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One of the frustrating parts for collectors of comic collectibles is that the vast majority of the products in the market are dedicated to the classics which ultimately results in many of them looking the same. When Marvel may the decision to reboot many of their comic titles with the Marvel NOW! initiative, it gave fans the opportunity to experience their favorite characters from the Marvel universe in more current situations with some new looks as well. And with that came the opportunity for Upper Deck to produce a trading card set dedicated to these new-look Marvel NOW! characters that looks much different than anything fans have seen before in terms of comic trading card releases.
What is it like to open a box of Upper Deck’s Marvel NOW! trading cards though? Well take a look at what we found in some packs from quality control testing.
The base set is easily attainable at 100 total cards, but fans will appreciate the new looks of many of the beloved Marvel characters.
There are also silver foil variant cards that can be found one per pack that give fans the opportunity to put together a more limited version of the set.
The “Then & Now” inserts give a good look at the differences between the classic characters and the characters as they look today.
“Cutting Edge Covers” and “Cutting Edge Variant Covers” of key Marvel NOW! comic books can now be found in card form in this set and make for very cool collectibles.
Lucky fans may find autographed versions of these covers by illustrators and creators. And on occasion, as we found, dual autographed versions can be found as well like this one from Leinil Francis Yu and Mark Waid.
Sketch cards are always an important aspect of comic card releases and as always Upper Deck pulled some of the best talent in the industry to create some miniature masterpieces of Marvel NOW! characters.
Upper Deck also added some innovation to the set with the “Holo F/X” insert cards that you really have to see to believe with the 3-dimensional attributes of the cards.
And lastly, rare one-of-one printing plate cards can be discovered at roughly one per case. We didn’t find one in the packs we saw, but many have been making their way to online auction sites like eBay. But if you haven’t been able to open a box yourself, watch as this Beckett Box Buster video where they do just that!
Upper Deck’s Marvel NOW! trading card product is available at Certified Diamond Dealer locations throughout North America and through Upper Deck’s network of Authorized Internet Retailers.
Would you like to score all nine cards we showed in this blog for FREE? Just share in the comment section below as to why you would love to open a box of the new Upper Deck Marvel NOW! trading cards. The fan who most skillfully shows their excitement and knowledge of why opening a box would be fun will receive all nine cards shown above. Please keep your submission to four sentences or less. Submissions must be received by Monday, February 3 at 3:00 p.m. Pacific.
Are you ready to “Become Legendary”? Well, now is your chance to do just that. Upper Deck Entertainment is pleased to announce our first ever “Legendary™ Name a Set” contest.
As most of you know, and for those who do not, Legendary™: A Marvel Deck Building Game will release its next expansion, a set focusing on Spider-Man and his allies, in February 2014. In doing so, we are offering fans of the game a chance to name the set! That’s right, YOU, the fans, get to name the next Legendary™ expansion!
Here are some guidelines to help you out:
1. The set focuses on Spider-Man and his allies
2. Carnage will play a major role as a Mastermind
3. First appearance of Black Suit Spider-Man
All you have to do to enter is post your name idea in the comment section below and if we pick yours as the winner, then we will use it as the set name on the box!
In addition to having the set name on the box, winner will receive a Legendary™ bundle from Upper Deck, which includes all current sets as well as enough sleeves to sleeve all the cards!
Please have your submissions in no later than Dec 2nd, winners will be chosen by Dec 13th.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. This contest is not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by Marvel. Must be age 13 or over to participate. All set names are pending third party licensor approval. Should two fans submit the same name, the name that is submitted first will have the opportunity to be selected as the winner. The name selected in the contest may NOT be used on the actual product. Please see [http://upperdeckblog.com/2013/11/rules-copy-legendary-contest,] for official rules.
UPDATE: Hey all, well we have hit the date where we pick the winner of the Spider-Man name a set contest. We received hundreds upon hundreds of entries and I can honestly say this was a tough decision.
We narrowed our selections down to five and then one final was chosen from those. Here are the four runner ups:
These are in no particular order:
• With Great Power
• Along Came a Spider
• Back in Black
• True Believers
These names , as were hundreds of others, really good and I thank all of the fans for participating. But there was one name that I thought really captured the feel of the set both in regards to characters and mechanics and that is
“Paint the Town Red” by Joshua King.
