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    Magic: The Gathering Time Walk Gamma Playtest Edition (Magic: The Gathering, 1992) CGC NM/Mint+ 8.5. When one hears "Power 9" in the world of Magic: The Gathering (MTG), one instantly thinks of some of the most powerful cards in the game. Finding an Alpha edition Power 9 card, is no easy task as they only printed just over 1000 copies for each. However, before Alpha was printed, the game had to be playtested. The cards used prior to the Alpha edition printed, were called Gamma Playtest cards. Almost all the same cards were used, however some names and/or casting costs were changed. Out of the 295 Alpha cards that were printed, Gamma Playtest used 249 of them in some form. The pictures that were printed on the cards were taken from popular media of the time: comic books, magazines, Dungeons and Dragons, etc. This image was taken from Epic Illustrated #32 page 26.

    This playtest card comes in at a very high grade of an 8.5, and also has a League Stamp on the back (not all cards have this stamp). There is a pen marked "X" through the League Stamp, presumably as a note that had meaning to the playtesters. The sub-grades on the card are fantastic, with 9 for centering, 9 for surface, 8 for corners, and 9 for edges. CGC notes "Playtester's Annotations" on the back of the case.

    Any serious MTG collector should be falling over themselves with the opportunity to own this card, as historically Gamma Playtest cards paved the way for the creation of MTG. Owning one of the Power 9 cards, before the Power 9 actually came into being, may possibly be a once in a lifetime chance. While there are more of these Gamma Playtest cards in private collectors hands, they obviously don't come up often, as these are the first we have ever seen. Cards like this are extremely rare and it is even rare for one to come up for auction, in fact this is the first time that one is offered at public auction! Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to own it!

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