Jewler's Loupe for Card Authenticity

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Posted on Aug. 25, 2017, 5:49 p.m. by Profet93

Hey guys. I am so sorry for posting so much. I have recently been buying very expensive cards and I thought it wise to invest in a jewler's loupe to ensure the cards are genuine.

I went to my LGS and he recommended the following Link 1

Are there any other different types or maginifications or brands or whatever that you guys would recommend? I would prefer to buy off of amazon (or ebay) but whatever works. I just want to make sure I know the cards I'm spending hundreds of dollars on are real.

I want to buy this ASAP!

torridus says... #2

Anything works. A loupe is just a specialized magnifying glass; for the purpose of using it on MTG cards, brand doesn't matter. As long as the loupe magnifies what you're looking at, that's all you need. It's not like any one brand is significantly better than another.

I personally use a 40x loupe with built-in LED. Cost around $5 on eBay (with free shipping).

August 26, 2017 1:05 a.m.

Profet93 says... #3

torridus

Thank you for your input. I was looking to get anywhere between 20-30x as I didn't even know they made a 40x. Do you happen to have the link to the one that you bought? Does the LED help you determine the authenticity?

August 26, 2017 1:08 a.m.

torridus says... #4

LED helps pick out details regardless of nearby lighting. You have to get extremely close to the card for a loupe to show everything crisply, so an LED helps slightly. It depends on where you use the loupe. A built-in light is completely optional, but I have no real complaints with mine.

I think this is the type of loupe I purchased. It was a while ago, so I don't have the exact link. I'm certain it was shipped from China, which typically takes 2 weeks for me. But for a $4-5 order I didn't mind waiting.

August 26, 2017 1:16 a.m.

Profet93 says... #5

Thank you. I just bought one now per your suggestion. I greatly appreciate your help :)

August 26, 2017 1:18 a.m.

torridus says... #6

Not a problem, happy to help save someone $10+.

Some people argue that a "professional" loupe is a better buy. Personally I think a cheap loupe works just fine, as long as you know what to look for. (Rosette patterns, layered inks, etc.)

August 26, 2017 1:25 a.m.

Profet93 says... #7

Thank you for the links. They were VERY HELPFUL. I had to read them over a few times to get it but I'm getting the hang of it. I also went to my LGS and they were teaching me a bit too. One LGS has a 5x zoom, other had 10x. 10x was much better, so I'm excited to see what the 40x can do :)

August 26, 2017 1:49 a.m.

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