Test Prints, Press Checks and Production Anomalies

Index | Oath of Lieges Black Border | Mana Breach Black Border | Plaguebearer Black Border | Fighting Chance Black Border | Survival of the Fittest Black Border | Pygmy Hippo Black Border | Memory Crystal Black Border | City of Traitors Black Border | Other


Test prints are cards created to test new printing processes. They are not meant to be released into the public, but occasionally some of them find their way.

"Test Print" definition: A card intentionally manufactured in a controlled manner and used to investigate a new design or printing process. Test prints are typically reviewed by the WotC designers to determine which variation of a process would be best, and must be of adequate quality to serve their intended purpose.

"Misprint" definition: A card which does not match the intended final result for the entire printing run. Misprints include cards such as those with odd coloration, missing text, and those which were miscut. Misprints also include cards which are used by printers for press checks at the start of a run, which accidentally are included in distribution.

"Filler" definition: A card routinely manufactured during a normal printing run which is used to occupy an unneeded spot on a printed sheet (e.g., card spot #121 on a sheet used to print two, sixty card preconstructed decks). Filler cards are typically removed from the sheet during packaging but occasionally some are missed and are included in packs.

Some examples:

Foil City of Traitors: Test print. Used to determine the best parameters for foiling a card.

Double-backed Magic card, one back has white border: Test print. Card was used to investigate a change to the Magic card back.

Foil Textless Bolt: Misprint. The card was not being used to develop a new foiling process, it was simply a card which did not match the intended final result for the entire printing run. Maybe it was a press check and they realized the black ink was off, but the intended result of that printing run was not to produce a foil Bolt without text for review of a new design.

Albino Fires Precon Deck: Misprint. The intent of the entire run was not to make albino cards for review.

Double-sided Ishan's Shade: Misprint. There is no logical intent to investigate a new design aspect.

Unlimited rare card on one side, Antiquities card + Unlimited common on other side: Misprint. I'd say misprint as a WotC designer can't use these cards to determine the acceptability of a new design or process because of the poor quality. To investigate a new design, a clean card would be manufactured, such as those used to determine the best layout for the "new" card face.

Misprinted Non-Standard Error Cards section: All misprints. None of these were intentionally made to assess a design or print process. All were unintended omissions of the date symbol, extra date symbol, misplaced date, etc. A Fleetfoot Panther with a date stamp is also a misprint.


INTERNAL LINKS
Test Prints Inaccuracy, topic the Forum
Compilation "German and Portuguese Homelands" Double Printed, topic the Forum

Back in 1998, Wizards of the Coast was experimenting on a way to increase the attractiveness of Magic cards by applying a foil layer on their front side. For this reason, one card from each color template was selected from the latest Magic set, Exodus, and a series of test prints were issued. Due to the absence of multicolored cards in Exodus, one additional card, Pygmy Hippo, was added from another set, Visions. The test prints feature different grades of intensity of the foil layer and vary set symbols and the shooting star symbol to cover the whole spectrum of possible templates.

Aside from the foil project cards, few other test prints have been leaked into the public. There is a Beta Lightning Bolt and Hurloon Minotaur which feature a soft and flexible hologram professionally embedded into the backside of the card apparently by using pressure, similar to how the new holofoil ovals are done. On most of the cards, the outline of the hologram is visible on the card face, this would be a side effect of the pressure used to apply the hologram and it was installed after the cards were printed by Carta Mundi (Not a WotC Product). The text on the hologram says High Gloss Glossogram. The precised purpose of that Hologram test print that was supposedly commissioned by WotC, and offered by a third party is not known, maybe an anti-counterfeiting measure (according to my source). The name and location of the company that creates them and the year it was done are not available at the moment.
At least 8 Others Beta Commons are known to exist that were found separately from the Lightning Bolt and Hurloon Minotaur:

Power Sink
False Orders
Hill Giant
Red Elemental Blast
Island Version 2
Mountain Version 3
Forest Version 1
Forest Version 3


Beta Hurloon Minotaur and Beta Lightning Bolt with embedded hologram front and back


Beta Power Sink with embedded hologram front and back


Beta False Orders, Hill Giant and Red Elemental Blast with embedded hologram front and back


Beta Island, Mountain and Forests with embedded hologram front and back


Hologram "High Gloss Glossogram" close up

Furthermore, there is a high quality copy of a Fork made entirely of brass, a Birds of Paradise, a Shivan Dragon and an Hurloon Minotaur. Those cards are believed to be unofficial, and maybe unique, third-party items created as samples to offer Wizards of the Coast alternate card creation techniques in hope of engaging in business. A better view of the brass Fork can be gained in a video created by of Marc Gembinski (MPG format) Metal Fork video. It has been confirmed that this is not a WotC-created product. It also was not handed out at a convention. The image on the card is from the Revised edition, so that would place its creation sometime in 1994. The best estimate is that this is a sample card: created by a company as a sample, hoping to sell its process to WotC. The sample was not accepted, and the usual course of action in such a situation is to destroy the samples. At least in this one case, that was not done, and now the metal Fork resides in a private collection. The metal Fork appears to be made of brass. It's very shiny, and the scan does not do it justice. The picture and text appear to be imprinted with some sort of laser etching.

I was told the shivan was going to be a promo of some sorts, but they decided 6x9 cards would be cooler...

Shivan was the last of the metal cards....

From what I gather, they were made in this order.....

Hurloon Minotaur (actually looks like its cast, not stamped or machined)

Fork
Bird of Paradise
Dragon Whelp

All three were revised edition......

Then the Shivan Dragon came out as 4th.....

Supposedly there is a black lotus, but I have never seen it or gotten confirmation it exists....there may be other cards, but again never seen or heard of another.

Stausch had the fork and told me some company made four of them trying to pitch the idea to WotC. But when it got shot down they had to stop for copyright issues.

I can promise you there is more than 1 of fork and shivan.

A guy at Worlds 97 had two forks he was attempting to sell, his price was pretty crazy, so dunno if they sold.

At Worlds 98, two Shivans showed up and sold during the week......I saw another one later that year that a WOTC employee had at the game center.

I think too, if you look in the pictures of the one WOTC employee's mega magic collection, he has a metal card in it, which I believe is a shivan.

If you email Len at Cardhaus, he will tell you he has seen both for sale a few times over the years....

From what I was told, there was less than 10 of the Fork made, less than 20 of the Shivan.....never been given numbers on the Birds. Len told me he has seen just 3 (counting mine) of the Hurloon Minotaur.

None of them are one offs though......



Metal Hurloon Minotaur front


Metal Fork Revised 1994 front and back


Metal Birds of Paradise Revised 1994 front. This one is of much poorer quality, looking like etched aluminum or tin.


Metal Shivan Dragon 4th Edition 1995 front and back

Regarding the Hurloon Minotaur, nobody is quite sure how many of these exist (apparently 3). It came from the collection of an ex-WotC employee. The card is unlike the other metal cards (Fork, Shivan Dragon, Birds of Paradise). Unlike those cards which were pristine castings, this one is a much rougher cast. The cards imperfections are from casting, they are not damage from handling.


Metal Hurloon Minotaur (Flavor text is positionated in a different way) close up


Metal Shivan Dragon 4th Edition 1995 front and back close up

INTERNAL LINKS
Metal Card Values? topic the Forum

The Japanese Tempest Horned Turtle card has been given a holographic treatment, appearing as a pattern of crystalline triangles on top of the card surface. This card has existed in other languages, including English, but most copies have been destroyed. It is possibly another experimental foil card, preceding the Exodus foil project.


Foil Horned Turtle Japanese Tempest front and back

An even earlier attempt to use the hologram technology for Magic cards has been made on a single Dragon Whelp card, where the original artwork had been replaced by a separate hologram embedded into the cardstock, at least 2 cards are known to exist. This method had supposedly been rejected because of its high production costs. In 2014, the Artist Amy Weber sold an holographic Dragon Whelp sticker not on top of cardstock.


Holographic Revised Dragon Whelp Sticker on top of cardstock front view


Holographic Revised Dragon Whelp Sticker on top of cardstock side view


Holographic Dragon Whelp Sticker Front from Amy Weber


Holographic Dragon Whelp Sticker Front from Amy Weber


Holographic Dragon Whelp Sticker Side from Amy Weber

Apparently 4 Holographic Dragon Whelp were made by Krystal Holographics in Logan, UT (now DuPont Holographics Inc). The Dragon Whelp sticker is mounted on a Fourth edition Dragon Whelp card that was to be presented as a prototype to Wizards. It was never pushed into production as the hologram is slightly thicker.


Holographic Fourth Edition Dragon Whelp Sticker on top of cardstock front. It was sold for $3,050.00 in May 31, 2016.

The textless foil Lighting Bolt and Serra Avatar are one of few test cards which had been added to Japanese Urza's Destiny print sheets. While most of them were destroyed, a handful of them survived and were erroneously distributed in Japanese Urza's Destiny boosters. More miscellaneous test prints are known to exist.

*ALTERNATE FRAME WITH UNGLUED SYMBOL TEST PRINTS*

From Daniel Gelon (graphic designer for that project): Around the time of Unglued we had toyed with the idea of changing the card face. Mainly to make land in a hand easier to read. They were not supposed to be the official card faces for any set (not 8th). It was an internal thought experiment that was rejected. Here are the 2 press proof sheets I have non foil- complete with comment marks.


2 non foil sheets are known to exist:
5 x 6 with 30 cards
4 x 6 with 22 cards and 2 Black Fillers

Illustrations that were used on the cards are from Common, Uncommon and Rare Visions (VIS), Tempest (TMP), Nemesis (NMS) and Prophecy cards (PCY), the 5 basic lands are from Mercadian Masques (MMQ). It is not known when that project was done precisely but it was after June 2000.

SHEET 1
Row 1: C Netter en-Dal (NMS), C Seal of Cleansing (NMS), C Rootwater Commando (NMS), C Daze (NMS), C Phyrexian Driver (NMS)
Row 2: C Stronghold Discipline (NMS), C Bola Warrior (NMS), C Downhill Charge (NMS), U Flowstone Thopter (NMS), U Rejuvenation Chamber (NMS)
Row 3: C Harvest Mage (NMS), U Animate Land (NMS), U Jolting Merfolk (NMS), U Voice of Truth (NMS), R Rath's Edge (NMS)
Row 4: U Terrain Generator (NMS), U Thalakos Lowlands (TMP), U Jungle Basin (VIS), C Swamp 339 (MMQ), C Forest 347 (MMQ)
Row 5: C Mountain 343 (MMQ), C Island 335 (MMQ), C Plains 331 (MMQ), C Phyrexian Driver (NMS), C Plague Witch (NMS)
Row 6: C Plague Witch x 5 (NMS)

SHEET 2
Row 1: C Zerapa Minotaur (PCY) x 4
Row 2: C Zerapa Minotaur (PCY) x 4
Row 3: C Zerapa Minotaur (PCY) x 4
Row 4: C Zerapa Minotaur (PCY) x 4
Row 5: C Zerapa Minotaur (PCY) x 4
Row 6: Black Filler, C Zerapa Minotaur (PCY) x 4, Plague Witch (NMS), Black Filler

A foil Llanowar Elves with the illustration of Harvest Mage from Nemesis exists with square cut corners, the text box is not foil and white back. It is not known if the foil sheets still exist or if more Foil singles are available for the moment.




One of the Non-foil Complete Press proof sheets with Unglued symbol and comment marks. White back.

*ALTERNATE FRAME 8TH EDITION WITH JUDGMENT SYMBOL TEST PRINTS*

Only non foil card exist. The cards have the Judgement Symbol in black, silver, and gold (C/U/R), they only exist with white back and are thinner then a normal MTG card. All the cards have 2 versions: Artist on the left and dark and Artist on the right and bright. Multiple cards exist (approximately 10 of each). Those with the Judgment symbols were playtested. This is the list of the cards known for the moment:

ARTIFACT
Static Orb

WHITE
Benevolent Bodyguard
Disenchant
Longbow Archer
Suntail Hawk
Wrath of God

BLUE
Compulsion
Counterspell
Flash of Insight
Mahamoti Djinn
Opposition
Patron Wizard
Persuasion
Sleight of Hand

BLACK
Chainer's Edict
Duress
Engineering Plague
Mutilate
Nantuko Shade

RED
Devastating Dreams
Earthquake
Firebolt
Fledgling Dragon
Price of Glory
Shock
Violent Eruption
Volcanic Hammer

GREEN
Basking Rootwalla
Beast Attack
Birds of Paradise
Call of the Herd
Elephant Guide
Genesis
Llanowar Elves
Phantom Centaur
Spellbane Centaur
Squirrel Nest
Wild Mongrel

GOLD
Shadowmage Infiltrator

BASIC LAND (Odyssey)
Plains - Don Hazeltine
Plains - Alan Pollack
Island - Alan Pollack
Island - Ben Thompson
Swamp - Rob Alexander
Swamp - Arnie Swekel
Mountain - Rob Alexander
Mountain - Franz Vohwinkel
Forest - Rob Alexander
Forest - unknown (never see this version). If Odyssey illustration, either Larry Elmore, Jerry Tiritilli or Tony Szczudlo.

LAND
Adarkar Wastes
Barbarian Ring
City of Brass
Darkwater Catacombs
Karplusan Forest
Nantuko Monastery
Sulfurous Springs
Underground River

57 cards with 2 variations = 114 cards. Multiple Test Prints of each cards exist.


Birds of Paradise dark (Artist on the left) with white back
Birds of Paradise bright (Artist on the right) with white back

EXTERNAL LINKS
The Card Face That Wasn't Magic Arcana

*ALTERNATE FRAME 8TH EDITION WITH UNGLUED SYMBOL TEST PRINTS*

They printed 4 of each card: 2 Non-foil (Bright and Dark) and 2 different foil versions: Bright with non-foil picture/textbox and Dark with foil all over the card. The Unglued symbol was used for this serie and all the artists are on the left side. The cards have the Unglued Symbol in black, silver, and gold (C/U/R), they only exist with white back. All the Basic-Lands (Forest, Island, Mountain, Plains and Swamp) have the same picture of Parrallax Tide (Rare blue card from Nemesis). Those with the Unglued symbols were never actually playtested, just created as prototypes. The Unglued symbol ones are thicker and print quality is better than the Judgment ones.
It is not known of how many sheets were cut and test prints cards are available exactly.

