I recently picked Magic: The Gathering back up after a 15 year lapse. Currently making my way through what seems like a thousand cards from my childhood and entering them into a card database at DeckBox. I happened upon a German card by the name of Seelenruhe and I'm trying to figure out what set/edition this card is from.

My copy of Seelenruhe/Tranquillity

I Google searched and found that seelenruhe means tranquillity in German. An image search, via Google, gave me an image of the same Seelenruhe that I have (plus a Jolly Roger added in?).

However, the image is from an Ebay account that is no longer hosting the image or product, and the Ebay website is written in what I think is German, which I can't read. Therefore, I can't figure anything out about the set/edition this card comes from.

Do cards written in a language other than English, belong to a set different than their English counterpart's set?

- Other Research -

    Black Border -> No Right-Side Center Symbol -> Corner Curve Sharpness?
        Sloped -> Alpha
        Sharp -> Not Titled "Reconstruction" -> Beta
  • Obviously it is from Alpha or Beta, the corners look sloped to me, so I'd say Alpha.
    – Vilmar
    Apr 7 '15 at 11:48
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    @Vilmar I thought that at first, but Seelenruhe has a 1994 copyright date. "Limited Edition cards have no expansion symbol, no copyright date, and no trademark symbols; the text on the bottom left consists only of an artist credit." - Wikipedia: Limited Edition Apr 8 '15 at 1:53

This card is a Revised German Tranquility. For English sets without a set symbol only Alpha and Beta have black borders. But when Magic started out whenever a Core set was printed for the first time in a language it had black borders. The first printing of German Magic cards was Revised Edition, Strangely it seems that German Revised had at least 2 printings, one in black border and one in white.

Reference: Revised German Tranquility on Scryfall

  • The set is commonly called Foreign Black Bordered. Feb 14 '20 at 12:38

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