Rosettes? What are the rosettes? I’m glad you asked.

The rosettes are another key identifier to tell printings and transfers apart. They won’t tell you exactly which transfer a certain card is but it will certainly help you discard a bunch of transfers the card is NOT.

Before we get too deep into the details, let’s see how they look like:

Type 1
Type 2

As you can see, there are two different types of rosettes. Those with one petal on top called here Type 1, and those with two petals on two called, you guessed it, Type 2.

These rosettes are located at the edge of the chains shown around the cards and in the middle of them. There’s a total of four rosettes:

  • One of the top chain
  • Two on the middle chain.
  • One of the right chain

There’s an outlier rosette found in one transfer. This rosette, by itself, it’s a positive identifier for that specific transfer: Transfer 3.2. The card below shows the position of this outlier rosette (at the bottom chain, not circled.)

As I said, there are four regular rosettes on any card (excluding the outlier) but one of those four always show the same type of rosette, the Type 1 so it is not really useful for our purpose. The other three, though, are indeed useful and are located in the following places:

So an arrangement like 112 (which, by the way, is the most common arrangement found on the cards) means that the rosettes located on the positions 1° and 2° have type 1 rosettes and the one on position 3° a type 2. If the arrangement were 222, that’d mean that the three rosettes are type 2.

Only four of the eight potential arrangements are actually found on the formular cards:

  • 111 (found on two transfers from two different printings),
  • 112 (found on eight transfers from three different printings) ,
  • 212 (found on three transfers from three different printings) , and
  • 222 (found on two transfers from one printing)

To avoid confusions: There are no card with arrangements 121, 122, 211, or 221.


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