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Noteworthy Magic: The Gathering enthusiast (and award-winning recording artist) Post Malone is giving us a backstage pass into his secret lair. Celebrating 30 years of the MTG tabletop card game franchise, when he’s not throwing down cards, Malone is helping design new decks.
As part of MTG’s Secret Lair Drop Series, The “Secret Lair x Post Malone” collaboration features two new sets of trading cards, a part of a series of drops with specially-curated cards that feature unique artwork from artists and designers. Malone’s new sets, like all of them, is only available for a very limited amount of time, and the preorder will begin Monday, October 17. These sets join the likes of slightly pricer pop culture MTG booster packs like the Street Fighter Secret Lair and Stranger Things Secret Lair packs.
In the “Secret Lair x Post Malone: Backstage Pass” series, Malone curated and choose the four cards himself from one of his own decks. To make it even more personal, each card places him in a starring role (such as the “K’rrik, Son of Yawgmoth” card becoming “Post, Son of Rich”). For “Secret Lair x Post Malone: The Lands”, not only did he collaborate with the design team to place his tattoos into the scenery, he also hand-wrote the flavor text, which has been printed on every card.
“We’re a pretty energetic group, but Post put us to shame,” Mark Heggen, Product Architect at Wizards of the Coast told Rolling Stone. He also acknowledges that Malone probably wasn’t the collaborator fans saw coming for this campaign, but, “It was wild to see just how deeply Post knows and loves the game. In our first meeting he casually mentioned a few old cards that I had to go look up. I was like ‘Ooooh this guy knows his stuff.'”
Post Malone is certainly no stranger to showing off his love for Magic: The Gathering. He had previously spent $800,000 on an Alpha Black Lotus Card, the rarest and most valuable MTG card available, signed by Christopher Rush. Malone had also played the game on an episode of the YouTube series Game Knights, and even hosted the Mana Y Mana tournament, where the artist competed against a random opponent on a livestream for the chance to win $100,000.
Besides Magic: The Gathering, Post Malone has previously been featured alongside J Balvin and Katy Perry on special Pokemon trading cards, and the Pokémon 25: The Album, as part of the Pokémon Trading Card Game’s anniversary celebration.
For the MTG collaboration, the “Foil Edition” each pack is $39.99, with the regular edition retailing for $29.99. Both Secret Lair x Post Malone packs are exclusively available on official Magic: The Gathering Secret Lair website, but the limited-time release won’t be here for much longer.
When he’s not collaborating on new cards, Malone is busy getting back on stage for his current Twelve Carat Toothace tour. After coming back from injuring his ribs when he accidentally fell through an open trap door, and a brief hospitalization for breathing problems, the North American tour will see Malone continue to perform his latest album of the same name.
The tour’s guest performer is Roddy Ricch, who will open for Malone in all but seven shows. See the full list of Twelve Carat Toothace tour dates and buy tickets at VividSeats.com.