Magic the Gathering Errors, Misprints, and Mess Ups
Nobody’s perfect. These are some mishaps by the printers of Magic. These errors range from subtle to obvious and secret to widely known.
Thousands and thousands of Magic The Gathering cards have been printed over time. Very few blatant errors have been discovered in the English printings of the cards. These are the only errors I could find in my many years of playing the game. Enjoy!…
(all pictures from magiccards.info)
Imprison – Legends – 1994
The text box on this card has an error. The little circle that is supposed to be behind the “1″ is above it instead! This is a little trivial error that did not affect the game what so ever, and by the time the error was caught, it wasn’t even worth correcting it. All of the printed Imprisons look like this.
The Efreet Disaster – 1993
Both of the above Efreets were apparently set to be reprinted in revised, only Revised got Ifh-Biffs picture and border and Serendib’s ability, mana cost, and power is some sick combination of the cards. The revised card counts as a Serendib Efreet. oops.
Extinguish – Portal, Second Age – 1998
Another oops involving a mana cost, further variations of this card were corrected to have the mana cost returned to a normal look.
Elvish Archers – 1993
Originally this was one bummer of a rare in the alpha set. It was further discovered that there was a printing error… All further versions of this card are a 2/1 first striker… still kind of a bummer of a rare… I DO like the flavor text on this card. Looks like The movie “300″ was taking a leaf out of MTG’s book!
Wall of Junk – 1998
Although the oracle on this card has been changed to “Creature- Wall”, nowhere on the card is it actually listed or refered to as a wall! oops.
Unsummon – 1993
One of the most obvious misprints on any card, see if you can find it. How to you “CARD” an enchantment? A big typo on the Alpha version was corrected on all other versions of the card.
AErathi Berserker – 1994
Another widely known error, this cards name is missing a letter. Most likely because the computer was unable to identify the letter “AE” in the name slot, this card has remained uncorrected in all forms.
Johtull Wurm – 1995
Besides Mole Worms, I am unaware of any other “Worms” in Magic. This Wurm is referred to as a “Worm” instead of a “Wurm” in its text box in its Ice Age version. It was corrected in 5th Edition.
Cyclopean Tomb – 1993
One of the most confusing errors in the game, the first Cyclopean Tomb was printed without a mana cost. Players were confused to whether this card was free or not! The problem was corrected in Beta and the mana cost was revised to the “4″ it was supposed to be.
Balduvian Shaman – 1995
A long borring card that I came across only because it was the first word that caught my eye. Isn’t “Permanantly” spelled “Permanently”?
Any others that you know of? please leave a comment!!