Long time, I want to do this topic, as it's for me one of the biggest mystery. From the beginning of Magic Rarities back in the years, we only knew about the M Black filler card, it wasn't mentioned where it was coming from. Then, on the second Magic Rarities website, suddenly the "From Pro Tour 1996" was mentioned. I never find myself a M "Filler" card from a Pro Tour Box set, and to my memory and looking into the Old Archives recently, I couldn't retrieve that info. so my first question is:
Does any members ever find a M Black filler in a Pro Tour 1996 box set
Then, back in 2004, it was mentioned that M Black filler variants exist.
http://www.magiclibrarities.net/forum/v ... sc&start=0M cards have a very faint ring around the M. The ring goes completely around the top of the M and intersects the bottom of the outside legs.The ring is most noticable if you tilt the card slightly
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M FILLER CARD
Let's have a look at a M Black Filler card front and back:
Now, let's have a look at Pro Tour 1996 Cards front and back:
As we know:
So, something is totally illogical here, where the MTG standard back from the M Black filler card is coming from ???? And why the Front is a totally dark version of the back of a regular Pro Tour 1996 card back. let's put them together:Filler Cards are a result of arithmetic differences between the card printing process and card packaging. Magic cards are printed in sheets of 121 cards. Preconstructed decks come in packs of 60 cards. So, two preconstructed decks can fit onto one sheet, with one space left over. In this space is printed a filler card. These cards are supposed to be removed and destroyed prior to packaging, but occasionally one makes it out.
Except the M, they have nothing in common, even the M that's not even at the proper place, and a hidden ring, that will only show if you illuminate the "filler card" playing with some tools:
Same pic but playing with the inverted tool:
So, being logical, a Pro Tour 1996 Filler card, should have been this:
Logic is totally respected in the "Gold Filler Card" from: 2003 World Championships Wolfgang Eder deck
Then, I try to retrieve more info about the M Black "Filler Card", from the internet, and I was asking this to few owners:
Did you find yourself a M Filler card from a Pro Tour 1996 Box set ?
and I did get those answers:
Yes, from an Urza's Block preconstructed decks, but don't remember which one.
Yes, from an Urza's Legacy booster.
Yes, from a Mercadian Masques Booster or Mercadian Masques Theme Decks.
that leads to my question number 2:
Does any members ever find a M Black filler in any Urza Block booster or Preconstructed decks ?
I just asked a Member owning all the Urza Saga Sheets C/U/R and Preconstructed sheets, do you have a M Filler on any of them, and the answer is NO
So, if anyone owning Urza's Legacy, Urza Destiny, or Mercadian Masques C/U/R and Foil C/U/R and preconstructed decks Uncut sheets of those can let me know. Already, the Foil Urza's Destiny Sheets don't have a M Filler card as they carry the: Black Round Corner Foil Star Filler Card
M WHITE BORDER - M AND CIRCLE WHITE- GREY FILLER CARD VERSION 1
Now, let's go to the second M filler card that was found:
M White Border - M and Circle White - Grey Filler Card Version 1
Now, we are in twilight zone :) Nothing in common with the M Black filler card, except the "M" , the "Ring" positioned at the same space, and the MTG Standard back:
According to the owners of the 10 existing, they come from Pro Tour 1996 Box set, well that's over 12 years now that the info has been added to Magiclibrarities, and if you ask the question to anyone, that's the reference been used systematically when people don't know or remember :) Again, no one could tell me, I opened one myself from a Pro Tour 1996.
M CIRCLE - BLACK FILLER CARD
The third M filler card that was found, is: M Circle - Black Filler Card
This one is the second rarest one, we have over 100 M Black Filler card, 10
M White Border - M and Circle White - Grey Filler Card , and only 2 of this one so far:
Better use the Illuminate tool for this one:
Now, let's compare to the M Black Filler card:
They have in common the "M" , the "Ring" positioned at the same space, and the MTG Standard back, so looks like is an extremely Rare Very Dark version of the M Black Filler card. As, the 2 owners are members of Magiclibrarities, didn't find it themselves, when asked to the seller;: Where does it comes from: Pro Tour 1996 Box set, did you opened it yourself: NO, again thanks Magiclibrarities for that traditional answer that everybody is refering to now from the First M Black card.
M WHITE BORDER - M AND CIRCLE WHITE- GREY FILLER CARD VERSION 2
Now, let's finish with the fourth one that was discovered not so long ago:
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M White Border - M and Circle White - Grey Filler Card Version 2. This for now the Rarest, only 1 known to exist.
Let's compare with the M White Border - M and Circle White - Grey Filler Card Version 1:
They have everything in common the "M" , the "Ring" positioned at the same space, and the MTG Standard back but the dot pattern is not the same at all. I did ask to the Ebay owner the traditional "Where does it comes from", "Did you opened it yourself":
- Pro Tour 1996 BoxSet
So to resume, we have 4 Different M Filler , supposed to come from Pro Tour 1996 Box sets or else, knowing that on an uncut sheet, you have Only one kind of filler card per Edition or Extension (but a same filler card style can be used on multiples Extensions, example: Black Border Filler Card, at least 8 Edition or Extensions)
In the M Dark Family we have:
And the M Light Family, we have:
That leads to my question number 3, if proven that they don't come from any Uncut sheets either from:
Pro Tour 1996
Urza's Legacy block C/U/R and Foil C/U/R and preconstructed decks
Mercadian Masques C/U/R and Foil C/U/R and preconstructed decks
Can it be that those M "Fillers" are not fillers but some Test Prints of some kinds, to test the back of the Pro Tour 1996 back or else, but to my knowledge the only MTG card that have a M circle is this one.