Silver-bordered cards are not tournament-legal and are not covered by the comprehensive rules. Usually silver-bordered cards are printed in the so-called Un-sets. Certain promos like the Holiday cards, the 2017 HASCON promos, and Ponies: The Galloping also use a silver border.
Un-sets are named after their common naming pattern:
They feature mechanics that would be impossible to print in a normal expansion.
- Cards in certain sets and certain promotional cards are printed with a silver border. Silver-bordered cards are intended for casual play and may have features and text that aren’t covered by these rules.
According to Mark Rosewater, the audience reaction to the silver border is somewhat of a problem for R&D. It most often doesn’t get treated as “this is a different subset of Magic”, but rather “this isn’t a real Magic card”.
Tokens created by silver-bordered cards.
|Token Name||Color||Type Line||P/T||Text Box||Source||Printings|
|Ape||Green||Creature — Ape||1/1|
|Green||Creature — Ape||3/3|
|Beeble||Blue||Creature — Beeble||1/1|
|Storm Crow||Blue||Creature — Bird||1/2||Flying|
|Brainiac||Red||Creature — Brainiac||1/1|
|Chicken||Red||Creature — Chicken||4/4|
|Construct||Colorless||Artifact Creature — Construct||X/X|
|Dragon||Gold||Creature — Dragon||4/4||Flying|
|Expansion-Symbol||Colorless||Creature — Expansion-Symbol||1/1|
|Faerie Spy||Blue||Creature — Faerie Spy||1/1||Flying, haste
Whenever this creature deals combat damage to a player, draw a card.
|Giant Teddy Bear||Pink||Creature — Giant Teddy Bear||5/5|
|Gnome||Colorless||Artifact Creature — Gnome||1/1|
|Goat||White||Creature — Goat||0/1|
|Goblin||Red||Creature — Goblin||1/1|
|Homunculus||Colorless||Creature — Homunculus||2/2|
|Rogue||Black||Creature — Rogue||2/2||Menace|
|Sheep||Green||Creature — Sheep||2/2|
|Squirrel||Green||Creature — Squirrel||1/1|
- Mark Rosewater (July 20, 2009). "The Silver Lining". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater (February 27, 2021). "Why did yall feel it was necessary to pollute the identity of the core game rather than just spin off a "Universes Beyond" format that was Legacy + UB cards?". Blogatog. Tumblr.