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You Can Afford MetaZoo's Flagship Cryptid Nation Set
When MetaZoo, the trading card game based on popular urban legends known as "cryptids," exploded onto the collectibles market in 2021, the first commercially available printing of its premier set, Cryptid Nation: First Edition, immediately skyrocketed in value.
Due to a combination of excellent marketing, a compelling product, limited supply, and a collectibles market brimming with speculation, booster boxes of the flagship product, meant to retail for $140–$150, were selling in the secondary market for upwards of $900!
However, following the economic downturn in 2022, the entire collectibles market significantly decreased in valuation, and MetaZoo was not immune to this. By the summer of 2022, when MetaZoo was publishing its fourth set, UFO, Cryptid Nation: First Edition booster boxes had fallen to around $500.
This sharp decline in market value created lasting effects in the Cryptid Nation: First Edition singles market, placing a number of the set's most iconic cards comfortably below $20.
This offers an attractive entry point for those who believe in the long-term outlook of the MetaZoo game and corresponding secondary market.
Let's take a look at five of the coolest Cryptid Nation: First Edition cards that you can pick up for less than $20!
1. Babe the Blue Ox, Full Holo, $18
Babe the Blue Ox, a creature who originated in the classic American folktale of Paul Bunyan, is the subject of one of the four possible pack arts that you can find in a Cryptid Nation booster pack.
Originally selling for $30 in the secondary market at its initial release, full holographic printings of Babe the Blue Ox have since retailed for $18.
2. Hodag, Full Holo, $17
Buried deep in the pine forests of Wisconsin, you may come across the fearsome Hodag, a legendary lizard-like creature with horns like a bull and spikes running down its spine.
Like Babe the Blue Ox, Hodag is another character from the game who appears on the wrapping of Cryptid Nation booster packs.
And while the drop in its full holo price when compared to its release has not been as dramatic as Babe's, its $17 price tag is a welcomed discount to its historic high of $21 in January 2022.
3. Piasa Bird, Full Holo, $18
The Piasa Bird is a legendary creature that originated in mythology of the Illini Tribes who lived in the Mississippi River Valley until the early 19th century. Famously depicted on a limestone rock in present-day Alton, Illinois, the ferocious bird creature was said to have terrorized the indigenous people until it was slain in an epic attack led by a chief named Ouatoga.
This beast can also be found on the pack arts adorning Cryptid Nation packs, and at just $18, its price is far more appealing than its previous $43 price tag, which is what you would have expected to pay for this card in January 2022.
4. Quetzalcoatlus, Reverse Holo, $15
Quetzalcoatlus is the first reverse holographic card to appear on this list. Due to its popularity in competitive MetaZoo deck (or "storybook") builds, full holographic copies of Quetzalcoatlus sell for slightly above $20, while reverse holos are more accessible at $15.
Did you know that, unlike most beasties in the MetaZoo universe that are simply creatures from folklore, the Quetzalcoatlus once existed but is believed to have died out by the end of the Late Cretaceous Period? However, some report seeing this enormous winged reptile to this day across North America!
What do you think?
5. Death Beam, Full Holo, $17
The only non-beastie to make the list, Death Beam is a powerful spell that can remove opposing beasties from the game for a manageable cost of just the dark auras. From a collector's standpoint, this card is part of a special collection of nine cards in Cryptid Nations that only appear in a full holo printing and have no reverse holo or non-holo versions, making this an essential collector's piece.
After a steep decline in value due in part to expanding removal options in the competitive gameplay, this card is down to $17 off of its high of $50 in January 2022.
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