There were a couple other entries with the same suggestion but Joshua was first to post it, so lets all congratulate him as his selection will be on the front of the box. Marvel has already given the ok!
I get sucked into reality shows. I don’t know what it is about them. They are just so mind-numbing they provide a great escape for a little while. One that I usually fall victim to watching each season is “Survivor” on CBS and last night was no different as I tuned in for the series premiere.
Unfortunately aspects of my job frequently reach in and disrupt this mind-numbing experience for me. As was the case last night where as I heard one of the members of the tribe was a former NFL player (Brad Culpepper), I immediate said to myself, “I wonder if he has an Upper Deck football card?” And wouldn’t you know it, he actually does have a card from Upper Deck’s Collectors Choice brand showing him as a much larger Defensive Tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Then I thought about some of the other professional athletes to have played the game and how a fan of “Survivor” could collect their cards. You’ve got former NFL quarterback Gary Hogeboom who was on the show during the season in Guatemala.
And then of course there was former baseball superstar Jeff Kent who played the game in the Philippines and had an epic tirade after he was voted out.
I also can’t believe I forgot another major sports icon who played the game in Jimmy Johnson, the former college and pro football coach and current analyst for FOX Sports. The best part about watching him on the show was how bad you knew he wanted to comb his hair throughout.
And as I thought about that, I remembered a quirky product Upper Deck did back in 2001 in my early years with the company. We actually created a trading card game for “Survivor” where players were tasked to outwit, outplay and outlast other players in the game, using former contestants. It was not a smash hit at the time, but with “Survivor” having carried on as a show for so long, I still see comments about this product from time to time as excited super fans find it for the first time.
What makes it compelling is that there were actually autograph cards of some of the contestants as well. These still do pretty well in the secondary market and are a great addition to any fan of “Survivor.”
Will any of these cards end up paying for your kid’s college? Certainly not, but they are a fun way to enjoy the game by collecting your favorites throughout the years.
Upper Deck is preparing to take Toronto by storm this weekend beginning Thursday, August 22 through Sunday, August 25 at the Fan Expo in Toronto! And what makes this show great is that it really has something for everyone catering to fans of comics, gaming, sports and more! Both Upper Deck’s Entertainment and Sports teams will have a variety of awesome activities taking place throughout the week at the Upper Deck Corporate Booth (#4217). Here’s a breakdown:
Legendary™: A Marvel Deck Building Game Demos – For all four days of the show, entertainment fans will be able to experience the hard-hitting action of Upper Deck’s hit deck-building game called Legendary™ where characters from the Marvel Universe do battle. Come learn the game for FREE from Upper Deck Entertainment staff in your quest to become “Legendary.” Also, experience the first expansion for the game with Dark City!
Legendary™: A Marvel Deck Building Game win-a-box organized play tournaments – Once you’ve learned the game, it’s time to show you are ready for action. Join the Upper Deck team in the gaming hall throughout the weekend for a variety of exciting win-a-box tournaments!
Legendary™: A Marvel Deck Building Game $1,000 organized play tournament – Sign up for the $1,000 organized play tournament taking place Saturday, August 24 at 11:00 a.m. in the gaming hall for your chance to cash in and show you are the ultimate Marvel “mastermind.” For more details, visit the Upper Deck booth.
Fantastic Four Photo Opportunity – Upper Deck Entertainment will have a large photo opportunity available for fans to stick their heads through to become their favorite Fantastic Four character! This is a fun way for UDE to celebrate the upcoming Fantastic Four expansion for Legendary™: A Marvel Deck Building Game.
Personalized Trading Card Station – For all four days of the show, hockey fans will be able to strike a pose for their very own Upper Deck trading card. Upper Deck will photograph and print the cards for fans on site for FREE!
Exclusive Fan Expo Upper Deck Cards – Upper Deck has created two limited-edition, 5×7 images exclusively for fans at the 2013 Fan Expo. The first is of Upper Deck exclusive signer, Wayne Gretzky and features the Great One on an O-Pee-Chee image. And then there is the highly anticipated 2013-14 NHL Upper Deck Young Guns rookie image of the Edmonton Oilers sensation; Nail Yakupov. Both cards are only available while supplies last! Visit the Upper Deck booth for details on how you can add these highly coveted cards to your collections!