This is the list of the cards that were printed with the Unglued Symbol with the exception of the 2 Artifacts that have no symbol:

ARTIFACT
Obsianus Golem
Phyrexian Vault

WHITE
Ardent Militia
Disenchant
Ekundu Griffin
Healing Salve
Infantry Veteran
Pacifism
Reprisal

BLUE
Counterspell
Flight
Phantom Warrior
Power Sink
Unsummon
Vodalian Soldiers
Wind Drake

BLACK
Agonizing Memories
Blood Pet
Bog Wraith
Python
Terror
Bog Imp
Raise Dead

RED
Anaba Shaman
Flame Spirit
Orcish Oriflamme
Pillage
Pyrotechnics
Raging Goblin
Shock

GREEN
Giant Growth
Giant Spider
Llanowar Elves
Rampant Growth
Redwood Treefolk
Scaled Wurm
Tranquility

GOLD
Segmented Wurm
Sky Spirit

BASIC LAND
Plains
Island
Swamp
Mountain
Forest

LAND
Adarkar Wastes
Crystal Vein
Ebon Stronghold
Karplusan Forest

48 different cards with 2 variations. 96 cards + 14 extra cards for a total of 110 cards.


Non-foil bright front with white back
Non-foil dark front with white back


Foil Counterspell Bright with non-foil picture/textbox front with white back
Foil Giant Growth with foil all over the card


PPlains and Mountain Bright non-foil picture/textbox front with white back

EXTERNAL LINKS
MTG 8Th Edition Uncut Test Press approval with Duel Masters cards, topic on the forum

*ANTIQUITIES SQUARE CUT WITH MISPRINTED BACK*

Antiquities back missing layers of colors during the printing process (black is one of them), or interverted colors. The white border doesn't have any Black ink, therefore it is not a test print of a white border. It is interesting to note that a test print of a white border for a Magic back card has indeed been done (this card has black ink on the rest of the card back but not on the border). 2 Antiquities Uncommons with round corner exist (probably trimmed) and at least 27 Antiquities Uncommons are known to exist with Square corners. Probability that a full sheet of Uncommons exist is high.

List of the cards:
*Argivian Archaeologist Round corners
*Argivian Archaeologist
*Ashnod's Battle Gear
*Ashnod's Transmogrant
*Bronze Tablet
*Candelabra of Tawnos Round corners
*Circle of Protection: Artifacts
*Damping Field
*Detonate X2
*Dwarven Weaponsmith
*Goblin Artisans
*Haunting Wind
*Ivory Tower
*Energy Flux
*Gaea's Avenger
*Mishra's Factory (Summer)
*Mightstone
*Obelisk of Undoing
*Power Artifact
*Rakalite
*Rocket Launcher
*Strip Mine (uneven stripe)
*Tawnos's Coffin
*Tawnos's Wand
*Tawnos's Weaponry X2
*The Rack
*Wall of Spears
*Weakstone

*It looks like they got the Red & Yellow printing plates swapped or maybe had the plates correct but used the wrong ink on each, and then after that, they didn't even bother to print the Black.
Yellow + Blue make green. The green mana ball is purple because Yellow & Red have been swapped.
Red + Blue make purple.
Same issue with the normally purple oval being green.
*The red circles in the corners look mostly normal because they are comprised of both Red + Yellow and both colors are still present.
Same with the red outline around "Magic"
*The white mana ball is normally comprised of Yellow dots with some Red dots highlighting the upper right. You can see on this card back that those colors have been swapped because the white mana ball is pinkish, being comprised of Red dots with Yellow dots highlighting the upper right. Further info not available for the moment.


Antiquities Square cut with Misprinted back


Antiquities Ivory Tower Square cut with Misprinted back


Antiquities Misprinted back (round corners, probably trimmed) front and back


Antiquities Misprinted back VS standard back (round corners)


Antiquities Misprinted back (Square corners) VS standard back (Square corners)

*EXODUS TEST PRINT CARDS BLACK BORDER FIRST SERIES *

9 cards were Test printed from Exodus, before the other series (Oath of Lieges, etc.).
A double Exodus symbol exist on all the cards. The original black symbol and a silver one over it. All the cards have regular MTG back.

Aether Tide
Angelic Blessing
Bequeathal
Charging Paladin
Cursed Flesh
Death's Duet
Furnace Brood
Predatory Hunger
School of Piranha

All the cards exist in 3 versions:

FRONT - NON-GLOSSY (Normal card with Exodus symbol)
Star and Exodus symbol with holographic treatment, appearing as a pattern of crystalline triangles (different triangles).

FRONT - GLOSSY
Star and Exodus symbol with holographic treatment, appearing as a pattern of crystalline triangles (different triangles).

FRONT - GLOSSY
Star and Exodus symbol in silver with no holographic treatment.


Angelic Blessing


Aether Tide


School of Piranha


Cursed Flesh


Death's Duet


Bequeathal

*EXODUS TEST PRINT CARDS SILVER BORDER SECOND SERIES*

4 variations of foil layer exist:
- Foil layer over entire card
- Picture without foil layer
- Picture and textbox without foil layer
- Textbox without foil layer
Inside the 4 variations, 9 different grades of brightness exist. All the cards have the original Symbol. All the cards have regular MTG back.

Oath of Lieges from Exodus
Mana Breach from Exodus
Plaguebearer from Exodus
Fighting Chance from Exodus
Survival of the Fittest from Exodus
Memory Crystal from Exodus
City of Traitors from Exodus
Pygmy Hippo from Vision


Survival of the Fittest Silver Border Dark and Silver Border Light


City of Traitors Artifact Silver Border Dark and Silver Border Light


Fighting Chance and Pygmy Hippo Silver Border Light


Fighting Chance and Pygmy Hippo Silver Border Dark


Oath of Lieges: Silver Border Light, Silver Border Dark , Silver Border Very Dark


Uncut Foil Sheet of Exodus Test Prints cards Silver Border Second Series

*EXODUS TEST PRINT CARDS BLACK BORDER WITHOUT STAR SECOND SERIES*

3 variations of foil layer exist:

- Foil layer over entire card
- Picture and textbox without foil layer
- Textbox without foil layer

Inside the 3 variations, different grades of brightness exist.

The original symbol is on the cards:

Oath of Lieges - Exodus - gold Symbol
Mana Breach - Exodus - silver Symbol
Plaguebearer - Exodus - gold Symbol
Figthing Chance - Exodus - gold Symbol
Survival of the Fittest - Exodus - gold Symbol
Memory Crystal - Exodus - gold Symbol
City of Traitors - Exodus - gold Symbol
Pygmy Hippo - Vision - "V" Symbol

With the exception of:

Pygmy Hippo - Vision - without Symbol

All the cards with Symbol (Exodus and Vision) exist:
- 1 and 1

It is not known if - 1, 1, + 1, - 2, + 2, - 3 and + 3 exist with the different color text box

With the exception of:

Pygmy Hippo - Vision - without Symbol:
- 1 and + 1

All the cards have regular MTG back.

*EXODUS TEST PRINT CARDS BLACK BORDER WITHOUT STAR SECOND SERIES WITH WHITE BACKS (NFC)*

Two Foil Exodus Test Prints uncut sheets Black Border without Star and with white backs were sold to private collectors, they differ from the others. One of the owner did have the sheet cut (NFC) in order to sell the Test Prints individually. This info is added in this index only for historical reasons.

From one of the owner:
The foiling process on the one I have is quite a bit different from the other sheet, though I believe everything else is the same. The foiling on my sheet looks more like a "camouflage" foil as opposed to the other one.

I wanted to add some details about the foil sheet for the index, since it's much cooler than what I had originally thought. I can't verify if the other sheet is exactly like this or not, but I know who bought it and will contact him to ask.

When I originally started looking to buy the sheet, I thought each card on the sheet was the exact same (so 9 of the same City, 9 of the same Survival, etc.). To my surprise, they are all unique and no two are the same! I've never seen an uncut test print sheet, so I didn't know that's how they printed them.

There are 9 rows on the sheet and I'm going to describe the details row by row (starting from the top). The first descriptor is the number in the right margin. Hopefully someone can help me, as I'm not 100% sure what that means. Is it just the saturation of the ink, or does it describe certain colors being more prevalent? The +1 appears to be darker than the -1, but I couldn't tell any differences in colors being missing, etc.

The second descriptor is about how much foil is on the card. The sheet is broken down into 3x rows of "+1" darkness, 3x rows of "-1" darkness, and 3x rows of "1" darkness. Each of those 3 rows have a different foiling process on them. They either have foil everywhere, foil everywhere except the text box, or foil everywhere except the text box and picture box.

The third descriptor is whether or not the cards have a set symbol. The first 4 rows on the sheet do not have symbols, while the bottom 5 do. I found it very odd that they didn't do either 3 or 6 with the symbol and instead only did 5.

Those are the main differences in each row. However, there is one extra different that makes on the rows unique from the other eight. All the rows have white ink for all the text not in the text box (name, card type, power/toughness, artist name and copyright), except row 3. Row 3 has no white ink in those places, so all that text is foil instead. It looks extremely awesome and I'm not sure why they only tested one row this way.

Row 1: +1 , full foiling on card, no set symbol
Row 2: +1 , no foil in text box, no set symbol
Row 3: +1 , no foil in text box or picture, no set symbol, foil title etc.

Row 4: -1, full foiling on card, no set symbol
Row 5: -1 , no foil in text box, has set symbol
Row 6: -1 , no foil in text box or picture, has set symbol

Row 7: 1, full foiling on card, has set symbol
Row 8: 1 , no foil in text box, has set symbol
Row 9: 1 , no foil in text box or picture, has set symbol

The picture doesn't really do the sheet justice. The foiling process looks awesome. It's made in small 1 inch x 1 inch squares, so you can still see the lines that divide each square. It's something I don't think they've ever used on anything else.



Uncut Foil Sheet 1 of Exodus Test Print cards Black Border without Star Second Series and white back.

Cards from the top 4 rows. No Expansion symbol. White back and Non Factory Cut.


Survival of the Fittest and Pygmy Hippo +1 from row 1, Non Factory Cut. Entirely foiled. The cardstock is a little thicker than normal Magic cardstock. The backside is white.


The Plaguebearer and Memory Crystal +1 from Row 2, Non Factory Cut. No foil in the text box. The cardstock is a little thicker than normal Magic cardstock. The backside is white.


Mana Breach and Oath of Lieges +1 from row 3, Non Factory Cut. Only the card frame as well as the white text are foil. The cardstock is a little thicker than normal Magic cardstock. The backside is white.


Fighting Chance and City of Traitors -1 from Row 4, Non Factory Cut. Entirely foiled. The cardstock is a little thicker than normal Magic cardstock. The backside is white.


Filler with camoflage pattern that repeats every .75 inches. Non Factory Cut with white back.


Uncut Foil Sheet 2 of Exodus Test Prints cards Black Border without Star Second Series and white back.

*EXODUS TEST PRINT CARDS BLACK BORDER WITH STAR SECOND SERIES*

3 variations of foil layer exist:

- Foil layer over entire card
- Picture and textbox without foil layer
- Textbox without foil layer

Inside the 3 variations, different grades of brightness exist.

The symbol is embedded in black, silver or gold on the cards (no original symbol):

Oath of Lieges - Exodus
Mana Breach - Exodus
Plaguebearer - Exodus
Fighting Chance - Exodus
Survival of the Fittest - Exodus
Memory Crystal - Exodus
City of Traitors - Exodus

with exception of:

Pygmy Hippo - Vision - with Exodus symbol

Numbers on cards:

Oath of Lieges, Mana Breach, Plaguebearer, Fighting Chance, Survival of the Fittest:

- 1 and 1 and +1

Memory Crystal:

-1 and +1 and +2 and +3

City of Traitors:

-1 with gold textbox
+1 with gold, white, green, red, blue, black textbox
-2 with gold, white, green, red, blue, black textbox
+2 with gold, white, green, red, blue, black textbox
+3 with gold, white, green, red, blue, black textbox

It is not known if - 1, 1, and - 3 exist with the different color text box

Pygmy Hippo:

+1 (to remember: with Exodus symbol)

All the cards have regular MTG back.


Oath of Lieges +1 with Star and Black Symbol


Survival of the Fittest +1 with Star and Silver Symbol

INTERNAL LINKS
Uncut test foil exodus sheet topic the Forum

*FALLEN EMPIRES CARDS WITH WYVERN BACK*

In 1994, Carta Mundi was manufacturing several different card games. Two of these games were Wyvern and Magic: the Gathering. Due to a printing error, an unknown amount of cards from Fallen Empires were printed with Wyvern backs along with Magic’s card front. These were distributed in Wyvern Limited Premiere Edition starter decks. 121 different cards exist (Common Set), no Uncommon or Rare. Some collectors own complete sets of the 121 Commons.


Goblin Grenade with Wyvern back


Sealed Wyvern Limited Premiere Edition Starter Deck front and back

INTERNAL LINKS
Wyvern-Backed Fallen Empires...what are my chances ? topic the Forum

*FIFTH DAWN NEW OVER FOIL COATING TEST PRINTS*

It was tested on the rare sheet (55 cards) from Fifth Dawn. The Rare cards with Fifth Dawn Symbol in gold (R) have a white back. As a sheet is 110 cards, only two of each rare was printed with this foiling type. After this test, the new foil-coating was introduced with:

USA/CANADA

Junior Super Series Promos 2005 and 2006
Slith Firewalker 1/2 J05
Royal Assassin 2/2 J05
Sakura-Tribe Elder 1/2 J06
Shard Phoenix 2/2 J06

Magic Scholarship Series Promos 2007 and 2008
Soltari Priest 1/2 J07
Whirling Dervish 2/2 J07
Glorious Anthem 1/3 J08
Elvish Champion 2/3 J08
Mad Auntie 3/3 J08

EUROPE

Junior Series from 2005 to 2008
Slith Firewalker 1/2 E 05
Royal Assassin 2/2 E 05
Sakura-Tribe Elder 1/2 E06
Shard Phoenix 2/2 E06
Soltari Priest 1/2 E07
Whirling Dervish 2/2 E07
Glorious Anthem 1/2 E08
Elvish Champion 2/2 E08

JAPAN

Arena League Promos 2008
Mad Auntie 3/3 N08

Japan Junior Tournament Promos from 2005 to 2008
Slith Firewalker 1/2 N05
Royal Assassin 2/2 N05
Sakura-Tribe Elder 1/2 N06
Shard Phoenix 2/2 N06
Soltari Priest 1/2 N07
Whirling Dervish 2/2 N07
Glorious Anthem 1/3 N08
Elvish Champion 2/3 N08

ASIA/PACIFIC

Junior Series APAC Series Promos from 2006 to 2008
Sakura Tribe Elder 1/2 U06
Shard Phoenix 2/2 U 06
Soltari Priest 1/2 U07
Whirling Dervish 2/2 U07
Glorious Anthem 1/2 U08
Elvish Champion 2/2 U08

This is the list of known cards that were available as singles:
Beacon of Creation
Engineered Explosives
Hoverguard Sweepers
Rude Awakening
Spectral Shift
Staff of Domination
Vedalken Shackles


Hoverguard Sweepers Fifth Dawn Test Print front and back


Rude Awakening Fifth Dawn Test Print front and back


Engineered Explosives Fifth Dawn Test Print front and back


Staff of Dominion Fifth Dawn Test Print front and back


Vedalken Shackles Fifth Dawn Test Print front and back

INTERNAL LINKS
Junior Super Series Promos
Junior Series Promos
Arena League Promos (Japanese)
Japan Junior Tournament Promos
Junior APAC Series Promos

*FIFTH EDITION TRADITIONAL CHINESE WITH TIGERS & BLACK PANTHERS & LIONS BACK*

Two sheets (11 x 12) are known to exist coming from Traditional Chinese 5th Edition Uncommon sheets. No additional info is available from the moment.

