In anticipation of the release of a new Magic: The Gathering 2013 game this Wednesday, 20 June on Xbox Live Marketplace (as well as on iTunes for iPad), I rummaged through my collection to make this blog entry about a special card in my collection.
It’s not an autographed copy of a rare card, or a foil version of some ‘powerful’ card. In fact, I’m not sure if it will fetch a lot of money, but I do know that it is special and unique, stored safely in this Urza’s Collection-themed hard folder.
This was sometime back in the year 2000, when Wizards of the Coast held an Asia-Pacific tournament. Since 1997 while in National Service, I was introduced to the collectible card game and got hooked to it. Whenever I have some free time, I would go through my collection in trying to put together a good deck. As I desire to collect better cards, I ended up buying more booster packs. It was probably a foolish investment, but I do not regret it.
When I completed my National Service (after 2.5 years), I joined the ‘real’ workforce and became distracted with other materialistic possessions. I started owning my first mobile phone (an Ericsson GA 628), bought a decent desktop with Windows 98 and was happy with playing PC games and surfing the net on a 56k modem connection. I would meet my two NS friends once a month to play Magic: The Gathering but we played with our current collection. My friend’s Sliver deck was unbeatable but we would take turns to beat one another once someone had a bad hand.
When the Asia Pacific tournament came about, I decided to visit the event at Suntec Convention Centre for experience. I took part in a draft tournament but did not win to advance to the Finals. However, I’m glad I decided to keep the cards that I got from the event.
There is this particular collection whereby the Land cards are designed with locations from Asia. As you can see from the photos, there are references of China and Japan. However, what caught my attention was how Singapore was chosen as the design for Islands.
I still have the cards now, and these photos were taken using my new iPad. Since I have two sets, I might let go of one set if the bid is right. Until then, I’m proud to have them, still in pristine condition.