Artist Proofs 101 & FAQ's


What are they? Artist proofs are one of the rarest forms of MTG collectible cards. Far more rare than even a Black Lotus from the Alpha set! They are identical to regular cards except they are blank on the back side.

When were the first artist proofs created? The first edition of artist proofs was printed during the Collector's Edition print run. There were no proofs made for Alpha, Beta, Unlimited nor Arabian Nights.

Where do they come from? The only original source for an authentic A/P is the artist whose art appears on the front of the card. Most artists, like Anson sign their proofs to authenticate their source, so be wary of unsigned A/P's. Many did not actually reach the artist's initially and so you would not want to be stuck with an unauthenticated proof (and it's shaky value).

What was the big idea anyway?  These limited and very special versions of Magic cards were distributed to artists so that the artists could have color examples of  their published work for their portfolios. They were also considered to be, in part,
compensatory. Artists were granted approximately 50 proofs for each example of their printed work by Wizards of the Coast. Some were used as business cards, some destroyed and some like Anson Maddocks, decided to safely store them away for more than 2 decades to make them available to you, as collectors and investors!

How can artist proofs be used as an investment? Because of their extremely limited numbers, Anson's proofs are priced strictly by their availability. As the number he has decreases, the price will increase. When they have sold out, the only resource for obtaining a copy will be from other collector's - who, if they follow the market, will charge or trade them accordingly! And so buying them directly from the source now gives you the best prices and an advantage in the trading market.

What else should I know when starting my artist proof collection? It is  common for collectors to request a personalized artwork on the blank back of an  artist proof by the original artist. Not only does this enhance the proofs authenticity but it is a way to maximize your investment, as AP’s with art are more highly sought after and valued by collectors.

What are the prices for commissioned artwork on an A/P? We offer two options for A/P artwork; monochromatic ink or pencil drawing for $50 each or a full-color acrylic painting priced at $100 and up. You may make specific requests regarding the subject matter or leave it up to the artist!

Do you ever offer any specials or discounts on artist proofs? Since Anson has only recently made his artist proofs publicly available, for a limited time we are offering a discount for most proofs when purchased as a complete set.

How can I get Anson’s artwork for FREE? After you have made your first proof purchase with Anson Maddocks Art, you automatically become eligible for our Artist Proof Referral Program. Tell 3 friends who also make a proof purchase to mention your name and you will be given a FREE ink or pencil drawing on your next proof purchase. It is our way of saying thank you for sharing your interest in Anson's artwork and collecting proofs with others!

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