Saturday, April 13, 2013

Marvel Beginnings 1-3

'Marvel Beginnings is a trading card trilogy published by Upperdeck Entertainment...' you can read things like that in my previous posts, which I am not going to repeat here.

Marvel Beginnings is said to be one of the card sets with the biggest base set, which is a total of 540 cards. With a ton of inserts like micromotion, die-cut, and more rares one like hologram and autograph. And here, I'll be doing a review on the separate cards across the series.



Base Card:
The base card includes a modern image of the character with also their first appearance inscribed in the small square. While at the back, it includes the info on the character's first appearance and his/her story on entering the Marvel world.
Cyclops Base Card (MB III)

Base Card:
Micromotion cards has a hit rate of (1:2packs), it actually looks pretty good in hand, which is a relatively well-done among such high hit rate inserts. The back of the card includes a short passage concerning the character, it may be their bio, one of their important chapters in Marvel or just something interesting but not well-known among fans. Unlike base cards, micromotions have different designs in the 3 parts of Marvel Beginnings.





Die-cut cards:
Die-cut cards has the same hit rate like micromotion cards (1:2 packs). Usually each pack contains either a die-cut or a micromotion, but in rare cases you can actually find both!!! Once again, this is a pretty good insert set that has such a high hit rate. Each card has an old image of the character in front and a more modern and recent image at the back. Each part of Marvel Beginnings has a different theme for the die-cut cards, like S1 is X-men die-cut while S3 is villains die-cut cards.

Wonder Man (Avengers) Die-cut



Breakthrough issues (Autograph) cards:
Breakthrough issues cards are the most common inserts (one per pack most the time), and the normal ones totally worth no money and have no collecting value. That's why they add autograph cards as an insert. With the autograph card, they also have a certificate to go with it, which the certificate does have a really good print. What makes it better is that the two cards are put into a sleeve, which is very thoughtful of the company (, though most card collectors would have got their own sleeves ready for sketch and other good pulls).




Hologram Card:
Hologram cards are always a 'high-end' production, which explains why the pull rate of this type of cards is extremely low (not even guaranteed one per box). Hologram cards was already featured in Marvel trading cards a few century back, but the holograms then is totally different from the ones featured in this series. Sure to say, they (once again) look better in hand than in scan, the character print is on top of the hologram background, which includes the Avengers logo and the 'Avengers' word. What makes this even better is that their are couple of layers in the background to make the card more worth it, both for collecting and in $$.




Sketch Cards:
Last but not least, the type of insert that most of us look forward to - sketch cards. Sketch cards is the only type of card that have a wide range of qualities, yo may get an awesome colored sketch by one of the famous artist in the field, while on the other hand, there's still chance for a black and white boring sketch on a character that you don't even know, by an artist you've never heard of. That is why the value of sketch cards also have a wide range of values (on ebay).



Sketch by Gilbert Monsanto (MBI)
Thing sketch by Layron DeJarnette (MBII)