What are Artists’ Proof cards?
They are also called “white backs” because the back of the card has no printing on it. This was done so that we could add our business information, or use them as promotional leave-behinds for Art Directors after an interview. It acted as a tear sheet, or proof that we had been published.
The quantity of each individual card image varies. But usually, only 50 copies of each proof card exists. As Magic grew in popularity, the Artists proof cards became a sought after collectible commodity. As more editions are printed these 50, especially from the earlier sets, become rarer which makes them more valuable and more expensive.
To purchase proofs, go to the "Magic Proof Cards" page and choose the card(s) you want. By the way, you can have 10 of your own cards signed for every artist proof card you buy.
Please make out personal checks, money orders or International Postal Money Orders to: Melissa Jacouzzi
Sketches or paintings on the back.
Many fans have asked for sketches on the back. I am happy to say that thanks to Margaret Organ-Kean, I have obtained a coating that I can apply to the backs of the cards that make them suitable for sketching and painting.
For more information on proof card commissions, click here. The volume discount available for purchasing an entire sets of cards at the same time applies to the cards only. It does not apply to commissioning artwork on the back.
The fine print:
All sales are final / Cards are sold “as is” / Payments other than PayPal (Personal check, Money order, International Postal Money Order made out to Melissa Jacouzzi) must be in United States funds drawn on a United States Bank / Payment must be made in full before cards are shipped /Installment payment options are available.
Magic Artists’ Proof Card Gallery
The Artists’ Proof Card gallery is ongoing, but you can get a peek here.