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This blog has unlocked a very unique achievement: being referrenced in *the* Old School Blag!!!


(it’s well worth the ten minutes it takes to read – I hope you’ll enjoy the experience as much as I did)

Update: October 24th, 2020 “BIG CHANGES”

The project is now 90,5% completed and this feels like a tremendous achievement!!!

My goal is to get it finished by the end of September, 2021. Wish me luck! 🙂

Major changes have happened: back in September, I was thinking about the project and realized – I collect Richard Garfield signed cards since 2005, but this “Old School” project is only 65% complete… I’m not sure I want to dedicate another ten years before I can finally reach 100%!

So I took another look at my collection and I thought hey, what if I went beyond Old School (which I kinda-sorta already did since the last update anyway, including cards from Alpha up to Tempest…) and went “Old Frame” instead? What if any card printed before Mirrodin in 2003 was welcome in?

Yep, that’s right. 90,5% completion as of today!!! And the Cube still has this very cool nostalgia feeling, to stay consistent with its original philosophy.

I still need a number of cards in Green and Black. Also a couple in White. But I’ve never been closer to the goal!

Alright, where are the last gems hiding? The hunt is on!

Last but not least – recent additions since the last update:

Urza’s LegacyMight of oaks
VisionsCity of solitude
MirageHammer of Bogardan
TempestCursed Scroll
TempestCursed Scroll
4th EditionSorceress Queen
PromoStroke of Genius
UnlimitedCyclopean Tomb
Mercadian MasquesDark Ritual
Mercadian MasquesDark Ritual
Ice AgeBrainstorm
AntiquitiesMishra’s Workshop
UngluedRichard Garfield, PhD.
UngluedRichard Garfield, PhD.
UngluedRichard Garfield, PhD.
UngluedRichard Garfield, PhD.
ScourgeTendrils of Agony
PromoKarn, silver golem
Portal Three KingdomsRavages of War
LegendsMana Drain
Revised EditionSerra Angel
Ice AgeMystic Remora
Ice AgeMystic Remora
Ice AgeMystic Remora
Ice AgeMystic Remora
Urza’s SagaWitch engine
MirageMystical Tutor
OnslaughtVoidmage prodigy
CE/IEVolcanic Island
RenaissanceSylvan Library
MirageWildfire Emissary
MirageVolcanic Geyser
AlliancesKjeldoran Outpost
Ice AgeJester’s Cap
Ice AgeJester’s Cap
Urza’s LegacyRebuild
Mercadian MasquesMisdirection
AntiquitiesPower Artifact
AlphaLightning Bolt
AlphaLightning Bolt
AlphaLightning Bolt
AlphaLightning Bolt
Arabian NightsLibrary of Alexandria
Urza’s SagaForest
4th EditionLightning Bolt
4th EditionLightning Bolt
4th EditionBlack Vise
Revised EditionSwords to Plowshares
Revised EditionSwords to Plowshares
Revised EditionSwords to Plowshares
Revised EditionSwords to Plowshares
TormentGrim Lavamancer
Revised EditionRegrowth
Arabian NightsMountain
WeatherlightGemstone Mine
Arabian NightsShahrazad
Arabian NightsRing of Ma’ruf
BetaDrain Life
BetaDrain Life
BetaDrain Life
BetaDrain Life
Modern Masters 2015Karn Liberated
Revised Editiontropical island
Revised Editiontropical island
Urza’s SagaMorphling
StrongholdVolrath stronghold
StrongholdMox Diamond
Revised EditionSol Ring
Urza’s SagaSneak Attack
MirageEnlightened Tutor
7th EditionSerra Angel
Urza’s LegacyMother of runes
Ravnica: City of GuildsOvergrown tomb
TempestCursed Scroll
Magic 2010Baneslayer Angel
AntiquitiesMishra’s factory

Update: August 9th, 2020

The baby turned one year old, this project will be 3 years old soon, and the completion level of this project is evolving pretty fast: 65,3% now!!! (235 / 360)

Alright, I did a bit of a political trickery here and I played with the stats: I decided to allow every MTG set from Alpha until… Tempest (released in 1997)! Which makes lots of sense, since Richard Garfield actually worked on its design.

