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$500 Secret Lair Superdrop Is Somehow An Amazing Deal

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Whether you’re a fan of funky art or an amazing reprint, Secret Lair is definitely for you. Offering both of the former features in droves, Secret Lair Superdrop releases are very much worth looking forward to. Rarely ever disappointing, outside of a rare dud drop, Secret Lair has offered players hit after hit. Thanks to this, it’s no wonder MTG players were excited for the Secret Lair Secretversary 2023 Superdrop! 

Offering gorgeous art, fantastic foil value, and even a few new cards, the Secret Lair Secretversary Superdrop has it all! The question remains, however, which of the many Secret Lair drops within this Superdrop has the best bang for your buck? Thankfully, we’re here to answer that very question with a comprehensive finance breakdown! 

So, if you’re curious about the value on offer from each Secret Lair drop this Secretversary, we’ve got you covered! Before we get into all the juicy details, however, there are a few things to address first.

First Things First

Mycosynth Golem

As we mentioned above, there are a few things we have to go over first before getting into the breakdown. The first of these is the important point that, for Secret Lair releases, art matters. Whether it’s retro, futuristic, or just all-around good, art can potentially be a huge source of demand for Secret Lair drops. Subsequently, good-looking Secret Lairs can hold a huge premium over regular printings of a card! 

Due to art being a major factor within many Secret Lairs, it can be rather hard to accurately predict the final price of cards. After all, not only is art subjective but Secret Lair drops are also printed to demand and direct-to-consumer releases. Thanks to this, anyone who wants the art can easily obtain it, making the secondary market less necessary. 

Compounding this pricing problem further, occasionally Secret Lair Drops also give an MTG card its first foil or non-foil printing. Thankfully, in the Secret Lair Secretversary 2023 Superdrop, this only happens a handful of times, so it’s not a major problem. Still, it’s nevertheless something to look out for and keep in mind.

Last but not least, for the prices in this article, we’ll be using TCGplayer’s Market Price. Additionally, we’ll only be looking at the cheapest available variant of each card. As noted before, the actual price of the Secret Lair cards may be much higher than this, since typically nice and/or interesting art holds a steep premium. 

Now, with those with those caveats finally out of the way, it’s time to dive into the list! So, without any further ado, here’s the complete financial breakdown of the Secret Lair Secretversary 2023!

Secret Lair x Tomb Raider

Secret Lair x Tomb Raider

Non Foil: $39.99 | Foil: $49.99

As the first of three Universes Beyond Secret Lairs, this Tomb Raider collaboration is undoubtedly incredibly exciting. This is true regardless of whether or not you’re a Tomb Raider super fan. With fantastic reprints, even better foil value, and even a brand-new card, this Secret Lair definitely has it all! 

In terms of the value that we know, the Secret Lair x Tomb Raider drop is propped up by only two cards. Costing $13 and $18 a piece, [tooltips]Shadowspear[/tooltips] and [tooltips]Academy Ruins[/tooltips] are undoubtedly the money makers. This is also true for the foil version of the Secret Lair Drop, however, the prices flip to $20 and $14 respectively. 

While these two cards do offer some promising value, the real prize is undoubtedly [tooltips]Lara Croft, Tomb Raider[/tooltips]. As a brand new card, unfortunately, it’s almost impossible to tell just how much Lara Croft may be worth. Should they see enough Commander play, they could be valued at upwards of $50. Depending on the supply, however, they could be worth only around $10.

Ultimately, while we can’t properly predict the price of Lara Croft, Tomb Raider, this Secret Lair nevertheless looks great. No matter how expensive this new card ends up being, it’ll undoubtedly be a nice addition to the overall value. 

Secret Lair x Jurassic World: Life Breaks Free

Secret Lair x Jurassic World: Life Breaks Free

Non Foil: $29.99 | Foil: $39.99

If the Jurassic World cards from The Lost Caverns of Ixalan aren’t enough for you, Secret Lair has even more! Reprinting some of the best dinosaurs in MTG, Secret Lair x Jurassic World: Life Breaks Free continues the early trend of great value. Alongside this, each of the cards also looks fantastic, fusing trading cards with the iconic look of the franchise. 

While the striking look of the cards is one thing, thankfully there’s also the aforementioned value to enjoy. For better or worse, for this Secret Lair, nearly all this value comes from a single card [tooltips]Polyraptor[/tooltips]. Valued at around $26, this card is almost worth the entire price of the Secret Lair, which is good as the other cards really aren’t impressive.

Thankfully, while most of the cards in this Secret Lair aren’t notably valuable, there is another $5+ card. Sitting at just under the $6 mark, [tooltips]Rampaging Ferocidon[/tooltips] helps to keep this Secret Lair profitable. 

