For the big one-oh we go off the playing field into the non-sports realm.
I am a pretty big sports card collector, but at one time i was as big, if not bigger, comic book collector. Back in the day sets based on comic books were a welcome way to combine the two.
The set I remember fondly was the ’93 Skybox X-men series 2. A very early ’90s looking set of the ’90s biggest super heroes. As with any good set there were hits, the biggest of wich were the ever-present hologram cards, but I think the 30th anniversary commemorative cards were my favorite. This guy being the top dog.
This card is best described as a parallel with the foil embossed “30” commemorating the thirtieth anniversary of the creation of the X-men. Even though Wolverine wasn’t part of the original team he is still the coolest.
Next we look at the hits from the 4th series of the iconic Marvel Universe set. The 1st series is in my opinion the greatest super hero card set ever, but that is something for a future post.
The set offered foil inserts that are a study in contrast. The cards are very striking but are comprised of subjects of less than stellar pedigree.
If you don’t remember the Marvel 2099 series of comics you must have spent the early ’90s talking to girls. Marvel produced comics based on their universe in the year 2099. Books ranges from well-known characters such as Punisher, X-men and the Hulk to new guys such as Ravage (my personal favorite and a creation of Stan Lee). This card comes from the most successful of the group, Spiderman 2099. The red foil really makes for a nice looking card. As with many non-sports inserts from the early 90’s the cards fit together to form a large picture.
Not to leave DC out of the mix I offer up this card.
I am not sure what set it came from but it is a really cool looking card. This offers up a nice Neal Adams take on Batman but looks to me to be a drawing by Kevin Maguire, it has a very JL International feel to it. Man, am I a nerd to even think that.
This next card isn’t a hit but is still cool.
It’s a promo card for the Lady Death series 2 set. Lady Death was introduced in a comic book called Evil Ernie but quickly surpassed Ernie in popularity. I wonder why?
The early 90’s was the heyday of comics and saw several new companies enter the scene. One of the more successful and interesting was Valiant. Started by Marvel cast off Jim Shooter it focused on intricately crafted and interconnected stories. One of their biggest stars was Bloodshot, a naninte-blood fueled killing machine. His blood was actually a corner-stone of a big part of the Valiant universe.
As with sports cards non-sports have moved on from the lost art of foil and chrome inserts into the world or relics and autos.