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infie (14 days ago)
You ever get that white-bordered Unlimited/Revised card that has black stuff all over the border? Drives me nuts. That's actually someone's sweat. The acidity of the sweat embeds it into the cardboard. I use a very very fine knife and I scrape that crud off. Cleans up nicely without damaging the card.
MrTheoneandonly (23 days ago)
Someone playing without sleevs Being a Little smug cheater
Steven Squires (25 days ago)
sharpie also has a purplish tinge
John Davies (27 days ago)
That's what my tool says too. Giggity.
Gangi Films (29 days ago)
It's also a way of cheating, marking cards.
Tabletopcars (1 month ago)
I wouldn't buy a used car from this man. I don't trust anything he says to be factual or altruistic. But I would buy a repaired vintage card IF that card was attractively priced and looked awesome to the human mk.1 eyeball.
Daniel Kintigh (1 month ago)
You should consider getting a macro lens for videos like this Rudy. They're kinda expensive for good quality ones, but the cheap ones would be fine for something like this
Hans Olo (1 month ago)
For a second I thought Rudy was going to say Alpha Interventions.
Schnauzer Power (1 month ago)
Noticeable touch ups are bad touch ups. You never use a sharpie, heavy ink flow.
D Topa (1 month ago)
How about putting some of these sharpied dual lands back into circulation ya horder
D Topa (1 month ago)
Ya i'm sure Wizard's is going to reprint Painter's Servant any day now..
ercichewman (1 month ago)
What someone literally did here, is they literally took a taco. Literally dabbed some creepy sauce on it, and literally put it back in the bag. Literally.
2 Shoezz (1 month ago)
*uses white sharpie on boarders* BOOM, POW, like it never happened😉
The Siren (1 month ago)
It's actually quite easy to see on the vid even without the contrast. Good tips, thanks.
Reggie (1 month ago)
07:34 - CGI Fail! Finally the hoax is exposed. Not only are the cards probably all fake and computer generated, but I'm not sure even Rudy really exists! As Kit Ramsey would say "Gotcha Suckers!"
AquaWoman (1 month ago)
I just got a card right out of the pkg. with a blob of black ink in the border that was still sticky! This was out of a sealed brand new box! Buying garbage secondhand is one thing, but seeing this crap when new.....just ticks me off. Ya think WOTC will replace it for me? Hhahahahahahah
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tienxero (1 month ago)
the darker one on the tundra, looks like it was done with an older oil based permenant marker Rudy. you can still get those. the ink isnt the same as a Sharpie brand. that's why it looks brighter
I O (1 month ago)
I know it's a shame, but those Revised Tundras with the painted borders are actually quite nice looking. The pale card contrasting with that solid black border is quite striking.
MTG Means Magic (1 month ago)
Sharpies ALWAYS bleeds through the paper, yet folks still did it :/
MTG Means Magic (1 month ago)
Plenty of people “sharpied” cards during the early days, because they were literally worth less than $5
Foil Ornithopter (1 month ago)
I saw that sharpie in the thumbnail and about died. My heart can’t take it.
Christian Fredette (1 month ago)
Hi this is Rudy with Alpha Ovechkins...
Scott Carson (1 month ago)
When i was young, a black colored pencil was the tool we would use to touch up our cards. No one would bat an eye at it or treat it at a lower value. Obviously these days that doesnt fly. Thank u for the educational video Rudy. I love ur channel.
Kay (1 month ago)
Alpha investments? lol wtf.... More like Beta-Fish Consumption. Who the fuck buy's these gay cards and makes money off them? Only retards... An alpha investment is real estate. An alpha investment is in stocks. Magic the Gathering Cards is a child's game and is when a bunch of fat old virgin men get together to role play dungeons and dragons. Ha, Gaaaaaaaayyyyyyy
Matthew Goodridge (1 month ago)
Every time I see a 3 ring binder I cringe a little. No way would I stick so many duals in it. On the next video you should talk about how binder dings impacts the values on cards. :(
Kait Hosmer (1 month ago)
Please don't use sharpies. Please. Use something like india ink instead (Pitt pens work wonderfully). India ink doesn't bleed too badly but is absorbed by the card very well. I get moderately played cards pretty often because I don't ever plan on reselling them and touch up the sides. Sharpies apply so unevenly, and look awful and metallic. Luckily, you can remove sharpie with acetone and a cotton swap if you're careful, then redo with india ink.
