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For more than 80 years, Marvel has been carving out a colorful history of heroes, villains and super stories. And while there are plenty of through lines, eight decades is a long time. Many trends have come and gone. Characters, art and storytelling continue to evolve. 2020 Upper Deck Marvel Ages charts some of that history through the medium of trading cards.
While not a particularly high-end release, the checklist brings a lot of variety, both in themes and style. Each hobby box has plenty of inserts, parallels and other chase elements but they’re not necessarily traditional hits. Sketch cards and other premium inserts are available. They’re just harder to find.
2020 Upper Deck Marvel Ages Checklist Overview
The base set is a big one. A total of 300 cards dig into the characters of the Marvel Universe. Like many modern Upper Deck sets, not all base cards are available in equal numbers. The checklist is divided up into three tiers, each one dropping at different rates.
Parallels come in a couple of different forms. For starters, there are Stickers, which are one per pack. Additional foil parallels are approximately 1:3 packs (four per hobby box).
Photo Variations are also available. On the easier side of the chase, these are eight per box.
Every pack has at least two inserts.
Artist Spotlight cards highlight key issues throughout the decades while providing some background on the creators.
Throwing it back to the days of channel surfing over cereal sunrises is Saturday Morning cartoons. Featuring the art of Tom Morgan, these depict various Marvel teams as though they were part of animation’s Golden Age of super heroes.
Totally Toys uses the art of John Stanko and Caio Cacau to package up various heroes and villains like they were sitting on the shelves of Toys “R” Us or KB Toys.
Rounding out the easiest inserts in 2020 Upper Deck Marvel Ages is Gamerverse.
With so much history, characters have changed over the years. Decades (1:6 packs) highlight some of those evolutions. The card designs change with the characters, drawing inspiration from the focus decade.
Word Cloud inserts use descriptive words to draw various Marvel characters. These combine with Flavorful inserts to fall one per hobby box.
Premium Chase Cards
Lenticular Puzzle cards land in the form of special hot packs where they all come together. Puzzle form 3D splash pages.
Fresnel cards, which are about three per case, use translucent stock. These highlight characters with a design that makes them look as though they’re standing in front of a lighthouse light.
Sketch cards are tough. They average out to about one or two per ten-box case.
Coinage is another high-end leaning chase set. These have coins embedded in them totalling the original cover price of key Marvel comics.
Comic Clippings take frames from original comics and put them into cards, kind of like a memorabilia card. The Invincible Iron Man #1, The Invincible Iron Man #55 (with the first appearance of Thanos), Doctor Strange’s debut in Strange Tales #110 and Black Widow’s first appearance in Tales of Suspense #52 are among the issues cut up for the cards. Autograph versions from comic creators are also available from the likes of Jim Starlin, Jim Steranko, Bill Sienkiewicz, Marv Wolfman and more.
Coinage and Comic Clippings inserts combine to work out to be about one, sometimes two, per case.
The Ages highlight broader Marvel runs of the Golden, Silver, Copper and Bronze eras. These rare cards have pieces of metal embedded in them.