I also came up with a new project – I am building a new Old School deck called “Story Time” (yeah I know, booh netdecking!). I think it is very consistent to play an OS deck that actually features a playset of Garfield’s favorite card. I was lucky enough to find three copies of Shahrazad over the last year and I’m only looking for one last copy to complete my playset!!!

In order to complete the deck, I also need to find the following cards signed by The Creator, so if you can help me out, please let me know!

  • 4x order of leitbur
  • 4x chain lightning
  • 3x Plateau
  • 1x volcanic island
  • 1x Savannah lions
  • 2x energy flux
  • 1x Dust to Dust
  • 2x divine offering
  • 2x falling star
  • 1x BeB

There is a new feature in this blog – I created a new page called “TRADES?”, located under “EXTRAS”. It’s a comprehensive list of every card I own with the precious signature, and which are available for trade against other signed gems. If you have anything for me, and you would like something else from me, please check it out:


One other  thing worth mentioning, I made some pretty amazing trades recently with some fantastic people – thank you all for your help! It goes a long way toward the achievement of my end goals. You rock!  🙂


And finally, here is a list of the cards I added to my collection since the last update:

Underground Sea Revised Edition
Tolarian Academy Urza’s Saga
Disenchant Promo
Plains Alpha
Humility Tempest
Trinisphere Darksteel
Strip Mine Antiquities
Island 4th Edition (thank you John)
Island 4th Edition (thank you again John!)
Island Beta (thank you so much John!!!)
Mana Drain Legends
Scrubland Unlimited
Survival of the fittest Exodus
Plains Ice Age
Swamp Revised Edition
Mystic Remora Ice Age
Lord of the pit Revised Edition
Keepers of the Faith Chronicles
Ivory charm Mirage
Hazerider drake Mirage
Mons’ Goblin Raiders Beta
Nalathni Dragon Promo
Nightmare Revised Edition
Kormus Bell 4th Edition
Giant Badger Promo
Sewers of Estark Promo
Animate wall Beta
Sengir Vampire Beta
Serra Angel Beta
Hasran Ogress Arabian Nights
Kird ape Arabian Nights
Web Beta
Copy artifact Beta
Cursed Scroll Tempest
Guardian Beast Arabian Nights



Update: March 13th, 2020

Today is Friday the thirteenth, what a lovely day for an update!

Let’s start with a number: 54%

The hard part is over, my Cube now features more than half of the cards with Richard’s signature, and it feels like a tremendous achievement. I don’t know whether I’ll finally reach the 100% one day, but I happen to be a very optimistic person so, we’ll see!


Also, I had the pleasure to play an Old School deck 100% signed by Garfield during Montreal’s Tundra Wolves Challenge, third edition, which took place on March 7th.

I called it “The Garfield Deck” (yeah, how creative, I know.) and the deck pic is featured at the top of this very post.

I had a blast there, and I actually went 4-2, which isn’t too bad for a deck I didn’t playtest at all. Most of my opponents were really surprised after I told them the challenge I had set myself for the deck creation!


It’s been almost ten months since the last update (the baby is doing really well, thank you!). I’ve had the chance to add 70 new cards to my collection since then, including several VERY exciting pieces for the cube:

  • artifact blast (thank you Rich!)
  • BETA Disenchant
  • (new) BETA Sinkhole
  • 6x Basic lands
  • LEG Winds of Change
  • Benthic Djinn
  • LEG Storm Seeker
  • BETA Hypnotic Specter (Thank you Jay!)
  • (new) Hymn to Tourach
  • Merchant Scroll
  • Goblin Grenade
  • BETA Serra Angel
  • Tundra Wolves (in French – what are the odds!!!)
  • UNL Smoke
  • ***Juzam Djinn***
  • Living Artifact (A.P.)
  • Channel (Thank you Matt! card was also altered to last until end of “game”)
  • BETA Psionic Blast
  • REV Royal Assassin
  • Snake Basket
  • Crimson Hellkite
  • MIR Maro
  • BETA Elvish Archers
  • BETA Regrowth
  • 4th Lord of Atlantis (Korean)
  • UNL Taiga
  • Moat!
  • High Tide
  • REV Sword to Plowshares (French!)
  • Hammerheim
  • King Suleiman
  • Vampiric Tutor
  • 4th Black Knight (Japanese)
  • …. and last but not least:   ***SHAHRAZAD*** !


