have those treatments pass on to the Random Bonus Slot cards!
Secret Lair Bonus Slot Cards
MTG Secret Lair products, generally, feature a few select cards with an overarching theme. One common theme is to have a renowned MTG artist create a collection of pieces, for example. Some other themes can include some wackier things like cute cats, cute things in nature, or cute Chibi Planeswalkers.
The last thing generally included in a Secret Lair is a potential Bonus Slot card. These, usually, are not announced and left for players to discover on their own. These cards tend to have their own set of rarities, which can, for some players, create a sort of lottery ticket effect. Chances are you’ll get a $5(ish) full art Sliver card in your bonus slot, but there is a chance of getting some more exciting, like one of the rarer Shadowborn Apostle cards.
Alternatively, some Secret Lair Bonus Slots are set in stone. This commonly occurs with artist feature Secret Lairs where an additional unannounced treatment, or an additional sketch variant can be found consistently.
Since the Bonus Slot cards go completely unannounced, it can be quite the scramble figuring out precisely what new cards are hitting the scene. One player showed off a Secret Lair Bonus Slot card from a particularly financially poor Secret Lair that may have just bumped the value of the product immensely!
In a massive shock, Twitter user @Rhythmik showed off two Secret Lair Bonus Slot cards that have received the Step-and-Compleat treatment exclusive to Phyrexia: All Will Be One. This refers to the unique foiling that litters small Phyrexian symbols all over the card, as seen above. This foiling originally exclusively appeared in Phyrexia: All Will Be One Collector Boosters, making rarer cards with this foiling difficult to come by.
A great example of the price bump that this exclusive foiling can provide is found in the various treatments offered by Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines. Notably, Elesh Norn is a very popular Commander card and sees some competitive play, so there is a strong amount of demand behind this card, pushing its price somewhat.
The above Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines, is a Step-and-Compleat foil with an art treatment from renowned horror Mangaka Junji Ito. Ito’s name is incredibly respected within the MTG community, and this artwork for Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines is one of the rarer treatments available. This Elesh Norn goes for about $145 on average, more than six times the price of the cheapest Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines available for about $25. This is a rather extreme example, but it does showcase the bump in secondary market interest surrounding rarer printings like this one.
While this particular printing of Elesh Norn is one of the largest chase cards in the Phyrexia: All Will Be One Collector Booster product, it does not even come close to comparing to the potential scarcity of Step-and-Compleat Bonus Slot cards.
We Have No Idea How Many of These There Are
Currently, TCGplayer has these cards selling for a 10x multiplier of their normal Bonus Slot variants. You can find a normal full-art Variant Sliver for about $5, which matches the cheaper, more common random full-art MTG Bonus Slot cards that most Secret Lair customers find in their boxes. The Step-and-Compleat Virulent Sliver is currently going for about $50 on average, while the normal full-art version goes for $5.
As showcased by @rhythmik, the Step-and-Compleat Bonus slot card is not just limited to Virulent Sliver. Here, we see a Toxin Sliver with the same treatment. This could mean that every randomized bonus slot card has a chance of coming as a Step-and-Compleat card in these Secret Lairs, but could also mean that there’s a more limited card pool of the cards that you can hit in the Bonus Slot. We have no idea.
That said, Scryfall does have the new Bonus Slot Shadowborn Apostle with a Step-and-Compleat variant available as a picture. Generally, the Bonus Slot variants of MTG cards that allow for an unlimited amount of copies in your library, like this and Persistent Petitioners, are among the rarer cards offered in the Bonus Slot. These can go for hundreds of dollars as a result.
This Shadowborn Apostle, in its normal variant, seems to be a bit more common than the others, only retailing for $50 on TCGplayer. The Step-and-Compleat iteration does not even have a price on the site yet, but could easily retail for $200 or more.
What Did You Get?
As mentioned before, this Secret Lair may not have been the most popular one. This is because the amount of value that the Step-and-Compleat Secret Lair offered in terms of individual card value on the secondary market was not the best. This could make these Step-and-Compleat bonus slot cards even rarer since nobody bought this product.
Interestingly, we have a similar Secret Lair coming up in the next Superdrop that features Halo Foil treatments from March of the Machine. If this Secret Lair ends up featuring Halo Foil treatments for the Bonus Slot cards, it could be the most valuable Secret Lair in the entire Superdrop. We’ll have to wait and see what the future holds in terms of these products, but those lucky enough to open some of the rarer Secret Lair Bonus Slot cards in the Step-and-Compleat treatment may have just won the MTG lottery.