Mr. Salvadore (1 month ago)
Will ya give me an sharpied soul ring?
Consciousness (1 month ago)
I have a special place in my heart for 7th edition foils as well. Still have my foil Thorn Elemental from my very first started deck
Michel Mohr (1 month ago)
Generally the paint used on magic cards doesn't bleed. Acrylic paint is a layer on top like the black bordered card.
Oak Guy (1 month ago)
Rudy setting a record for using the word 'literally' in a video.
Deborah Emmett (1 month ago)
Just checked my cards and found one, thanks Rudy!
Bär Honigfeld (1 month ago)
Hehe... Back in 1999 I absolutely hated white bordered cards and I was always planning on painting the borders black. Good thing I was a lazy kid and never did it. But that puts those things into context. A lot of those paint jobs are done by 12 year olds.
Attila U (1 month ago)
is timeshifted foils worth money?
ZeroLife (1 month ago)
Did he watched a lot of Gordon Ramsay video recently? LITERALLY! XD
Andrew Finck (1 month ago)
Paint me like the border of one of your beta volcanic islands, Rudy.
LukasPesekCZ (1 month ago)
8:28 Here come the binder dents... Talking about NM cards while damaging them. :D
Deussebaaj (1 month ago)
I have a friend who immediately upon acquiring a card will go over the edge with a black sharpie and will also sharpie over all the writing on the card. He had a Jace, The Mind Sculptor who received this kind of treatment. They do stand out more though.
gregthebunny553 (1 month ago)
weird flex, but ok!
usman (1 month ago)
Just sell them as altered arts
GameTech Reserve (1 month ago)
From experience back in the day, sometimes cards would get inked on the sides like this as a way to cheat since the cards stick out like a sore thumb when shuffling.
Andrew Zheng (1 month ago)
I have a library of alexandria that is lightly sharpied :(
Dawud Charlton (1 month ago)
Waiting for Rudy to take off that latex mask so Scooby and the gang can save the Town
MV60 (1 month ago)
Rudy wins by marking his cards edges confirmed.
abracosa07 (1 month ago)
Put back your listing for mind sculptor on eBay greed monster. I've been saving up then it ended lmao
Zach cash (1 month ago)
I had a playmat made the other day of the Card Garbage Fire with the WOTC logo on it.
TrevaBlues (1 month ago)
goddamnit you brought attention to the 7th edition foils leave my babies alone
Mike Churchill (1 month ago)
8:04-8:45 literally literally said literally 4350975 times..... literally!!!! Rudy is the best. You going to be at GP Vegas again this year they just released the schedule recently
AccessAccess (1 month ago)
Reminds me of the tricks used by cheaters back in the day, intentionally marking a card or set of cards so they knew where they were in their deck.
Avatar Magic (1 month ago)
Oh my gosh Rudy! Your dual land collection blew my mind! How many revised dual lands do you own!? Would love to see and hear from you about why you are hoarding so many older cards and not selling? What’s your plans with them?
Elijah Vanaver (1 month ago)
what is the % value loss with a touched up / sharpied card?
Elijah Vanaver (1 month ago)
+Antonio R so... if you were buying a $100 card and another card that was exactly the same, but was inked all around, and you wanted them both, how much would you offer for the inked card?
Antonio R (1 month ago)
Many stores won't buy an "inked" card, but if they do itll be for about 25% of what they plan to resell for. At least that's what I've seen
Brad Shugg (1 month ago)
How much would the colored revised tundras sell for?
Dustin Olson (1 month ago)
I use high quality art markers. They have a way better ink quality than sharpies. If you ride the front edge of the card, you can touch up white nicks or wear while keeping the side of the cards white. I follow up with a quick swipe of my finger, which blends what little ink is applied while also thinning the application. I understand that they'd be considered damaged, but I feel that at my level of skill (I'm also and art major) they are "restored". Since I'm not selling them, I don't really care that they're "damaged" and they look much nicer in sleeves. Even upon very close inspection, it's practically unnoticeable. The only thing that would give it away would be the texture of the original wear or nick. Once it's in a sleeve even that dissapears. Personal preference. I hate white wear and nicks, the contrast is too high and distracting.
