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As I understand it, crafting a set of regular Steam Trading Cards gets you a common Game Badge. I also know that it is impossible to use a mix of regular and foil cards to craft a badge. Either you craft them entirely with Foil Cards, or you use no foil cards. (With the former granting you a Foil Badge instead).

Are Foil Badges instead of or in addition to regular badges? If the former, can you mix and match Foil / Regular levels? What happens?

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Good question. Additionally: Crafting a badge gives you items, such as backgrounds/emoticons. Does crafting a foil badge have higher chance of obtaining rare items? –  BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft Jul 15 '13 at 18:41

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Foil badges are separate from regular badges, and only have one level. Crafting a foil badge will provide 100 Steam XP, the same as a level of the regular badge.

Source: Steam Trading Card Faq "There is no extra benefit to having foil cards or foil badges aside from their rarity."

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Is there any interaction between a Foil and a Non-Foil badge? For instance, can you display both badges for a game at once? –  Raven Dreamer Jul 15 '13 at 21:35
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They're completely independent badges, so they'll behave exactly the same way as two badges from different games. The only thing that really ties in foil cards to the regular ones of the same game, is the way they drop in booster packs. –  Billy Mailman Jul 15 '13 at 21:48
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Given that normal badges have multiple levels, is a foil badge the top-level version of the normal badge (with foil stuff)? –  Batophobia Jul 16 '13 at 0:58
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Nope. A completely separate badge with only one level. Same crafting rewards, just a different look, and harder to get the cards. –  Billy Mailman Jul 16 '13 at 1:17
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@AcidShout No, they give either, and mostly normal. But they always give cards related to that game. Which is the only thing that ties a given game's foil cards to its regular cards. –  Billy Mailman Feb 18 at 2:48

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