For foil value, this Secret Lair drop gets even better, however, it’s not entirely thanks to Polyraptor. Dropping in value to around $24, the rest of the value is propped up by Rampaging Ferocidon and [tooltips]Regisaur Alpha[/tooltips]. Thanks to these cards, no matter which variant of the drop you’re interested in, you’ll get plenty of value for your money. 

Secret Lair x Jurassic World: Dr. Ian Malcolm

Secret Lair x Jurassic World: Dr. Ian Malcolm

Non Foil: $29.99 | Foil: $39.99

To finish off the trio of Universes Beyond Secret Lairs in this Superdrop, we have the weirdest one yet. As the name gives away, this entire Secret Lair drop is themed around Dr. Ian Malcolm. Prominently featuring Jeff Goldblum’s face over and over again, these Secret Lair cards certainly have a unique look. Unfortunately, however, this doesn’t mean this Secret Lair Secretversary drop is actually any good.

As you can see below, both the non-foil and foil variants of this Secret Lair drop aren’t very good at all. In fact, the most you can hope for is a piddly quarter of your investment to be returned. While this is obviously rather disappointing for value fanatics, there’s hope these cards will be more valuable once properly released. 

To cover the actual value, the only real cards of note are in the foil Secret Lair Drop. Costing $4 and $5 respectively, [tooltips]Tasha’s Hideous Laughter[/tooltips] and [tooltips]Laboratory Maniac[/tooltips] are the best you’re going to get. This is also true in the non-foil variant of the SLD, however, here these cards are only $3 each…

If you really enjoy Jeff Goldblum, this Secret Lair may still be worth it for you, however, don’t expect much more than their face.

Tales of the Time Stoppers

Tales of the Time Stoppers

Non Foil: $29.99 | Foil: $39.99

Within Magic: The Gathering, there are obviously an awful lot of spells to play. Few of these spells feel as good, however, as ones that read “Take an extra turn.” If you feel the same way, then Tales of the Time Stoppers might be the Secret Lair Drop for you! Sure, it may only be four cards, but each of these promises plenty of time-based shenanigans.

As much as the cards within Tales of the Time Stoppers might all be amazing, the value isn’t all there. That is the case, at least, for the non-foil variant, which is rather lacking. Containing cards worth only $9 in total, there’s very little to get excited about. Saying that, however, [tooltips]Nexus of Fate[/tooltips] has never had a non-foil printing before. 

In theory, thanks to the new non-foil, this Secret Lair could contain an extra $16 in value. Unfortunately, however, there’s no telling where the actual price of this new variant will lie, so we’re simply excluding it for now. Even if we did include it, however, Tales of the Time Stoppers still wouldn’t be that good of a deal. 

Thankfully, while the non-foil prices might not be so great, the foil cards are significantly more valuable. Each valued at around $15 and beyond, this foil Secret Lair is definitely worth getting excited about. It’s the second most valuable Secret Lair in this entire Superdrop, after all!

Mycosynthwave

Mycosynthwave

Non Foil: $29.99 | Foil: $39.99

Speaking of the most valuable Secret Lairs in this Superdrop, there’s no beating Mycosynthwave. Easily the best of the bunch, this Secret Lair Drop contains an absolutely stellar $115 reprint. As if that wasn’t enough, the drop also looks absolutely fantastic, so long as you vibe with the aesthetic.

Since we’ve already dropped that tantalizing price tag, we can’t refuse to mention the insane foil prices. Coming in at an insane $115, [tooltips]Mycosynth Golem[/tooltips] is undoubtedly the star of this entire Superdrop. Miraculously, it even manages to make the $18 [tooltips]Mycosynth Lattice[/tooltips] look downright disappointing in comparison.

As much as the foil prices may be rather impressive, including the $10 [tooltips]Mycosynth Wellspring[/tooltips] they’re not flawless. Due to the print-to-demand nature of Secret Lair products, it’s incredibly unlikely prices will reach $115. Instead, it’s far more likely they’ll settle at a lower, but nevertheless valuable level. 

While it’s easy to get carried away with the foil value, remarkably, even the non-foil variant of Mycosynthwave is worth it. Coming in at a commendable $10 over the purchase price, this value is once again propped up by Mycosynth Golem. Hopefully, considering they’ve rarely been reprinted, this value won’t crash now. 

Through the Wormhole

Through the Wormhole

Non Foil: $29.99 | Foil: $49.99

To put it rather bluntly, Through the Wormhole is a rather strange Secret Lair. The surface level value, for instance, appears to be utterly terrible For better or worse, however, looks can be deceiving. While all the cards in Through the Wormhole are fairly each, each of them is also a Commander favorite, giving this Secret Lair immense potential. 

