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A holofoil stamp or security stamp is a small holofoil sticker in the bottom center of Magic: The Gathering rares, mythic rares, and promotional cards.


Magic 2015 card frame with oval holofoil stamp

Holofoil stamp close up

Holofoil stamp close up

Non-canon holofoil stamp

Triangular holofoil stamp

Acorn holofoil stamp

Acorn-shaped holofoil stamp

Description[ | ]

Silver oval[ | ]

Silver oval holofoil stamps were introduced in the Magic 2015 set. This was done to make those cards feel more special, as well as to guarantee authenticity.[1] As such, it makes counterfeiting more difficult. Commons, uncommon cards, and basic lands usually do not feature this security stamp, except for basic lands from Unstable.

Gold oval[ | ]

Cards from the Amonkhet Invocations set have a gold holofoil stamp.

Silver circle[ | ]

Signature Spellbook holofoil stamp

Circular holofoil stamp

Cards from the Signature Spellbook sets have circle-shaped holofoil stamps.

Silver heart[ | ]

Ponies holofoil stamp

Heart-shaped holofoil stamp

Cards from Ponies: The Galloping and Ponies: The Galloping 2 have a heart-shaped holofoil stamp.

Silver triangle[ | ]

Non-canon cards feature a triangular holofoil stamp. These were introduced in 2020.[2]

Silver acorn[ | ]

Acorn security stamps were introduced in 2021 for Unfinity, to replace silver borders.[3] On commons and uncommons the acorn stamp is printed on the card rather than embossed.

Gold "A"[ | ]

MTG Arena stamp

Early Alchemy card stamp

Alchemy A stamp

Revised gold "A" card stamp

The first Alchemy cards on MTG Arena featured the MTG Arena "A" as a "foil stamp." This later became a redesigned gold Alchemy "A." The Alchemy stamp represents a digital-only card and is present on all designed-for-digital and rebalanced cards.

References[ | ]

  1. Aaron Forsythe (January 06, 2014). "From the Director's Chair: 2013". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Wizards of the Coast (September 28, 2020). "The Walking Dead Shambles into Secret Lair". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Rosewater (November 29, 2021). "To Unfinity and Beyond". Wizards of the Coast.