Quote from Trafalgar Law »I recently bought a badlands and bayou on ebay they seem to be real but they are also very mint like pack fresh and while I know this is not impossible it also feels very unlikely and I was thinking they have been in a starter deck so I was curious if they are a possible rare combination for starter decks. If not how likely are dual lands to be near mint to the point of brand new? Is it more common than I give it credit to? I can post pics when I get home as well if it helps
They could NOT have been in the same starter deck unless there was an abnormality in the sorting/packing process. The possible combinations are Lord of Atlantis/Badlands and Badlands/Ebony Horse. The only way an unaltered starter (of any set containing duals; the rare sheet for Revised is very similar to the Unlimited one, with cards in both sets appearing in the same places) could contain two duals is Bayou/Tropical Island.
This doesn't mean they're fake, of course, it just means they weren't played without sleeves.