Different Set Editions – A Visual Guide
Although Wizkids released a total of 13 different Sets over the years, some have multiple editions. You can find them in the Master Spreadsheet, although there are a few discrepancies I address here. The information is also on the Wikipedia page, but here I’ll look at the different set editions with pictures. Feel free to click the affiliate links to buy some packs and simultaneously support the site.
Spanish Main – First print run
This is the faded print run, with the old numbering and rarity system. (ES-009 for English Ship #9, and no rarity color or set symbol in the corner)
Spanish Main – Limited
Regular coloring/not faded, with the same numbering scheme. You can find additional information about these initial print runs from Gladius’ post.
Spanish Main – Unlimited
Released shortly after the Crimson Coast set, this version of SM has the regular rarity and numbering system on the cards.
Revolution – Limited
First version of the RV set.
Revolution – Unlimited
Same thing, but with “UL” added in front of the card number to denote the Unlimited version.
Barbary Coast – Limited
First version of BC.
Barbary Coast – Unlimited
Just like in RV UL, these cards have UL in front of the collector’s number.
Davy Jones’ Curse – First print runs, easily scratched cards
The first print run or runs of DJC had cards that scratched very easily. This set is infamous for being of poorer quality due to this issue, but it’s easy to find the better version.
Some cards are more easily scuffed up than others – here you can see a very worn out Unique Treasure card. Although it may look like it’s been through a drying machine, it actually doesn’t take much to damage some DJC cards this much.
Davy Jones’ Curse – Good print runs
After the card quality disaster, Wizkids made additional print runs of DJC and corrected the issue.
Not all variations are pictured, but I think you’ll get the point. 🙂 Feel free to click the picture affiliate links to buy some packs and simultaneously support the site. Just realize that the version of the pack pictured may not be what you see in the eBay search results. 🙂
Spanish Main limited version pack (photo courtesy of WalMart)
Spanish Main Unlimited – you can clearly see the marker in the bottom left corner.
Revolution Unlimited – the first version of RV simply doesn’t have the feature on the bottom right of the pack.
Barbary Coast Unlimited
Davy Jones’ Curse – original pack art. This is where you’re likely to find poor quality cards that scratch easily.
Davy Jones’ Curse – pack art for better print runs.
Pirates of the Caribbean – 3 different pack variations
This is more of a note than anything else. Similar to the bad quality DJC print runs, there are some South China Seas (SCS) cards that scratch easily. I have not experienced this issue much with SCS, but other collectors have said that a decent or large percentage of their SCS cards are easily scratched.
I know there is a lot more I could add to this post, but I wanted to cover the basics with mostly my own pictures. Comment below your thoughts!
Is there anyway to tell if a printing is either 1st Print or the Limited print run? Are the packs or booster boxes different in any way to know if you are or are not going to get 1st print run ships?
The very first print run with the “faded” cards was small and sold out almost immediately everywhere.
Unless you’re buying directly from some crazy collector that bought a bunch of stuff early on and buried it somewhere, it is extremely likely (99%) that any unopened boxes or packs you find online will be from the second printing or later.
Woelf is on point as always. I don’t think the packs or boxes were different from 1st Printing of SM vs. 1st Edition not 1st printing.