Beta Charity Fellowship Poster Set
An estimated 1000 promotional sets of three posters depicting every card from the Alpha / Beta sets were produced by an organization known as "The Charity Fellowship". These were titled as "The Magic Card Catalog". The Charity Fellowship was not a "charity" in the conventional sense, but rather a card clearinghouse of sorts that helped people finish sets. This organization was lead by David Moore, a card seller and ordained minister known locally in the Rochester, NY area as "Reverend Magic". "Reverend" Moore apparently received permission, shortly after the Beta release, from Wizards of the Coast to produce and distribute these posters, though formal permission was received after they were printed. If this is true, these posters are likely the very first licensed Magic: The Gathering products ever distributed. A local collector and player, named Eric, provided the cards used to make the posters. The cards were arranged closely together in the desired order, and photographed. Indeed, upon close inspection, small defects can be seen on the card images. Some color proofs and roughs of the poster set were made and are in a private collection. At some point, it is believed that WotC retracted their permission for these sets, possibly as a result of the photographic quality of the posters and concerns that they could be used to produce counterfeits. These are professionally framed in Pittsville Massachusetts.