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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

Triangular 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. Normal commons, uncommon cards, and basic lands 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[]

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

Silver heart[]

Cards from the Ponies: The Galloping set have a heart-shaped holofoil stamp.

Silver triangle[]

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

Silver acorn[]

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

MTG Arena[]

Early Alchemy card stamp

Revised Alchemy card stamp

The first Alchemy cards on MTG Arena featured the MTG Arena "A" as a "foil stamp". This later became a redesigned Alchemy "A".

References[]

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