The curious habit of collecting digital trading cards continues to grow, with major companies like Topps and Upper Deck holding center court. There's plenty of room in the space for smaller companies to pick up the slack though, and as users of Quidd can attest, that app has being doing a more than serviceable job hitting more niche properties. Already hosting card and "sticker" sets based on Bob's Burgers, Valiant comics, Star Trek and more, Quidd is now teaming up with Cryptozoic to bring some Cartoon Network favorites to fans eager for more Steven Universe, Rick and Morty and Adventure Time collectibles.
If you've felt like Upper Deck's recent Marvel releases have maybe been a bit out of your budget, I'd be hard-pressed to come up with a counter-argument. While the Marvel Masterpieces set is fantastic, it's certainly not cheap. The same could be said of the upcoming Marvel Gems set, which is even more premium than that limited collection was. Aside from the movie tie-in cards, there hasn't really been a budget-friendly Marvel trading card set in some time, but that looks to be changing with the announcement of Marvel Annual.
Print on-demand trading cards have been a rather nice hit for Topps, particularly as it pertains to baseball and soccer. The Topps Now series has offered daily trading cards based on the entire season, spotlighting big events in the major leagues all season long. The limited run cards have done so well for Topps, this year we saw the company branch out into sets for AMC's Preacher and the WWE, as well as new sets for AMC's The Walking Dead.
As massive as those properties are in the pop culture collective, they pale in comparison to the power of Star Wars. Of course, Star Wars doesn't update as frequently as sports or television shows like those on AMC. Rather than focus on events as they're unfolding, the all-new Star Wars: Rogue One Mission Briefing Monday sets offer a glimpse into characters we've never seen or met before.
Upper Deck has not been stingy with the Marvel license, and over the past few years has mixed things up with card sets that showcase a wide variety of artists and characters, while also keeping things fresh with the designs themselves. From retro-inspired collections to painted masterworks, Upper Deck has had Marvel covered. For its next collection however, Upper Deck is going in a more Exquisite direction.
The 2016 Marvel Gems card set will be an ultra premium collection, and will be the first Marvel set under the Exquisite brand. What's more, this set will focus entirely on the women of Marvel comics, and will include cards made with actual diamonds. Yeah, you read that right.
Four years ago, Topps released its Star Wars Galactic Files trading cards --- a massive 350-card set that documented the entire history of Star Wars character, vehicles, moments and more from across the first 35 years of the franchise. In addition to providing some insight into all those aspects, the cards also featured stats for each character, much like the old Marvel Universe cards. It was a fun way to look back at these characters and see how they truly ranked, with characters like Luke getting better stats as the films progressed.
Next year, the Galactic Files will be "reborn" as a new set, adding in The Force Awakens, as well as the Clone Wars and Rebels animated series. Now we'll finally know just how powerful characters like Rey, Kylo Ren and Kanan are compared to the rest of the Force-sensitive heroes and villains from the saga.
There comes a time in a comic book company's revival where you can no longer call it a revival and you have to acknowledge that it has finally arrived. There are a number of factors to calculate in such an equation, but things like steady releases of consistent, quality books isn't quite as important to the science of the matter as more tangential ideas like board games, action figures and of course, trading cards.
Faithful readers, thanks to the launch of its own digital trading card series within the Quidd app, today is the day Valiant has made it.
Despite my love of the Caped Crusader, my collection of Batman stuff -- ie, not comics -- is actually pretty small. I've got a couple of action figures a few pieces of original art and a few bits and bobs, but really, there's not a whole lot out there that I want. Except, of course, for a full set of those awesome, surprisingly violent trading cards from 1966 featuring the artwork of Norm Saunders. I've been wanting a set of those foryears, but I've only got a couple of them.
Unfortunately, even if I had found myself a set of every card that was actually released, it still wouldn't be complete. It seems that there's one last card, never released to the public: "Batman On Bat-Throne," featuring the World's Greatest Detective on what I can only assume is the World's Greatest Toilet
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