Doctor Who is coming to Magic. Not through time travel, mind you, but through four Commander decks and Collector boosters. In this article, we’ll focus on the latter, and explore Doctor Who Collector booster contents in every detail.
You’ll learn what you can expect to open in this product, as well as plenty of other details. For example, we’ll discuss whether Commander precons or Collector boosters are better. Furthermore, we’ll talk about some mechanically unique cards that only appear in these boosters.
Well, what are we waiting for? Allons-y!
Doctor Who Collector Booster Contents
Each Doctor Who Collector booster contains 15 cards + 1 token:
- 1 foil* Doctor
- 1 foil* TARDIS variant (might upgrade to a Serialized Doctor)
- 1 regular TARDIS variant
- 4 foil* cards (one from each Commander deck)
- 3 extended-art new-to-Magic cards (one regular, one foil, one surge foil)
- 3 extended-art reprint cards (one regular, one foil, one surge foil)
- 1 surge foil card
- 1 foil** basic land
- 1 foil** double-faced token
*Has a 1 in 10 chance of being upgraded into a surge foil. // **Has a 1 in 3 chance of being upgraded into a surge foil.
That’s quite a lot to take in. Here’s a recap:
All 15 cards in a booster will be foil or use the alternate art, sometimes even both. The amount of rares and mythic varies from pack to pack. You can expect at least seven, but at most you could get up to 14 rares.
Since we mentioned TARDIS variants, let’s see what those actually are.
TARDIS Showcase Variants
From all Doctor Who cards, 30 of them will also get a very special treatment. That’s a so-called TARDIS Showcase, since the card frame design is based on the iconic telephone booth. The rarity breakdown of these cards is:
- 4 mythic rares
- 23 rares
- 3 uncommons
Below, you can compare a regular version (left) to its TARDIS Showcase version (right):
You can find all TRADIS Showcase cards here. Each Doctor card will receive a TARDIS Showcase version. If you’re lucky, you might even open one of the…
Serialized Doctor Cards
Serialized cards are a thing in Magic for the last year or so. Each serialized card is assigned a unique number. These typically become highly-sought, valuable collectors’ items.
In most sets, there are exactly 500 cards of each serialized card. Doctor Who brings a small twist to that tradition. There will be 501 serialized First Doctors, 502 serialized Second Doctors, and so on.
Here’s an example of a serialized card:
The picture doesn’t quite do it justice, but we’ll hopefully soon acquire on in a better quality. Instead of the Xs, your card should contain a specific number from 001-510.
If you do get lucky and open one of these, check its price twice before potentially selling. Serialized cards can fetch quite a nice premium, and these one will too. That’s especially true if you acquire a significant number, either a round one (examples: 001 or 300) or a meme one (examples: 069, 042).
Doctor Who Collector Booster Box
Before we wrap up with some questions & answers, let’s quickly talk about a Doctor Who Collector booster box.
It contains 12 Doctor Who Collector boosters, which means 180 cards, as well as 15 tokens. All the cards are either foil, have special art, or both. You can expect at least 84 rares, with 168 being the absolute maximum.
If you’re planning on buying ten or more Collector boosters, it’s usually a good idea to just get the whole box. That ends up being a better deal. Of course, you should check the prices that you can get, and then make an informed decision.
Doctor Who Collector Booster FAQ
Before we wrap up, here are answers to some frequently asked questions about this version of Collector booster.
There are 15 cards and a double-sided token. All the cards are either in foil, or have alternate art, sometimes even both.
While the exact number is unknown, there are at least 7 rares or mythic rares per pack. The maximum amount is 14 per pack.
No they don’t. All the cards in the Collector boosters can also be found in the Commander decks, but just with their most regular versions.
That depends. If you’re looking just for a specific foil or alternate card, you’re better off buying it on the secondary market. On the other hand, if you just want to open as many exciting cards as you can, then going for Collector boosters might be a good idea.
It depends on what you want. If you want shiny cards with alternate art, then you want the boosters. However, if you’d like to get complete ready-to-play decks, then you should instead opt for Doctor Who Commander decks.
That’s all about the contents of Doctor Who Collector boosters. If you want some, you can pick already order them on Amazon, so you’ll be able to get them ASAP. Of course, if by any chance you have a question that we didn’t answer, leave us a comment below, and we’ll get back to you.
Until next time, enjoy Magic, and may you open your favorite Doctor – in its serialized form!