MV60 (1 month ago)
I ended up finding a small plastic ruler, 6 inches long. After determining the edge was not damaged with burrs, it works almost as good as using a playing card to get the more stubborn things off. Best thing is it can do the whole face of the card to avoid gouging. Still have to be ultra careful though and not care too much if you add scratches. The blu-tak clean up is pretty safe as all you need to be careful of is pulling across corners / edges from off the card to avoid edge damage. Pretty easy to avoid. Doing this along with the card / ruler scrape on even very dirty white edge cards, wow they look great again. The white is bright and any previous edge damage is made much less noticeable. I bought some faber castel (manga drawing) pens yesterday. They came in a 4 pack with various tips. I ended up using the brush tip and going around the card edge on the tip side then wiping it with a cotton ball. It removed the excess ink and left the parts that the black had worn off black, and on very worn cards, blacker than it used to be. Only been a couple of very minor instances of edge run, but very minor considering I went around all the edges back and front of a few cards so far. Best thing is that I found a couple of times I went into the card face art itself with ink, (opps), but it just wiped off fine. They definitely need drying time so I just picked them up with blu-tack by the middle then putting them off to the side as to not handle the edges before the ink dries. They're all for my own collection so am not looking to deceive to sell, just wanted the cards to look nice again. And yea, you can tell on close inspection where they had been touched up, but just as a casual display or in play they look great. I do recommend practicing first, I grabbed some really beat up old white border lands and just started on those before hitting the main cards. Same with inking the black border cards. The only shame really is that there doesn't seem to be anything able to be done about worn card backs. I've got a bunch where the fronts look pretty good but the backs are just scuffed to buggery. Another thing I'm also doing since a few of the cards I got feel "gritty" when shuffling them and tend to not shuffle smooth was to also wipe them across a micro fiber towel. Seems to get rid of the gritty dust feel and they're smooth again. Not perfect but a lot better. Again, be careful as edges can get damaged. I just have the towel on the table and put the card face down, pull it about 1-2 card lengths, flip and do it again. No force, just drag it. I've just been doing this as the last step after cleaning them up to get rid of the excess dust. Sorry for the long post but just trying to put out all the stuff I've been trying while not sugar coating it as it's not all a magical fix and doesn't make cards pack fresh but it is what it is with dangers still there, just have to add some care. The improvements so far have made me very happy. It's also very easy to kill a few hours at a time too doing this as it takes a while getting through them all, I still have another stack of white borders to clean up.
christopher lacey (1 month ago)
+MV60 hmm wow. I've always considered trying this out, but never bothered in fear that you would just damage the card and not actually polish / get rid of all the dirt along old white border cards (UNL/revised mostly).
christopher lacey (1 month ago)
This is what I do with cards that have heavy play (since it is basically already damaged anyway) and I have 1000% certainty that I am never selling it / trading it ever / it is for my personal play use only. Good to hear there are others out there that do the quick finger swipe to apply an even thinner layer of ink since just the thinnest amount applied to the top edge of the border is all you need while preventing what rudy demonstrates. The only real way to discern inking when you know what you're doing is to shine a bright light onto the card where you can see a difference in illumination / reflection where there was the original border vs. the new ink layer.
MV60 (1 month ago)
Thanks for the tip on the ink. I'm going to office works tomorrow (large office supply chain here), and have a look at the range. I'm thinking of something very fine tip but I'll see what they have there. It's satisfying cleaning up each card. Some of the backs are a little rough, but when in a folder or backed play sleeve they'll look really good. I'm still thinking of something else to use to pop off the black dots with instead of another card. The edge wears on it pretty fast. I'll want something with a broad edge to distribute the surface but doesn't cut or scrape like a blade edge does to avoid spot scratches or making the surface rough. Maybe a plastic version of a scraper blade or maybe a silicone squeegee edge. I'm still very new to this, just trying to think of the best way. I saw plenty of people saying to use iso alcohol on cotton balls, etc, but that was too much of a pain to me as it was too easy to get it on the edge where it then quickly wicked into the card, so I came up with trying the blu-tack instead after trying an eraser which was even worse as it wore down fast just felt a bit too harsh. :)
Dustin Olson (1 month ago)
Sounds like you're doing a good job. People so similar processes to comic books. The markers I use are Farber Castle art markers. But I imagine any high quality art marker with a felt/brush tip would work fine. Just a matter of applying a real India ink instead of the crap that turns purple that comes in sharpies.
