1996 Fleer/SkyBox Marvel Masterpieces Trading Cards

1996 Fleer/SkyBox Marvel Masterpieces Trading Cards


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1996 Fleer/SkyBox Marvel Masterpieces is the fifth set in the high-end, high-art line. Overlooked somewhat at the time of its initial release, the set has since become a modern classic. It's extremely valuable and sealed boxes always cause a stir on the very rare occasions that they surface.

The 1996 Fleer/SkyBox Marvel Masterpieces base set has 100 cards. All feature detailed artwork by renowned fantasy artists Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell. The first 54 cards are character cards that cover the heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe. Vallejo and Bell's artwork adds a sense of realism to the characters. Other subsets include Duels and Legacies (#55-84) and Genesis (#85-99). The final card in the set is a checklist.

In a testament to the set's popularity, 1996 Fleer/SkyBox Marvel Masterpieces commons often sell for as much as most contemporary base sets. It's not unheard of for complete 100-card sets to top $500.

1996 Fleer/SkyBox Marvel Masterpieces has a pair of basic insert sets. Double Impact are dual-sided cards that have an image from Vallejo on one side and Bell on the other. Singles in the six-card set are inserted 1:4 packs. Gallery cards (six cards, 1:3 packs) have a thick gold foil border, giving them the feeling of being a painting.

The ultimate chase comes in the form of redemption cards for original artwork from the set. Inserted 1:60,000 packs, completists still covet them even though the opportunity to get the paintings has long since passed.

1996 Fleer/SkyBox Marvel Masterpieces cases came with an over-sized Master Prints card. There are two in the set.

With its high-end initial price tag, a lot of collectors and dealers were scared off by the set initially. But this led to an extremely low print run. Combine that with the high quality of the cards and the artwork and you've got a perfect storm for a modern classic comic card set.

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Set Checklist

1996 Fleer/SkyBox Marvel Masterpieces Checklist

Base Set Checklist

100 cards.

1 Archangel
2 Beast
3 Bishop
4 Black Cat
5 Black Widow
6 Cable
7 Captain America
8 Carnage
9 Crystal
10 Cyclops
11 Domino
12 Dr. Doom
13 Dr. Strange
14 Elektra
15 Gambit
16 Ghost Rider
17 Green Goblin
18 Hawkeye
19 Holocaust
20 Hulk
21 Human Torch
22 Iceman
23 Invisible Woman
24 Iron Man
25 Jackal
26 Jean Grey
27 Kymaera
28 Lizard
29 Mystique
30 Namor
31 Omega Red
32 Onslaught
33 Professor X
34 Psi-Lord
35 Psylocke
36 Punisher
37 Quicksilver
38 Rogue
39 Sabretooth
40 Scarlet Witch
41 Shadowcat
42 She-Hulk
43 Silver Sable
44 Silver Surfer
45 Spider-Man
46 Spider-Woman
47 Storm
48 Thanos
49 Thing
50 Thor
51 Venom
52 War Machine
53 Warlock
54 White Queen
55 Cable
56 Stryfe
57 Genesis
58 X-Man
59 Dark Beast
60 Random
61 Apocalypse
62 Angel
63 Archangel
64 Spider-Man
65 Dr. Octopus
66 Dr. Octopus
67 Iron Man
68 Fin Fang Foom
69 War Machine
70 Phoenix
71 Magneto
72 Phoenix
73 Captain America
74 Red Skull
75 U.S. Agent
76 Ghost Rider
77 Blackout
78 Vengeance
79 Venom
80 Spider-Man
81 Carnage
82 Thor
83 Loki
84 Thunderstrike
85 Spider-Man
86 Scarlet Spider
87 Spider-Man
88 Ant Man
89 Yellowjacket
90 Giant-Man
91 Weapon X
92 Wolverine
93 Wolverine
94 Daredevil
95 Daredevil
96 Daredevil
97 Hulk
98 Hulk
99 Hulk
100 Checklist
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Double Impact Checklist

6 cards. Inserted 1:4 packs.

1 Bishop, Beast
2 Punisher, Psylocke
3 Rogue, Human Torch
4 Silver Surfer, Captain America
5 Storm, Spider-Man
6 Wolverine, Venom
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Gallery Checklist

6 cards. Inserted 1:3 packs.

1 Cyclops
2 Hulk
3 Magneto
4 Sabretooth
5 Spider-Man
6 Wolverine
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Art Redemptions Set Checklist

9 cards. Inserted 1:60,000 packs. Cards could be redeemed for original artwork used in the set.

1 Beast
2 Elektra
3 Gambit
4 Human Torch
5 Silver Surfer
6 Spider-Man
7 Storm
8 Venom
9 Wolverine

Master Prints Checklist

2 over-sized cards. Inserted as case topper.

1 Captain America
2 Silver Surfer
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Ryan Cracknell  |  E-Mail Author
Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

User Reviews

  1. Are these available anymore? I’ve been searching for a box.

  2. Doreen Davis Boxes are EXTREMELY hard to find and very price. They pop up very infrequently.

  3. I saw that listing and started to cry. Found it for $749.95 also on ebay from a place called “Stuff_from_Bob_and_Betty. I’ve dealt with them before but can’t afford their price either.

  4. I have a few of these cards…the one subset missing is the canvas set. It has a 6 card set, the first is Carnage (which I have). any information on this subset?

  5. David, I think your card may actually be from Fleer Spider-Man Premium:Eternal Evil.

    There is a 6 card canvas chase set with Carnage, Hobgoblin, Mysterio, Scarlet Spider, Spider-Man, and Venom

  6. I think I have 10 unopened packs of these. I’m trying to make sure they are 1996 and not 1995, but I can’t find a image.

  7. Jake eddy- The 1995 Marvel Masterpieces packs came in varying colors- Purple, Green and Red (I believe that’s it). The 1996 MM came in a black wrapping with a card (it was packaged inside of a hanging display card). The packages will be clear about what they are and say either 1995 or 1996. Hope this helps.

  8. If anyone is interested, I have this set with several EMPTY/OPENED packs, an EMPTY display box and the two Masterprints (signed by the artists).
    -Entire 100 card base set
    -Entire 6 card Double Impact set
    -Entire 6 card Gold Gallery set
    -Silver Surfer and Captain America Masterprints (signed by their respective artist) (I apologize, I don’t have cert. of auth.)
    -Empty display box
    -Several empty packs

    All cards are in NM condition. I am accepting reasonable offers.

    You can e-mail me at duley1j@yahoo.com and we can discuss this.

    If this type of post isn’t allowed, please just delete it and accept my apology. Thank you!

  9. I have about 200 cards from this era I am looking to let go and I am right in the middle of doing the complete inventory of the whole lot. It includes 1996 Fleer Marvel Masterpiece cards as well as Canvas cards from 1995-96. I am looking for a current price list -can anyone point me to a reliable resource?

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