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Chronicles Booster Packs for Magic the Gathering


Chronicles Booster Pack
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Chronicles booster pack each containing 12 cards per pack. The distibution is 3 uncommon and 9 common. Released in July of 1995, Chronicles is a stand alone set of reprints from Arabian Nights, Antiquities, Legends, and the Dark. The cards were printed with the original set symbol. The set contains 116 white-bordered cards (46 rare or U1's, 30 uncommon, and 40 commons).

Chronicles was the twelfth Magic the Gathering set, and the first compilation set by Wizards of the Coast. The set is one of two sets that have been sold in twelve-card booster packs, the other having been Alliances. Chronicles introduced no new cards; the set was designated as an extension of the 4th edition core set for the purpose of tournament play. Chronicles consists entirely of cards reprinted from the first four Magic: the Gathering expansions. The cards in Chronicles are white-bordered, in accordance with the Wizards of the Coast policy of the time that black-bordered cards would only be reprinted with white borders. In addition, the game text on many Chronicles cards was updated to reflect then-current rules, rulings, and templating. For example, Cyclone from Arabian Nights instructed players to place "chips" on the card to mark its status, while the Chronicles reprint of Cyclone used "counters" instead, as had become standard usage.

Arabian Nights, Antiquities, Legends, and The Dark quickly sold out in the hobby-gaming market, so both new and existing players had extremely limited access to cards from those sets at the time. Chronicles was printed to satisfy the market demand of players who had been unable to buy as much of the first four expansions as they wished, or who were new players and missed those expansions entirely. Wizards of the Coast's development team for Chronicles excluded powerful, abusive cards that were the frequent sources of player complaints, such as Mana Drain, The Abyss, Nether Void, Moat, and Maze of Ith, while including cards that they determined had a high "coolness factor" and would drive sales with the predominantly-casual player base for Magic at the time, such as the Elder Dragon Legends, The Wretched, Sol'Kanar the Swamp King, Dakkon Blackblade, and the three "Urza's Lands" from Antiquities. Tournament players added Chronicles reprints City of Brass, Erhnam Djinn, Recall, Divine Offering, Fountain of Youth, and Feldon's Cane to their decks at tournaments such as the first Pro Tour New York in February, 1996. Chronicles was released in early August 1995 and went out of print in December 1996. The set was sold in booster packs of twelve cards. In contrast to the only other set that was sold in twelve-card boosters, Alliances, Chronicles did not have genuine rares. Alliances booster packs contained one card from the rare print sheet, three from the uncommon, and eight from the common print sheet. Chronicles boosters contained three cards from the uncommon print sheet and nine from the common sheet. Of the cards from the uncommon sheet 25 were three times as common as the other 46, essentially dividing the cards from the uncommon sheet into rares and uncommons. The commons come in four different rarities. The five mulitcolored Legends at common are C1, appearing each once on the print sheet and thus just as common as the uncommons from the set. The seven common artifacts are C2 and the 30 common cards with a single color are C3. The remaining three commons are the Urza's lands, originally from Antiquities. They are C4, but each has four different artworks so for collector's purposes they often counted as three C1 cards each. It is estimated that about 180 million Chronicles cards were produced.

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