Profane Gaming (1 month ago)
I remember doing this with cards back the day.
Byron Odwazny (1 month ago)
Love it, Rudy. 10:01. Gotta get that ten minute mark.
Adam Patrick (1 month ago)
Substitute magic the gathering with anything else and this is the best business class on YouTube not even a close second. Rudy for President 2032
KDD0063 (1 month ago)
Some people want their cards to have black borders, without white spots, that's why they colored it. We get you don't like it. Some other people don;t like dirty Rudy fingers smeering up their cards or flicking them.
Wax Deli (1 month ago)
We got a bleeder!
Gond (1 month ago)
What have we learned kids? "When you are going to do something that's wrong, do it right."
Steven Fields (1 month ago)
i have some old cards I would like to sell. and I do have 7th edition foils
Kryptnyt (1 month ago)
Sharpie ink almost looks like a very dark purple when reflected against light and up against the magic black. It doesn't quite have the same shade. Need one of these crafts stores to get the exact same shade of black in order to do a true restoration of old cards. Fine grit sandpaper for bled edges? Don't know if that'd work.
L0j1k (1 month ago)
Yeah, I mean nobody had a crystal ball. We were a bunch of smelly, teenage outsider-nerds trying to keep our cards looking good through constant play in a world that had no card sleeves for MtG-sized cards. Using a sharpie was considered a clever and unobtrusive way to do it. :)
ankhi3 (22 days ago)
Considering crystal ball only came out in 2011 that makes sense.
HeadWrinkle (1 month ago)
Not me. I was the kid who bridge shuffled and used rubber bands as a deckbox.
Deathbrewer (1 month ago)
If I had a crystal ball I would have kept all my NES and SNES game boxes as well instead of throwing them away as a kid, lol...
Zach cash (1 month ago)
+Mackenson Sparks Most of us never really thought of using them because the card stock was really good back then.
Mackenson Sparks (1 month ago)
L0j1k I wasn't alive back then. Were the sleeves too small or too big or not shaped properly?
Ara Ara (1 month ago)
Why can't Rudy even put cards back all the way into the binder? He treats cards like shit lol.
Sean Hettich (1 month ago)
Use a dry erase marker in black. Dries to a haze and you can almost not even tell unless you know it’s been done.
Pyre Dynasty (1 month ago)
Protip: use a silver sharpie so you can play any card in un-tournaments.
L B (1 month ago)
"thats my point " uses the end of the rudy tool. those unintentional puns
Brandon Davis (1 month ago)
Why do you keep sharpied cards with your legit cards?
hahariz (1 month ago)
Bought my first few booster packs last week (Guilds of Ravnica) and the foil card were warped as shit. Now I know why you guys are mad about the card quality.
Zach cash (1 month ago)
Going for standard was your first mistake. Opening anything made since Khans was the other. Frankly at this point I could care less if anyone uses counterfeits/proxies (my LGS feels the same) , at least they don't curl/warp. Just don't try to pass them off as the real thing for sale.
BAMN Asitis (1 month ago)
Return of my favorite how-to and I also happen to own a sharpie myself. Good day, fellas and Alpha'd Investments.
MTG Unpacked (1 month ago)
What are the chances we see a follow-up 10 minute video from Rudy showing tragic examples of Liquid Paper retouching?😜
sunnohh (1 month ago)
Power 9 reprints here we cum!
Nicholas Dickson (1 month ago)
Your mat is really cool
Christopher Woodbury (1 month ago)
I'll be honest I definitely sharpied some cards over the years. The boarders not being one color bothers me more than is probably healthy. I expect a lot of these touched up cards were done for the same reason.
one honest folk (1 month ago)
Something Something 10 minutes video
Mentally Hilarious (1 month ago)
In the late 90's a friend and I sharpied a bunch of unlimited cards. I remember doing a sol ring and demonic tutor. We used tape to cover the border and they looked pretty good for what we wanted but they were obvious. We weren't intending to scam others, we just couldn't get beta cards. The problem was they stunk so badly they were obnoxious to play with. They eventually lost the smell and were fine to play sleeved but nobody would be fooled. We easily ruined hundreds of dollars in today's value.
