[PLEASE BE AWARE] - until further notice AlteredPrints has been shut down by Wizards of the Coast. Any information contained in this article regarding availability of their products is no longer valid and is retained here for reference only.
Steve Argyle’s Magic: the Gathering artwork is usually seen on the card. Steve offers prints of his work on his website and at appearances, but he also offers some excellent foil alterations of his Magic cards. These cards are made by AlteredPrints.
This company produces high quality foil alterations of genuine Magic cards. Many sellers on ebay offer cards in this alteration style but do not enjoy the level of quality offered here. Even more importantly, AlteredPrints has direct contact with their clients. Steve Argyle seems to be one of their most advertised clients, judging from even a cursory review of their facebook postings.
The cards they produce are actually authorized and ordered by Steve Argyle himself, making them a genuine collector’s subset!
I have attributed my own numbering system based on a combination of when they appeared in the AlteredPrints catalog and when they first appeared in MTG. The cards themselves have no AlteredPrints internal numeration upon them. Some of their cards are available in serialized form and are numbered of 200. The serialized cards appear to be autographed by Steve Argyle as they are made and are available from him directly at public appearances. As they advertised on facebook on May 4, 2012, some are also available for sale this way from places like abugames. The non-serialized versions often are available from AlteredPrints on ebay.
They also advertised on February 7, 2013 that they would be starting direct sales through their facebook page.
The alteredprints versions are printed directly onto the original cards. There are some variations available of the older cards in their catalog. Their discontinued 2.1 process is measurably heavier and has a high gloss even foiling of the entire card surface while their newer 3.0 technique only prints, foils, and coats the altered parts of the card leaving the areas like the name line and text box as “naked card face.” This video explains their new process. The results look incredible.
There are a number of things about this subset of cards I want to cover once. First there is the issue of legality. All of alteredprints ebay auctions include a disclaimer regarding the legality of their altered cards in sanctioned play. Here is a forum on mtgsalvation regarding the FAT technique’s legality. Here is an article from Wizards regarding the entire topic of altered cards. It’s a minor issue, but be aware that it may come up if you are collecting these cards for play.
The company redirected its online operations to facebook on April 1, 2012.
Here is a list of the cards that Steve Argyle illustrated that appear in their catalog with my own numbering system.
They posted images from their then-current catalog on facebook on February 13, 2012. These cards exist in the 2.1 and the 3.0 technique.
1 - Chandra Ablaze (version 1) (original art)
1.5 - Chandra Ablaze (version 1) (original art) (serialized of /200)
2 - Chandra Ablaze (version 2) (MIXI art)
2.5 - Chandra Ablaze (version 2) (MIXI art) (serialized of /200)
3 - Liliana of the Veil (alternate art)
3.5 - Liliana of the Veil (alternate art) (serialized of /200)
They posted a comment on facebook regarding a special alteration of an entire deck of “Devour for Power” from Commander, including the oversized cards. Therefore Damia, Sage of Stone in both sizes exists as an AlteredPrints alteration. Good luck finding these rarities in the 2.1 technique. They were included in the catalog update on November 16 with the others.
4 - Damia, Sage of Stone
5 - Damia, Sage of Stone (oversized version)
They added more cards to their catalog on November 16, 2012. There is a special alteration of Child of Alara included in this update that they made to donate 50% of the proceeds to the Foster Kids Charity. While Steve Argyle illustrated the original card art, he did not illustrate this charity card.
6 - Slave of Bolas
7 - Bloodbraid Elf
8 - Jace’s Ingenuity
9 - Chosen of Markov/Markov’s Servant
10 - Deadly Allure
11 - Killing Wave
12 - Somberwald Sage
13 - Bloodfray Giant
14 - Deathrite Shaman
I will keep this list updated as new work becomes available.