2020 Upper Deck Marvel Ages trading cards at a glance:
Cards per pack: 12 Packs per box: 16 Boxes per case: 10 Set size: 300 cards Release date: March 3, 2021
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300 cards. Base – #1-100 Mid Series – #101-200 (2 per pack) High Series – #201-300 (1 per pack)
Premium Stickers – (1 per pack)
1 Wave 2 Luna Snow 3 Cosmic Ghost Rider 4 Ironheart 5 Spider-Gwen 6 Silk 7 Ms. Marvel 8 Superior Spider-Man 9 Alpha 10 White Tiger 11 Nova 12 Miss America 13 Miles Morales 14 Agent Venom 15 Power Man 16 Hazmat 17 Finesse 18 Mettle 19 Reptil 20 Striker / Nam-Ju Gwon 21 Veil 22 Red She-Hulk 23 Blue Marvel 24 Old Man Logan 25 Lyra
26 A-Bomb 27 Skaar 28 Red Hulk 29 Victoria Hand 30 Hope Summers 31 Hydra Bob 32 Eric O’Grady 33 Darwin 34 Warwolf 35 Gravity 36 Iron Lad 37 Hulkling 38 Patriot 39 Wiccan 40 Kate Bishop 41 Stature 42 Maria Hill 43 Amadeus Cho 44 Winter Soldier 45 Dust 46 Hellion 47 Rockslide 48 Mercury 49 Tag 50 Prodigy
151 Northstar 152 Sasquatch 153 Shaman 154 Snowbird 155 Scott Lang 156 Devil Dinosaur 157 Moon Boy 158 Quasar 159 Paladin 160 Rocket Racer 161 Sabretooth 162 Jocasta 163 Ch’od 164 Corsair 165 Raza Longknife 166 Hepzibah 167 Machine Man 168 Spider-Woman 169 Captain Britain 170 Nova 171 Darkstar 172 Mistress Death 173 Eternity 174 Living Tribunal 175 Gilpetperdon
176 Flag Smasher 177 Isaiah Bradley 178 Howard The Duck 179 Rocket Raccoon 180 Shroud 181 Jack of Hearts 182 Hellcat 183 Star-Lord 184 White Tiger 185 Moon Knight 186 Justice 187 Gamora 188 Colossus 189 Storm 190 Thunderbird 191 Jamie Madrox 192 Pip the Troll 193 Misty Knight 194 Wolverine 195 Colleen Wing 196 Deathlok 197 Iron Fist 198 Punisher 199 U.S. Agent 200 Satana
Premium Foil Board – (1:4 hobby, 1:4 e-Pack)
201 Hellstrom 202 Brother Voodoo 203 Blade 204 Mantis 205 Thanos 206 Eros 207 Drax The Destroyer 208 Moondragon 209 Tigra 210 Johnny Blaze 211 Luke Cage 212 Namorita 213 Adam Warlock 214 Werewolf By Night 215 Morbius/ The Living Vampire 216 Doc Samson 217 Mockingbird 218 Man-Thing 219 Valkyrie 220 Red Wolf 221 Sunfire 222 Stingray 223 Prowler 224 Speed Demon 225 Nighthawk
226 Hyperion 227 Falcon 228 Havok 229 Charlie-27 230 Major Victory 231 Martinex 232 Yondu 233 Polaris 234 Vision 235 Carol Danvers 236 Captain Marvel 237 Black Knight 238 Red Guardian 239 Banshee 240 Bill Foster 241 Black Panther 242 Peggy Carter 243 Sharon Carter 244 Eric Koenig 245 Crystal 246 Lockjaw 247 Karnak 248 Gorgon 249 Medusa 250 Triton
251 Black Bolt 252 Hercules 253 Fandral 254 Hogun 255 Volstagg 256 Swordsman 257 Clea 258 Wonder Man 259 Hawkeye 260 Kraven The Hunter 261 Daredevil 262 Black Widow 263 Lady Sif 264 Quicksilver 265 Scarlet Witch 266 Sandman 267 Magneto 268 Angel 269 Beast 270 Cyclops 271 Iceman 272 Jean Grey 273 Professor X 274 Doctor Strange 275 Wasp
276 Nick Fury 277 Dum Dum Dugan 278 Iron Man 279 Balder The Brave 280 Thor 281 Man-Wolf 282 Spider-Man 283 Rick Jones 284 The Hulk 285 Ant-Man 286 Dr. Druid 287 Groot 288 Loki 289 Phantom Rider 290 Patsy Walker 291 Miss America 292 Whizzer 293 Destroyer 294 Father Time 295 Black Marvel 296 Blazing Skull 297 Bucky Barnes 298 Captain America 299 Ka-Zar 300 Namor The Sub-Mariner
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