*From the seller of those sheets:

Here's the scoop as far as I know with them. I worked at a packaging plant in IL called Production Packaging (It was bought out and is now Peacock Engineering - and of course they canned me and the other managers first.... that's another story). We packed out all kinds of items like gift sets, pop up displays, food items, and various games. We did a job with WotC on a game called "What Were You Thinking". Our company ordered all the litho sheets and parts, etc..., and on some shipments coming in on those game cards, the cover of the pallets had all kinds of cool uncut sheets from many different card games and things. It's been like 3 years or so since I have been with them, but the main graphic companies we've dealt with were: Carta Mundi, Graphic Converting both out of our area in IL.. I can only assume that they are printed different items on the back sides because they may have been sheets they ran through the presses or through some process to set up or something. I think that it can safely be assumed that this is a wizard's product that was never meant for release. My thought is that it might have been the result of wizards testing a printer and rejecting the results. The sheets were scrap and ended up on an outgoing pallet and were expected to be discarded but were salvaged instead. The sheet has color bars along one edge and says proporty of w.o.t.c.. My other uncut sheets all say this is the property of wizards of the coast or this is property of wizards of the coast. My main question about this sheet is whether it represents the correct layout of a 5th edition uncommon sheet? If anyone has access to a real sheet I would appreciate information.


The back of the sheet has images of:
Snow-white Bengal Tiger: Akbar-Kabul
Black Panther: Macumba
Lion: Mombasa
White Lion: Thor
While I still don't know where they come from or for which purpose, they were used, the names are from the ones owned by Siegfried & Roy.


White Lion Thor


Fifth Edition Traditional Chinese Uncommon uncut sheet with Tigers & Black Panthers & Lions back Sheets Front and Back.


Fifth Edition Traditional Chinese Uncommon uncut sheet with Tigers & Black Panthers & Lions back. Details Front and Back

*FRENCH LIMITED EDITION MISCUTS*

RARE

COMMON


*GERMAN / FRENCH COPYRIGHT TEST PRINTS*

All the cards are in German but have the 1994 copyright text in French. The card name is in German but they have the illustration, casting cost, text, flavor text and power/toughness of another card. Multiple copies of each exist.
Different info gathered by WotC employees indicates that they were testing fonts, spacing and card stock and used images and what not that they had available on the computer.
Cards are made on an inferior card stock and indeed they do not stand up to the bend test (they crease). The card thickness of these test prints is the same as regular cards, 0.012 inches thick (.3048 mm), and are .02 inches (.5 mm) taller than regular cards. All of the cards have white border Front and MTG black border backs with different variations, while some others have a white border back.
Apparently only one card was sent to Amy Weber the "Waldfeen/Mesa Pegasus/Scryb Sprites" as a definite printing with what looks like a normal card stock (I'm working on the subject with another member in December 2015) and resisting the bend test. 50 copies were sent to her along with some regular Artist Proofs.
From the auction listing:"This is a misprinted card from the collectable card game Magic: The Gathering. I am pretty sure this is a counterfeit card but I thought someone might enjoy it for their collection. It was given to me when I worked at Wizards of the Coast. It is in mint unused condition. The artist Amy Weber is the one selling the card."


In 2014, someone has found 17 copies of the Unholy Strength / Blue Elemental Blast with black border back.

This is the list of the cards known to exist:

WHITE


German card name: Kriegsmammut (War Mammoth)
Illustration of the card: Healing Salve
Front of the card: War Mammoth / Healing Salve
Text box: Text from Limitierte Auflage (FBB German)
French Copyright: © 1994 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Tous droits réservés.
Back of the card: Black Border with Brown Line Left and Black Line Down


German card name: Kriegsmammut (War Mammoth)
Illustration of the card: Healing Salve
Front of the card: War Mammoth / Healing Salve
Text box: Text from Limitierte Auflage (FBB German)
French Copyright: © 1994 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Tous droits réservés.
Back of the card: White Border Back


German card name: Dryaden aus dem Shanodin (Shanodin Dryads)
Illustration of the card: Holy Armor
Front of the card: Shanodin Dryads / Holy Armor
Text box: Text from Limitierte Auflage (FBB German)
French Copyright: © 1994 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Tous droits réservés.
Back of the card: White Border Back
First card seen with a White Border back


German card name: Waldfeen (Scryb Sprites)
Illustration of the card: Mesa Pegasus
Front of the card: Scryb Sprites / Mesa Pegasus
Text box: Text from Limitierte Auflage (FBB German)
French Copyright: © 1994 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Tous droits réservés.
Back of the card: Black border with Brown Line Left and Brown Line Down
This is the only card that was sent to an artist (Amy Weber) from WotC


German card name: Waldfeen (Scryb Sprites)
Illustration of the card: Mesa Pegasus
Front of the card: Scryb Sprites / Mesa Pegasus
Text box: Text from Limitierte Auflage (FBB German)
French Copyright: © 1994 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Tous droits réservés.
Back of the card: White Border Back


German card name: Grizzlybären (Grizzly Bears)
Illustration of the card: Samite Healer
Front of the card: Grizzly Bears / Samite Healer
Text box: Text from Limitierte Auflage (FBB German)
French Copyright: © 1994 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Tous droits réservés.
Back of the card: Black border with Black/Brown Line Left and Brown/White Line Down


German card name: Grizzlybären (Grizzly Bears)
Illustration of the card: Samite Healer
Front of the card: Grizzly Bears / Samite Healer
Text box: Text from Limitierte Auflage (FBB German)
French Copyright: © 1994 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Tous droits réservés.
Back of the card: White Border Back

BLUE


German card name: Unheilige Stärke (Unholy Strength)
Illustration of the card: Blue Elemental Blast
Front of the card: Unholy Strength / Blue Elemental Blast
Text box: Text from Limitierte Auflage (FBB German)
French Copyright: © 1994 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Tous droits réservés.
Back of the card: Black border with Black/Brown Line Left and Brown/White Line down


German card name: Heulen aus dem Jenseits (Howl from Beyond)
Illustration of the card: Merfolk of the Pearl Trident
Front of the card: Howl from Beyond / Merfolk of the Pearl Trident
Text box: Text from Limitierte Auflage (FBB German)
French Copyright: © 1994 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Tous droits réservés.
Back of the card: White Border Back


German card name: Auferstehung der Toten (Raise Dead)
Illustration of the card: Phantasmal Terrain
Front of the card: Raise Dead / Phantasmal Terrain
Text box: Text from Limitierte Auflage (FBB German)
French Copyright: © 1994 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Tous droits réservés.
Back of the card: Black border with Black Line Left and Black Line down


German card name: Der schwarze Tod (Pestilence)
Illustration of the card: Spell Blast
Front of the card: Pestilence / Spell Blast
Text box: Text from Limitierte Auflage (FBB German)
French Copyright: © 1994 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Tous droits réservés.
Back of the card: Black Border Back

BLACK


German card name: Holzmauer (Wall of Wood)
Illustration of the card: Paralyze
Front of the card: Wall of Wood / Paralyze
Text box: Text from Limitierte Auflage (FBB German)
French Copyright: © 1994 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Tous droits réservés.
Back of the card: Black border with White/Brown Line left and Black Line down


German card name: Holzmauer (Wall of Wood)
Illustration of the card: Paralyze
Front of the card: Wall of Wood / Paralyze
Text box: Text from Limitierte Auflage (FBB German)
French Copyright: © 1994 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Tous droits réservés.
Back of the card: White Border Back


German card name: Ehernwurzelbaumvolk (Ironfoot Treefolk)
Illustration of the card: Pestilence
Front of the card: Ironfoot Treefolk / Pestilence
Text box: Text from Limitierte Auflage (FBB German)
French Copyright: © 1994 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Tous droits réservés.
Back with White/Brown Line left and Brown/Black Line down


German card name: Ehernwurzelbaumvolk (Ironfoot Treefolk)
Illustration of the card: Pestilence
Front of the card: Ironfoot Treefolk / Pestilence
Text box: Text from Limitierte Auflage (FBB German)
French Copyright: © 1994 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Tous droits réservés.
Back of the card: White Border Back


German card name: Lindwurm (Craw Wurm)
Illustration of the card: Raise Dead
Front of the card: Craw Wurm / Raise Dead
Text box: Text from Limitierte Auflage (FBB German)
French Copyright: © 1994 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Tous droits réservés.
Back of the card: Black border with White/Brown Line left and Brown/White Line down

RED


German card name: Furcht (Fear)
Illustration of the card: Dwarven Warriors
Front of the card: Fear / Dwarven Warriors
Text box: Text from Limitierte Auflage (FBB German)
French Copyright: © 1994 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Tous droits réservés.
Back of the card: Black border Back


German card name: Dunkler Sog (Drain Life)
Illustration of the card: Firebreathing
Front of the card: Drain Life / Firebreathing
Text box: Text from Limitierte Auflage (FBB German)
French Copyright: © 1994 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Tous droits réservés.
Back of the card: Black border Back


German card name: Wüstenräuber (Erg Raiders)
Illustration of the card: Grey Ogre
Front of the card: Erg Raiders / Grey Ogre
Text box: Text from Limitierte Auflage (FBB German)
French Copyright: © 1994 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Tous droits réservés.
Back of the card: Black border Back


German card name: Terror (Terror)
Illustration of the card: Stone Rain
Front of the card: Terror / Stone Rain
Text box: Text from Limitierte Auflage (FBB German)
French Copyright: © 1994 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Tous droits réservés.
Back of the card: White Border Back

GREEN


German card name: Heer der geplagten Skelette (Drudge Skeletons)
Illustration of the card: Craw Wurm
Front of the card: Drudge Skeletons / Craw Wurm
Text box: Text from Limitierte Auflage (FBB German)
French Copyright: © 1994 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Tous droits réservés.
Back of the card: Black border Back


German card name: Seelenlose Zombies (Scathe Zombies)
Illustration of the card: Giant Spider
Front of the card: Scathe Zombies / Giant Spider
Text box: Text from Limitierte Auflage (FBB German)
French Copyright: © 1994 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Tous droits réservés.
Back of the card: Black border Back


German card name: Schauriger Schatten (Frozen Shade)
Illustration of the card: Ironroot Treefolk
Front of the card: Frozen Shade / Ironroot Treefolk
Text box: Text from Limitierte Auflage (FBB German)
French Copyright: © 1994 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Tous droits réservés.
Back of the card: White Border Back


German card name: Pestratten (Plague Rats)
Illustration of the card: Wild Growth
Front of the card: Plague Rats / Wild Growth
Text box: Text from Limitierte Auflage (FBB German)
French Copyright: © 1994 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Tous droits réservés.
Back of the card: White Border Back

LANDS


German card name: Schwäche (Weakness)
Illustration of the card: Forest Version 2
Front of the card: Weakness / Forest Version 2
Text box: Text from Limitierte Auflage (FBB German)
French Copyright: © 1994 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Tous droits réservés.
Back of the card: White Border Back


German card name: Schwarzer Ritus (Dark Ritual)
Illustration of the card: Island Version 2
Front of the card: Dark Ritual / Island Version 2
Text box: Text from Limitierte Auflage (FBB German)
French Copyright: © 1994 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Tous droits réservés.
Back of the card: Black Border Back


German card name: Lähmung (Paralyze)
Illustration of the card: Mountain Version 3
Front of the card: Paralyze / Mountain Version 3
Text box: Text from Limitierte Auflage (FBB German)
French Copyright: © 1994 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Tous droits réservés.
Back of the card: White Border Back


German card name: Holzmauer (Wall of Wood)
Illustration of the card: Plains Version 2
Front of the card: Wall of Wood / Plains Version 2
Text box: Text from Limitierte Auflage (FBB German)
French Copyright: © 1994 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Tous droits réservés.
Back of the card: Black border with Brown Line left and Brown Line down


German card name: Riesenspinne (Giant Spider)
Illustration of the card: Swamp Version 1
Front of the card: Giant Spider / Swamp Version 1
Text box: Text from ?
French Copyright: © 1994 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Tous droits réservés.
Back of the card: Black border with Brown Line left and Black Line down


German card name: Riesenspinne (Giant Spider)
Illustration of the card: Swamp Version 1
Front of the card: Giant Spider / Swamp Version 1
Text box: Text from ?
French Copyright: © 1994 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Tous droits réservés.
Back of the card: White Border Back

EXTERNAL LINKS
Squt's Magic Misprint/Error List

INTERNAL LINKS
German/French ultra-rare "fake" misprint topic on the forum
Scryb Pegasus topic on the forum
Test Prints Waldfeen/Scryb Sprites and Others topic on the forum
Compilation "German/French Copyright" Test Prints topic on the forum

*M15 TEST PRINTS*

Prior to the release of M15, test prints were created. 2 Complete sets of 165 test prints exist and some extras, for a total of approximately 500 Test Prints. Half of the cards used were from Magic 2013 and the others from random extensions: Conflux, Scars of Mirrodin, New Phyrexia, Return to Ravnica, Born of the Gods as well as Special Sets: Magic Commander 2011, From The Vault: Legends.

37 different cards were used with multiple variations of tests:
*Foil
*Non foil
*Different symbols positionated at different places
*Missing watermark
*Pre-stamp silver oval in the bottom center
*Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center

They all have MTG back and same thickness as regular cards. No further info from the moment.

