If the Pokémon Company’s video teasing its upcoming collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum was already enough to have you thinking about booking a ticket to Amsterdam, the promise of an impressionistic Pikachu promo card might just do the trick.
It is certainly no secret that modern Magic: the Gathering is a whole lot more collectible than ever before. Sure, old MTG cards may be iconic and intensely desirable, but modern cards are foil and feature anime art! Tapping into this desire for new collectability, Wizards has released no shortage of MTG art treatments recently, primarily via Secret Lair.
While perhaps not the mathematically favorite art style, one of the most popular art cycles is found on cards like Persistent Petitioners. Able to be included any number of times in a deck, these cards offered a unique avenue for collectability. One that Wizards of the Coast has eagerly tapped into.
Releasing six unique Secret Lair artworks for Persistent Petitioners and [/tooltips]Shadowborn Apostle[/tooltips], these cards have become deeply collectible. For better or worse, this means the cards are also rather expensive, clocking in at over $250 on occasion. Thankfully, while this is some compelling value, not every art cycle card is so expensive. This is certainly the case for Relentless Rats.
These Rats Sure Are Relentless
Since it’s the first card to break deck construction rules, Relentless Rats has gone remarkably uncollected. In fact, thanks to being reprinted multiple times throughout Magic’s history, these rats are remarkably cheap! On TCGplayer, for instance, you can easily pick up a copy for just $2.50. Saying that, however, you’re hardly ever going to need just one copy.
Despite its pedigree, Relentless Rats managed to hold out from becoming collectible for 19 years. In 2023, however, that all changed thanks to the Festival in a Box for MagicCon: Barcelona. Here, Relentless Rats finally got some Secret Lair artwork for fans to enjoy. As you can imagine, this new artwork holds quite a premium over normal variants.
Currently, on TCGplayer, copies of the Secret Lair Showdown Relentless Rats will set you back around $12.50. While this is a far cry from the value of some art cycle cards like Shadowborn Apostle #685, it’s nonetheless obviously desirable. For those who want to show off even more, the new foil artwork for Relentless Rats costs about $43!
Unsurprisingly considering what happened to Persistent Petitioners, Wizards isn’t stopping with just one fancy Relentless Rats variant. Appearing at the upcoming MagicCon: Las Vegas, another new artwork for Relentless Rats has already been announced. Featuring artwork by Graham Yarrington, this card definitely plays into the style of Secret Lair releases.
Beyond looking good, this new Relentless Rats card may also be seriously expensive. Exclusive to MagicCon: Las Vegas, the card can only be acquired by spending “over $150 at the show store on-site.” As you might expect, this likely means the supply of the card will be rather meager, leading to high prices. In magical Christmas land, this card could even be worth the full $150, however, that’s honestly very unlikely.
Predicting the Obvious
So far, Wizards of the Coast has only announced one new variant of Relentless Rats. Technically, this leaves the future of the art cycle up in the air, since Wizards hasn’t confirmed anything yet. That being said, however, it’s pretty obvious given past precedent that we’ll be getting more Relentless Rats before too long.
Judging by what we’ve seen so far, new variants will be appearing at each upcoming MagicCon event. Throughout 2023, these have happened every few months, but we don’t know what 2024 has in store. If they continue, it might not be too long before we have a full set of unique Relentless Rats. Should MagicCons miraculously disappear, however, we may be left waiting for Secret Lair bonus cards.
Ultimately, no matter what the future holds, there’s undeniably demand for art cycle variants in MTG. Similarly, players have shared plenty of desire for “one card deck” cards, wanting more of them where possible. Thanks to this, it’s sensible to expect we’ll be seeing even more in the future, even if it does take a while for them to be released.
Downtown Kingston’s fall Art After Dark ‘biggest one yet’
Art After Dark returns to downtown Kingston this Friday as art galleries and art-loving businesses open their doors and invite patrons to browse and buy some of the best in local art.
Friday, Sept. 29, 2023, from 7 to 10 p.m., art enthusiasts are invited to wander, chat, and maybe start or add to their personal collections. While the public is taking in the beautiful art and meeting fascinating local artists, they can also enjoy light refreshments, friendly conversation, and compelling displays at art galleries and in local shops in the downtown core.
“The eagerly-awaited fall edition of Art After Dark promises to be the biggest one yet, as attendees embark on a free walking tour of more than 20 participating studios, galleries, and art-loving businesses downtown,” the Downtown Kingston Business Improvement Area (BIA) said in a media release dated Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023.
“Art After Dark is a beloved community event that celebrates the talent and creativity of local artists and the dynamic arts scene in Kingston,” the BIA continued. “This year’s fall edition brings an array of new and exciting experiences that will inspire and entertain.”
In the release, the BIA shared details on what attendees can expect this year:
- Artistic Adventure: Explore the heart of Kingston’s artistic community on a captivating walking tour. Visit studios, galleries, and art-centric businesses throughout downtown Kingston, where you can engage with artists, view their latest works, and even purchase unique pieces to add to your own collection.
- Art After Dark Outdoor Lounge: New for this year’s event is the Art After Dark Outdoor Lounge, in partnership with The Caesar Company. Located on Sydenham Street (between Princess and Queen), this outdoor oasis will provide a cozy and relaxed atmosphere for attendees to unwind and socialize. Sip on specialty drinks, listen to live music, and plan your next stop on the Art After Dark walking tour.
- $500 Grand Prize Draw: While you enjoy Art After Dark, enter to win $500 towards the purchase of original artwork. Each gallery you visit offers another chance to win. Contest details will be available at all participating stops.
Art After Dark is a family-friendly event that welcomes art enthusiasts of all ages. For seasoned art collectors or those simply curious about Kingston’s thriving art scene, this event offers something for everyone, the BIA noted, adding that attendees must be 19+ to enter the Outdoor Lounge.
Pokémon are coming to the Van Gogh Museum to teach the world about art
In celebration of the Van Gogh Museum’s 50th anniversary, it has teamed up with the Pokémon Company for a special event designed to introduce young artists to Van Gogh’s work, and to teach people about the way he was profoundly influenced by Japanese art.
“This collaboration will allow the next generation to get to know Vincent van Gogh’s art and life story in a refreshing way,” the Van Gogh Museum’s general director Emilie Gordenker said in a press release. “The Van Gogh Museum and The Pokémon Company International have drawn on many years of educational expertise to create a special experience for children, their supervisors, and we hope many others at the Van Gogh Museum.”
Along with on-site activations that guide museum visitors through a selection of Van Gogh’s paintings and delve into the stories behind them, an online exploration of his fascination with Japanese culture will also be available. Along with on-site activations that guide museum visitors through a selection of Van Gogh’s paintings and delve into the stories behind them, an online exploration of his fascination with Japanese culture will also be available.
Even if you can’t make it to the actual museum to snag a ‘Pikachu with Grey Felt Hat’ card in-person, the promos will also be available through the Pokémon Center included in orders from a special collection inspired by the collaboration. But for those looking to make a trip of it, the Pokémon x Van Gogh Museum collaboration is set to run from September 28th until January 7th, 2024, and tickets for general admission to the museum (which are required to get in and can only be purchased online) are available now.
A Cartoonist Appreciates the Art at the Metropolitan Museum – The New Yorker
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