2013 Marvel Fleer Retro Precious Metal Gems Guide

2013 Marvel Fleer Retro Precious Metal Gems Guide


Precious Metal Gems are a popular parallel and one of the most iconic options among modern card collecting. Although they have evolved past the point of being a true parallel, this valuable insert has made its way through several Upper Deck sports products and has now entered into the entertainment world. One of many top inserts found in 2013 Marvel Fleer Retro, PMGs bring the famed low-numbered cards, bursting with color, to the greatest superheroes and villains in Marvel history.

PMGs made their debut with 1997 Metal Universe Football and 1997-98 Metal Universe Basketball and this is the same basic design that is featured on the Marvel Fleer Retro Precious Metal Gems. Although they were originally viewed as a novelty, time has been kind to the PMGs, especially the basketball cards. The total print for the football was 150, and only 100 for basketball. The base red version totaled 90% of the serial numbered cards and the remaining ten percent was a rare emerald parallel. This works out to 135 reds and 15 emeralds, per player, for football and 90 reds and 10 emeralds for basketball. Basketball commons can push well above $500 and elite stars, like Michael Jordan, can command five-figure prices. A red Michael Jordan with a 9.5 grade from BGS, sold for $41,825 through Heritage Auctions in 2012.

Soon after, the design was updated to more of an Atomic Refractor-style and also expanded to baseball, but the original PMGs are still the most popular. Precious Metal Gems did not make it out of the 1990s and it was only when Fleer declared bankruptcy and was purchased by Upper Deck, that the brand re-emerged. Starting with 2008-09 Skybox Metal Universe Basketball, Upper Deck included several reboots of the throwback parallel in new products, most notably, 2011-12 Fleer Retro Basketball. They also extended the PMG nostalgia with 2012-13 Fleer Retro Hockey and 2012 Fleer Retro Football, so now all the big four sports have been covered by this timeless insert.

While basketball still leads the pack, early PMG sales have been very strong for this new Marvel card product. Dropping one per hobby box, they are relatively rare, but not impossible to pull. A full 2013 Marvel Fleer Retro Precious Metal Gems 42-card set of the base red version sold for $1,500. Also, individual green cards are  seeing tremendous values. Top eBay sales from the first week include Spider-Man (#1/10) for $1,995, and Wolverine (#8/10) for $1,500.

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2013 Marvel Fleer Retro Precious Metal Gems Checklist

The following 42-card checklist features three different color versions per subject, with the red as the base version.

1 Mr. Fantastic
2 Invisible Woman
3 Thing
4 Human Torch
5 Spider-Man
6 Luke Cage
7 Domino
8 Iron Man
9 Captain America
10 Thor
11 Hulk
12 Iron Fist
13 Doctor Strange
14 Ms. Marvel
15 Scarlet Witch
16 Wolverine
17 Emma Frost
18 Cyclops
19 Jean Grey
20 Rogue
21 Iceman
22 Storm
23 Psylocke
24 Nova
25 Silver Surfer
26 Daredevil
27 Deadpool
28 She-Hulk
29 Punisher
30 Ghost Rider
31 Venom
32 Phoenix
33 Green Goblin
34 Red Skull
35 Loki
36 Magneto
37 Doctor Doom
38 Sabretooth
39 Thanos
40 Mystique
41 Apocalypse
42 Galactus

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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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