2021 Upper Deck Marvel Black Diamond Takes the Cinematic Universe High-End


2021 Upper Deck Marvel Black Diamond trading cards are taking the MCU to new high-end heights. While there have been plenty of premium inserts to come from the company over the past decade, they were largely elements in broader products. Here, it’s found throughout the checklist.

Boxes come with just one pack of six cards. One card is either an autograph, sketch card or gem card. Another comes under the Exquisite Collection banner, a brand generally reserved for the company’s top content.

2021 Upper Deck Marvel Black Diamond Checklist Overview

This product takes an expansive approach. Not limited to one specific film or set of sequels, it covers the entire Infinity Saga from Iron Man through to Endgame

The base set consists of 100 cards. It takes a character focus, drawing from the vast list of heroes and villains across the MCU.

Parallels take on a couple of forms that take the diamond theme to heart. Infinity Stones Diamond Relics, which have 23 copies each, have a colorful array of gems. Diamond parallels are even more rare with just fives copies.

Gold and Red (1/1) parallels include autographs.

Autographs and Memorabilia Cards

Upper Deck has confirmed several actors who will have autographs in 2021 Marvel Black Diamond:

  • Paul Bettany
  • Elizabeth Debicki
  • Winston Duke
  • Chris Evans
  • Karen Gillan
  • Chris Hemsworth
  • Pom Klementieff
  • Anthony Mackie
  • Tim Blake Nelson
  • Elizabeth Olsen
  • Georges St-Pierre
  • Sebastian Stan
  • Tilda Swinton

More actors are also expected.

Gemography is an auotgraph-only insert. These also come with a diamond.

Diamond Plate and Triskelion are among the other places on the checklist with signatures.

For those hunting for memorabilia, there’s Diamond Shards. These have between one and three swatches as well as autograph versions.

Additional Inserts

Retro Diamond Relics use designs from past Black Diamond Hockey sets. The number of diamonds embedded in each card varies by character. Some have one, others have as many as four. 2017-18 Retro Diamond Relics are numbered to 17 while 2018-19 Retro Diamond Relics have 18.

On some parts of the 2021 Upper Deck Marvel Black Diamond checklist, the idea of the namesake gems are integrated into the theme. Diamond Facet and Diamond Cutters are two such chase sets. Both integrate acetate into their respective designs. For Diamond Facets, this means autographs for some cards.

Polished Patches are manufactured patch cards that come in a couple of forms. Single Patch cards stand on their own. Puzzle Patch cards are a pieces of something larger. Autographs are also available.

Marvel Gets Exquisite

Exquisite Collection is like a set within a set. Historically, it’s Upper Deck’s luxury level line.

The base set for these has its own 50-card checklist. Infinity Stone-inspired parallels come in a number of colors and print runs of 23 copies each.

Black parallels, some of which have autographs, are one-of-ones.

Exquisite cards also have Printing Plates, although they’re not traditional single cards. Instead they come as a full set of four matching cards joined together as booklets.

2021 Upper Deck Marvel Black Diamond trading cards at a glance:

Cards per pack: 6
Packs per box: 1
Boxes per case: 10 (two 5-box inner cases)
Set size: 100 cards
Release date: TBA

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Autographs, Sketch Cards or Diamond Cards – 1
  • Exquisite Collection – 1

The full 2021 Marvel Black Diamond checklist will be up as soon as it’s available, likely shortly before the set’s release.


Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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    • Ryan Cracknell 16 December, 2020 at 18:03

      To skip the middle man, you’re going to need to be a distributor. Any hobby dealer should have access to them as well.

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