Yeah, I also decided to modify the printings allowed in the Cube, and now the extensions range from Alpha until Visions. The more the merrier, right? Plus, these do still have a pretty neat “Old School” feeling to me, in the end. Not sure if I’ll ever cross the line and make it up to the Tempest block… but who knows.

One last thing, I’d like to thank in particular the people who agreed to trade Garfield-cardboard for other Garfield-cardboard, it was a very cool adventure and I hope I can experience this again in the future!

Take care (and wash your hands!),


Update: May 19th, 2019

I just realized a couple weeks ago that I also own one of each OG fetch land, and this is definitely worth mentioning!

New additions over the last couple months:

  • 5th Crusade
  • IA Jester’s Cap (number 8!)
  • LEG Mana Drain
  • ARN Wyluli Wolf
  • French fbb Wrath of God (gorgeous piece)
  • UNL Balance (altered to “also equalize life”!)
  • 4th Balance
  • 2x Richard Garfield, PhD
  • UNL Helm of Chatzuk
  • UNL Jade Monolith
  • UNL Fog
  • ATQ Mishra’s Factory (Winter – double signed)
  • ATQ Mishra’s Factory (Spring)
  • 4th Japanese Mishra’s Factory
  • Mox Opal
  • REV Fork
  • 4th Japanese Royal assassin


On a side note, my partner is expecting our first child this summer so I will probably put this project on the side for a while… But I’ll definitely be looking for new additions!




UPDATE: April 2nd, 2019

Yeah, I had to wait the day after April’s fools to post this update…

Otherwise I wouldn’t have believed it myself – one of EACH dual land? Seriously? Did it really take 15 years to achieve?

Well, yes.

And it does feel super good.


So long story short, the blog is up to date!

I am still working on the final list, but it’s pretty clear now that the Cube is actually a 1993-1996 era build, from Alpha to Alliances (sorry Mirage but not sorry, you don’t feel “Old School” enough to me).

I received some amazing gems since Christmas, but I also had to get rid of 3 Mishra’s Workshops to finance all this. All in all it was a pretty exciting experience!


Here is the comprehensive list of the recent finds:

  • ITA Nether Void
  • JPN Savannah Lions
  • REV Lightning Bolt
  • Balduvian Horde
  • Jester’s Cap (#8 and #9!!!)
  • Balduvian Trading Post
  • FBB French & FBB German Serra Angel
  • Ghitu Fire
  • Hammer of Bogardan
  • Albino Troll
  • 2x REV Taiga
  • REV Savannah
  • REV Bayou  (finally… the last dual)
  • LEB Disrupting Scepter
  • LEA White Knight
  • LEB Circle of Protection: Red
  • ARN Erhnam Djinn
  • UNL Lich
  • Voltaic Key  #4
  • UNL Nightmare
  • FBB Fastbond
  • 2x promo Forest
  • APAC island
  • REV Circle of Protection: Green & Blue
  • REV Vesuvan Doppelgänger
  • 4th Stasis
  • EURO Mountain
  • Bazaar of Baghdad #2!
  • Gifts Ungiven
  • 2x Oath of Druids
  • promo Island
  • DRK Amnesia (super hot)
  • LEB Mana Short
  • Forest
  • ATQ Strip Mine
  • LEB Sedge troll
  • Tradewind rider  #2
  • Chinese Nevinnyral’s Disk

Update: December 26th, 2018

Merry Christmas everyone!

