I have a bunch of extras of these cards! This series had some of my favorite artists, Larsen, Kieth, and there were 162 cards in the base set! Which seems like a lot, but this series showcases the heroes, villians, team ups, storylines, origins… everything! The Hulk in the set is the merged Hulk – in his brown jumpsuit – not my favorite Hulk to be showcased, but it was the most popular at the time.
Abomination also gets a card – dressed in a trenchcoat living in the sewers – with his melted face. Classic stuff! There should be cards for the Secret Wars and the Infinity Gauntlet storylines in every series! As much as I like the Marvel Masterpieces lines I would’ve liked to see some cards like that!
My favorite card in the series by far is the “All Hulks Unite” card. It has an illustration of Banner, the Savage Hulk, Fixit – and right in front, the merged Hulk! Love it or hate it this storyline will remain one of the most memorable in Hulk’s history.
As an early set goes, the chase cards were cool. There are just 5 holograms – Wolverine, Venom, Thing, Ghost Rider and Hulk. Funny thing is – I found a box of these in an antique store. I bought it – even though all I needed was the Wolverine Hologram. I went through each pack – there were something like 36 packs with 12 cards in each pack – and amazingly, I only found 4 holograms in the whole box. There were 3 Ghost Riders and a Thing. I was so mad!
Then, a bit later, I went into Bedrock Comics in Framingham. There was another man walking in behind me who the owner knew. He said “Hey, I have a hologram you might be interested in!” and he pulls out… you guessed it! The freakin’ Wolverine Hologram! The one card I needed to complete the whole set! I waited patiently, hoping the guy was going to pass on it and practically jumping out of my skin, but alas – the man bought it. Foiled again. I finally broke down and bought it off ebay. So, like I said before, I have a bunch of extras of these cards – including some of the Holograms – email me if you have anything to trade with any other sets.