Modern Masters 2015 Counterfeiting Concerns

Posted on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 by Wizards of the Coast
More articles by
Posted in mtg

We have heard concerns about Modern Masters 2015 Edition boosters appearing on the market from counterfeit sources. As always, we recommend purchasing your Magic products from a trusted source, such as a WPN location. However, in light of the claims that these new counterfeits are indistinguishable from the real thing, we would like you to be assured that the Modern Masters 2015 boosters contain several new measures to help verify the authenticity of your cards.

We take the security, safety and quality testing of our products extremely seriously, so we’d like to let you know how you can identify and avoid these fakes without fail, through a series of tests.

Firstly, make sure that the rare and mythic cards in your Modern Masters 2015 boosters all contain the unique holofoil stamp – this recent addition to the card frame has proven to be difficult to duplicate.

Secondly, check to see if the edges of the cards are scuffed up – genuine Modern Masters 2015 boosters will cause minor damage to the edge of your cards, which many counterfeiters neglect to replicate.

Thirdly, take a look at the packaging itself – if you are unable to perfectly reseal the booster, then you’ve probably got your hands on a counterfeit booster. All official Modern Masters 2015 boosters are fully re-sealable for reuse. Unscrupulous profiteers don’t care for the environment as we do, and so their packaging is one-use-only.

Next, measure the border of the cards – the width of the black edge. Compare the measurements to see if they all match up. If they do, then unfortunately you’ve been duped. Modern Magic 2015 cards produced by WotC all have a distinctive uneven border, which makes the cards notoriously difficult to copy.

Another key indicator of a counterfeit Booster is the presence of 15 cards, including a rare or mythic. Many Modern Masters 2015 boosters have had their rare slot removed from the pack, so if you’ve only got 14 cards then you know they cannot be forgeries.

Lastly, if all else has failed and you still can’t be completely sure that the MM15 pack you’ve purchased is legitimate, remember that all WotC Official Modern Masters 2015 boosters contain a foil Rusted Relic for anti-fraud purposes – If the Relic isn’t there, you’ve got a fake rare!

Happy cracking!