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DD Anthology

Happy Monday MTG peeps,

In about another 12 more days, a special Duel Decks box set, Duel Decks Anthology will be released.  There is quite a bit of discussion on the Magic: the Gathering forums we regularly visit on this particular release.  Before we get in to the nitty-gritty, lets get the overview again . . .

Duel Decks Anthology is a compilation collector's set that combines the first four Duel Decks printed.  This boxed set is to be released on Friday 5th December with a suggested retail price of about $100.  All the cards released will be in the new 'M15' card frames.  Here's the contents -

• Elves vs. Goblins (released 2007)
• Jace vs. Chandra (released 2008)
• Divine vs. Demonic (released 2009)
• Garruk vs. Liliana (released 2009)
• 8 deck boxes sized to fit sleeved cards
• Two spin-down life counters

• 35 token cards

These eight ready-to-play decks are most definitely fun to play against each-other's pair and offers a lot of nostalgia but may also appeal to collectors.  We have a number of the original (Duel Deck) cards from MTG Mint Card but unfortunately, never did purchase the product sets.

A number of gamers are critical of what is perceived as a fairly high price while others claim that this price is reasonable.  Here at MTG Realm, we are leaning ever so slightly with those holding the latter opinion - reasonably priced.  There are a number of highly sought after singles in this boxed set which do command a good price such as Ancestral Vision, Akroma, Angel of Wrath and Demonic Tutor.  We've also done a bit of looking around on online retailers and provide this rather rough summary of of prices to expect to pay for each of the original Duel Decks :

• Elves vs. Goblins - $180 to $200
• Jace vs. Chandra - $130 to $150
• Set Divine vs. Demonic - $150 to $180
• Garruk vs. Liliana - $40 to $50

We still think the price tag is reasonable but realise that most brick 'n' mortar WPN stores and online retailers will not likely offer this at the MSRP but probably around the $120 to $140 mark.  Don't expect any relief from this price at the big-box stores who do occasionally offer sealed Magic: the Gathering product near the MRSP as this product is not expected to be distributed to them.  

What's your opinion ?
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