ChocolateNoodle (1 month ago)
I always touch with a Sharpie IF I'm going to actually use the card. During play it's impossible to see, whereas the faded spots are an eyesore. The "tampering" is less of a negative to me than leaving it faded. Of course, I tell people when a card is Sharpied. Players don't tend to care, haven't had it come up with a collector.
Pete (1 month ago)
"Rudy with Alpha... uh.. Investments?" Nice try Timmy but you're not fooling anyone
justin van (1 month ago)
I've done this once on a modern card that I have no intention on selling. The card is so fk'd up i think it maybe unplayable because it's so warpped you can tell which card it is on the deck. IDK how it even got that bad.
Morgan Bourke (1 month ago)
Never forget the time a guy rubbed his fingernail up and down the edges of my played Library of Alexandria...making it Heavily Played within 10 seconds. He said: "You can just fix the borders with a sharpie" 😓😓
Morgan Bourke (1 month ago)
Luckily he has quite a collection so I traded up the damaged Library for some sweet cards 🤗
Billable (1 month ago)
Morgan Bourke he’s in a body bag now right?
dsagent (1 month ago)
Does youtube give you more money with 10:00 minute videos?
casey roggow (1 month ago)
Rudy with the 10:01 videos
theDJay01 (1 month ago)
Dang I wish I had that masterpiece grindstone... Expensive!!
Odin Wolf (1 month ago)
Take a shot every time Rudy says "literally".
Zach Chaffee (1 month ago)
10:01 video what a scam for ad revenue
Chris Perciavalle (1 month ago)
Rudy, just say it. If it ain't white, it ain't right.
StagNelson (1 month ago)
I wonder if using painters tape, and a very good air brush kit if you could color cards effectively without bleeding...
David Larsen (1 month ago)
It was common back in 98 when you had a white border card you would sharpie it to make it look the same as your other cards so no one would complain about you cheating.
Kanga Talus (1 month ago)
You should have inked a whole card and watch the comments but put it up on eBay to see how much you get.
Dante Tucker (1 month ago)
I wanted to hear about ultimate masters, this video was pure filler.
You really gotta get out of this phase where you're ending videos before they're really finished. I wanted to know what that last word was.
Bryan Schilling (1 month ago)
Who uses a Sharpie? You use a black map pencil!!!
John Brown (1 month ago)
(2:55) Takes it out of the double sleeve. Complains about it not being in NM condition, then proceeds to put it back in the sheet, sleeveless...
Aroop Roelofs (1 month ago)
+DaranDragon you call that Played (I'm from Europe, we call "Heavily Played" just "Played) already? I've seen cards that have had a bigger beating than that card that still got sold and traded as "Light Played" (or "Moderately Played" for Americans if I remember correctly). Mean sure, it's only like a 9 euro card, but still, it's quite a shame to get a card to degrade even more just because you didn't feel like taking the 2 seconds and putting it back in it's sleeve(s).
DaranDragon (1 month ago)
+Aroop Roelofs The card was already HP.
Aroop Roelofs (1 month ago)
+DaranDragon not having it degrade even more?
DaranDragon (1 month ago)
No real point to it if the condition is already degraded.
jeremy debraccio (1 month ago)
I colored in a knotched up border on an ajani vengeant. Just a card I played with. The black sticks out like a thumb you painted black and smashed with a pipe.
LED Decay (1 month ago)
What do you mean smashed with a pipe?
Chikan Celeryman (1 month ago)
Alter Investments
Altingauss (1 month ago)
I’ve touched up a couple junky cards just so they look better in sleeves for EDH. Included one in a buylist order to Card Kingdom and they mailed the one card back to me. It was like a $3 card lol. Happily kept it.
Darth Vander (1 month ago)
This is a high budget video, that editor does not work cheap, 15 Tacos an Hour I hear.
LED Decay (1 month ago)
Are you the video/audio editor?
Super Dooper (1 month ago)
So what your really trying to say is for us to sharpie are reserve cards and post them online as beta or alpha? Got it love when you tell us your secrets!
Daniel Vedberg Sekulic (1 month ago)
Dont go givin reddit the implications it needs
Barrett Gonda (1 month ago)
You tell them Boss...you ain't going get the money for your crappy card......DECLINE,but boss i couldn't complain the old stuff always looks good

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