Bubble Hockey Tournament – At high-noon each day (12:00 p.m.), Upper Deck will host Bubble Hockey Tournaments that will allow you to show your hockey prowess against your friends. These tournaments have been a HUGE hit at recent shows and are FREE to participate in.
Pack War Challenge – Upper Deck invites fans to get a chance to check out some new Upper Deck cards for FREE and score some great prizes including autographed Upper Deck Authenticated pucks. Staff will ask questions about cards handed out and if you have the card we are looking for, you can win! Don’t miss this fast paced and very fun event! It will take place at Thursday, August 22 at 7:00 p.m., Friday, August 23 at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, August 24 at 3:00 p.m. and on Sunday, August 25 at 2:00 p.m.
Cloutsnchara Group Breaks – Upper Deck shared two awesome prizes with Cloutsnchara to use with two awesome breaks they have going on at the Fan Expo for a variety of very desirable Upper Deck products. You could score a 2013 NHL Draft blow-up ticket signed by every 1st round pick or a 2013 NHL Draft Hat signed by the first overall pick; Nathan MacKinnon. For more details and sign up information, check out Fan Expo Break #1 and Fan Expo Break #2.
Upper Deck NHL Double Rookie Class T-Shirts – This is a pretty important year for trading cards with Upper Deck’s NHL Double Rookie Class program in full swing. Grosnor Distribution is partnering with Upper Deck for a special redemption program at the show where if you purchase any new box of Upper Deck NHL product (full list below) you will get a coupon for a FREE Upper Deck NHL Double Rookie Class t-shirt.
FREE RAFFLES! – Upper Deck will give back to our fans each day by hosting an awesome FREE raffle that you will not want to miss! Make sure to visit the Upper Deck booth at these times to participate: Thursday, August 22 at 8:00 p.m., Friday, August 23 at 5:00 p.m., Saturday, August 24 at 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday, August 25 at 3:00 p.m.
The best four days of gaming are coming up this week at Gen Con in Indianapolis, Indiana and Upper Deck Entertainment is ramping up to make it a memorable week for fans by hosting a variety of awesome activities throughout the show! Upper Deck Entertainment is inviting gamers to “Become Legendary” as we host demos of Legendary™: A Marvel Deck Building Game each day of Gen Con. Fans can also score a FREE Apocalypse (En Sabah Nur) promotional card from the game just for stopping by and finding out a little more about it and the newest expansion set; Legendary™: Dark City. Don’t wait too long to stop by though, these En Sabah Nur cards are only available while supplies last!
During the show Upper Deck Entertainment will be running a variety of show specials that gamers will want to take advantage of for purchasing product at Gen Con. A FREE Legendary™: Dark City mega mug can be had with any game purchase. Upper Deck Entertainment also created a Gen Con exclusive Legendary™ play mat for just $14.99. And with any purchase of $15 or more, fans can score a FREE super hero cape available while supplies last!
The real draw however will be two organized play events around the Legendary™ game. Upper Deck Entertainment is offering up $10,000 in prize money for two tournaments at Gen Con that every gamer looking to stake their claim as the best in the Marvel universe will want to take part in. Both Friday and Saturday beginning at 9:00 a.m. Upper Deck Entertainment will host a $5,000 tournament around Legendary™ (64 person minimum) and with the top 25 players taking home prize money, fans will want to make sure they take part in at least one of these tournaments. Gamers are encouraged to register through Gen Con now before spots fill up! And check out these tips from a former tournament winner to help you score a seat at the final table!
After two days of Legendary™ battles, Upper Deck Entertainment will also be hosting a fantastic invitation only after hours event on Saturday from 9:00-11:00 p.m. with refreshments, giveaways and a very special announcement about what fans can expect next from Legendary™. For details on how you can earn a pass to this Legendary™ event, make sure to inquire with Upper Deck Entertainment staff on site. It should be an amazing week, don’t miss it!