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.
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.
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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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
+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).
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.
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. :)
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.
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.
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.
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. :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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" 😓😓
+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).
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.
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