Got the card, it came in retail packaging! EVGA's warranty terms say you only get the card, no box or accessories back, so I got lucky there. Their warranty also says you get a factory refurb back on RMA cards, but I'll be danged if this one did not look brand new!
It's run games for about 45 minutes and furmark for 90, so far no issues.
I feel like I made out like a complete bandit on this guy. $550 delivered + 9 day RMA process door to door and I got a card with no cosmetic blemishes I can find anywhere, retail packaging, and 2 point something years of warranty left on it (EVGA goes from the date the original SN shipped out from their facility).
Tomorrow I will hit up Amazon for the $16 to ship it to EVGA I paid, which they told me in chat log they would comp me for.