It all started in November 1996 when MCI PrePaid advertised in the Duelist issue #14 (December 1996) three Magic rechargable prepaid phone cards to be sold by local retailers. One featured artwork of Serra Angel, one of Jester's Cap, and one of Dakkon Blackblade. All three had a capacity of 20 units. The cards could also be used to access DCI rankings and Arena ratings.
At the beginning of 1997, the sortiment was enhanced. Two new phone cards were made available. One had artwork of Balduvian Hordes and a capacity of 20 units, the other one had artwork of Black Lotus and a capacity of 30 units. The functionality of all cards was expanded to access tournament schedules, game information, and more. The phone cards could from then on also be ordered from MCI Prepaid directly.
In the middle of 1997, all phone cards were upgraded. They now had a capacity of 25 units, the Black Lotus phone card even received a capacity of 50 units.
After that, no more advertisements appeared, so the fate of these phone cards is unknown. It is possible that additional versions were introduced or the existing versions were altered again, before this product line was dropped.
Since the number of units was printed on the cards, completists will need two sets of these phone cards, one with the higher and one with the lower unit capacity.
It is currently unconfirmed that the phone cards were produced. The information is based upon advertisements.
In 1996, Hobby Japan produced a Phone Card of 50 call units with a MTG card back front.
It was mentioned in the DCI announcement papers that a commemorative 1997 World Championships Limited Edition prepaid phone card will be given to DCI Legend members (only for members who joined or renewed before September 1, 1997). This old info has been verified and no phone card was created or given
In 2002, another series was produced and available mainly at Premier stores featuring illustrations of:
Krosan Beast (Odyssey) - 30 minutes
Shivan Dragon (7th Edition) - 60 minutes
Sengir Vampire (Torment) - 100 minutes
Silver Seraph (Judgment) - 250 minutes
It is rumored also that a Squee, Goblin Nabob (Mercadian Masques) phone card exists with a 200-minutes amount.
Errors, misprints and typos
2. Enter World Sevice Code instead of Enter World Service Code. Sévice means Punishment in French.
Legends membership-1995-2001 DCI document
Magic Phone Cards advertisement in the Duelist issue #14 December 1996
Magic Phone Cards advertisement in the Duelist issue #15 February 1997
Magic Phone Cards, Magic Arcana
DCI Legend Membership Promos
Magic Phone Cards....How Many? Topic on the forum
|001||Dakkon Blackblade (Legends)||Richard Kane Ferguson||The Duelist issue #14 advertisement||1996-12||YES|
|002||Jester's Cap (Ice Age)||Dan Frazier||The Duelist issue #14 advertisement||1996-12||YES|
|003||Serra Angel (Alpha)||Douglas Shuler||The Duelist issue #14 advertisement||1996-12||YES|
|004||Hobby Japan||Source unknown||1996||YES|
|001||Balduvian Horde (Alliances)||Brian Snōddy||The Duelist issue #15 advertisement||1997-02||YES|
|002||Black Lotus (Alpha)||Christopher Rush||The Duelist issue #15 advertisement||1997-02||YES|
|003||Dakkon Blackblade (Legends)||Richard Kane Ferguson||The Duelist issue #15 advertisement||1997-02||YES|
|004||Jester's Cap (Ice Age)||Dan Frazier||The Duelist issue #15 advertisement||1997-02||YES|
|005||Serra Angel (Alpha)||Douglas Shuler||The Duelist issue #15 advertisement||1997-02||YES|
|006||Balduvian Horde (Alliances)||Brian Snōddy||Source unknown||1997-?||YES|
|007||Black Lotus (Alpha)||Christopher Rush||Source unknown||1997-?||YES|
|008||Dakkon Blackblade (Legends)||Richard Kane Ferguson||Source unknown||1997-?||YES|
|009||Jester's Cap (Ice Age)||Dan Frazier||Source unknown||1997- ?||YES|
|010||Serra Angel (Alpha)||Douglas Shuler||Source unknown||1997- ?||YES|
|001||Krosan Beast (Odyssey)||Kev Walker||MTG Premier stores||2002||YES|
|002||Shivan Dragon (7th Edition)||Donato Giancola||MTG Premier stores||2002||YES|
|003||Sengir Vampire (Torment)||Kev Walker||MTG Premier stores||2002||YES|
|004||Squee, Goblin Nabob (Mercadian Masques)||David Monette||Source unknown||2002||YES|
|005||Silver Seraph (Judgment)||Matthew D. Wilson||MTG Premier stores||2002||YES|