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My Global Sets

Post by cataclysm80 » Fri Apr 15, 2016 7:52 am

Benalish Hero
(I've tried to organize these chronologically by release date.)

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A print of the original art.
Doug did the artwork for "Hero" & "Superhero". He created one female & one male, but refused to identify which one was "Super".
Someone at WotC assigned this art the "Hero" title. The male art was assigned the "Superhero" title, and became the card Veteran Bodyguard.

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Also known as a Collectors Edition Artist Proof. More info can be found at this link. viewtopic.php?f=6&t=9907

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The card stock has a front and back layer with a thin blue layer in the middle, but those layers are not assembled after printing, or even at Carta Mundi. Carta Mundi prints the cards, but they don't make the card stock, they buy it, just like they buy their ink, solvent, & varnish. The cardstock halves are bonded with the blue layer core by the paper manufacturer before Carta Mundi prints anything for Wizards.
The card backs are printed first, and then used as needed for printing the different rarities of fronts.
Because the card is printed clearly and not blurry, we know that the sheet fed through each of the 4 color stages identically, so this is not a simple registration error where the sheet was grabbed wrong by the machine once.
Either the sheet feeders were all identically misaligned (maybe left that way from the previous print job?) Or after the back was printed the sheet changed size (torn or cut) causing it to align improperly with the paper guides.

Here's the crazy part... The card back is usually printed first, so the order of operations here is...
Card backs printed correctly
Sheet edge damaged
Card fronts printed offset
Card cut face up, using the alignment marks on the front.

Yeah, that means the front side which looks normal was printed wrong and cut wrong to match, while the weird looking backside was printed correctly.

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This is a Scolding Benalish Hero from Revised. It was created by Richard Garfield during Cruise Con in 1994, and given to a semi-finalist Daryl Tose at the event. Cruise Con was a convention that took place on a cruise ship which sailed from Miami Florida to Jamaica.
You can tap this card to cancel 1 creatures attack. In todays wording, I think it would work as follows...
Tap: Remove target attacking creature from combat. Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt to and dealt by that creature this turn.

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This is a second print run of Revised, which was intended to fix the problems that Revised had. A small amount of it was released in normal Revised booster packaging. This print run did not meet Wizards standards, and was immediately recalled for destruction, making these cards rare and valuable. They can be recognized by their copyright line and dark coloration.

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Some common & uncommon 4th Edition cards were accidentally cut using the same corner rounding die that had been used to make Alpha cards.

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Italian 4th Edition looks a lot like Italian 2nd Edition. The most noticeable difference is the marks above the lowercase i in the card name.

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Italian 4th Edition looks a lot like Italian 2nd Edition. The most noticeable difference is the marks above the lowercase i in the card name.

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Except for the change to white borders, most cards in this set are identical to the French Limited Edition printing, even including the 1994 copyright date. However, 11 cards in this set were updated and do have a 1995 copyright date. More info can be found at this link. viewtopic.php?f=6&t=9063

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German 4th Edition looks a lot like German Unlimited Edition. The most noticeable difference is the marks above the lowercase i in the card name.

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Italian 4th Edition looks a lot like Italian 2nd Edition. The most noticeable difference is the marks above the lowercase i in the card name.

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Italian 4th Edition looks a lot like Italian 2nd Edition. The most noticeable difference is the marks above the lowercase i in the card name.

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9 cards in this set look a lot like French Unlimited Edition. Info on how to tell them apart can be found at this link. viewtopic.php?f=6&t=9063

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German 4th Edition looks a lot like German Unlimited Edition. The most noticeable difference is the marks above the lowercase i in the card name.

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Alternate 4th Edition was made by the United States Playing Card Corporation in the USA. It was printed with a stochastic process instead of halftone like normal cards. The cards were considered to be marked cards, and Wizards ordered them to be destroyed. Many of them escaped destruction. The easiest ways to recognize them are by the different shading on the upper right corner of the "A" in "MAGIC" on the card back, or by using a black light. Alternate 4th Edition has a UV resistant coating, so it doesn't glow under a black light like regular cards do.

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Traditional Chinese 4th Edition was made by Shepard Poorman in the USA, using black core cardstock.

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Traditional Chinese 4th Edition was made by Shepard Poorman in the USA, using black core cardstock.

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Korean 4th Edition was made by Shepard Poorman in the USA, using black core cardstock.

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Note: Benalish Hero was not included in Simplified Chinese 5th Edition. Simplified Chinese 5th only has 350 cards instead of 449 like the other languages.
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Re: My Global Sets

Post by dragsamou » Fri Apr 15, 2016 8:39 am

Hi,

Great collection, is it complete ?
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Post by cataclysm80 » Fri Apr 15, 2016 9:26 am

Thank You Alexis!