On the one hand, new variants of Commander staples are near guaranteed value bombs as players love to bling out their decks. On the other hand, however, Wizards of the Coast has produced a lot of these new variants recently, saturating the market. Thanks to recent Universes Beyond releases, new versions of [tooltips]Sol Ring[/tooltips] aren’t nearly as spicy as before.

That all being said, Secret Lair cards are in a different league to Universes Beyond cards. Not only will they be in shorter supply, but they also look significantly more striking. Thanks to this, Through the Wormhole may actually be a value powerhouse in the future. For the time being, however, we’re just going to have to see how things pan out.

Despite the potential for incredible value, we’d only recommend you get this Secret Lair if it really appeals to you. Dropping $30 on just $7 worth of cards really isn’t the soundest strategy otherwise.

Showcase: The Lost Caverns of Ixalan

Non Foil: $29.99 | Foil: $39.99

As we’ve mentioned a few times, for better and worse, The Lost Caverns of Ixalan is a very good-looking set. So much so, in fact, that we’re pleased to see one of its best showcase styles return in this Secret Lair. Appearing on some of Ixalan’s fan-favorite cards, these new reprints should hopefully be a real treat!

While the art may be striking and cards rather popular, unfortunately, they’re not the most valuable. The most expensive non-foil card, [tooltips]Elenda, the Dusk Rose[/tooltips], is only worth $3.50, for instance, and it quickly gets worse from there. Outside of [tooltips]Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca[/tooltips] who is also worth around $3, the rest of the Secret Lair is sub $1 duds. 

Thankfully, while the non-foil value may be rather disappointing, the foil Secret Lair is a lot more promising. Once again, this is largely thanks to Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca, who is worth almost $20 as a foil! With two $10 cards adding to this total, and [tooltips]Vona, Butcher of Magan[/tooltips] rounding out the valuable bunch, it certainly seems foils are the way to go.

Paradise Frost

Paradise Frost

Non Foil: $29.99 | Foil: $39.99

As pretty as the Paradise Frost Secret Lair Drop is, there’s not much that can be said about it. After all, the entire Secretversary Secret Lair is comprised of nothing but full-art snow-covered basic lands. While this may not be all too exciting on the surface, however, snow-covered lands are definitely rarer than the most basic basics.

Compounding this rarity is the fact snow-covered lands have only had one Secret Lair printing before. Thanks to this, fancy versions of these somewhat uncommon lands are in rather high demand. So much so, in fact, that the Paradise Frost Secret Lair could be worth around $50! That could be the case, at least, so long as prices match the cost of the PixelSnowLands.jpg cards.

Ultimately, there’s no telling right now exactly how much the Paradise Frost lands might be worth once released. Even if they’re not quite as valuable as the PixelSnowLands.jpg, however, they’re sure to be commendable. These lands do look absolutely stunning, after all, so it would be criminal if they weren’t in demand.

Gift Wrapped

Gift Wrapped

Non Foil: $29.99 | Foil: $39.99

Last, but by no means least, we have the rather unusual looking Gift Wrapped Secret Lair, Utilizing the aesthetic of holiday-themed gift wrap, this Secret Lair’s name is definitely on point. As for the art, however, well… It’s admittedly not for me, however, if it really speaks for you, then there’s no harm in that!

While the art might not be for me, the value is at least somewhat notable, especially for the foil variant. Just about breaking even with a $40.70 valuation, this Secret Lair definitely has merit. As usual, most of this is thanks to just one card, [tooltips]Moment’s Peace[/tooltips], in this case. Valued at around $20, hopefully, this remarkably rare foil will manage to maintain its value. 

While Moment’s Peace might be valuable as a foil card, remarkably, non-foil variants are just $1.50. Thankfully, to make up for this lack of value, [tooltips]Homeward Path[/tooltips] is worth around $10. The same is true for [tooltips]Giver of Runes[/tooltips] which also has a similarly expensive foil variant.

Bundles

Tasigur, the Golden Fang

To finish off this financial round-up, we’d be remiss not to mention the big ticket items in the Secret Lair Secretversary 2023; the bundles. With the biggest of the bunch clocking in at just under $500, these bundles certainly aren’t the cheapest around. Miraculously, however, many of them offer compelling value, especially since they’re currently discounted!

As you might expect given what we’ve covered so far, the best bundles are the ones focused on foils. In fact, outside of the Welcome to Jurassic World Bundle, each one boasts positive returns. If this has tempted you to pick up a bundle or two from the Secret Lair Secretversary Superdrop, be mindful. While there is a promotion going on with The Locus God, it’s surprisingly easy to miss

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