June 21st: Happy World Music Day!

“The Fête de la musique, also known in English as Music Day, Make Music Day or World Music Day, is an annual music celebration that takes place on 21 June.”

(source = https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C3%AAte_de_la_Musique)

Growing up in France, the “Fête de la Musique” was a pretty huge deal on June 21st. The end of school days, combined with the official beginning of summer, made for a pretty perfect day to gather with friends and go outside to enjoy live music performances all around the downtown!

I have awesome memories of wandering across the streets, stopping at one place to enjoy the music, losing sight of some friends who wanted to keep walking, bumping into other friends that were passing by, and having an awesome night altogether!

I’m not too much of a musician myself (I guess I’m fine with a tam-tam but that’s about it) but I always enjoyed live music events. Especially music festivals, which I believe have strong ties with my home region (Brittany) – being the homeland of many huge venues and also benefitting from a strong “party culture” from the local youth. At least in my generation.

Looking through the various alters / doodles /sketches made by Richard Garfield on the cards I own, I realize that my favorite doodle is actually the music notes! It also happens that among all the alterations I own, this is the one single element that appears the most often in my collection. I’m going to guess this is probably Richard’s preferred fun alteration. Interestingly enough, the depiction of an entire city made of brass can play a little melody!

On the mathematical side of things (what a brutal transition, right?), if I own 682 cards signed by the Creator… 217 of them show some type of doodle / alter besides the awesome signature. Among these 217, a total of 33 notations appear on the cards. Again, it’s also the most common alter (before exclamation marks, and “shocked” lines).

So here they are below, all in one page now and sorted by alphabetical order…

Stay tuned for the next update! 🙂

The.Garfield.Cube

Update: June 1st, 2021

Only TEN cards missing…

Current achievement rate: 97.22%

(One green creature coming in the mail this month)

What I need seems fairly simple now:

  • 5 Black cards and 4 Green cards (more creatures ideally, but I won’t be too picky on the quality!),
  • printed before Mirrodin,
  • that I do not already own a copy of,
  • … and signed by Richard Garfield ( 😛 )

Where are the last pieces?

If you see anything, please let me know!!!

Take care,

The.Garfield.Cube

Update: May 20th, 2021

The Cube is 96.67% complete!

Today I had the pleasure to finish the white portion of the Cube… 3 white cards were missing, and I received in the mail the great Visions combination of Zhalfirin Commander, Retribution of the Meek, Honorable Passage, and Longbow Archer!

Since I was only missing 3, it was also the perfect opportunity to kick out this horrible Animate Wall. 🙂

Only 12 cards short of unlocking this 100% achievement (virtually 9, since two green cards and one Multicolor are coming in the mail soon…).

Getting so close is too exciting, can’t wait for the next update myself!!!

Take care,

The.Garfield.Cube

Update: May 8th, 2021

Current achievement rate: 95.93%

(and 5 more cards arriving in the mail anytime soon…)

I changed the display of images in the pages, so that it reflects more adequately the listings from CubeTutor. A little bit of added consistency never hurts!

Only 15 cards missing now. And when this mail day happens, it will be only ten!!! Which would be broken down into:

  • 5 black cards
  • 5 green cards

I should start giving offerings to the Golgari God. 🙂

When the lockdown is over, I can start drafting it again!!! Certainly another important thing I’m looking forward to.

Recent additions to my collection:

Unlimited Bayou
Antiquities Powerleech
Legends Spirit Link
Arabian Nights Ifh-Biff Efreet
Weatherlight Abeyance
Promo Plains
Onslaught Stag Beetle
Urza’s Legacy Scour
Nemesis Blastoderm
Urza’s Legacy Karmic Guide

Stay safe,
The.Garfield.Cube

Update: April 15th, 2021

Current achievement rate: 95.28%

(and 5 more cards arriving in the mail soon…)

Do you know that feeling, when you switch the view you have on a project, and instead of saying “I have accumulated XX so far”, you rather see it as “now I only need YY before it’s finished!”.

Well, that’s where I’m at, these days. On the 360 cards total in the Cube, I only need 17 cards to reach my goal. Seventeen! Only seventeen cards before I can call it a complete success. Where are they? Not sure yet, but I know I’ll find them. Here is a list of what’s missing, broken down by color:

  • 7 Green cards
  • 5 White cards
  • 4 Black cards
  • 1 Multicolor card

…and that’s it!

