JingHe Age Token Cards (Simplified Chinese)

Index | 2002 | 2003


The Beijing JingHe Age Software and Technology Corporation, in Chinese called Jing He Shi Dai company, was the official distributor for Magic products in mainland China. Similar to Hobby Japan, the company had been granted limited rights by Wizards of the Coast to produce Magic items on their own. During their partnership with Wizards of the Coast, they have released two sets of token cards for promotional issues. While the 2002 series emphasizes Chinese artwork, the 2003 series is aimed to please the aesthetical desire of an international Magic audience.

The token series released in 2002 as the gift of a Booster sales promotion. It started with Torment and ended with Judgment. At this time when a player bought a Booster pack, he will get a stamp, and once 36 stamps were collected , he will send those to the Main Distributor of MTG in China JingHe Age. Then he could get a set of these tokens. JingHe Age Token Cards measure about 5 x 8 cm.

The token series released in 2003 has been distributed in a booster pack, containing 4 random cards out of a pool of 7. Two of the cards, the Angel Token and the Dragon Token, are confirmed to be rarer than the others. The booster packs were given to purchasers of four packs of either Simplified Chinese Legions or Scourge booster packs. Remaining packs were sold.They are not printed on Magic card stock.

The distributorship of Magic in mainland China was moved to the OTC company in February 2004.

Apparently a "Variant" of the 2003 series seven tokens exists definitely not the same as the originals. There's a real possibility that those "new" version tokens might be fakes.
The contrast front and back is different.
Light test is vibrant on original, deep blue hue of the 10th anniversary symbol on back. Light test on "new" version is pale.
Original is a whole gram heavier than "new" version.
Original is crisp all the way around and smooth finish on front while "New" version is faded, rough around the edges, and has a spotted varnish across front.
Looks like the rosette patterns are not identical on front and back outside of a deeper color on original. More info and pics to come.



JingHe Age token card 2003 booster Front


JingHe Age token card 2003 booster Back


A Beckoning Light Art from Jonathon Earl Bowser


Smaug the Golden Original Art from Angus McBride
Illustration for "Angus McBride's Characters of Middle-Earth" module (in the Sourcebook-series) for Middle-earth Role Playing, 1st Edition.


The Oliphaunt Art from Alan Lee
Illustrations to "The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien


Rohirrim Art from Angus McBride
Cover of Riders of Rohan supplement for Middle-earth Role Playing, 1st Edition.


Original art for the Squirrel token. Chinese (?) Artist is unknown for now.


Cover of Dungeons and Dragons Rules Cyclopedia Art from Jeff Easley


Bleeder Art from Brom
Creepy zombie-warrior called "Bleeder," exact usage unknown, possibly for a game or trading card set.


2002 - JingHe Age Token Cards (Simplified Chinese)
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
001 Bear TokenCollecting 36 stamps buying Torment or Judgment Boosters.2002
002 Elephant TokenCollecting 36 stamps buying Torment or Judgment Boosters.2002
003 Spirit TokenCollecting 36 stamps buying Torment or Judgment Boosters.2002
004 Squirrel TokenCollecting 36 stamps buying Torment or Judgment Boosters.2002
005 Wurm TokenCollecting 36 stamps buying Torment or Judgment Boosters.2002
 


2003 - JingHe Age Token Cards (Simplified Chinese)
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
001 Angel TokenJonathon Earl BowserLegions booster pack purchase bonus
Scourge booster pack purchase bonus
2003-01
2003-05
YES 
002 Dragon TokenAngus McBrideLegions booster pack purchase bonus
Scourge booster pack purchase bonus
2003-01
2003-05
YES 
003 Elephant TokenAlan LeeLegions booster pack purchase bonus
Scourge booster pack purchase bonus
2003-01
2003-05
YES 
004 Soldier TokenAngus McBrideLegions booster pack purchase bonus
Scourge booster pack purchase bonus
2003-01
2003-05
YES 
005NEED ARTIST Squirrel TokenLegions booster pack purchase bonus
Scourge booster pack purchase bonus
2003-01
2003-05
YES 
006 Wurm TokenJeff EasleyLegions booster pack purchase bonus
Scourge booster pack purchase bonus
2003-01
2003-05
YES 
007 Zombie TokenBromLegions booster pack purchase bonus
Scourge booster pack purchase bonus
2003-01
2003-05
YES