List of the 37 different cards:

From Magic 2013

Ajani's Sunstriker
Arms Dealer
Archaeomancer
Bloodhunter Bat
Boundless Realms
Cathedral of War
Crippling Blight
Door to Nothingness
Dragonskull Summit
Forest
Garruk's Packleader
Gilded Lotus
Island
Mountain
Plains
Phyrexian Hulk (Karn, Silver Golem illustration)
Primal Clay
Searing Spear
Swamp

From different extensions and Special sets

Ash Zealot. Return to Ravnica Rare symbol. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center
Blood Crypt. Return to Ravnica Rare symbol. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center
Court Homunculus. Conflux Common Symbol.
Courser of Kruphix. Born of the Gods Rare symbol. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center
Cumber Stone. Conflux Uncommon symbol.
Deadbridge Goliath. Return to Ravnica Rare symbol. No watermark. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center
Diabolic Revelation. M13 Rare symbol. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center
Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite. New Phyrexia Mythic symbol. No watermark. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center
Isperia, Supreme Judge. Return to Ravnica Mythic symbol. No watermark. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center
Jace, Architect of Thought. Return to Ravnica Mythic symbol. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center
Karador, Ghost Chieftain. Magic Commander Mythic symbol. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center
*Plains. Return to Ravnica Common symbol. Artist John Avon instead of Richard Wright.
Rakdos Shred-Freak. Return to Ravnica Common symbol. No watermark.
Semblance Anvil. Scars of Mirrodin Rare symbol. No watermark. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center
*Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre. 10 mana cost instead of 11. From The Vault: Legends Mythic symbol. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center
Voidwielder. Return to Ravnica Common symbol

Others
Legendary Creature - Gotham M (A and B versions)
Planeswalker - Gotham M (A and B versions)


M15 Phyrexian Hulk Test Print front


M15 Island Test Print front


M15 Test Print fronts


M15 Test Print fronts


M15 Test Print Phyrexian Hulk and Door to Nothingness fronts
M15 Test Print Gilded Lotus and Arms Dealer fronts

M15 Test Prints Part 1
A White Legendary Creature - Gotham M. Return to Ravnica Common symbol
A Blue Legendary Creature - Gotham M. Return to Ravnica Common symbol
A Black Legendary Creature - Gotham M. Return to Ravnica Common symbol
A Red Legendary Creature - Gotham M. Return to Ravnica Common symbol
A Green Legendary Creature - Gotham M. Return to Ravnica Common symbol
A Gold/Multicolor Legendary Creature - Gotham M. Return to Ravnica Common symbol
A Artifact Legendary Creature - Gotham M. Return to Ravnica Common symbol
A Land Legendary Creature - Gotham M. Return to Ravnica Common symbol
A White Planeswalker - Gotham M. M15 Rare symbol



M15 Test Prints Part 2
A Blue Planeswalker - Gotham M. M15 Rare symbol
A Black Planeswalker - Gotham M. M15 Rare symbol
A Red Planeswalker - Gotham M. M15 Rare symbol
A Green Planeswalker - Gotham M. M15 Rare symbol
A Gold/Multicolor Planeswalker - Gotham M. M15 Rare symbol
B White Legendary Creature - Gotham M. Return to Ravnica Common symbol
B Blue Legendary Creature - Gotham M. Return to Ravnica Common symbol
B Black Legendary Creature - Gotham M. Return to Ravnica Common symbol
B Red Legendary Creature - Gotham M. Return to Ravnica Common symbol



M15 Test Prints Part 3
B Green Legendary Creature - Gotham M. Return to Ravnica Common symbol
B Gold/Multicolor Legendary Creature - Gotham M. Return to Ravnica Common symbol
B Artifact Legendary Creature - Gotham M. Return to Ravnica Common symbol
B Land Legendary Creature - Gotham M. Return to Ravnica Common symbol
B White Legendary Creature - Gotham M. Return to Ravnica Common symbol
B Blue Legendary Creature - Gotham M. Return to Ravnica Common symbol
B Black Legendary Creature - Gotham M. Return to Ravnica Common symbol
B Red Legendary Creature - Gotham M. Return to Ravnica Common symbol
B Green Legendary Creature - Gotham M. Return to Ravnica Common symbol



M15 Test Prints Part 4
B Gold/Multicolor Legendary Creature - Gotham M. Return to Ravnica Common symbol
B Artifact Legendary Creature - Gotham M. Return to Ravnica Common symbol
B Land Legendary Creature - Gotham M. Return to Ravnica Common symbol
B White Planeswalker - Gotham M. M15 Rare symbol. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center
B Blue Planeswalker - Gotham M. M15 Rare symbol. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center
B Black Planeswalker - Gotham M. M15 Rare symbol. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center
B Red Planeswalker - Gotham M. M15 Rare symbol. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center
B Green Planeswalker - Gotham M. M15 Rare symbol. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center
B Gold/Multicolor Planeswalker - Gotham M. M15 Rare symbol. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center



M15 Test Prints Part 5
B White Planeswalker - Gotham M. M15 Rare symbol. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center
B Blue Planeswalker - Gotham M. M15 Rare symbol. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center
B Black Planeswalker - Gotham M. M15 Rare symbol. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center
B Red Planeswalker - Gotham M. M15 Rare symbol. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center
B Green Planeswalker - Gotham M. M15 Rare symbol. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center
B Gold/Multicolor Planeswalker - Gotham M. M15 Rare symbol. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center



M15 Test Prints Part 6
Phyrexian Hulk (Karn, Silver Golem)
Phyrexian Hulk (Karn, Silver Golem)
Phyrexian Hulk (Karn, Silver Golem)
Phyrexian Hulk (Karn, Silver Golem)
Phyrexian Hulk (Karn, Silver Golem)
Phyrexian Hulk (Karn, Silver Golem)
Phyrexian Hulk (Karn, Silver Golem)
Primal Clay (M13)
Primal Clay (M13)



M15 Test Prints Part 7
Primal Clay (M13)
Primal Clay (M13)
Primal Clay (M13)
Primal Clay (M13)
Dragonskull Summit (M13)
Dragonskull Summit (M13)
Dragonskull Summit (M13)
Dragonskull Summit (M13)
Dragonskull Summit (M13)



M15 Test Prints Part 8
Dragonskull Summit (M13)
Cathedral of War (M13)
Cathedral of War (M13)
Cathedral of War (M13)
Cathedral of War (M13)
Cathedral of War (M13)
Cathedral of War (M13)
Forest (M13)
Forest (M13)



M15 Test Prints Part 9
Forest (M13)
Forest (M13)
Forest (M13)
Mountain (M13)
Mountain (M13)
Mountain (M13)
Mountain (M13)
Mountain (M13)
Swamp (M13)



M15 Test Prints Part 10
Swamp (M13)
Swamp (M13)
Swamp (M13)
Swamp (M13)
Swamp (M13)
Island (M13)
Island (M13)
Island (M13)
Island (M13)



M15 Test Prints Part 11
Plains (M13)
Plains (M13)
Plains (M13)
Plains (M13)
Plains (M13)
Door to Nothingness (M13)
Door to Nothingness (M13)
Door to Nothingness (M13)
Door to Nothingness (M13)



M15 Test Prints Part 12
Door to Nothingness (M13)
Door to Nothingness (M13)
Garruk's Packleader (M13)
Garruk's Packleader (M13)
Garruk's Packleader (M13)
Garruk's Packleader (M13)
Garruk's Packleader (M13)
Garruk's Packleader (M13)
Gilded Lotus (M13)



M15 Test Prints Part 13
Gilded Lotus (M13)
Gilded Lotus (M13)
Gilded Lotus (M13)
Gilded Lotus (M13)
Gilded Lotus (M13)
Searing Spear (M13)
Searing Spear (M13)
Searing Spear (M13)
Searing Spear (M13)



M15 Test Prints Part 14
Searing Spear (M13)
Searing Spear (M13)
Boundless Realms (M13)
Boundless Realms (M13)
Boundless Realms (M13)
Boundless Realms (M13)
Boundless Realms (M13)
Boundless Realms (M13)
Archaeomancer (M13)



M15 Test Prints Part 15
Archaeomancer (M13)
Archaeomancer (M13)
Archaeomancer (M13)
Archaeomancer (M13)
Archaeomancer (M13)
Bloodhunter Bat (M13)
Bloodhunter Bat (M13)
Bloodhunter Bat (M13)
Bloodhunter Bat (M13)



M15 Test Prints Part 16
Bloodhunter Bat (M13)
Bloodhunter Bat (M13)
Arms Dealer (M13)
Arms Dealer (M13)
Arms Dealer (M13)
Arms Dealer (M13)
Arms Dealer (M13)
Arms Dealer (M13)
Ajani's Sunstriker (M13)



M15 Test Prints Part 17
Ajani's Sunstriker (M13)
Ajani's Sunstriker (M13)
Ajani's Sunstriker (M13)
Ajani's Sunstriker (M13)
Ajani's Sunstriker (M13)
Crippling Blight (M13)
Crippling Blight (M13)
Crippling Blight (M13)
Crippling Blight (M13)



M15 Test Prints Part 18
Crippling Blight (M13)
Crippling Blight (M13)



M15 Test Prints Part 19
Court Homunculus. Conflux Common Symbol.
Rakdos Shred-Freak. Return to Ravnica Common symbol. No watermark.
Semblance Anvil. Scars of Mirrodin Rare symbol. No watermark. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center
Deadbridge Goliath. Return to Ravnica Rare symbol. No watermark. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center
Ash Zealot. Return to Ravnica Rare symbol. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center
Diabolic Revelation. M13 Rare symbol. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center
Cumber Stone. Conflux Uncommon symbol.
Voidwielder. Return to Ravnica Common symbol
Isperia, Supreme Judge. Return to Ravnica Mythic symbol. No watermark. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center



M15 Test Prints Part 20
Karador, Ghost Chieftain. Magic Commander Mythic symbol. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center
Blood Crypt. Return to Ravnica Rare symbol. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center
Plains. Return to Ravnica Common symbol. Artist John Avon instead of Richard Wright.
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre. 10 mana cost instead of 11. From The Vault: Legends Mythic symbol. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center
Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite. New Phyrexia Mythic symbol. No watermark. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center
Jace, Architect of Thought. Return to Ravnica Mythic symbol. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center



M15 Test Prints Part 21
Courser of Kruphix. Born of the Gods Rare symbol. Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center
Green Planeswalker - Gotham M. M15 Rare symbol. Missing Holofoil stamp silver oval in the bottom center



INTERNAL LINKS
M15 Test Prints topic on the forum

*MIRAGE JAPANESE COMMONS CARDS WITH AMSTEL BEER CARD BACK*

10 cards exist coming from a Common sheet. Other are in the wild:

WHITE
Disenchant
Pacifism

BLUE
Ray of Command

BLACK
Cadaverous Knight
Drain Life

RED
Burning Shield Askari
Searing Spear Askari

GREEN
Jolrael's Centaur
Quirion Elves
Tranquil Domain

It looks like these cards were cut by hand with a pair of scissors. They are almost certainly from one of the start-up scrap sheets. They are supposed to come from Carta Mundi.


Disenchant-Cadaverous Knight-Searing Spear Askari-Quirion Elves-Tranquil Domain Front and Amstel Beer cards Back


Amstel Beer Playing Cards back from Carta Mundi

INTERNAL LINKS
Another Great find III Amstel Beer Card back topic on forum

*NEMESIS TEXTLESS CARDS*

2 foil cards are known to exist:
* Rackling
* Rathi Assassin
No additional info is available from the moment.


Foil Rathi Assassin textless

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*NUMBER CARDS FROM SIMPLIFIED CHINESE 5TH EDITION BOOSTERS*

Number Cards Exist in blue, green and red. They are numeroted from 1 to 109. Multiple cards of some of the same numbers exist and in different colors. 174 cards are known to exist:
Blue: 37
Green: 89
Red: 48
Read the Specimen Stronghold cards subsection and internal links below for more info.


Number Card 69 blue front and back


Number Card 5 green front and back


Number Card 108 red front and back

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*POKEMON GERMAN CARDS SQUARE CUT WITH MTG BACK*

While WotC still owned Pokemon as well as MTG, during printing some of the sheets were mixed up at the NY packout facility. This mix-up resulted in MTG backed Pokemon cards square cut from the German Base Set Unlimited Edition 1999. All were destroyed except few of them. At least 10 are known to exist:

* 1 x Arkani (Arcanine) Artist Ken Sugimori
* 1 x Fukano (Growlithe) Artist Ken Sugimori
* 2 x Hornliu (Weedle) Artist Mitsuhiro Arita
* 4 x Nidoran Artist Ken Sugimori
* 2 x Tangela Artist Mitsuhiro Arita


Arkani Pokemon (Uncommon 23/102) square cut with MTG back


Fukano Pokemon (Uncommon 28/102) square cut with MTG back


Hornliu Pokemon (Common 69/102) square cut with MTG back


Nidoran Pokemon (Common 55/102) square cut with MTG back


Tangela Pokemon (Common 66/102) square cut with MTG back

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*REVISED FIRST BLACK & WHITE SHEETS TEST PRINT ATTEMPT*

A Rare and Uncommon sheets (11 X 11) are known to exist. A Common sheet probably exist as well.
The Uncommon sheet consists of 4 Black and White sheets of glossy thick photography-like paper (Without any paper stamp on the back). As pictured, these are taped together to form an 11 x 11 grid.
* Sheet 1 (Upper Left) is 5x5, handwritten code of 'VK Set 2' in bottom Right corner
* Sheet 2 (Lower Left) is 6x5, code of 'VK Set 2 VM1'
* Sheet 3 (Upper Right) is 5x6, code of 'Set 2 02'
* Sheet 4 (Lower Right) is 6x6, code of 'VU Set 2 01'

Illustrations show a wild mix of:
* Alpha-cut corners as laid out on the sheet [Alpha]
* White-Bordered cards with the old 'Tap' in text instead of the Tap-Symbol [Unlimited]
* Many cards from the original set, before being removed in Revised [Unlimited]
-Icy Manipulator
-Ice Storm
-Consecrate Land and several others
* 4 cards are from Arabian Nights and will be in Revised except Flying Men
- Brass Man Uncommon
- Desert Storm Uncommon
- Flying Men Common
- Sandstorm Common

Compared with a Beta sheet, layout is exactly the same. The replacements are:
Desert Twister for Berserk
Brass Man for Jade Statue
Sandstorm for Camouflage
Flying Man for Psionic Blast

CLICK ON BROWN LINKS FOR A BIGGER PICTURES


Full Front of the Uncommon sheet
Full Back of the Uncommon sheet


Sheet Pic 1
Sheet Pic 2


Sheet Pic 3
Sheet Pic 4


Alpha cut pic
Code Pic

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*SCOURGE PRECONSTRUCTED THEME DECK CARDS WITH HARRY POTTER BACK*

From the Preconstructed Decks "Goblin Mob" and "Max Attack", 60 cards. As today 3 decks are known. The "Goblin Mob" deck was sold 13,100$ to a private collector on Ebay in 2003, after an epic try from Magic Rarities Members to get it, a second "Goblin Mob" deck was sold to a private collector also on Ebay in 2013. The "Max Attack" deck was sold to a private collector in 2004, as there's 2 Preconstructed Decks per sheet, a second "Max Attack" deck is supposed to exit.