Since the last update, I had the great pleasure to add 54 cards to my collection (I won’t mention the many ones I had to sell in order to afford these…):

Urza’s Destiny Attrition
Ice Age Jester’s Cap
Ice Age Jester’s Cap
Urza’s Legacy Avalanche Riders
Urza’s Legacy Avalanche Riders
Urza’s Legacy Avalanche Riders
Urza’s Legacy Avalanche Riders
Revised Edition Plateau
Legends Rabid Wombat
Revised Edition Frozen shade
Revised Edition Birds of Paradise
Ice Age Gaze of pain
Revised Edition Scryb sprites
Onslaught Rorix Bladewing
Promo Mana Crypt
Revised Edition Mahamoti Djinn
Unlimited Lightning Bolt
Unlimited Lightning Bolt
Unlimited Lightning Bolt
Unlimited Lightning Bolt
Ice Age Necropotence
Revised Edition Badlands
Beta Black Vise
Legends Crookshank Kobolds
Legends Kobolds of Kher Keep
Legends Crimson Kobolds
Promo Island
Alpha Purelace
Legends Chain Lightning
Legends Chain Lightning
Legends Chain Lightning
Legends Chain Lightning
Revised Edition Air Elemental
Antiquities Atog
Beta Shatter
Beta Fireball
Urza’s Saga Thran Quarry
Tempest Mirri’s Guile
Visions Uktabi Orangutan
Unlimited Badlands
Alpha Counterspell
4th Edition Rod of ruin
Alliances Phelddagrif
Mercadian Masques Squee, Goblin Nabob
4th Edition Clockwork Beast
Beta Granite Gargoyle
Prophecy Denying Wind
Mirage Spirit of the Night
Urza’s Destiny Yavimay Hollow
Promo Swords to Plowshares
Tempest Diabolic Edict
Urza’s Saga Shivan Gorge
Exodus Ertai, Wizard Adept
4th Edition Shivan Dragon

Once again, a huge THANK YOU to anyone and everyone who’s helping me along the way (you know who you are!). Either by tagging me on FB when a new cards shows up, either by sending me a PM when you’ve spotted a card somewhere, or letting me know when there is a new listing on ebay… I really, really appreciate it. Kudos to you my friends!!!

Cheers,
The.Garfield.Cube

Update: January 7th, 2021

Current achievement rate: 92%.

We are still on track for project completion by September!!!

I’d like to write a special note to the many individuals who automatically think about me when they see a Garfield signed card popping up somewhere: your help is extremely appreciated, since I can’t be everywhere all the time, and for this I am extremely thankful.

It actually feels more and more challenging to locate the missing pieces, but I know I will get there one day. And it feels really good to know that I can enjoy the support of the signed cards community to achieve it.

The last three months have actually been very prolific in terms of finding&purchasing a number of beautiful gems – many of which are still temporarily lost in the mailing traffic, somewhere in between Canada and the Bermuda Triangle I guess… But I know they will get here eventually! I expect many very exciting mail days within the next 3 or 4 weeks.

Here is the full list of the many cool additions to my collection since the last update (in no particular order):

Alliances Kjeldoran Outpost
Urza’s Saga Morphling
Beta Clone
Beta Clone
Beta Clone
Alpha Clone
Arabian Nights Serendib Efreet
Portal Armageddon
Portal Second Age Armageddon
Mirage Dissipate
4th Edition Wrath of God
4th Edition Armageddon
Urza’s Saga Exploration
Legends Urborg
Unlimited Counterspell
4th Edition Drain Life
Tempest Swamp
Tempest Swamp
Tempest Swamp
Tempest Swamp
Tempest Swamp
Tempest Swamp
Tempest Swamp
Tempest Swamp
Tempest Swamp
Tempest Swamp
Tempest Swamp
Exodus Recurring Nightmare
Ice Age Necropotence
Urza’s Destiny Yawgmoth’s Bargain
4th Edition Yotian Soldier
4th Edition Lightning Bolt
Alpha Kormus Bell
Alliances Helm of Obedience
5th Edition Wrath of God
Unglued Swamp
Ice Age Jester’s Cap
Ice Age Brainstorm
Beta Sinkhole
Invasion Fact or Fiction
Homelands Merchant Scroll
Homelands Merchant Scroll
Stronghold Mana Leak
Stronghold Mana Leak

Yes, this was a whopping ELEVEN tempest swamps in one shot! 😀

Last but not least, my quest to build a 100% Garfield signed “Story Time” deck is going pretty well, and I am only missing nine cards now to complete the 60 main deck list:

4x Order of Leitbur
3x Plateau
1x Shahrazad
1x Savannah Lions

Can’t wait to see this one come together as well!!!

Stay safe,
The.Garfield.Cube

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
VisionsProsperity
RenaissanceSylvan Library
MirageWildfire Emissary
MirageVolcanic Geyser
AlliancesKjeldoran Outpost
Ice AgeJester’s Cap
Ice AgeJester’s Cap
Urza’s LegacyRebuild
Mercadian MasquesMisdirection
BetaCounterspell
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
AlphaIsland
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
PromoDisenchant
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:

https://thegarfieldcube.wordpress.com/extras/trades/

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!),

The.Garfield.Cube