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How to tell different sets apart from each other - Updated

 
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Subject: How to tell different sets apart from each other - Updated   PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 2:50 am Reply with quote

This is not a guild to all sets, just the difficult ones.





Alpha
- Rounder corners than other Magic cards.
- Black bordered
- No expansion symbol
- No copyright date

Beta
- Near identical to Alpha except they have regular rounded corners
- Black bordered
- No expansion symbol
- No copyright date

Unlimited
- White bordered
- No expansion symbol
- No copyright date
- Title text is more left justified than Revised / 3rd Edition
- Inside border is double beveled
- Ink is generally darker than Revised / 3rd Edition

Revised / 3rd Edition
- White bordered
- No expansion symbol
- No copyright date
- Title text is more right justified than Unlimited
- Inside border is single beveled
- Ink is generally lighter than Unlimited

4th Edition (copyright 1995)
5th Edition (copyright 1997)
- White bordered
- No expansion symbol

(Heavly reprinted sets, refer to special sets as well)
The Dark (copyright 1994)
Legends (copyright 1994)
Antiquities (no copyright)
Arabian Nights (no copyright)
- All black bordered

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* Specialty Sets *
Anthologies (copyright 1993-1998)
- White bordered
- All cards are reprints from Base Sets, Arabian Nights, Antiquities, Legends, The Dark, Fallen Empires, Ice Age, Homelands, Alliances, Mirage, Visions, Weatherlight, Tempest, Stronghold, Exodus, Urza's Saga, Portal, Portal Second Age, Portal Three Kingdoms, Unglued, and Arena League
- Each card has its original expansion symbols

Battle Royale (copyright 1993-1999)
- White bordered
- All cards are reprints from Base Sets, Arabian Nights, Legends, The Dark, Ice Age, Mirage, Visions, Tempest, Stronghold, Exodus, Urza's Saga, Urza's Legacy, Portal, Portal Second Age, Portal Three Kingdoms and Unglued
- Each card has its original expansion symbols unless its a base set reprint

Beatdown (copyright 1993-2000)
- White bordered

Chronicles (copyright 1995)
- White bordered
- All cards are reprints from Arabian Nights, Antiquites, Legends and the Dark
- Each card has its original expansion symbols

Coldsnap Theme Deck Reprints (copyright 1993-2006)
- Black bordered
- All cards are reprints from Ice Age and Alliances
- Each card has a similar expansion symbol to the original, but the symbols are somewhat updated and more modern looking
- Not a typical individual set; found in the Coldsnap Theme Decks

Collectors' Edition (no copyright)
- Black bordered
- Same cards as beta
- Square corners
- Gold trim on back edges
- "Collectors' Edition" on back in gold lettering

Collectors' Edition Int. (no copyright)
- Black bordered
- Same cards as beta
- Square corners
- Gold trim on back edges
- "International Edition" on back in gold lettering[/img]


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Subject: How to tell the different sets apart from each other   PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 9:45 pm Reply with quote

Nice post, thank you
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