How To Identify White Bordered Magic The Gathering Sets

Here is a quick guide to help you determine which white-bordered Magic: The Gathering set your cards are from!

Main Sets

Revised Edition & Unlimited Edition

Revised (3rd Edition) and Unlimited Edition cards are rather similar, but have a few key differences that set them apart. Cards from Revised Edition and Unlimited Edition have the following characteristics:

  • No expansion symbol
  • No copyright date
  • Unlimited cards have a double beveled inside border, while Revised cards have a single beveled border
  • Unlimited card titles are more left justified than Revised
  • Unlimited card ink colors are darker than Revised

4th Edition & 5th Edition

  • No expansion symbol
  • 4th Edition has a 1995 copyright
  • 5th Edition has a 1997 copyright

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th Editions

  • 6th Edition has a “VI” expansion symbol & copyright 1993-1999
  • 7th Edition has a “7” expansion symbol & copyright 1993-2001
  • 8th Edition has a “8” expansion symbol & copyright 1993-2003
  • 9th Edition has a “9” expansion symbol & copyright 1993-2005

Other Sets


Chronicles cards are white bordered reprints of cards from Arabian Nights, Antiquites, Legends and the Dark, and have a 1995 copyright date.


Starter cards have a star for an expansion symbol.