Trade or Die: Upper Deck’s Marvel Masterpieces Series 2 (2008)

Marvel Masterpieces Series 2

Welcome back to another edition of Trade or Die! This go around we’re taking a look at a wonderfully crafted series that just so happen to contain some really BIG blunders. Ones so big that the fan boy in you will be willing to gather torches and pitchforks to storm the Doctor Doom’s castle because the few mistakes that were allowed to slip out are MONSTROUS!

A 90 card base set, 2008’s Marvel Masterpiece (or Disasterpiece as I will be explaining) Series 2 is chock full of discouragement and mishap. From the perspective of their build , you really don’t get much better than what Upper Deck is offering here. Each card is on a thick, strong cut of stock and they’re almost twice the depth of a standard card. In addition, each side is covered in a beautiful gloss—these are (almost) a card collector’s dream. On top of that the artwork is pretty incredible—seriously, why else would they be called “Marvel Masterpieces” if it wasn’t. Unlike the previous fan-favorite series, done solely by Joe Jusko, this set isn’t just dedicated to one artist.

NIck FuryMeanwhile, the back sides follow a typical comic book card format… nothing amazing or outstanding about them, really. They list a character’s power and first appearance along with a tidbit on their backstory—pretty standard stuff.

While I appreciate that Upper Deck went for more diversity in their artist lineup it would seem a lot of the art on these cards are recycled images from another card set they were doing at the time called VERSUS (very similar to Magic the Gathering), which just seems lazy to me. If that isn’t bad enough, there are several cards that got mislabeled in this particular series.

See this image of The Punisher? Pretty rad, right? Only, check the label… thats right, he’s listed as Nick Fury! Major mess up and that wasn’t the only one either… Rogue was labeled as Lady Deathstrike, Tombstone got labeled Hammerhead and Moira McTaggert was labeled Jean Grey. For a series that has a core audience of detail-loving comic fanboys and girls, this is a rather dire mishap. For all of its flaws, however, the end product is really nice quality. The base set on this current marker ranges between 8-11 dollars—if you see anything marked higher than that, don’t even bother with it. These cards are way too new and, well, “broken” to be any higher than a few bucks.


Written by Christopher Bacon

Mister Bacon tries really hard to define the line between collector and hoarder. Between comics , cards , video games , metal and horror movies the only thing he likes more than obtaining them is talking about them. Beer is good too.

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