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Old 01-23-2014, 02:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cool 2014 Rittenhouse MARVEL UNIVERSE

Marvel Universe 2014 Trading Cards (03/26/2014)

1 Color Sketch Card in Every Box. Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Thing, Wolverine and many more.

90-Card Base set.

90-Card Sapphire Parallel Base Set 1:3.

90-Card Emerald Parallel Base Set #d to 100 1 per box.

90-Card Diamond Parallel Base Set #d to 10 1: Case.

25 Cards of our 75-Card, Year Long Marvel 75th Anniversary celebration. These initial 25 cards, each #d to 75 will be inserted at the rate of 2 per case.

9-Card Marvel's Thor Greatest Battles 1:24.
9-Card Marvel's Captain America Greatest Battles 1:24.

9-Card 2011 Marvel Universe Artist Draft 1:12.

9-Card Marvel Heroes & Villains 1:48.

6-Card Shadowbox Set 1:48.

5-Card Avengers Origins 1:48.

Case Topper: Bishop/Apocalypse Lenticular Heroes & Villains card.

6-Case Incentive: Exclusive Sketch Card by Anthony Tan.

9-Case Incentive: Exclusive Sketch Card by Melike Acar.

18-Case Incentive: 2014 Marvel Universe Archive Box.

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Looks like even more inserts and parallels on the way from Rittenhouse in their Marvel releases...
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Old 01-23-2014, 04:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like it could be cool. If I wasn't cutting back to save up for the Buffy release, I'd probably be considering a case.
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I'm really excited for this. I feel this is my best work yet for any card set
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I'm really excited for this. I feel this is my best work yet for any card set
I'm going to need scans to verify. Post 'em up!

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Anyone notice Melike Acars name in there?
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Old 01-23-2014, 05:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm going to need scans to verify. Post 'em up!

(I know they won't let you!)

oh no, I rather tease you guys
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Old 01-23-2014, 06:24 PM   #7 (permalink)
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They did go a little crazy with the inserst, which is cool. I prefer they stick with sets of 9, but I'll surive

I think the most appealing idea is the 25 cards (each #d/75) out of 75 cards total, i.e., an insert set being spread across multiple releases. Should be fun to collect and good for dealers. I hope they do a nice job with that set.

I think the most disapponting idea is the Thor's Greatest Battles and Cap's Greatest Battles insert sets. I'm sure they will be delightful, but c'mon... You just did Marvel Greatest Battles and Cap & Thor each got 9 base cards featuring their greatest battles.

Looking forward to seeing some previews.
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Lets see how they improve their copy-paste artwork issue for inserts and base cards.
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Anyone notice Melike Acars name in there?
Mhegan said today that her cards they're using as incentives are almost four years old, I imagine they're using a stash of Melike's as well.

Info's finally up at Rittenhouse, but there's only a little more info than what's already in this thread. 2014 Marvel Universe - Rittenhouse Archives
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It says her cards are 'heroes and villains' but doesn't specify they were originally done for that release I like the look of the base cards. Huge improvement over the 2011 MU release.
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I think the most appealing idea is the 25 cards (each #d/75) out of 75 cards total, i.e., an insert set being spread across multiple releases. Should be fun to collect and good for dealers. I hope they do a nice job with that set.
By the time the last 25 card set rolls around, these could prove to be quite valuable.

Looks like they're trying the Upper Deck formula with the limited parallels. Interesting to see how well it catches on - in the case of Retro UD had the luxury of sports guys who buy all their other products blowing up interest.



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Mhegan said today that her cards they're using as incentives are almost four years old
These must be the ones she did where she was unaware RA "trimmed" the cards, and her artwork filled up the entire workspace. Glad these will get to finally see the light of day!
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By the time the last 25 card set rolls around, these could prove to be quite valuable.

Looks like they're trying the Upper Deck formula with the limited parallels. Interesting to see how well it catches on - in the case of Retro UD had the luxury of sports guys who buy all their other products blowing up interest.
Personally, I think they pushed the envelope a little too far... But hey, if other people dig 'em then its just another thing I can sell to recoup a little bit of my money.

My preference, if you are going to have more than 2 levels of parallels (a common and a rare), then you need to spice the others up somehow. I have zero motivation to assemble five 100 card sets with identical art and just different background color. Topps did a nice job with the 'concept art' and 'heritage style' parallels for MA:I.
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Looking forward to this set - looks promising. My only gripe is RA is recycling incentive artists, which are all great, but give other artists the chance to shine.
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This set should be a good one. I finally have work that is starting to look like it belongs, Frank's killed it on this one, Francois Chartier's going to kill it with this one.....for some reason a bunch of us found a good groove for sketches on this set. I'm sure that the collectors will be happy with their pulls, and that the artists will be able to be proud.
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Looking forward to this set - looks promising. My only gripe is RA is recycling incentive artists, which are all great, but give other artists the chance to shine.
Companies don't even use new artists for the bulk of their previewing, there's no way they'd use risky incentives as... incentives... unless they absolutely had to. Can't hurt that at least part of these seem to already be paid for.

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Looking forward to this set - looks promising. My only gripe is RA is recycling incentive artists, which are all great, but give other artists the chance to shine.
I am a little surprised too. I thought they might want to spice up the incentives with some fresh blood... Achilleas Kokkinakis did some excellent work for WOM2.

The previews I've seen have been top notch. Only a tiny bit compared to the the entire run though.
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This set should be a good one. I finally have work that is starting to look like it belongs, Frank's killed it on this one, Francois Chartier's going to kill it with this one.....for some reason a bunch of us found a good groove for sketches on this set. I'm sure that the collectors will be happy with their pulls, and that the artists will be able to be proud.
Hey Mike! You killed it too and so did Amber on this set. I can't wait to show it off
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Frank, stop teasin and just show already..
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I did a piss poor job on my cards.
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I did a piss poor job on my cards.
Same as it ever was.

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I'm looking forward to this set. Glad to hear the artists felt so good about their sketches for it. Can't wait to see some for myself!
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I *was* excited for this series... but now i'm becoming a bit more wary of it. I'm not sure why, but the last few Rittenhouse boxes I've opened, i've been underwhelmed with the cut quality and the sketches. Even looking at the preview sketches in that ad... they're nice but... i dunno... they don't quite dazzle me like you might want from an ad that's supposed to show off top notch sketches...

I will say that the addition of shadowboxes is neat.

Not sure if my new-case-guy will get a call yet or not =P
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I *was* excited for this series... but now i'm becoming a bit more wary of it. I'm not sure why, but the last few Rittenhouse boxes I've opened, i've been underwhelmed with the cut quality and the sketches. Even looking at the preview sketches in that ad... they're nice but... i dunno... they don't quite dazzle me like you might want from an ad that's supposed to show off top notch sketches...

I will say that the addition of shadowboxes is neat.

Not sure if my new-case-guy will get a call yet or not =P
I can see where you're coming from but have you taken a close look at the really average to poor looking Thor sketch ? If that full autograph is John Romita Jnr then there are sketches in the set from actual Marvel Comic Book artists which is good. Unfortunately, it also suggests that their sketches will be nice to find and own but otherwise nothing special which is a shame but not a big surprise.
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