Special Commemorative and Recognition Cards

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On special occasions, WOTC creates commemorative cards in honor of some employees or former employees.

CARTA MUNDI COMMEMORATIVE CARD

Luc Mertens, Business Unit Manager Games retired on September 1, 2013 from Cartamundi after 33 years. He has been involved with Magic: The Gathering from the beginning. He has worked at Carta Mundi in Turnhout, Belgium and in Dallas, Texas.

The WOTC Art Dept. made this Commemorative card in his honor.

The card has the same size, thickness and MTG back like a standard card. 20 were given to him or also family, friends, WOTC employees, etc.

HEROES OF THE REALM COMMEMORATIVE CARD 2017

In 2017, 3 different Heroes of the Realm 2016 cards were given to WotC employees with their names printed on the card to recognize the success of several products, they do have a unique back. They exist also as oversized cards but with no name of the recipient:
Chandra, Gremlin Wrangler illustrated by Kari Christensen for the Planeswalker Decks team: Doug Beyer, Mark Globus, Lisa Hanson, Shawn Main, Adam Prosak, Christine Risinger, Brian Trunk
Dungeon Master illustrated by Mike Burns for the Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition team: Jeremy Crawford, Mike Mearls, ?, ?.The Dungeon Master was featured in the 80's cartoon "Dungeons and Dragons" (September 17, 1983 December 7, 1985).
Nira Hellkite Duelist illustrated by Yoichi Ito for the Duel Masters team: ?. The illustration was taken from the Super Rare card Mega Dragnai Dragon from DMX-23 Mystery Teach Deck Level MAX Pack.

It is not known how many cards were given to each employees. No further info is available at the moment.


Chandra, Gremlin Wrangler Full Art by Kari Christensen
Chandra, Gremlin Wrangler oversized with 2016 Heroes plaque in WotC's office.


Dungeon Master with printed name of the recipient: Jeremy Crawford and Mike Mearls.


Dungeon Master - Heroes of the Realm sketch and Full Art by Mike Burns.


Duel Masters Super Rare card Mega Dragnai Dragon illustrated by Yoichi Ito.

HEROES OF THE REALM COMMEMORATIVE CARD 2018

In 2018, 3 different Heroes of the Realm 2017 cards were given to WotC employees with their names printed on the card to recognize the success of several products, they do have a unique back. They exist also as oversized cards but with no name of the recipient:
M'Odo the Gnarled Oracle (the name is an acronym for MTGO) illustrated by Johann Bodin for the Magic Online 2017 team: Lee Sharpe, ?, ?, ?.
Card and team unknown for the moment.
Card and team unknown for the moment.

From Lee Sharpe: Digital Product Manager for @MTG_Arena at @wizards_magic.
Every year, the WotC executive team recognizes a small number of teams within the company as "Heroes of the Realm". In 2017, the MagicOnline team was one of those teams. Part of the reward that the team gets for being recognized as "Heroes of the Realm" is the team gets to design their own card. It gets printed like regular Magic cards, and each team member gets a copy with their name on it. The card was truly designed by the whole team. Hero of the Realm cards aren't legal in anything, they have different card backs.



M'Odo the Gnarled Oracle illustrated by Johann Bodin for the Magic Online 2017 team Oversized.

EXTERNAL LINKS
The original Magic rulebook, Feature Article
Belgium: Small town is largest manufacter of playing cards, YouTube AP Archive


Images - Special Commemorative and Recognition Cards
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
001 Luc MertensWotC Art DeptCommemorative card for the retirement of Luc Mertens from Carta Mundi2015YES 
002001/003 P Heroes 2016 Chandra, Gremlin WranglerKari ChristensenWotC Heroes 2016 Planeswalker Decks Employee Reward Card2017YES 
003002/003 P Heroes 2016 Dungeon MasterMike BurnsWotC Heroes 2016 Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition Employee Reward Card2017YES 
004003/003 P Heroes 2016 Nira Hellkite DuelistYoichi ItoWotC Heroes 2016 Duel Masters Employee Reward Card2017YES 
005001/003 P Heroes 2017 ?Source unknown2018
006002/003 P Heroes 2017 ?Source unknown2018
007003/003 P Magic Online 2017 M'Odo the Gnarled OracleJohann BodinWotC Heroes 2017 Magic Online Employee Reward Card2018YES