It’s said imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Magic the Gathering‘s latest set will feature a new foil treatment named “galaxy.” Look familiar?
That’s right, it’s the same galaxy holofoil used on Pokemon cards! Wizards of the Coast even named it the same way.
Magic the Gathering will release the galaxy foils in “Collector Boosters” for its new Unfinity set on October 7th. The set is part of their “Unsanctioned sets,” or “Un-sets,” which are lighthearted spinoff sets intended for casual play. The Unfinity set is space-themed, so it makes sense Wizards of the Coast would want to use Pokemon’s starry holofoil.
Galaxy holofoil was used on Japanese Pokemon cards in 1996’s Base Set. When Wizards of the Coast first printed English cards in 1999, they instead used a “starry” holofoil. But they eventually switched over to the original galaxy holofoil starting in 2000’s Base Set 2. When Pokemon USA took over in 2003, they continued to use galaxy holofoil up until 2011’s Call of Legends. Since then, it’s only been used for promo cards.
You would think this type of holofoil would be exclusive to Pokemon cards, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. Perhaps Wizards of the Coast has access to it because of the company’s shared history with Pokemon? Maybe a third party company makes it and anyone can use it? Who knows?