2008 Spider-Man Heroes & Villains

This set of 325 cards is difficult to acquire, and just as difficult to categorize. In one sense, it's a "Trading Card" because it was sold in random packs of 8 cards. But in another sense it's a "Promo" because the packs were exclusively bundled with the Spider-Man Heroes & Villains Collection magazine. Complicating things further however, these cards are both collectibles in their own right, but could also be used to play several different "games" (the rules of which were printed in the magazines).

The original set of cards #1-#275 cards randomly included in silver foil packs of 8 cards. The first Issue of the magazine included two packs of cards, later issues only one pack. The 50 cards numbered #276-#325 were added later as a pair of over-sized non-random gold foil packs each with 25 cards as part of the Spider-Man Heroes & Villains: Energy Battle Special which came out between issues nineteen and twenty.

The back of cards #1-#275 has copyright date of 2008, which I believe is when the magazines were first distributed in the UK. Distributions overseas (e.g. New Zealand where I live) happened a couple of years later. The Energy Battle special cards have a copyright date of 2010 on the back.

The cards were a ghastly mishmash of different designs, art-styles, and technologies. There are some "specials" distributed among the standard cards. The detailed breakdown of the special cards is:

  • 3 x Gold Foil (only card #174 Hulk is rare, others are non-random).
  • 6 x Lenticular (Ultra Rare).
  • 10 x Wavy Foil (Super Rare).
  • 33 x Foil (Rare, but guaranteed one per pack).

The art is taken from different sources, and various significantly in art-medium, age-appropriateness, and reproduction quality. All cards have rounded corners, and are slightly larger than standard U.S. trading cards so they don't quite fit properly in standard card cases. The Foil cards are almost impossible to scan clearly, hence the poor quality of the images here.

The card distribution was terrible. Anticipating problems, I purchased half a dozen copies of issue number one with its two packs and discount price of NZ$10. I then purchased two copies of issue number two so I could get two of the fancy tin card cases (see image) that were bundled with it. Then one of each of the subsequent fifty-eight issues all at NZ $18.95 each. So I paid a total of roughly USD $840 and got 568 cards along with my magazines.

But that didn't get me a complete set. So I ended up buying a complete second collection of sixty magazines from somebody else (add another $200, and giving me another 500 cards). I managed to track down a third collector and traded to fill a couple more gaps. But over $1,000 later I'm still missing card #178. Seriously, what am I doing with my life? I need to see a psycho-analyst. Or a lawyer.

  #2 Uncle Ben
Standard
  #3 Human Torch
Wavy Foil
  #4 Vermin
Standard
  #6 Black Widow
Standard
  #8 Dr Doom
Standard
  #9 Hydro Man
Standard
  #10 Grizzly
Standard
  #11 Iceman
Standard
  #13 Venom
Foil
  #14 Jackal
Standard
  #15 Gwen Stacy
Standard
  #16 Hawkeye
Standard
  #18 Madame Web
Standard
  #19 Kangaroo
Standard
  #20 Scorpion
Wavy Foil
  #22 Spider Woman
Standard
  #23 Hammerhead
Standard
  #24 Shocker
Standard
  #25 Stegron
Standard
  #26 Bluebird
Standard
  #27 Arcade
Standard
  #29 White Rabbit
Standard
  #30 Thing
Wavy Foil
  #37 Betty Brant
Standard
  #38 Red Skull
Standard
  #41 Blade
Foil
  #42 Cage
Standard
  #43 Cardiac
Standard
  #44 Super Skrull
Standard
  #45 Kaine
Standard
  #46 Mindworm
Standard
  #47 Misty Knight
Standard
  #55 Puma
Standard
  #56 Silver Sable
Standard
  #58 Firelord
Standard
  #59 Morlun
Standard
  #60 Thor
Standard
  #62 Liz Osborn
Standard
  #63 Beetle
Standard
  #64 Gibbon
Standard
  #65 Lizard
Foil
  #66 Sin Eater
Standard
  #68 Ben Urich
Standard
  #70 Big Man
Standard
  #71 Frogman
Standard
  #72 Speed Demon
Standard
  #79 Shade
Standard
  #80 Black Fox
Standard
  #82 Doppelganger
Standard
  #83 Typhoid Mary
Standard
  #84 Rocket Racer
Standard
  #91 George Stacy
Standard
  #92 Ricochet
Standard
  #94 Medusa
Standard
  #95 Scorcher
Standard
  #96 Calypso
Standard
  #98 Lockjaw
Standard
  #99 Toxin
Standard
  #100 Beast
Standard
  #101 Rhino
Foil
  #102 Vision
Standard
  #110 Conundrum
Wavy Foil
  #111 Ned Leeds
Standard
  #112 Man Thing
Standard
  #114 Solo
Standard
  #115 Nocturne
Standard
  #116 Taskmaster
Standard
  #118 Power Pack
Wavy Foil
  #119 Bullseye
Lenticular
  #120 Shriek
Standard
  #122 Ant Man
Standard
  #124 Walrus
Standard
  #125 Arana
Standard
  #127 Wizard
Standard
  #128 Leap Frog
Standard
  #130 Iron Spider
Lenticular
  #131 Traveller
Standard
  #132 Clea
Standard
  #139 Deathlok
Standard
  #141 Thanos
Standard
  #142 Fusion
Standard
  #143 Dusk
Standard
  #146 Ezekial
Standard
  #147 Earth X
Standard
  #148 Beyonder
Wavy Foil
  #149 Cyclone
Standard
  #150 Falcon
Standard
  #158 Spot
Lenticular
  #159 Hydra
Standard
  #160 Glory Grant
Standard
  #161 Boomerang
Lenticular
  #206 Phil Urich
Standard
  #207 Spider-Girl
Standard
  #208 Nova
Standard
  #209 Shathra
Standard
  #210 Wasp
Standard