Coblin Warchief from Scourge "Goblin Mob" preconstructed deck with Harry Potter back


Gluttonous Zombie from Scourge "Max Attack" preconstructed deck with Harry Potter back

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*SPECIMEN STRONGHOLD TEST PRINTS CARDS FROM SIMPLIFIED CHINESE 5TH EDITION BOOSTERS*

From the Original owner Mr. Waynes, Bristol Tennessee :
After discovering the "Specimen" cards, Shaun (who helps me out at the store) took 15 of them to a larger magic event in Columbus to test the waters and see if anyone had seen anything like them or could suggest a value (or make an offer). At this time, these were the only specimen cards I had seen and if I remember correctly, we had not yet seen the "number" cards. I had a customer (we call him "Wiley") purchase this specimen pack (which came from a Chinese 5th booster box) and after shopping it around locally and no one making an offer on it, he traded the pack back to me (I wasn't at the store when he originally purchased it). One person in Columbus was quite interested in the cards (I believe his id here is Johnstown), but unfortunately Shaun nor anyone he went with made second day and he couldn't locate the interested party before leaving the event. Upon his return to the store, I decided to list one of the specimen that I had a duplicate of on Ebay. I have not listed one since. The person listing on ebay (royal T) is not me and is not selling on my behalf.

The "specimen" box was mostly Chinese 5th packs (meaning, most of the packs were what they were supposed to be), so after the one pack was traded back to me, I opened a few packs and hit nothing but Chinese 5th, so I figured it was a one shot deal and left the packs on the shelf. Then, a day or 2 later, I arrive at the store and "Royal T" and Shaun are opening packs and saying "look at this craziness" and show me some cards with colored numbers on them. After Shaun and and Royal T get a few packs for themselves, I decide to pull the Chinese 5th and Shaun and I open what's left of that box and another box. At this time, I assumed "Royal T" only had number cards (as that's all that Shaun and I opened from these packs), but it turns out he hits some specimens as well (I think about 3 packs worth). The "Specimen" cards were running 15 specimen per pack (full packs were all Specimen). In addition to mine, Royal T's and Shaun's, there is one other pack that I am aware of (about 6 packs worth total that I am aware that exist).


Specimen Cards are only commons from Stronghold. The cards are quite miscolored, they are very dark for all the colors and for example the black color tends to fade into a very nice dark blue. Those are probably Stronghold Test Prints that were meant for destruction, but somehow ended up in V Simplified Chinese booster boxes instead.

List of the cards known to exist, more were available:

WHITE
Skyshroud Falcon
Youthful Knight

BLUE
Dream Prowler
Mana Leak
Spindraft Drake

BLACK
Brush with Death
Dungeon Shade
Morgue thrull
Torment

RED
Fling
Mob Justice

GREEN
Mulch
Skyshroud Troopers
Spined Wurm


Youthful Knight Stronghold Standard version, Youthful Knight Specimen version, Specimen back, Standard back


Mana Leak Stronghold Standard version, Mana Leak Specimen version, Specimen back, Standard back


Brush with Death Stronghold Standard version, Brush with Death Specimen version, Specimen back, Standard back


Fling Stronghold Standard version, Fling Specimen version, Specimen back, Standard back


Mulch Stronghold Standard version, Mulch Specimen version, Specimen back, Standard back


Simplified Chinese V Edition booster box front and back

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*"TEST PRINTING" TEST PRINTS*

Those Test Prints are on the same card stock as GERMAN/FRENCH COPYRIGHT TEST PRINTS. They will not pass the bend test and are slightly oversized compared to a normal card. They were all pulled out of the MTG art director desk when Hasbro bought WotC. No additional info is available for the moment.

This is the list of the cards known to exist:

WHITE
?

BLUE
Phantasmal Terrain
Spell Blast

BLACK
Pestilence
Raise Dead

RED
Firebreathing

GREEN
Ironroot Treefolk

BASIC LAND
Plains (same art as the Textless one)
Island (same art as the Textless one)
Swamp (same art as the Textless one) x2
Forest (same art as the Textless one)


Pestilence, Ironroot Treefolk, Phantasmal Terrain, Raise Dead, Spell Blast, Forest Version 1, Plains Version 1, Swamp Version 1 "Test Printing" Test Prints fronts and backs


Phantasmal Terrain and Spell Blast "Test Printing" Test Prints fronts and back


Pestilence and Raise Dead "Test Printing" Test Prints fronts and back


Firebreathing "Test Printing" Test Print front and back


Ironroot Treefolk "Test Printing" Test Print front and back


Swamp Version 1 "Test Printing" Test Print front and back

*TEXTLESS "SUMMER COLOR" TEST PRINTS*

Those Test Prints are slightly undersized compared to a normal card. The colors of Textless "Summer Color" Test Print are matching perfectly the colors of Summer Edition Card.
The Textless Test Prints were made in September 1994 as slightly updated card backgrounds. They were made while Summer Magic was being printed and have the same colors as Summer Magic. Their new backgrounds were first used on Italian Edition (FBB). Some were pulled out of the MTG art director desk when Hasbro bought WotC. No additional info is available for the moment.

This is the list of the cards known to exist:

WHITE
Healing Salve
Holy Armor
Mesa Pegasus
Samite Healer

BLUE
Blue Elemental Blast
Merfolk of the Pearl Trident
Phantasmal Terrain
Spell Blast

BLACK
Paralyze
Pestilence
Raise Dead

RED
Dwarven Warriors
Firebreathing
Gray Ogre
Stone Rain

GREEN
Wild Growth

BASIC LAND
Plains
Island
Swamp
Mountain
Forest

OTHER
Card Backs on Both Sides


Textless "Summer Color": Samite Healer, Dwarven Warriors, Raise Dead, Wild Growth and Pestilence Test Print fronts and backs


Samite Healer Textless "Summer Color" Test Print front and back


Blue Elemental Blast Textless "Summer Color" Test Print front and back


Paralyze Textless "Summer Color" Paralyze Test Print front and back


Raise Dead Textless "Summer Color" Test Print front and back


Dwarven Warriors Textless "Summer Color" front and back


Wild Growth Textless Test Print front and back


Island Textless "Summer Color" Test Print front and back


Forest Version 1 Textless "Summer Color" Test Print front and back



Double back Textless "Summer Color" Test Print Front and Back

4th edition test print
----------------------
There was apparently a printing of cards in late summer 1994 which
was intended to be 4th edition (back when it was going to be
released in September 1994) which had borders and colors similar to
(but not identical to) the now-released 4th edition. This was known
to have the following features:
* misprinted Hurricane with BLUE borders
* correctly printed Serendib Efreet
* 1994 copyright date, probably like Legends and Dark copyrights

Tom Wylie just said this was a test print, and the cards were
intended to be destroyed, but some were released accidentally.

However (according to Eric Aldrich) at ConQuest in November, Richard
Garfield spoke about this printing; this was intended to be the real
4th edition. Due to typos and other errors, like the Hurricane, the
printing was stopped and 120 million cards were destroyed -- but
apparently not all of them. This was probably part of the reason for
the shortage of Revised cards that occurred in December 1994 -- almost
two months of printing (at that time) was wasted.

I will not attempt to note the changes for these cards on my list,
but if anybody has any of them, let me know and maybe I can assemble
a separate list. I particularly would like to know of any other
misprints in the test print, and cards in the test print that were
NOT in revised.


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*UNCUT SHEET OF INVASION PRECONSTRUCTED DECKS WITH POKEMON BACK*

Uncut sheet (11 x 11) of Pokemon backed Magic cards. The sheet front has two 60-card preconstructed Invasion decks and a black filler card. The Invasion theme decks are described as "A & B" on the Pokemon-backed uncut sheet, and correspond with the "Blowout" and "Dismissal" decks.


Uncut sheet of Invasion preconstructed decks with Pokemon backed Magic cards


Uncut sheet of Invasion preconstructed decks with Pokemon backed Magic cards

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*UNIQUE PRE-PRODUCTION RARE QUADRANT PLATE FILM*

Unique Pre-production rare quadrant plate films (CMYK company in Seattle) and full color match proof. This set of items is from preproduction development and is dated October 4, 1993 (Beta release). They are four individual positive transparency films of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black from the lower left quadrant of the rare sheet (i.e., you can remove the black transparency and have a textless Time Walk) placed on a white cardstock paper. Additionally, there is also a full color match proof on Imation MatchPrint Commercial Base paper for this quadrant.

On the front of the Transparencies and the match proof sheet, it's written: "Aldus Preprint"
On the back of the match proof sheet, it's written: "IMATION MATCHPRINT Commercial base "

Difference between ABU Edition and this Pre-production

Row 1
Lich = Different text + Error double "f" becomes "V"
Zombie Master = Misalignment mana symbol + Artist JeV A. Menges instead of Jeff
Anhk of Mishra = No Difference
Tropical Island = Different text + Misalignment mana symbol + Symbol "T" (Tap) + Error double "f" becomes "V"
Deathlace = Different text

Row 2
Gauntlet of Might = Different text + Wrong "1" + Red Mana Symbol
Demonic Attorney = No difference
Howling Mine = Different text
Bayou = Different text + Misalignment mana symbol + Symbol "T" (Tap) + Error double"f" becomes "V"
Fork = Different text

Row 3
Mana Vault = Different text + Wrong "1" + Symbol "T" (Tap)
Demonic Horde = Different text + Misalignment mana symbol + Symbol "T" (Tap) + Wrong "1"
Scrublands = Different text + misalignment mana symbol + symbol "T" (Tap) + error double "f" becomes "V"
Earthquake = Different text
Helm of Chatzuk = Artifact instead of Mono Artifact + symbol "T" (Tap)

Row 4
Jayemdae Tome = Symbol "T" (Tap)
Island #1 = Symbol "T" (Tap) + Misalignment mana symbol
Nevinyrral's Disk = Artifact instead of mono artifact + Different text
Royal Assassin = Different text (Kill !!) + symbol "T" (Tap)
Two Headed Giant = Same Text but different number of lines

Row 5
Will O Wisp = Misalignment mana symbol
Shivan Dragon = Misalignment mana symbol + Wrong "1"
Kudzu = Different text
Blessing = Wrong "1"
Time Walk = No difference

Row 6
Mind Twist = Same text but different numbers of lines
Power Surge = Different text + Wrong "1"
Web = Different text
Wrath of God = Different text
Underground Sea = Different text + Misalignment mana symbol + Symbol "T" (Tap) + Error double "f" becomes "V"
From a talk with Dave Howell:

Dave Howell: It's a matchproof, but not a Fujiproof. The Fujiproof system laminated the layers together so you couldn't lift them up and separate them. Most of the typos were due to the fact that the extended character set for the text font didn't get loaded to the imagesetter correctly. The "ff" in "affected", for example, is not two letter "f"s. It's a single glyph, known as a ligature, that looks like two f's that are joined together.

We only ran film for the beta cards that needed to be changed. Unchanged Betas were printed with the same films that the alpha cards were run from.

QUESTION: Dave, I've heard that the Unlimited set was identical to Beta, but with the black borders removed. (same sheet layout, no card corrections, etc.)
Can you explain how the black border was removed for printing?
Did the black border removal require burning film, or was the existing black printing plate modified somehow perhaps?

Dave Howell: Carta Mundi did the equivalent of laying strips of white tape between the images on the printing plate films. We wanted unltd to be gray, but that would have required a 'screen' of little black dots. They could only do solid modifications. That meant black, white, red, yellow, green, cyan, magenta, or dark blue. The color options would have looked hideous against some of the card colors, so white it was.

I'm pretty sure they created a new set of printing plates, but the plates were made from the same films that they'd used for Beta.

Their plate camera could do 'step-and-repeat," so swapping in cards from the alpha plates was done the same way. Their camera would 'blank out" the old card, leaving the plate unexposed for that item, then they'd use the new film to expose that part of the plate before developing the plate.

QUESTION: So were any gray bordered cards ever tested around the time of Unlimited?

Dave Howell: I don't remember. We didn't have a good way to print color proofs ourself at the time. This was before affordable color inkjet printers existed, basically. Even trying to print a black-and-white proof of a single card on the laser printer took about 10 minutes to send the file to the printer and have it process the image. Trying to do test proofs of the whole set was impossible. A single page with 9 cards took well over an hour to come out of the printer.

COMMENT: Dave you're right it is not a fujiproof, my mistake. On the back of the sheet we can read: "IMATION MATCHPRINT Commercial base " and on the front probably the printer name : "Aldus Preprint"

Dave Howell: No worries. I doubt anybody else really is terribly concerned about exactly what kind of proof it is. "Aldus PrePrint" is the software that generated the color separations. The quadrants were "printed" from Aldus Freehand as PostScript files, (not Encapsulated PostScript, but actual .ps files), then processed by PrePrint to create four new postscript files, one each for the C, M, Y, and K printing plates. The new files were reversed left to right and were reversed light-to-dark, in order to create "negative emulsion-side-down" film.

Those films were then laid on special photosensitive plastic sheets and exposed to UV light. The plastic sheets had C, M, Y, and K (blacK) photosensitive dye. Dye exposed to the UV was made permanent. The rest was washed away. Those sheets are then stacked one on the other to replicate what will happen when a printing press prints those ink colors.

QUESTION: Stupid question maybe.. but how Come there is the crooked "T" (revised) instead of the word "tap" ?

Dave Howell: It started out when Richard, Skaff, possibly Jim, and myself were trying to define the difference between mono and poly artifacts. At some point, I realized that the only difference between them was that mono artifacts functioned like land ("Tap to") and poly artifacts worked like enchantments, so we could drop the distinction and just call all of them "Artifacts" by simply requiring tapping or not as a cost when using an artifact. "Since it's functionally a cost, just like a mana cost, we could even dispense with saying "tap to" entirely, and just have some kind of tap symbol instead." I know, it seems terribly obvious now. :)The logical extension was to use the tap symbol for all magic cards that tapped. I also came up with the tipped-T for the symbol. It had to be replaced with the arrow-version when we started doing other languages. The word for "tap" doesn't always begin with a "T".

QUESTION:That's a great explanation, thanks.
I think that part of the question was why does the tap symbol appear on this item which is dated 10-4-1993.
Beta cards don't use the tap symbol, so does that mean this item was created after Beta was sent to be printed? Or perhaps since Alpha and Beta are both the same set called Limited Edition, it was just easier to save the newly invented tap symbol for the next set being made?

Dave Howell: *Everything* happened after "beta was sent to be printed." In fact, we hadn't invented the tap symbol until after GenCon, I think. I think we'd shipped the film for Arabian before Oct. 3rd, but I'd have to do some research to be certain.