It was complete when I (easily) gathered all of the regular English versions.

Then it was complete again when I gathered all of the foreign versions.

Then it was complete again when I gathered the Edgar, Alpha Cut 4th, Alternate 4th, & misprint.

Then it was complete again when I gathered all the Artist Proof versions & art print.

Now I'm working on deals to acquire Alpha Playtest, Ice Age Playtest, Portal Playtest, & a Richard Garfield signed with modified abilities.
I have pictures of those, but will refrain from posting them until they have been added to my collection. :-D


I'll post my other global sets later.

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Post by dragsamou » Fri Apr 15, 2016 9:36 am

cataclysm80 wrote:Thank You Alexis!

It was complete when I (easily) gathered all of the regular English versions.

Then it was complete again when I gathered all of the foreign versions.

Then it was complete again when I gathered the Edgar, Alpha Cut 4th, Alternate 4th, & misprint.

Then it was complete again when I gathered all the Artist Proof versions & art print.

Now I'm working on deals to acquire Alpha Playtest, Ice Age Playtest, Portal Playtest, & a Richard Garfield signed with modified abilities.
I have pictures of those, but will refrain from posting them until they have been added to my collection. :-D


I'll post my other global sets later.
cataclysm80 wrote:Benalish Hero

Doug did the artwork for "Hero" & "Superhero". He created one female & one male, but refused to identify which one was "Super".
Someone at WotC assigned this art the "Hero" title. The male art was assigned the "Superhero" title, and became the card Veteran Bodyguard.
I'm confused with that part, Hero was the playtest card for Benalish Hero, but Superhero playtest card according to Wizard and different sources was not printed. A Veteran Bodyguard playtest card might exist.
http://www.magiclibrarities.net/957-rar ... white.html
http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/ar ... 2009-06-24

They wanted to have also Benalish Hero for Ice Age and Portal ?
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Re: My Global Sets

Post by cataclysm80 » Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:11 am

dragsamou wrote:
cataclysm80 wrote:Benalish Hero
Doug did the artwork for "Hero" & "Superhero". He created one female & one male, but refused to identify which one was "Super".
Someone at WotC assigned this art the "Hero" title. The male art was assigned the "Superhero" title, and became the card Veteran Bodyguard.
I'm confused with that part, Hero was the playtest card for Benalish Hero, but Superhero playtest card according to Wizard and different sources was not printed. A Veteran Bodyguard playtest card might exist.
http://www.magiclibrarities.net/957-rar ... white.html
http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/ar ... 2009-06-24

They wanted to have also Benalish Hero for Ice Age and Portal ?
The story comes from Doug.
In Alpha, the playtest card names were the names given to the artists to inspire the artwork. Doug did "Hero" & "Superhero" among others.
I agree that the playtest card doesn't much resemble the Veteran Bodyguard abilities. It seems they decided that a Superhero should save you instead of killing another creature?
When Doug received the original artwork back from WotC, they had written Hero on the back of the female art, and Superhero on the back of the male art.
Doug recently sold the original Veteran Bodyguard art. Here are pictures from the sale...

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The 1993 playtest version of Ice Age (small cards like Alpha Playtest) had a LOT of reprints. I've heard that it only had about 100 new cards, with the rest all reprints. The 1993 Ice Age project was put on hold because players wanted to see New cards. The Ice Age team switched to creating Antiquities. About a year later, they started work on the Ice Age project again (bigger playtest cards this time). The "Hero" playtest card became Kjeldoran Warrior, a functional reprint.

Portal playtest cards seem to be the first playtest cards that were printed stickers on real cards. There were at least 3 generations of Portal playtesting. On the first generation, the stickers only covered the bottom half of the real card. In this way, the real card name, casting cost, & art was maintained, but the rule box & power / toughness could be changed.
Benalish Hero was one of these first generation Portal playtest cards. The sticker made it a 1/2 creature and changed the flavor text. I believe it eventually became the card Devoted Hero.

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Post by dragsamou » Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:32 am

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This is the Original pic, that inspired Veteran Bodyguard.

Thanks for the explanations for the other Playtest cards.
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Re: My Global Sets

Post by cataclysm80 » Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:35 am

dragsamou wrote:This is the Original pic, that inspired Veteran Bodyguard.
I wonder if the female in that photograph was any inspiration towards the face of Benalish Hero.

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Post by dragsamou » Fri Apr 15, 2016 1:26 pm

cataclysm80 wrote:
dragsamou wrote:This is the Original pic, that inspired Veteran Bodyguard.
I wonder if the female in that photograph was any inspiration towards the face of Benalish Hero.
I have no idea, Doug is the one knowing the answer...
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