First look: 2013 Marvel Fleer Retro trading cards


By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Superheroes. Old School designs. Popular sports releases.

Upper Deck has used these elements to create 2013 Marvel Fleer Retro trading cards – taking a popular new brand from its sports edition into the comic world.

Each display box will contain two mini boxes with 10 five-card packs in each mini box. Marvel Fleer Retro is scheduled to release in August.

Marvel Fleer Retro will feature a 60-card base set. Inserts will use many old designs including 1990, 1991 and 1992 Marvel Universe sets, 1994 Fleer UltraX-Men and 1995 Marvel Metal set.

Fleer was also known for its Precious Metal Gems and Upper Deck will not be leaving those out. Collectors can find at least one Precious Metal Gems in every display box of Red (numbered to 100), Blue (#’d to 50) or Green (#’d to 10) of the Marvel Metal set.


Upper Deck will also bring some retro sports designs that have been popular to Marvel such as 1997-98 Jambalaya, 1997-98 Fleer Metal Hardware, 1997-98 Ultra Stars and 1998-99 Skybox Intimidation Nation. These will fall two per mini box.

Other hits include autographs (two in every display box), 1-of-1 Sketch Cards and randomly inserted 1-of-1 Press Plates, Holograms, Power Blast and Stickers

Here’s a list of the Retro designs included and odds:
 1990 Impel (Marvel Universe!) – (1:12)
 1991 Impel (Marvel Universe!) – (1:15)
 1992 Impel (Marvel Universe!) – (1:20)
 1995 Fleer Marvel Metal Design – (1:10)
 1994 Fleer Ultra X-Men – (1:5)
 98-99 Skybox Intimidation Nation – (1:30)
 97-98 Fleer Metal Hardware – (1:60)
 97-98 Fleer Ultra Stars – (1:40)
 97-98 Skybox Z-Force Quick Strike – (1:40)
 97-98 Metal Universe Titanium – (1:40)
 1994 Marvel Universe S5 Power Blast – (1:33)
 Fleer Retro Base Set Auto – (1:10)
 1990 Impel Marketing Design Auto – (1:576)
 1991 Impel Marketing Design Auto – (1:720)
 1992 Impel Marketing Design Auto – (1:960)
 Fleer Retro Stickers – (1:10)
 97-98 Jambalaya Design – (1:200)

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook and Twitter.


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  1. David Johnson 23 May, 2013 at 17:01

    I like the throwback to the Impel cards, but using some of the similar inserts from basketball seems lame and a bit lazy. I would rather have seen throwback inserts similar to the foil crazy and hologram inserts that were all the rage with the comic cards of the early 90s.

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