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Following Up on The "Misprint Intellect" Deck – "Magic: The Gathering"

You may remember my article from August covering Emiel van Daele's find of a misprinted "Mystic Intellect" deck from Commander 2019. This rare Magic: The Gathering deck had been printed with both sides of the printing on one face of each and every nonfoil card.

Following Up on The Misprinted "Command 2019" Deck - "Magic: The Gathering"
Source: Emiel Van Daele

We had interviewed Emiel and his colleague, Charly Traarbach, back then and inquired as to the offers that were being made at the time. As Emiel and Charly recounted, the deck was put on the "Misprints, Oddities, Rarities for Magic The Gathering, MTG" closed Facebook group. An offer had been made – the highest offer at the time – for $25,000.

Following Up on The Misprinted "Command 2019" Deck - "Magic: The Gathering"
Source: Emiel Van Daele

Thankfully for Emiel, he did not take that offer, as later on other websites that have interviewed the "guy with the $100,000 deck" have reported that a mere nineteen – one fifth of the whole deck! – had been sold at auction for $41,000. By estimate, that means that Emiel may be in for as much as a total of $200,000 overall, if the other cards can be valued at the same rate as the first nineteen sold.

I'm remarkably happy that Emiel has gotten his big break. As it stands, he has been interviewed by the likes of many, many different gaming websites. I spoke with Emiel not long after one big one was published over Kotaku (three months after I wrote mine, of course!), and the "golden ticket" he has gotten has not ceased to delight him.

The discussion, as brief as it was, went something along these lines:

I wrote to Emiel, saying after he retweeted my original piece, "Thanks for the retweet Emiel! Hope all is going well and that the deck is being put to good use beyond what I've heard so far from Kotaku :) Wow… $100k is way above that $25k we had heard last from you. Very nice." With a simple wink at the end, Emiel replied, "Yeah its been insane. Kotaku was insane but your remain our first [interviewer.]"

Following Up on The Misprinted "Command 2019" Deck - "Magic: The Gathering"
Source: Emiel Van Daele

We are proud to have covered this story when we did. Emiel has been a great sport in all of this and we wish only the best for this lucky, lucky son of a gun.

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Joshua NelsonAbout Joshua Nelson

Josh Nelson is a Magic: The Gathering deckbuilding savant, a self-proclaimed scholar of all things Sweeney Todd, and, of course, a writer for Bleeding Cool. In their downtime, Josh can be found painting models, playing Magic, or possibly preaching about the horrors and merits of anthropophagy. You can find them on Twitter at @Burning_Inquiry for all your burning inquiries.
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