First of all, a big update is coming soon: I’m going to change my Cube project into something more specific…

such as…

an Old School Cube!

The list is already finalized and approved (see the appropriate page on this blog) but I still need to reorganize the content of the pages. Probably in a couple weeks from now, I guess.

I’ve also received some new additions to my collection since my last update:

  • Whispers of the Muse
  • Crop Rotation
  • UNL Sol Ring
  • APAC Mountain
  • Pendelhaven
  • UNL Badlands
  • REV Tundra
  • ALPHA Plains Plains (x2!!!)
  • Argothian Enchantress
  • Winged Aesthir
  • BETA Swamp
  • ALPHA Swamp
  • Fbb Serendib Efreet
  • Dramatic Entrance
  • FOIL Cunning Wish
  • Mana Crypt
  • BETA Juggernaut
  • Jester’s cap (number 7!)
  • Orgg
  • BETA Dark Ritual (x2, and 2 move are coming in the mail next month!!!)
  • Transmute Artifact
  • REV Shivan dragon
  • UNL Icy Manipulator (Old School playset is complete now – achievement unlocked: Alpha, Beta, Unlimited, Ice age!)
  • BETA Cockatrice
  • BETA Gaea’s Liege
  • REV Taiga

UPDATE: September 6th, 2018

  • Timetwister  (finally, the power is complete!))
  • Underground Sea
  • Mons’ Goblin Raiders
  • Karn Liberated (Happy New Year!)
  • Phelddagrif
  • Oath of druids
  • 4x Brainstorm (awesome playset: double signed AND altered!)
  • Birds of Paradise (one more…)
  • Ball lightning
  • Jester’s cap (one more…)
  • Shivan dragon
  • Sarkhan vol
  • Garruk wildspeaker
  • Wurmcoil Engine
  • Ichorid
  • Underworld dreams
  • Forest
  • Catastrophe
  • Avatar of hope
  • Island
  • Arcbound ravager
  • Shatter
  • Tundra
  • Blue Elemental Blast
  • Inferno Titan
  • Chrome Mox
  • Chrome Mox
  • Chrome Mox
  • Crucible of Worlds (Judge Promo with old school frame – such a beautiful card)

Update: April 17th, 2018

  • The Abyss (second one, yay!)
  • 4th Mishra’s factory x4
  • non-foil Wooded Foothills
  • ITA Scalding Tarn
  • FBB Serra Angel
  • 4th Birds of Paradise German x3
  • Korean Prodigal Sorcerer
  • Japanese Voltaic Key x3
  • Aura of Silence
  • Japanese Hypnotic Specter
  • Lim Dul’s Vault
  • Alpha Giant Growth
  • Millstone
  • Personal Incarnation
  • Desert Twister
  • Righteousness
  • Goblin King
  • Italian Sarcomancy
  • Tarmogoyf!
  • Baby Jace (signed on both sides)

Update: March 11th, 2018

  • Fault Line
  • Korean Crystalline Sliver x3
  • Mystical Tutor
  • Hymn to Tourach
  • Putrid Leech
  • City of Traitors
  • DCI Vampiric Tutor (#2!)
  • Candelabra of Tawnos
  • Kird Ape
  • Japanese Dack Fayden (x2!)
  • Tornado
  • Final Fortune
  • Lodestone Golem
  • Icy Manipulator (another Ice Age one)
  • Savannah Lions (#2!)
  • Sacred Mesa
  • Cop: Red
  • Beta Mind Twist (awesome find!!!)
  • Drop of Honey
  • Mountain (Arabian Nights)
  • Illusionary Mask
  • Serra Avatar
  • Liliana of the Veil
  • Birds of paradise (one more!)
  • Erhnam Djinn (“protection from white”)
  • Darkblast
  • Sword of Fire and Ice
  • Tropical Island (only 2 more dual lands to find…)
  • Veteran Bodyguard
  • Island Sanctuary
  • Orcish Oriflamme
  • Throne of Bone