Marvel Universe Trading Cards Series 1 -1990

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I remember walking to this little store down the road in 1990 every couple of days to buy a pack or two of the Marvel Universe Series 1 cards (and Yo MTV Raps cards, too for some reason). I had read some comics and was familiar with the big names but these cards were filled with tons of characters I didn’t recognize and this was my introduction to alot of really cool comics.
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The idea of these were sort of like sports cards. Series 1 had Rookie cards, MVC (Most Valuable Comics), and team cards as well as stats on the back giving details on the character(s) featured on the front side.IMG_2904

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Single characters cards were divided into two categories; Super Heroes and Super Villains. The roster went fairly deep, at least as far as my 10 year old novice comic mind knew. There were so many characters and reading a bit about the ones I hadn’t heard of was really cool. I credit these cards for truly opening me up to comics as a kid. Now if I could just find a reason to get back into them again (Superior Spider-Man is tempting me).

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Everything about these cards drew me in. The great art, the cool info and the huge diversity in characters.

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These cards introduced me to so many new characters and stories that I ended up reading more and more comics.

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Team pictures was another great part of the series. Multiple X-Men teams? With some of the same members! My 10 year old mind was blown and I just had to start reading the books to find out what was going on.

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The Famous Battles cards really got me into buying more comics. These were brief glimpses into some of the cool stories in Marvels history (up until then at least).

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Spider-Man presents featured the web slinger humorously interviewing several heroes and villains from the Marvel Universe. There weren’t a huge number of different Spider-Man Presents cards but there were some cool choices for the ones they did make. The Punisher, Dr Octopus and even one with Spider-Man talking about himself were among some of my favorites.

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Some characters even received multiple cards. Wolverine and Spider-Man each had three cards featuring different costumes and the Punisher had one for himself and one for his van.

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The stats on the back had such info as height and weight as well as cool tidbits like win/loss record and first appearance information. It was all a really cool idea.

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The Rookie cards were another cool idea brought over from sports cards.

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Marvel stayed in the trading card game for a while but none of the later cards hit me quite like the Series 1 cards. It was the perfect storm that my 10 year old mind craved.
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5 thoughts on “Marvel Universe Trading Cards Series 1 -1990

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    November 19, 2013 at 4:06 am
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    Great nostalgia this is…although I was really into Series 2 and that X-Men series of cards. Thanks for reminding me how cool it was to walk down to my favourite comic joint to get a pack or two every other day! =)

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      November 19, 2013 at 8:58 am
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      Glad you liked this one. Although these got me started, those X-Men cards you mentioned really got me addicted. Those will be brought up on DK in the future as well. I’ve already got them pulled out so I can write them up!

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    November 26, 2013 at 2:12 pm
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    Look at that perceived value on Amazing Spider-Man #1 ($2750 Near Mint). Great nostalgia trip. Makes me want to dig up all my old trading cards too. They were huge in the early ’90’s.

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      November 28, 2013 at 7:27 pm
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      Glad you liked this one. There’s gonna be plenty more like it in the future on Doomkick!

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