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Alpha Edition is the original print run of Magic cards, 35 of which were discontinued starting with the Revised Edition. This set was released around September 20, 1993, and consists of 2.6 million cards. For the Beta Edition, CoP: Black, Volcanic Island, and 1 of each basic land were added to bring the total to 302 cards. The alpha edition can be distinguished from the beta edition by the larger corner radius on the alpha cards.
The power nine surfaced because of their sheer power combined with their cheap cost. The Power nine consists of Black Lotus, Mox Pearl, Mox Sapphire, Mox Jet, Mox Ruby, Mox Emerald, Ancestral Recall, Time Walk, Timetwister. No wonder people call Blue the 'broken' color. These cards were dirt cheap in the game's early days, so if you happen to have a box full of them in your attic, give them to me.
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