CGC Cards Featured Card of the Month: Mishra's Workshop

Posted on 9/7/2023

Mishra's Workshop was the keystone of early Magic: The Gathering Workshop decks.

Game: Magic: The Gathering

Set: Antiquities

Card: Mishra’s Workshop

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What makes it special? When Antiquities was released, Magic: The Gathering players quickly took to a new style of deckbuilding and play using the cards that were provided in the new set. One of the more popular decks to build was called a “Workshop” deck — a deck completely based around Mishra’s Workshop.

Using Mishra’s Workshop, players could use the card’s extra three mana to play artifacts from within their deck to stall their opponents long enough to wear them down. Decks constructed this way relied on Mishra’s Workshop to work, because nearly the entire remainder of the deck would be made of artifacts that could only reliably be played with the use of Mishra’s Workshop’s ability.

Did you know? Mishra’s Workshop was the only card restricted by the DCI from the entire “Mishra’s” series in Antiquities. It was restricted in June 1994, then unrestricted in October 1997.

Total graded by CGC Cards: 106 (as of August 2023)

CGC Cards median grade: CGC 8

CGC Cards highest graded: CGC Pristine 10

Sales highlights: A Mishra’s Workshop graded CGC 8 realized $2,640 in a Heritage Auctions sale on May 5, 2022. Another Mishra’s Workshop graded CGC 8 sold for $2,520 on March 4, 2022. Additionally, an example graded CGC 8.5 realized $2,500 on July 7, 2023.

CGC Cards Registry: As of August 2023, there is an example of Mishra’s Workshop in the second, third, fourth and fifth-place Antiquities sets in the CGC Cards Registry. These include a CGC 9 in the third-place set, Antiquities by JimmyLegs.

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