The artistic skills of David "Dave" Palumbo take center focus in 2020 Upper Deck Marvel Masterpieces. The premium UD Marvel set contains 135 new pieces all done by Palumbo.
For Palumbo, talent runs in the family, as his parents—mother, Julie Bell, and stepfather, Boris Vallejo—contributed pieces for 1996 Marvel Masterpieces. Take a look at some of his other work on his website.
The popular Marvel Masterpieces brand was most recently issued in 2018, featuring Simone Bianchi.
The 2020 edition can be found as a Hobby product and is also available on Upper Deck ePack at a later date.
2020 Upper Deck Marvel Masterpieces Set Details
Requiring almost two years to complete, 2020 Upper Deck Marvel Masterpieces highlights both the superheroes and supervillains of Marvel. The base set totals 90 cards. Every card is numbered and there are four tiers of rarity within the lineup.
Parallels include Color Foil, Red Spectrum, Gold Ink Foil Signatures, What if...? Variants, and Artist Autographs. Cards signed by Palumbo average around one or two per case. New choices include the Metallurgy metal base parallel.
Among the quality inserts are returning favorites Battle Spectra, with the elusive Gems, plus Canvas Gallery, adding Gold Foil and Red Spectrum editions along with variants, and Holofoil, which comes in three versions.
In addition, the Preliminary Art Variant insert offers extra background into Dave Palumbo's process.
Case-hit Mirage cards provide extra depth to the base images by utilizing lenticular technology.
Other chase hits in 2020 Upper Deck Marvel Masterpieces include one-of-one Sketch cards and Uncut Sheet Redemptions. The Comic Cover Sketch Redemptions are good for original Dave Palumbo sketches on Marvel comic books. Collectors can even find redemptions that yield original Palumbo artwork used for the set.
Estimated Release Date: September 2020 TBD
Product Configuration: 3 cards per pack
2020 Upper Deck Marvel Masterpieces Hobby Pack Break Average
- 1 Base Card
- 2 Inserts or Parallels
2020 Upper Deck Marvel Masterpieces Hobby Box Break Average
- 1 each of the following:
- Original Art Sketch Card
- Battle Spectra
- Canvas Gallery
- Preliminary Art Variant
2020 Upper Deck Marvel Masterpieces Case Hits Average
- 1-2 Dave Palumbo Original Art Autograph Cards
- 1 Mirage Lenticular Card
These are mock-up images and not final cards. Designs and contents are subject to change.