Tom Wanerstrand was keeping all of his art in a storage unit that he refused to go to a while back. I can't immediately recall if I've seen a piece of his art out in the wild, so I guess it's theoretically possible that he still has it. That said, dealing with him is difficult. Reaching out directly to him first seems best.
Still going on, pain in the butt that I still can't actually play cards. Both my wife and I obtained different 'experts' for appraisals. Most retailers will offer to do an appraisal but for a large Vintage collection you may want to be sure to have someone truly qualified, not just the local MTG shop. I was sure to pick someone I knew had a great reputation and qualifications but I had no personal history with. It's not a fun process and a bit idiotic to be honest; very easy for one side to devolve into trying to pay $x in legal fees to gain $x/2 from the other.
I deleted a few posts from the thread, specifically talking about where people bought counterfeits and whether particular counterfeits are legal in tournaments. This does not constitute a "warning" and nobody is in any sort of trouble.
However I don't want Wizards to have any inkling that people might be using TMD to encourage people to play counterfeits in tournaments, or spread information about how to buy counterfeits. One issue is that posting "I know how to get counterfeits" even without publicly posting how, possibly implies conversations happening over PM. I don't want that implication, even if it's unfounded. Beyond that, there's a reasonable argument to be made that knowingly purchasing counterfeits is illegal, so posting that you have is potentially dangerous.
Yes, this is a legal gray area, and yes, Wizards probably doesn't care about individuals at a small scale. I still don't want TMD (or I would hope, the vintage community) to adopt an antagonistic position with Wizards on this issue
I think it's awesome to educate players about how to differentiate between real and fake cards. If you bought cards expecting them to be real, and received counterfeits, please continue to post that here or elsewhere, the community needs to know.
However, if you have purchased counterfeits or are considering purchasing counterfeits or are considering playing counterfeits in an event, sanctioned or otherwise - please do not post about that process here - and feel free to flag posts you see on that subject, so the staff can review them accordingly.
Im on mobile, so its hard to tell if my post got axed but it might have.
Passing a deck check is not a big deal, they arent even trying to stop that sort of thing
While I am not currently in the position to buy it, I would like to start trying to hunt down the original art of Grim Monolith. Chippy anything is really hard to find, but Grim seems like it is impossible. It's one of my all-time favorite arts.
Because some other options have come up, I figured I'd post them for anyone wondering the same thing in the future:
Trade into cards that have a lower "spread" - the difference between their sell price and buylist price. Usually this means trading bigger pieces into multi-format staples like Duals, Fetches, Tarmogoyfs, etc, which can be buylisted to a store that can move them quickly.
Multi-party trades: A lot of people in the market for high dollar cards have other high dollar cards that they'd rather trade than use cash. If you can find someone who wants those cards, you can cash in pretty easily. I'm currently working out a trade where I send cards to party A who sends cards to party B who sends cash to me.
@portland Hey, I'm in a group on Facebook with a lot of people who know about the art and whereabouts of pieces, I tried there the very first.
And I didn't know that! Very interesting, though I don't really understand how that's a plan B?
That's a seriously beautiful deck. You've obviously put a ton of care and effort into the whole deck and it shows. Thank you for sharing it with us. The altered Bayou duo is especially cool, too. I like that the art and color palette still fits the overall theme of the original Bayou illustration.
I'm always curious about other people's stylistic preferences. What made you choose Chinese as the main language? Also, why did you choose an Italian Sylvan Library over a Chinese copy?
Here's my next addition to the thread:
It's an Oath of Druids artist proof, hand painted by Daren Bader. For those who don't know, each Magic illustrator gets the courtesy of receiving 50 blank-backed "artist proofs" for each card he or she illustrates.
Daren Bader had been sold out of this old classic for ages, but I was fortunate enough to find a blank copy on eBay several years back. I sent it off to Mr. Bader and asked him to put his all into the painting on the back. He did my favorite card some serious justice.
I'm hoping more users will continue to share pictures of their unique collections in this thread.