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This series was an attempt to bring real young kids back into the
card-collecting market. It was a definite downsize in quality
from the previous sets and effectively killed the line. Only 50
cards were in this set, to make it so kids could actually complete
their set after awhile. The cards look like they were hastily put
together, with absolutely no comic information on the back. The
images looked more like they were taken from the popular "X-Men"
animated series then-airing on FOX-TV. The price of the cards was also reduced sharply, to 99
cents a pack, to make them more affordable for youngsters.
There were no bonus cards offered, but the packs
would come with rub-on tattoos (another kiddie item) of various Marvel
characters including: Cyclops, Fin Fang Foom, Hobgoblin, Human
Torch, Iron Man, Iron Man (yellow armor), Invisible Woman, Lizard,
Magneto, Mr. Fantastic, Spider-Man, Storm, Thing, Venom, War Machine,
and Wolverine. These tattoos had previously come with the "Marvel
Vision" trading card set of 1996.
The artwork is nowhere near as elaborate as what the
series had accomplished just in 1996! The backs are almost
entirely dismissable, and there is even incorrect information on one
card, #47. The card is called Jean Grey and Storm when the
artwork on front is very clearly Rogue and Storm.
Highlights of this series? Some of the
pictures on the cards still look pretty good. The cards aren't
super-cool, but they're still pretty good likenesses of the characters.
Cards: I won't
display every card from this series because I don't think every card is
necessarily attractive or otherwise special. What
you'll see here are some of the cards I think stand out.
I hope you enjoy these cards, too!
#18: Ms. Marvel
There are a few characters in this series that I don't know why they're
IN the series. Ms. Marvel isn't a mutant character, although she
has held importance with Rogue. I'm glad to see her in this
series, but she just doesn't fit.
#21: Scarlet Witch
Although a Marvel mutant character, she isn't really an X-Men or X-Men
related character. I'm not quite sure why she's in this set, but
I'm glad to see her. I've always loved Scarlet Witch!
#47: Rogue & Storm
The back of this card reads "Jean Grey & Storm". It's quite a
big blunder for this trading card line, considering the earlier X-Men
series had even the finest details of the characters pinned down.