This proof wasn't made for the Beta edition. It's actually The Regathering. I believe if you look carefully, you'll find that some of the cards have text that's been changed from the published Beta editions. The key is the closeup of Underground Sea. Look at the mana symbols in the text. The *colored* part of the symbol came detached from the icon.

QUESTION: The Regathering being Unlimited edition ? Or is this a very early first pass at Revised, before the decision to axe the P9, Gauntlet, Berserk, etc ?

COMMENT: I was also starting to think that this item was a very early part of "Regathering" (for those who don't know, Regathering was a precursor to Revised.)
Thanks so much for helping to clear everything up Dave!

Dave Howell: The idea was to run a new set of films for the 2nd edition, with a bunch of improved or revised text for the cards. But PrePrint had a serous bug in it, which was making a mess of the mana symbols. In order to fix it, I actually walked right into their offices and made them fix the problem while I waited. The solution was upgrading from 1.5.1 to 1.6. "You call us and order it and we'll send you the upgrade." "How long?" "About a week." "Not acceptable. This is supposed to have shipped yesterday. Upgrade me right now. I'll wait."

In the end, we decided to give up, because we had to get to work on Arabian Nights. However, that meant we would run out of core set cards. So that's why we came up with the idea of "unlimited." The original plan was another, larger, limited edition.

QUESTION: So essentially Unlimited was rushed out the door and the big changes you guys had in mind were saved for Revised ?

Dave Howell: Not "rushed out the door," because Unlimited is simply Beta with white borders. We just called Carta Mundi and said "can you change the border color on the films you have now ?"

If you look at the archival MtG info on my personal website, you'll find the following message: "Our second attempt [to release a new core set] was after Arabian Nights had been released, so we had a list of which 1st edition cards were going to be replaced with Arabian Nights cards. The following list is from a version of the master card-text file with a timestamp of December 3, 1993." I don't remember why we didn't release that one.

QUESTION: It's a great website. Very interesting & informative.
I find it interesting that Regathering was going to be a larger limited edition. Was there any concern over being able to tell it apart from previous printings (expansion symbol, border color, etc.)

Dave Howell: I vividly remember being all set to leave early for Christmas so I could go skiing before the holidays, and then having to cancel those plans because the designers & editors kept making changes to Antiquities and blew their deadline, and then there was some kind of production problem with *those* films, so I lost about 3 days and had to skip the ski trip.

Well, it wasn't going to have a symbol because we were working on it before AN, and we came up with the expansion symbol *after* the AN files were shipped to Belgium.

QUESTION: Any idea if gray borders were considered for Regathering, or was that strictly an "Unlimited" idea?

Dave Howell: Carta Mundi made it clear that we just couldn't do a gray border, unless we were willing to pay to have a spot color on the press.

It's quite possible we weren't planning to do anything. Why would we? It's a game card. If a newer edition's card was identical to the older edition, who cares? It's a game! If they work the same, they might as well look the same. In other words, we couldn't have cared less about what collectors might want. We were publishing a game, not flat Beanie Babies.

Actually, come to think of it, what the original plan probably was, was to change the back. It's called "Magic, the GATHERING" because it was the first edition. The next one was going to be "Magic: something else". Which, of course, would have made the backs different.

COMMENT:I love the Arabian purple back but for the sake of the game (at the time, since sleeves were non-existent) I am very glad it did not change.

Dave Howell: I assume most rabid collectors already know that Arabian Nights cards were supposed to have a purple back, not brown. Anybody who doesn't know that story should read "The Arabian Nightmare" story on my web site. smile emoticon

When we were play testing AN, we had laser-printed cards mixed into "normal" MtG decks. We never found it to be any kind of a problem to be able to identify what set a card was before drawing it.




Aldus PrePrint Software Logo


Full 5 X 6 Quadrant color match proof on Imation MatchPrint Commercial Base paper


Full 5 X 6 Quadrant with black transparency film on the right


Close up of the the 2 first cards (Gauntlet of Might and Demonic Attorney) with transparency films on the left of Row 2


Close up of Underground Sea with transparency films (Last card on Row 6)
From Dave Howell:
The date on the film isn't the release date. You can see the time-of-day part is cluttered.

That's because the quadrant is made from four different layers of film: cyan, magenta, yellow, black, and each layer of film is imaged as its own job.

The timestamp is when the imagesetter started imaging that specific piece of film. And the fact that Underground Sea is in that picture is perfect;

it shows exactly what the problems were with the imagesetting. (a) the ff ligature is being typeset as a V. (2) the colored backgrounds of the

mana symbols have slid off to the left. The white and blue circles behind "add" are supposed to be behind the black and blue mana symbols.



Close up of the 2 lasts cards (Blessing and Time Walk) on the right of row 5 without the black transparency film


Close up of Time Walk last card on the right of row 5 without the black transparency film


Close up of the 2 first cards (Gauntlet of Might and Demonic Attorney) on the left of row 2 without the black transparency film

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*UNLIMITED RARE FRONT / UNLIMITED COMMON / ANTIQUITIES UNCOMMON BACK CARDS*

2 Rares sheets are known to exist of 117 Rares and 4 Islands. One sheet with an attempt to get rounds corners while the other one with square corners.

From the person who acquired them from the old Carta Mundi employee:

"The Unlimited test prints came from the vaults of Wizards R&D in the late 90's early 2000's. Wizards thought about printing revised with a silver border and had a test done. They used old or half printed sheets when testing printer/color settings. In this case, it is suspected that an existing Unlimited sheet which did not have the backside printed was used.

As the idea of silver border was scrapped, the printer then used the sheet to set up the Antiquities set printing. The sheet was cut at the factory at the time and square blades were used. Why is unknown.

This is a false statement, those cards are Not Test Prints and the sheet was cut with square corners recently and Not by Carta Mundi

From kidicarus2000 (First statement): "A few years ago an old employee of Carta Mundi sold about a dozen cards that are identical to the ones from this sheet, with one exception. The employee had taken some scrap cards and used them as playtest cards for him and his friends and had actually glued them to the back of regular cards. This is why some of these Unlimited exist that look very weird on the back. They were glued together, then carefully pulled apart as best as they could be. This means that, theoretically, a second copy of each of these cards could exist somewhere, though only a dozen or so of the other sheet have surfaced from that employee who glued them together."

This is indeed correct

From kidicarus2000 (rectified statement): "This card came from a full sheet of these test prints. The sheet had one of each Unlimited rare printed on the front. On the back, both a full Antiquities sheet and an Unlimited common sheet are printed on top of each other. The sheet was rolled up at some point, which led to the cards being slightly warped. The sheet was hand-cut at some point, though it is unclear who cut it. Because the sheet was hand-cut using one of the old school cutting boards, the cards are slightly smaller than normal cards."

This is indeed correct, except that they are not Test Prints

According to Dave Howell, another explanation is the real one:

QUESTION: Dave, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this card. It seems to be an Unlimited card & an Antiquities card printed on top of each other.
Could this have anything to do with the idea of gray bordered Unlimited that you mentioned above?

Dave Howell: The overprinted card: no, not a gray test. I think that's just somebody accidentally feeding a finished Unlimited sheet through the printing press. Since Unlt was white and Ant was black border, the black was being printed onto the paper AFTER the clear varnish coat had been applied. Result: the ink was repelled, causing it to bead up, creating that weird grayish mottled look.


ROUND CORNERS FROM THE FIRST SHEET


Badlands Unlimited Front with Mesa Pegasus Unlimited / Martyrs of Korlis Antiquities upside down back round corners


Birds of Paradise Unlimited Front with Holy Strength Unlimited / Rocket Launcher Antiquities upside down back round & square corners


Chaos Orb Unlimited Front with Island Version 1 Unlimited / Weakstone Antiquities upside down back round corners


Forcefield Unlimited Front with Raise Dead Unlimited / Wall of Spears Antiquities upside down back round corners


Lich Unlimited Front with Tranquility Unlimited / Martyrs of Korlis Antiquities upside down back square corners (It was the only card square cornered from the first sheet)


Mana Flare Unlimited with Forest Version 2 Unlimited / Energy Flux Antiquities upside down back round corners


Natural Selection Unlimited Front with Pearled Unicorn Unlimited / Citanul Druid Antiquities upside down back round corners


Shivan Dragon Unlimited Front with Swamp Version 1 Unlimited / Mishra's War Machine Antiquities upside down back round corners


Two-Headed Giant of Foriys Unlimited Front with Island Version 2 Unlimited / Jalum Tome Antiquities upside down back round corners


Fork Unlimited with Unholy Strength Unlimited / Su-Chi Antiquities upside down back round corners


Gauntlet of Might Unlimited with Power Leak Unlimited / Tetravus Antiquities upside down back round corners


Raging River Unlimited with Earthbind Unlimited / Tawnos's Wand Antiquities upside down back round corners


Scrubland Unlimited with ? Unlimited / Yawgmoth Demon Antiquities upside down back round corners


Tropical Island Unlimited with Wild Growth Unlimited / Primal Clay Antiquities upside down back round corners


Will-o'-the-Wisp Unlimited with Sinkhole Unlimited / Gate to Phyrexia Antiquities upside down back round corners


Wheel of Fortune Unlimited with Death Ward Unlimited / Energy Flux Antiquities upside down back round corners
Plateau Unlimited with Twiddle Unlimited / Dwarven Weaponsmith Antiquities upside down back round corners
Time Vault Unlimited with Fear Unlimited / Mishra's Factory (Autumn) Antiquities upside down back round corners

SQUARE CORNERS FROM THE SECOND SHEET (NON FACTORY CUT)

117 Rares and 4 Islands for a total of 121 cards.
8 Scans missing (2 pending)

WHITE. 16 Rares. 2 missing:
Balance: PENDING



Animate Wall Unlimited Front with Island Version 1 Unlimited / Energy Flux Antiquities upside down back square corners
Armageddon Unlimited Front with Island Version 1 Unlimited / Power Artifact Antiquities upside down back square corners


Balance Unlimited Front with Island Version 3 Unlimited / Goblin Artisans Antiquities upside down back square corners
Blaze of Glory Unlimited Front with Disintegrate Unlimited / Shapeshifter Antiquities upside down back square corners


Blessing Unlimited Front with Swamp Unlimited / Wall of Spears Antiquities upside down back square corners
Crusade Unlimited Front with Plains Version 3 Unlimited / Tawno's Coffin Antiquities upside down back square corners


Farmstead Unlimited Front with Mountain Version 3 Unlimited / Millstone Antiquities upside down back square corners
Island Sanctuary Unlimited Front with Creature Bond Unlimited / Titania's Song Antiquities upside down back square corners


Northern Paladin Unlimited Front with Gray Ogre Unlimited / Clockwork Avian Antiquities upside down back square corners
Personal Incarnation Unlimited Front with Mons's Goblin Raiders Unlimited / Colossus of Sardia Antiquities upside down back square corners


Purelace Unlimited Front with Forest Version 2 Unlimited / Dwarven Weaponsmith Antiquities upside down back square corners
Reverse Damage Unlimited with Swamp Version 3 Unlimited / Urza's Miter Antiquities upside down back square corners


Righteousness Unlimited with Blue Elemental Blast Unlimited / Haunting Wind Antiquities upside down back square corners
Savannah Lions Unlimited with Swamp Version 3 Unlimited / Ashnod's Transmogrant Antiquities upside down back square corners


Veteran Bodyguard Unlimited Front with Wall of Wood Unlimited / Strip Mine Version 1 Antiquities upside down back square corners
Wrath of God Unlimited with Lightning Bolt Unlimited / Dwarven Weaponsmith Antiquities upside down back square corners

BLUE. 16 Rares


Ancestral Recall Unlimited Front with Island Version 2 Unlimited / The Rack Antiquities upside down back square corners
Braingeyser Unlimited Front with Forest Version 1 Unlimited / Jalum Tome Antiquities upside down back square corners


Copy Artifact Unlimited Front with Guardian Angel Unlimited / Mishra's Factory (Summer) Antiquities upside down back square corners
Drain Power Unlimited Front with Plague Rats Unlimited / Strip Mine Version 4 Antiquities upside down back square corners


Lord of Atlantis Unlimited Front with Swamp Version 1 Unlimited / Mightstone Antiquities upside down back square corners
Magical Hack Unlimited Front with Stone Rain Unlimited / Power Leech Antiquities upside down back square corners


Mahamoti Djinn Unlimited Front with Forest Version 2 Unlimited / Citanul Druid Antiquities upside down back square corners
Mana Short Unlimited Front with Disenchant Unlimited / Titania's Song Antiquities upside down back square corners


Pirate Ship Unlimited Front with Island Version 2 Unlimited / Onulet Antiquities upside down back square corners
Sleight of Mind Unlimited Front with Flight Unlimited / Wall of Spears Antiquities upside down back square corners


Stasis Unlimited Front with Giant Growth Unlimited / Power Artifact Antiquities upside down back square corners
Thoughtlace Unlimited Front with Fireball Unlimited / Titiana s Song Antiquities upside down back square corners


Timetwister Unlimited Front with Sea Serpent Unlimited / Millstone Antiquities upside down back square corners
Time Walk Unlimited Front with Mountain Version 3 Unlimited / Shatterstorm Antiquities upside down back square corners


Vesuvan Doppelganger Unlimited Front with Pestilence Unlimited / Citanul Druid Antiquities upside down back square corners
Volcanic Eruption Unlimited Front with Grizzly Bears Unlimited / Ashnod's Battle Gear Antiquities upside down back square corners

BLACK. 16 Rares. 3 missing:
Darkpact
Mind Twist
Royal Assassin



Bad Moon Unlimited Front with Swamp Version 3 Unlimited / Tawnos's Weaponry Antiquities upside down back square corners
Contract from Below Unlimited Front with Plains Version 2 Unlimited / Tawnos's Weaponry Antiquities upside down back square corners


Deathlace Unlimited Front with Plains Version 1 Unlimited / Xenic Poltergeist Antiquities upside down back square corners


Demonic Attorney Unlimited Front with Prodigal Sorcerer Unlimited / Detonate Antiquities upside down back square corners
Demonic Hordes Unlimited Front with Mountain Version 1 Unlimited / Rakalite Antiquities upside down back square corners


Lich Unlimited Front with Tranquility Unlimited / Martyr of Korlis Antiquities upside down back square corners
Lord of the Pit Unlimited Front with Regeneration Unlimited / The Rack Antiquities upside down back square corners


Nether Shadow Unlimited Front with Shatter Unlimited / Weakstone Antiquities upside down back square corners


Nightmare Unlimited Front with Forest Version 1 Unlimited / Transmute Artifact Antiquities upside down back square corners


Warp Artifact Unlimited Front with Scathe Zombies Unlimited / Detonate Antiquities upside down back square corners
Will-O-The-Wisp Unlimited Front with Sinkhole Unlimited / Gate to Phyrexia Antiquities upside down back square corners


