Magic the Gathering ALPHA CUT 4th Edition Single Steal Artifact - NEAR MINT (NM)
a small amount of commons and uncommons from the 4th Edition set were mistakenly produced using the original Alpha cut. Rares and basic lands were not given this treatment, but every example of the commons and uncommons are available and officially released - mistakenly - into packs. With the exception of a small amount of rares that were cut and packaged into Beta starters (making them look EXACTLY like Alpha cards), these Alpha cut 4th Edition cards are the only other cards given this treatment.
Near Mint Condition
A card in Near Mint condition shows minimal to no wear from shuffling or general play. Cards classified as Near Mint/Mint are generally indistinguishable from cards in an unsleeved deck of other Near Mint/Mint cards. Foils in this condition have little or no scuffing or clouding on the front and edges of the card.