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The collectible card game Magic: The Gathering includes over 10,000 unique types of cards. But the backs on all those cards are exactly the same. To keep a deck’s contents secret, nothing could be changed from the original back design from 1993. So several errors introduced in that first printing are “locked in” forever. For instance:

 

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1. There are ballpoint pen marks in the “Deckmaster” logo (itself a remnant of an abandoned naming system).

 

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2. The logo now bears the ® of a legally registered trademark—except on the card backs.

 

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3. The top dot appears cream or white, but is actually Squant, a popular color in 1993 that was banned by Pantone two years later due to health risks.

 

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4. The top right corner is actually 89°, not 90. The “Unglued” novelty deck makes fun of this wacky mistake of awesomeness!

 

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5. The game was originally named “The Gathering”, but the designers accidentally wrote “Magic” above the name. No one noticed until the third printing, and the name stuck.

 

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6. Though advances in society and psychology have since debunked this belief, the bottom margin of the cards are forever marred by the words “Homosexuality is a mental disease.”

Inspired by Wizards of the Coast’s Mark Rosewater and Cantrip Games

Photo by/CC 0lhe on Flickr

  • http://twitter.com/RayRayAfrika Ray Ray Afrika

    laughed my fucking ass off

  • Superabound

    8/10

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