Word of Command Unlimited Front with Swamp Version 1 Unlimited / Weakstone Antiquities upside down back square corners
Zombie Master Unlimited Front with Ironwood Treefolk Unlimited / Mightstone Antiquities upside down back square corners

RED. 16 Rares. 2 missing:
Shivan Dragon
Two-Headed Giant of Foriys



Chaoslace Unlimited Front with Paralyze Unlimited / Ashnod's Battle Gear Antiquities upside down back square corners
Earthquake Unlimited Front with Ironclaw Orcs Unlimited / Su-Chi Antiquities upside down back square corners


Fork Unlimited Front with Unholy Strength Unlimited / Su-Chi Antiquities upside down back square corners
Goblin King Unlimited Front with Drudge Skeletons Unlimited / Gaea's Avenger Antiquities upside down back square corners


Granite Gargoyle Unlimited Front with Circle of Protection: White Unlimited / Bronze Tablet Antiquities upside down back square corners
Manabarbs Unlimited Front with Forest Version 1 Unlimited / Gate to Phyrexia Antiquities upside down back square corners


Mana Flare Unlimited Front with Forest Version 2 Unlimited / Energy Flux Antiquities upside down back square corners
Power Surge Unlimited Front with Howl from Beyond Unlimited / Damping Field Antiquities upside down back square corners


Raging River Unlimited Front with Earthbind Unlimited / Tawnos's Wand Antiquities upside down back square corners
Roc of Kher Ridges Unlimited Front with Firebreathing Unlimited / Coral Helm Antiquities upside down back square corners


Rock Hydra Unlimited Front with Hill Giant Unlimited / Powerleech Antiquities upside down back square corners
Sedge Troll Unlimited Front with Plains Version 1 Unlimited / Transmute Artifact Antiquities upside down back square corners


Smoke Unlimited Front with Healing Salve Unlimited / Millstone Antiquities upside down back square corners


Wheel of Fortune Unlimited Front with Death Ward Unlimited / Energy Flux Antiquities upside down back square corners

GREEN. 16 Rares. 1 missing:
Kudzu
: PENDING


Aspect of Wolf Unlimited Front with Unsummon Unlimited / Ashnod's Transmogrant Antiquities upside down back square corners
Birds of Paradise Unlimited Front with Holy Strength Unlimited / Rocket Launcher Antiquities upside down back square corners


Cockatrice Unlimited Front with Mountain Version 2 Unlimited / Ivory Tower Antiquities upside down back square corners
Elvish Archers Unlimited Front with Plains Version 2 Unlimited / Circle of Protection: Artifacts Antiquities upside down back square corners


Fastbond Unlimited Front with War Mammoth Unlimited / Armageddon Clock Antiquities upside down back square corners
Force of Nature Unlimited Front with Dwarven Warriors Unlimited / Xenic Poltergeist Antiquities upside down back square corners


Fungusaur Unlimited Front with Mountain Version 1 Unlimited / Mishra's Factory (Winter) Antiquities upside down back square corners
Gaea's Liege Unlimited Front with Circle of Protection: Red Unlimited / Strip Mine Version 2 Antiquities upside down back square corners


Kudzu Unlimited Front with Frozen Shade Unlimited / Damping Field Antiquities upside down back square corners
Lifelace Unlimited Front with Island Version 3 Unlimited / Transmute Artifact Antiquities upside down back square corners


Living Artifact Unlimited Front with Power Sink Unlimited / Golgothian Sylex Antiquities upside down back square corners
Living Lands Unlimited Front with Mountain Version 3 Unlimited / Goblin Artisans Antiquities upside down back square corners


Natural Selection Unlimited Front with Pearled Unicorn Unlimited / Citanul Druid Antiquities upside down back square corners
Timber Wolves Unlimited Front with Island Version 3 Unlimited / Tawnos's Wand Antiquities upside down back square corners


Verduran Enchantress Unlimited Front with Scryb Sprites Unlimited / Ashnod's Altar Antiquities upside down back square corners
Web Unlimited Front with Mountain Version 1 Unlimited / Rocket Launcher Antiquities upside down back square corners

ARTIFACT. 27 Rares. 1 missing:
Mana Vault



Ankh of Mishra Unlimited Front with Forest Version 1 Unlimited / Detonate Antiquities upside down back square corners
Black Lotus Unlimited Front with Drain Life Unlimited / Circle of Protection: Artifacts Antiquities upside down back square corners


Chaos Orb Unlimited Front with Island Version 1 Unlimited / Weakstone Antiquities upside down back square corners
Clockwork Beast Unlimited Front with Circle of Protection: Blue Unlimited / Candelabra of Tawnos Antiquities upside down back square corners


Cyclopean Tomb Unlimited Front with Holy Armor Unlimited / Haunting Wind Antiquities upside down back square corners
Dingus Egg Unlimited Front with Giant Spider Unlimited / Power Leech Antiquities upside down back square corners


Disrupting Scepter Unlimited Front with Mountain Unlimited / Circle of Protection: Artifacts Antiquities upside down back square corners
Forcefield Unlimited Front with Raise Dead Unlimited / Wall of Spears Antiquities upside down back square corners


Gauntlet of Might Unlimited Front with Power Leak Unlimited / Tetravus Antiquities upside down back square corners
Helm of Chatzuk Unlimited Front with Llanowar Elves Unlimited / Martyrs of Korlis Antiquities upside down back square corners


Howling Mine Unlimited Front with Island Version 3 Unlimited / Rakalite Antiquities upside down back square corners
Illusionary Mask Unlimited Front with Swamp Version 2 Unlimited / Ashnod's Altar Antiquities upside down back square corners


Jade Monolith Unlimited Front with Craw Wurm / The Rack Antiquities upside down back square corners
Jayemdae Tome Unlimited Front with Mountain Version 1 Unlimited / Primal Clay Antiquities upside down back square corners


Kormus Bell Unlimited Front with Plains Version 3 Unlimited / Obelisk of Undoing Antiquities upside down back square corners


Meekstone Unlimited Front with Merfolk of the Pearl Trident Unlimited /Mishra's Workshop Antiquities upside down back square corners
Mox Emerald Unlimited Front with Samite Healer Unlimited / Ivory Tower Antiquities upside down back square corners


Mox Jet Unlimited Front with Mountain Version 1 Unlimited / Onulet Antiquities upside down back square corners
Mox Pearl Unlimited with Spell Blast Unlimited / Power Artifact Antiquities upside down back square corners


Mox Ruby Unlimited with Hurloon Minotaur Unlimited / Haunting Wind Antiquities upside down back square corners
Mox Sapphire Unlimited Front with Weakness Unlimited / Hurkyl's Recall Antiquities upside down back square corners


Nevinyrral's Disk Unlimited Front with Benalish Hero Unlimited / Su-Chi Antiquities upside down back square corners
Sunglasses of Urza Unlimited Front with Circle of Protection: Green Unlimited / Tawnos's Weaponry Antiquities upside down back square corners


The Hive Unlimited Front with Terror Unlimited / Argivian Archaeologist Antiquities upside down back square corners
Timevault Unlimited Front with Fear Unlimited / Mishra's Factory (Fall) Antiquities upside down back square corners


Winter Orb Unlimited Front with Fog Unlimited / Meekstone Antiquities upside down back square corners

LAND. 10 Rares and 4 Islands. 2 missing:
Island Version 3 (back)
Scrubland



Badlands Unlimited Front with Mesa Pegasus Unlimited / Martyrs of Korlis Antiquities upside down back square corners
Bayou Unlimited Front with Jump Unlimited / Xenic Poltergeist Antiquities upside down back square corners


Island Version 2 Unlimited Front with Dark Ritual Unlimited / Ashnod's Transmogrant Antiquities upside down back square corners
Island Version 2 Unlimited Front with Circle of Protection: Black Unlimited / Gate to Phyrexia Antiquities upside down back square corners


Island Version 3 Unlimited Front with Forest Version 3 Unlimited / Rocket Launcher Antiquities upside down back square corners
Island Version 3 Unlimited Front with Invisibility Unlimited / Urza's Avenger Antiquities upside down back square corners


Plateau Unlimited Front with Twiddle Unlimited / Dwarven Weaponsmith Antiquities upside down back square corners
Savannah Unlimited Front with Phantasmal Terrain Unlimited / Ivory Tower Antiquities upside down back square corners


Taiga Unlimited with Shanodin Dryads Unlimited / Tawnos's Wand Antiquities upside down back square corners


Tropical Island Unlimited Front with Wild Growth Unlimited /Primal Clay Antiquities upside down back square corners
Tundra Unlimited Front with Psychic Venom Unlimited / Primal Clay Antiquities upside down back square corners


Underground Sea Unlimited Front with Forest Version 3 Unlimited / Armageddon Clock Antiquities upside down back square corners
Volcanic Island Unlimited Front with Stream of Life Unlimited / Triskelion Antiquities upside down back square corners

EXTERNAL LINKS
25 Random Things About Magic, Making Magic

INTERNAL LINKS
Another Great Find, Unlimited Test Print Cards topic on forum
Unlimited, Summer, 4th Edition and French/German Test Prints

*URZA'S DESTINY TEXTLESS CARDS*

The entire set (C/U/R) exist with round corners, (C/U) exist as well with square corners while R existence's not proved and in addition the False Prophet without the expansion symbol and Textless. The Foil Textless Urza's Destiny cards that are found on the secondary market, are from Foil Urza's Destiny sheets. After this test, the expansion foil program was started with Urza's Legacy. Some Foil Textless False Prophet are NFC (Non Factory Cut) coming from multiples Foil Urza's Destiny Common/Rare Uncut Sheets that went to the cutter (German, Italian, etc.). The Black Round Corner Foil Star Filler Cards are also available NFC from Foil Urza's Destiny Common/Uncommon or Common/Rare uncut sheets


Foil Urza's Destiny Textless cards Common/Rare uncut sheet (10 X 11)


Foil Urza's Destiny Textless cards Common/Rare uncut sheet (Row 1 to 4)


Foil Urza's Destiny Textless cards Common/Rare uncut sheet (Row 4 to 8)


Foil Urza's Destiny Textless Common/Rare Uncut Sheet (Row 8 to 11)


Foil Textless False Prophet from Foil German Urza's Destiny Common/Rare Uncut Sheet


Foil Textless False Prophet from Foil Japanese Urza's Destiny Common/Rare Uncut Sheet

INTERNAL LINKS
Textless Foil Uncut Destiny Sheet topic on the forum

*URZA'S SAGA AND 4TH EDITION TEXTLESS CARDS*

All cards exist with round and square corners. Some Foil Textless Promos are NFC (Non Factory Cut) coming from Foil Urza's Destiny Common/Uncommon Uncut Sheets that went to the cutter (Italian, etc...). The Black Round Corner Foil Star Filler Cards is also available NFC from Foil Urza's Destiny Common/Uncommon uncut sheets or Common/Rare uncut sheets

Pouncing Jaguar - Urza's Saga - Arena
Skittering Skirge - Urza's Sage - Arena
Rewind - Urza's Saga - Arena
Karn, Silver Golem - Urza's Saga - Arena
Duress - Urza's Saga - Arena
Stroke of Genius - Urza's Saga - Judge Gift
Gaea's Cradle - Urza's Saga - Judge Gift
Lightning Bolt - 4E - Judge Gift
Thran Quarry - Urza's Saga - JSS
Serra Avatar - Urza's Saga - JSS


Urza's Saga and 4Th Edition Lightning Bolt Textless Cards from Foil French Urza's Destiny Common/Uncommon Uncut Sheet


Urza's Saga and 4Th Edition Lightning Bolt Textless Cards from Foil Japanese Urza's Destiny Common/Uncommon Uncut Sheet

INTERNAL LINKS
Rarities info in Aug 13th Ask Wizards, topic on the forum
Test Prints Inaccuracy, topic on the forum
Foil Urza's Destiny French and Japanese Uncut Sheets, topic on the forum

*WHITE FOIL TEST PRINT FOR THE STAR*

White Foil were used in the production department of WotC to test the star. A lot of different variations exist with left or right part not foiled, on the entire length and different millimeters as well (3mm to 8mm), etc. The problem with these test prints is that once you get a fingerprint on them, it never comes off. All you've got to do is touch the face of the card and the clear foil image is permanently marred by the finger print. Keeping them in sleeves or touching them only by the edge of the card is the only way to prevent this from happening.


White foil Test Print with white right part not foil (fingerprint on the foil part).


White foil Test Print with white right part not foil and different foiling on top.


White foil Test Print with white left part not foil and black rectangle on the top left foil part.

