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The complete (for now) Nils Hamm collection

My collection of one of each Magic: the Gathering card illustrated by Nils Hamm is once again complete. My last update as almost 5 years ago, in November 2016. Since he is being actively commissioned, there have been a few more cards added since then. We now have over 150 cards when tokens are included in the count.

Here I have repeated what I did last time, and photographed each page of the collection binder. The cards are in a new binder now, which features rows of 4 per page and a zip up cover to truly keep the dust off.

The cards are in order published although in some cases I’m not entirely sure of some of the promotional cards’ printing date relative to the sets around them. If a card is available in non-foil then that’s the version I have, as I prefer non-foils.

The first page has the first cards, which appeared in the Future Sight set. NIls Hamm was one of the ‘future-shifted’ artists, whose work would appear again.

This page shows his art continuing through the Shadowmoor and Eventide sets, to which his style was well-suited.

The promotional Garruk Wildspeaker card on this page was released to raise awareness of the Duels of the Planeswalkers game. The games are long forgotten now, and this remains the only planeswalker NIls Hamm has illustrated.

This page is significant in that the release of Grave Titan was when I decided this would be what I collected in magic – one of each card illustrated by the artist who created this.

A couple of curiosities reside on this page. There’s the Judge foil version of Bitterblossom, and a card which wasn’t illustrated by Nils Hamm. The Grave Titan on this page is the work of Lucas Graciano, but was mistakenly attributed to Nils Hamm. I decided to keep it in the bonder for that reason.

This page takes us through the original Innistrad block. My approach with the double-faced cards has been to collect two of each copy, and have each face showing in the binder.

The Baleful Strix and Plains on this page are cards I have seen many other Magic players compliment for the art. The Cryptborn Horror, not so much.

Like a lot of artists, the work suffers when placed on the tiny windows for the split cards, as seen here in the Dragon’s Maze cards. That’s a great Mortify illustration though, originally appearing in the Sorin vs Tibalt Duel Deck. Duel Decks, like Duels of the Planeswalkers, is another discontinued product.

8 of the 12 cards on this page are black, and in terms of art I like that Harpy token the best.

We are at page 10 now (thanks for staying with me!) and again my eyes are drawn to the token, this time an Elemental token from the Commander 2014 set. It’s been reprinted since.

This page takes in the second visit to Innistrad. A third visit is due later in 2021, so I will be expecting to see more new cards from Nils Hamm before the year is through.

This page takes us from the second Innistrad block through to the Egyptian-themed world of Amonkhet. Nils Hamm’s work doesn’t appear in every Magic set, but the cards have flowed steadily over the years.

This page takes in Amonkhet, Ixalan, and the third visit to the plane of Ravnica.

This page also has a curio in the bottom corner; a decidedly un-fantasy Walker token from the Walking Dead set.

This page takes us up to Magic’s present day, at least as I type this. That foil Judge promo Gitrog Monster was harder to source than Bitterblossom was, at least for me. The Sinister Starfish here is a great callback to Sigiled Starfish from the original Theros black (scroll back up is you missed it, it’s a blue card).

And that is the collection complete. There’s at least one new card coming, in Commander Collection: Black, announced for later in 2021.

No doubt I will return with another update in a few years’ time!

9 comments on “The complete (for now) Nils Hamm collection

  1. Bookstooge
    September 4, 2021

    what kind of binder is it? (ie, brand and name?) I use the 4up for my sol ring collection but am always on the lookout for something better.

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  2. Tarmor
    September 4, 2021

    That was fun to look through! Are there other MtG artists you are collecting? I’m happy to donate some cards if I have something your missing, though my cards. What I have is mostly older cards – 1990’s and early 2000’s.


    • davekay
      September 4, 2021

      Thanks for the offer! I have considered collecting a couple of other artists over the years but ultimately I decided to just stick with one.

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      • Tarmor
        September 5, 2021

        That’s probably a good idea! (Easier and not so expensive)

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  3. Kuribo
    September 6, 2021

    This is really cool and I can see why you like this artist! His style is very distinct and cool-looking. Seeing a more modern version of Blastoderm made me nostalgic. I used to have a good deck based around that card way back in the day when it first came out 🙂


  4. Tavendale
    September 7, 2021

    Even as someone who doesn’t care all that much about MtG, this was really cool. I like it when we find these wee niches within niches that grab our interest.

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    • davekay
      September 7, 2021

      Agreed, and keeping this collection current has kept me connected to the game when I otherwise might have moved away from it.


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