Two cards will forever frustrate Magic card collectors, as there is only one of each in existence.
The 1996 World Champion was given to Tom Chanpheng of Australia for winning the 1996 World Championship. The card is encased in lucite, apparently floating above a silver globe. In 2001 it was sold to a private collector for $17,500. One sheet of this card was printed, but all other copies were destroyed as well as the printing plates. At the event, there was a video showing the destruction of every other copy of the card on the one sheet that was printed. The card was embedded in Chanpheng's winning trophy.
The Original art was painted with acrylic on illustration board. The champion, with his jacket were added in digitally after and never included in the original painting.
Measurements are approximately: 13"x 11" (33cm x 28cm)
Original Sketch 1996 World Champion by Christopher Rush.
Carta Mundi Printing approval of the 1996 World Champion Card
1996 World Champion Limited Print signed by Christopher Rush
1996 World Champion Limited Print signed by Christopher Rush close up
1996 World Champion Limited Print by Christopher Rush
1996 World Champion Original Art signed by Christopher Rush on the back
1996 World Champion Trophy Front and Back. Measurements are:
*Total Height = 25.2 Centimeters = 9.92 Inches
*Height till the Lead Angle = 17.5 Centimiters = 6.88 Inches
*Width = 8.5 Centimeters = 3.34 Inches
*Depth = 10.1 Centimeters = 3.97 Inches
1996 World Champion Trophy front and back
1996 World Champion Trophy front and back from the sides
1996 World Champion Trophy front
The Shichifukujin Dragon was created to celebrate the opening of the Japan DCI Tournament Center in Tokyo, Japan. All copies except for one were destroyed. The remaining Shichifukujin Dragon has been encased at the Tournament Center for public view together with the original artwork of the card. The Tournament Center was closed on February, the 28th in 2003, and the card was moved to the Hobby Japan Head Office where it currently resides. Shichifukujin is the name of the Seven Deities of Good Fortune of Japanese mythology.
Hobby Japan produced a Limited life counter, a Limited Deck Case and Limited binder using the artwork of the Shichifukujin Dragon.
Shichifukujin Dragon Life Counter
All trademarks including the Wizards of the Coast logo and Magic: The Gathering are property of Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Illustration by Christopher Rush. © 2002 Wizards.
Shichifukujin Dragon Life Counter sealed
Shichifukujin Dragon Limited Deck Case
Shichifukujin Dragon Original Art and Card at the MTG 10 years museum held in Grand Prix-Yokohama 23/24 August 2003
Shichifukujin Dragon Original Card at the Grand Prix Tokyo May 6-8, 2016
Shichifukujin Dragon acrylic derivative work by Christopher Rush (the playmat was made out of it). Pics courtesy of Jeff Ferreira.
Shichifukujin Dragon Limited Playmat Grand Prix Hong-Kong August 7-9, 2015
1996 World Champion and Shichifukujin Dragon, Rarest Trading Cards in the Guinness Book of World Records 2012
Ask Wizards December 2003
Land of the Rising Fun
1996 World Champion, Magic Arcana
World Records, Magic Arcana
World Quiz, Magic Arcana
Rarest trading card
1996 World Champion Original Art Video
Hobby Japan Life Counters
|001||1996 World Champion||Christopher Rush||Winner card of the 1996 World Championship||1996-08-14||YES|
|002||Shichifukujin Dragon||Christopher Rush||Celebration card of the Japan DCI Tournament Center||1996-?-?||YES|