Cards : 1995 Fleer UltraThis series is huge, absolutely huge - the biggest Spider-Man card series ever produced as of 2004. There's a whopping 150 cards in the base set (same as the 1994 series), but this time ther'es also a parallel "signature series" of the same 150 cards but signed by the artist.
Add in five whopping chase sets, and this thing becomes a monster. There are some great cards in this set too... the only possible downside is that the sheer number of cards makes it a little hard to appreciate the individual pictures.
Overall, the set is pretty cool. Spotlight on fan-favourites Venom and Carnage, plenty of chase sets. The cards are relatively cheap and are of good quality. Overall, this is an excellent set.
Subset 1: Characters (63 Cards)
This first subset features 63 different characters from the comics, as well as the cartoon. The backs feature information on the character's origin, powers and various escapades. They also feature the cover to the first comic that that particular character first appeared in, or, if not, information on the character's appearances on the cartoon. If you want rarity, the Carnage card is the way to go and Vermin isn't that common, either. Both of these have pretty pathetic art. For artwork, try Beetle, Chance, Doppelganger, Electro, Kingpin, Kraven, Lizard, Puma, Scarlet Spider (The Clone Virus has spread to the cards! Run for your lives!), Shocker and Shriek.
Subset 2: Legacy Tryptichs (21 Cards)
This subset features a set of 7 tryptichs, each consisting of, you guessed it, three cards. The backs are each the front page of an edition of the Daily Bugle telling you about the character. Nothing special. For rarity, try Green Goblin 1 and Schemer, but for artwork, Joe DeVito's artwork on the tryptich of Carrion, the Jackal and Spider-Clone (It's coming! Run faster!) is especially outstanding. Especially.
Subset 3: Milestones (X Cards)
Now here's something original. These cards feature some of Spidey's (and Peter's/Ben's/whoever's) biggest milestones in life, right from gaining the power of Captain Universe, to the death of Gwen, to Peter and MJ's wedding, to Maximum Carnage, to the return of Ben. And the backs are from the diary of none other than everyone's favourite pregnant redhead, Mary-Jane. Each of them feature her opinions on these milestones, some of which are quite interesting (especially the return of Ben). For rarity, go for Origin of Spider-Man and Death of a Parker (that's Aunt May) but for artwork, hmmmmm, try Joe DeVito again with Web of Life and Web of Death.
Subset 4: The Venom Flows (10 Cards)
Whoa, Nellie! This here subset stars the black symbiote and him, uh, fighting with people. This will probably be Venom's first subset (I think) but it definitley won't be his last (especially if I have a say in it). This here features Venom's ten best battles against Carnage, Daredevil, Darkhawk, Demogoblin, Female Symbiote, the Jury, Mace, Morbius, Silver Sable and Vengeance. For rarity, try and find yourself the Carnage one or the Darkhawk one, but for artwork, well, um, all of them except Daredevil, Darkhawk and Demogoblin. Sorry, but they're just not good enough.
Subset 5: Team-Ups (X Cards)
This subset shows us a lot of the team-ups Spidey has had over the years and they tell us (in great detail) all about them. If yer looking for rarity, you're looking in the wrong place. All these cards are pretty common, but the rarest would have to be Nova. For artwork, definitely Black Widow, Dr. Strange, Human Torch and Scarlet Witch. The Torch is portrayed in a way you'll never see him in again.
Subset 6: Unlikely Allies (7 Cards)
This one has 7 of Spidey's worst villains (Doc Ock, Green Goblin, the Jury, Lizard, Man- Thing, Puma and Venom) side-by-side with him (and hey, they also tell you about what happened!) For rarity, well, all of them. This is by far the rarest subset. For artwork, try Green Goblin. It's different and it works for me. Also Man-Thing and Jury.
Subset 7: Carnage USA (X Cards)
Wow! In one set, both Venom and Carnage have their own susbets? Now that's service for ya! This subset shows Carnage in a different place in the USA, basically slaughtering people and breaking things. The backs are postcards to various people: Spidey, Shriek, J.J.J, Dr. Kafka and Venom. If you want rarity, then by far it's Coney Island. For art? They all look pretty bland, but I'd have to say Lincoln Memorial would be the first (and last) time you'll see a beheaded Abe.
Subset 8: Arachnophobias (X Cards)
Straight from the log of Dr. Miles Warren (aka the Jackal) these cards are truly unique. They feature two of Spider-Man's worst villains merged into one. For example, what if Carnage and Kingpin were the same guy? Why, you'd get King Carnage! Or Mysterio and Lizard? Well, of course it'd be Myzary! The combos are the two examples given, plus these other three: Rhino and Puma: Claw-Hide, Doppelganger and Shocker: Doppel-Shock and Vulture and Vermin: Scavenger. For rarity, all of them. These are just about as rare as the Unlikely Allies. For artwork, I'm gonna have to say Tom Kyffin's King Carnage and Scavenger.
PackagingHere's the packaging. Note the four different pack arts. The box also comes in at least two different variants - a Venom and a Carnage.