You all know the term. We NEED IT! I just filled a hole in my L5R collection… but it cost me. The cards Strength of the Dragon and Strength of the Unicorn from the 2006 Kotei Packs have eluded me forever. BUT! I found an eBay auction today for sealed Kotei packs from 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2012 in a bundle. I just paid $31 for them… even though the two cards I want are probably worth no more than $1 each.
Scarcity! It’s a supply and demand thing… they just weren’t out there.
Oh well, maybe I can resell the other 3 packs.
I got a present! The Direktors of Hive Alpha sent me a care package of stuff with their version of the Ascended Minion Project logo stamp. I felt I needed a representation of it in my stuff. I asked. I received. There’s even a smattering of L5R in here! I also got some miscellany of Steve’s Magic cards to put in my trade book for a rainy day.
Steve Argyle sent me copies of his digital sketch and color rough (a print of which can be seen on the table next to him painting) that eventually became this, the largest Steve Argyle original oil painting he has completed to date.
Magic: the Gathering - All Foil Booster Pack
On January 11th 2010, Wizards released an Alara Block premium foil booster pack which contained 15 foil, black-bordered cards from Shards of Alara, Conflux, and Alara Reborn for an MSRP of $12.
Product packaging included the artwork from Slave of Bolas, Alara Reborn Uncommon illustrated by artist Steve Argyle.
I actually have a sealed booster box of this in my collection.
My Steve Argyle signed Liliana of the Veil artist proof.
I found this at ABUGames for $100. I felt compelled to have one in my collection since it is Steve’s most popular piece and there are only fifty in the world. Sadly there is a blemish on the back.
My unsigned, miscut, non-foil Matca Rioters. I found this at ABUGames for $3.
My PSA 10 Woolly Thoctar WPN promo.
My PSA 10 foil Chandra Ablaze
My Steve Argyle signed original portrait of Mayael in oil.
This painting is 7” x 10” and painted on the backs of nine of the fifty existing artists proofs of Mayael’s Aria, my favorite piece of Steve’s artwork to date and source of this character in his work. Since Steve is primarily a digital artist having an actual physical painting of his, especially of this size, is an only recently available and rare privilege.
I love Mayael’s Aria. It continues to be my most favorite piece of Steve Argyle’s artwork. Finding as many of the 50 artist proofs of this card as I can is a personal mission. I currently have 12 of them. When I finally met Steve in person at GenCon 2013 he had 8 of these remaining in his binder for sale. I paid $240 for them all, got a sketch of Bloodbraid Elf on the back of one of them and the other seven plus two others I had at home ended up like this.
I knew 2x2 alters exist using 4 copies of an artist proof, but I’d never seen a 3x3 and I asked Steve if he had ever done one. He said he had done it once, but it’s hard due to the trouble securing the center card. I asked him if he would do one for me.
This is one of those times where being “Minion Prime” is worth some pull… I mean… JUST LOOK AT IT!!!! This little group has the top spot in my special collection.
Thank you, Steve! I can’t express how much I appreciate this… plus it’s BEAUTIFUL!