*ZENDIKAR "MELD" TEST PRINTS*

In March 2016, some Endbringer "Meld" test prints (consisting of two halves) with a Power/Toughness of 8/8 instead of 5/5 were found on the back of 3 Rares and one Mythic cards coming from random Prerelease packs. 30 Sets (60 cards) were discovered. As far as we know, only the Endbringer back was available and only on the fronts of 4 cards from the Battle of Zendikar extension:
Cinder Glade: Rare Land
Ob Nixilis Reignited: Mythic Black
Prairie Stream: Rare Land
Smoldering Marsh: Rare Land


Endbringer "Meld" Test Print backs


Standard Endbringer from Oath of Gatewatch front


Cinder Glade, Ob Nixilis Reignited, Prairie Stream and Smoldering Marsh from Battle of Zendikar Fronts

EXTERNAL LINKS
Strange misprint Ob Nixilis, topic on Reddit

INTERNAL LINKS
Meld Test Prints, topic on the forum


INTERNAL LINKS
Arena League Promos (English)
Filler Cards
Japan Junior Tournament Promos
Judge Gift Cards
Junior APAC Series Promos
Junior Series Promos
Junior Super Series Promos


Oath of Lieges Black Border - Test Prints, Press Checks and Production Anomalies
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
00111/143FoilOath of Lieges (-1, no shooting star)Mark ZugSource unknown1998-07-27YES 
00211/143FoilOath of Lieges (1, no shooting star)Mark ZugSource unknown1998-07-27YES 
00311/143FoilOath of Lieges (-1, shooting star)Mark ZugSource unknown1998-07-27YES 
00411/143FoilOath of Lieges (1, shooting star)Mark ZugSource unknown1998-07-27YES 
00511/143FoilOath of Lieges (+1, shooting star)Mark ZugSource unknown1998-07-27YES 
 


Mana Breach Black Border - Test Prints, Press Checks and Production Anomalies
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
00138/143FoilMana Breach (-1, no shooting star)Rebecca GuaySource unknownDate unknownYES 
00238/143FoilMana Breach (1, no shooting star)Rebecca GuaySource unknownDate unknownYES 
00338/143FoilMana Breach (-1, shooting star)Rebecca GuaySource unknownDate unknownYES 
00438/143FoilMana Breach (1, shooting star)Rebecca GuaySource unknownDate unknownYES 
00538/143FoilMana Breach (+1, shooting star)Rebecca GuaySource unknownDate unknownYES 
 


Plaguebearer Black Border - Test Prints, Press Checks and Production Anomalies
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
00171/143FoilPlaguebearer (-1, no shooting star)Ron SpencerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
00271/143FoilPlaguebearer (1, no shooting star)Ron SpencerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
00371/143FoilPlaguebearer (-1, shooting star)Ron SpencerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
00471/143FoilPlaguebearer (1, shooting star)Ron SpencerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
00571/143FoilPlaguebearer (+1, shooting star)Ron SpencerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
 


Fighting Chance Black Border - Test Prints, Press Checks and Production Anomalies
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
00182/143FoilFighting Chance (-1, no shooting star)Mike RaabeSource unknownDate unknownYES 
00282/143FoilFighting Chance (1, no shooting star)Mike RaabeSource unknownDate unknownYES 
00382/143FoilFighting Chance (-1, shooting star)Mike RaabeSource unknownDate unknownYES 
00482/143FoilFighting Chance (1, shooting star)Mike RaabeSource unknownDate unknownYES 
00582/143FoilFighting Chance (+1, shooting star)Mike RaabeSource unknownDate unknownYES 
 


Survival of the Fittest Black Border - Test Prints, Press Checks and Production Anomalies
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
001129/143FoilSurvival of the Fittest (-1, no shooting star)Pete VentersSource unknownDate unknownYES 
002129/143FoilSurvival of the Fittest (1, no shooting star)Pete VentersSource unknownDate unknownYES 
003129/143FoilSurvival of the Fittest (-1, shooting star)Pete VentersSource unknownDate unknownYES 
004129/143FoilSurvival of the Fittest (1, shooting star)Pete VentersSource unknownDate unknownYES 
005129/143FoilSurvival of the Fittest (+1, shooting star)Pete VentersSource unknownDate unknownYES 
 


Pygmy Hippo Black Border - Test Prints, Press Checks and Production Anomalies
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
001FoilPygmy Hippo (-1, no shooting star)Steve WhiteSource unknownDate unknownYES 
002FoilPygmy Hippo (1, no shooting star)Steven WhiteSource unknownDate unknownYES 
003FoilPygmy Hippo (-1, no shooting star)Steven WhiteSource unknownDate unknownYES 
004FoilPygmy Hippo (+1, no shooting star)Steven WhiteSource unknownDate unknownYES 
005FoilPygmy Hippo (+1, shooting star)Steven WhiteSource unknownDate unknownYES 
 


Memory Crystal Black Border - Test Prints, Press Checks and Production Anomalies
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
001134/143FoilMemory Crystal (-1, no shooting star)Michael SutfinSource unknownDate unknownYES 
002134/143FoilMemory Crystal (1, no shooting star)Michael SutfinSource unknownDate unknownYES 
003134/143FoilMemory Crystal (-1, shooting star)Michael SutfinSource unknownDate unknownYES 
004134/143FoilMemory Crystal (+1, shooting star)Michael SutfinSource unknownDate unknownYES 
005134/143FoilMemory Crystal (+2, shooting star)Michael SutfinSource unknownDate unknownYES 
006134/143FoilMemory Crystal (+3, shooting star)Michael SutfinSource unknownDate unknownYES 
 


City of Traitors Black Border - Test Prints, Press Checks and Production Anomalies
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
001143/143FoilCity of Traitors (-1, no shooting star, Gold text box)Kev WalkerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
002143/143FoilCity of Traitors (1, no shooting star, Gold text box)Kev WalkerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
003143/143FoilCity of Traitors (-1, shooting star, Gold text box)Kev WalkerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
004143/143FoilCity of Traitors (+1, shooting star, Gold text box)Kev WalkerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
005143/143FoilCity of Traitors (+1, shooting star, White text box)Kev WalkerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
006143/143FoilCity of Traitors (+1, shooting star, Blue text box)Kev WalkerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
007143/143FoilCity of Traitors (+1, shooting star, Black text box)Kev WalkerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
008143/143FoilCity of Traitors (+1, shooting star, Red text box)Kev WalkerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
009143/143FoilCity of Traitors (+1, shooting star, Green text box)Kev WalkerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
010143/143FoilCity of Traitors (-2 shooting star, Gold text box)Kev WalkerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
011143/143FoilCity of Traitors (-2 shooting star, White text box)Kev WalkerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
012143/143FoilCity of Traitors (-2 shooting star, Blue text box)Kev WalkerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
013143/143FoilCity of Traitors (-2 shooting star, Black text box)Kev WalkerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
014143/143FoilCity of Traitors (-2 shooting star, Red text box)Kev WalkerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
015143/143FoilCity of Traitors (-2 shooting star, Green text box)Kev WalkerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
016143/143FoilCity of Traitors (+2 shooting star, Gold text box)Kev WalkerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
017143/143FoilCity of Traitors (+2 shooting star, White text box)Kev WalkerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
018143/143FoilCity of Traitors (+2 shooting star, Blue text box)Kev WalkerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
019143/143FoilCity of Traitors (+2 shooting star, Black text box)Kev WalkerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
020143/143FoilCity of Traitors (+2 shooting star, Red text box)Kev WalkerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
021143/143FoilCity of Traitors (+2 shooting star, Green text box)Kev WalkerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
022143/143FoilCity of Traitors (+ 3 shooting star, Gold text box)Kev WalkerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
023143/143FoilCity of Traitors (+3 shooting star, White text box)Kev WalkerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
024143/143FoilCity of Traitors (+3 shooting star, Blue text box)Kev WalkerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
025143/143FoilCity of Traitors (+3 shooting star, Black text box)Kev WalkerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
026143/143FoilCity of Traitors (+3 shooting star, Red text box)Kev WalkerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
027143/143FoilCity of Traitors (+3 shooting star, Green text box)Kev WalkerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
 


Other - Test Prints, Press Checks and Production Anomalies
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
001 Auferstehung der Toten
Raise Dead/Phantasmal Terrain (German/French Copyright Test Prints)
Jeff A. MengesSource unknownDate unknownYES 
002000 000 Call of the Herd (Alternate Frame 8Th Edition Judgment Symbol)Carl CritchlowSource unknownDate unknownYES 
003 Chaos Orb Unlimited-Island Unlimited/Weakstone Antiquities BackMark TedinSource unknownDate unknown
004 Dryaden aus dem Shanodin
Shanodin Dryads/Holy Armor (German/French Copyright Test Prints)
Anson MaddocksSource unknownDate unknownYES 
005FoilDuress (Textless Urza Saga Round Corners)Lawrence SnellyJapanese Urza's Destiny boostersDate unknownYES 
006FoilDuress (Textless Urza Saga Square Corners)Lawrence SnellySource unknownDate unknownYES 
007 Dragon Whelp (Holographic)Amy WeberSource unknownDate unknownYES 
008 Ehernwurzelbaumvolk
Ironfoot Treefolk/Pestilence (German/French Copyright Test Prints)
Jesper MyrforsSource unknownDate unknownYES 
009118/165FoilEngineered Explosives (Fifth Dawn new over foil coating)Ron SpearsSource unknownDate unknownYES 
01067/143 Final Punishment/Harry Potter Back (Scourge Preconstructed Theme Deck Cards with Harry Potter Back)Matt ThompsonFrom Scourge2003-06YES 
011 Fork (Metal)Amy WeberSource unknownDate unknownYES 
012000 000 Firebolt (Alternate Frame 8Th Edition Judgment Symbol)Ron SpencerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
013FoilGaea's Cradle (Textless Urza Saga Round Corners)Mark ZugJapanese Urza's Destiny boosters1999YES 
014FoilGaea's Cradle (Textless Urza Saga Square Corners)Mark ZugSource unknownDate unknownYES 
015 Grizzlybären
Grizzly Bears/Samite Healer (German/French Copyright Test Prints)
Jeff A. MengesSource unknownDate unknownYES 
016 Holzmauer
Wall of Wood/Paralyze (German/French Copyright Test Prints Version 1)
Mark TedinSource unknownDate unknownYES 
017 Holzmauer
Wall of Wood /Paralyze (German/French Copyright Test Prints Version 2 )
Mark TedinSource unknownDate unknownYES 
018 Holzmauer
Wall of Wood/Plains Version 2 (German/French Copyright Test Prints)
Mark TedinSource unknownDate unknownYES 
019 角海亀
Horned Turtle (Holographic)
DiTerlizziSource unknownDate unknownYES 
020 Hymn to Tourach (Wyvern Back)Liz DanforthWyvern Premiere Limited Edition Starter deck1994YES 
021000 000FoilIsland (Alternate Frame 8Th Edition Unglued Symbol)Artist NameSource unknownDate unknownYES 
022FoilKarn, Silver Golem (Textless Urza Saga Round Corners)Mark ZugJapanese Urza's Destiny boostersDate unknownYES 
023FoilKarn, Silver Golem (Textless Urza Saga Square Corners)Mark ZugSource unknownDate unknownYES 
024000 000 Karplusan Forest (Alternate Frame 8Th Edition Judgment Symbol)Scott BaileySource unknownDate unknownYES 
025 Kriegsmammut
War Mammoth / Healing Salve (German/French Copyright Test Prints)
Jeff A. MengesSource unknownDate unknownYES 
026 Lightning Bolt (Modified backside)Christopher RushSource unknownDate unknownYES 
027FoilLightning Bolt (Textless 4th Edition Round Corners)Christopher RushJapanese Urza's Destiny boosters1999-06YES 
028FoilLightning Bolt (Textless 4th Edition Square Corners)Christopher RushSource unknown1999-06YES 
029 Lindwurm
Craw Wurm/Raise Dead (German/French Copyright Test Prints)
Daniel GelonSource unknownDate unknownYES 
030000 000 Llanowar Elves (Alternate Frame 8Th Edition Judgment Symbol)Jerry TiritilliSource unknownDate unknownYES 
031 Mana Leak (Specimen)Christopher RushSimplified Chinese 5Th Edition BoostersDate unknownYES 
032000 000 Mountain (Alternate Frame 8Th Edition Judgment Symbol)Rob AlexanderSource unknownDate unknownYES 
033 Natural Selection Unlimited-Pearled Unicorn Unlimited/Citanul Druid Antiquities BackMark PooleSource unknownDate unknown
03455/102 Nidoran
Nidoran (Pokemon German Cards Square cut with MTG Back)
Ken SugimoriPokemon Base Set - Unlimited Edition1999
035 Number Card (Blue)Simplified Chinese 5Th Edition BoostersDate unknownYES 
036 Number Card (Green)Simplified Chinese 5Th Edition BoostersDate unknownYES 
037 Number Card (Red)Simplified Chinese 5Th Edition BoostersDate unknownYES 
038 Pestratten
Plague Rats/Wild Growth (German/French Copyright Test Prints)
Anson MaddocksSource unknownDate unknownYES 
039000 000FoilPlains (Alternate Frame 8Th Edition Unglued Symbol)Artist NameSource unknownDate unknownYES 
040FoilPouncing Jaguar (Textless Urza Saga Round Corners)Daren BaderJapanese Urza's Destiny boostersDate unknownYES 
041FoilPouncing Jaguar (Textless Urza Saga Square Corners)Daren BaderSource unknownDate unknownYES 
042FoilRackling (Textless Nemesis)D. Alexander GregorySource unknownDate unknownYES 
043 Raise Dead (Textless Summer Color Test Prints)Daniel GelonSource unknownDate unknown
044FoilRathi Assassin (Textless Nemesis)Dana KnutsonSource unknownDate unknownYES 
045FoilRewind (Textless Urza Saga Round Corners)Dermot PowerJapanese Urza's Destiny boostersDate unknownYES 
046FoilRewind (Textless Urza Saga Square Corners)Dermot PowerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
047 Riesenspinne
Giant Spider/Swamp Version 1 (German/French Copyright Test Prints)
Sandra EveringhamSource unknownDate unknownYES 
048 Schwarzer Ritus
Dark Ritual/Island Version 2 (German/French Copyright Test Prints)
Sandra EveringhamSource unknownDate unknownYES 
049FoilSerra Avatar (Textless Urza Saga Round Corners)Dermot PowerJapanese Urza's Destiny boosters1999-06YES 
050FoilSerra Avatar (Textless Urza Saga Square Corners)Dermot PowerSource unknown1999-06YES 
051103/143 Siege-Gang Commander/Harry Potter Back (Scourge Preconstructed Theme Deck Cards with Harry Potter Back)Christopher MoellerFrom Scourge2003-06YES 
052 Skittering Skirge (Textless Urza Saga Round Corners)Ron SpencerJapanese Urza's Destiny boostersDate unknownYES 
053FoilSkittering Skirge (Textless Urza Saga Square Corners)Ron SpencerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
054FoilStroke of Genius (Textless Urza Saga Round Corners)Stephen DanieleJapanese Urza's Destiny boostersDate unknownYES 
055FoilStroke of Genius (Textless Urza Saga Square Corners)Stephen DanieleSource unknownDate unknownYES 
056FoilThran Dynamo ( Textless Urza's Destiny Dark Round Corners)Ron SpearsUrza's Destiny sheetDate unknownYES 
057FoilThran Dynamo (Textless Urza's Destiny Light Square Corners)Ron SpearsUrza's Destiny sheetDate unknownYES 
058FoilThran Quarry (Textless Urza Saga Round Corners)Michael SutfinJapanese Urza's Destiny boostersDate unknown
059FoilThran Quarry (Textless Urza Saga Square Corners)Michael SutfinSource unknownDate unknown
060 Unheilige Stärke
Unholy Strength/Blue Elemental Blast (German/French Copyright Test Prints)
Douglas ShulerSource unknownDate unknownYES 
061164/165FoilVedalken Shackles (Fifth Dawn New Over Foil Coating Test Prints)Mark ZugSource unknownDate unknownYES 
062FoilVoice of Reason (Textless Urza's Destiny Square Corners)Ray LagoUrza's Destiny sheetDate unknownYES 
063 Waldfeen
Scryb Sprites/Mesa Pegasus (German/French Copyright Test Prints)
Amy WeberSource unknownDate unknownYES 
064FoilWhite Foil Testprint for the StarProduction department at WotC1998/1999
065000 000 Wild Mongrel (Alternate Frame 8Th Edition Judgment Symbol)Anthony S. WatersSource unknownDate unknownYES 
066FoilYavimaya Elder (Textless Urza's Destiny Dark Round Corners)Ray LagoUrza's Destiny sheetDate unknownYES 
067FoilYavimaya Elder (Textless Urza's Destiny Light Square Corners)Ray LagoUrza's Destiny sheetDate unknown