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.

  #1 Spider-Man
Foil
  #2 Uncle Ben
Standard
  #3 Human Torch
Wavy Foil
  #4 Vermin
Standard
  #5 Green Goblin
Foil
  #6 Black Widow
Standard
  #7 Captain America
Wavy Foil
  #8 Dr Doom
Standard
  #9 Hydro Man
Standard
  #10 Grizzly
Standard
  #11 Iceman
Standard
  #12 Sandman
Foil
  #13 Venom
Foil
  #14 Jackal
Standard
  #15 Gwen Stacy
Standard
  #16 Hawkeye
Standard
  #17 Dr Strange
Foil
  #18 Madame Web
Standard
  #19 Kangaroo
Standard
  #20 Scorpion
Wavy Foil
  #21 Wolverine
Foil
  #22 Spider Woman
Standard
  #23 Hammerhead
Standard
  #24 Shocker
Standard
  #25 Stegron
Standard
  #26 Bluebird
Standard
  #27 Arcade
Standard
  #28 Dr Octopus
Foil
  #29 White Rabbit
Standard
  #30 Thing
Wavy Foil
  #31 Yellow Jacket
Standard
  #32 Carrion
Foil
  #33 Aunt May
Foil
  #34 Captain Britain
Standard
  #35 Moon Knight
Standard
  #36 Puppet Master
Standard
  #37 Betty Brant
Standard
  #38 Red Skull
Standard
  #39 Robbie Robertson
Standard
  #40 Vulture
Foil
  #41 Blade
Foil
  #42 Cage
Standard
  #43 Cardiac
Standard
  #44 Super Skrull
Standard
  #45 Kaine
Standard
  #46 Mindworm
Standard
  #47 Misty Knight
Standard
  #48 Punisher
Foil
  #49 Dazzler
Standard
  #50 Molten Man
Standard
  #51 Juggernaut
Standard
  #52 Living Brain
Foil
  #53 Morbius
Foil
  #54 Nightmare
Standard
  #55 Puma
Standard
  #56 Silver Sable
Standard
  #57 Carnage
Foil
  #58 Firelord
Standard
  #59 Morlun
Standard
  #60 Thor
Standard
  #61 Daredevil
Foil
  #62 Liz Osborn
Standard
  #63 Beetle
Standard
  #64 Gibbon
Standard
  #65 Lizard
Foil
  #66 Sin Eater
Standard
  #67 Dum Dum Duggan
Standard
  #68 Ben Urich
Standard
  #69 Black Cat
Foil
  #70 Big Man
Standard
  #71 Frogman
Standard
  #72 Speed Demon
Standard
  #73 Kingpin
Foil
  #74 Will O' the Wisp
Standard
  #75 Captain Universe
Standard
  #76 Scarlet Witch
Standard
  #77 Iron Man
Foil
  #78 Ghost Rider
Standard
  #79 Shade
Standard
  #80 Black Fox
Standard
  #81 Man Wolf
Foil
  #82 Doppelganger
Standard
  #83 Typhoid Mary
Standard
  #84 Rocket Racer
Standard
  #85 Flash Thompson
Foil
  #86 Sub-Mariner
Standard
  #87 Scriers
Standard
  #88 Shadrac
Standard
  #89 Electro
Foil
  #90 Tarantula
Standard
  #91 George Stacy
Standard
  #92 Ricochet
Standard
  #93 Nick Fury
Foil
  #94 Medusa
Standard
  #95 Scorcher
Standard
  #96 Calypso
Standard
  #97 Mary Jane
Foil
  #98 Lockjaw
Standard
  #99 Toxin
Standard
  #100 Beast
Standard
  #101 Rhino
Foil
  #102 Vision
Standard
  #103 Mr & Mrs Parker
Standard
  #104 Crime Master
Standard
  #105 Peter Parker
Foil
  #106 Stunner
Standard
  #107 Trapster
Standard
  #108 Chance
Standard
  #109 Mysterio
Foil
  #110 Conundrum
Wavy Foil
  #111 Ned Leeds
Standard
  #112 Man Thing
Standard
  #113 Chameleon
Foil
  #114 Solo
Standard
  #115 Nocturne
Standard
  #116 Taskmaster
Standard
  #117 Silver Surfer
Foil
  #118 Power Pack
Wavy Foil
  #119 Bullseye
Lenticular
  #120 Shriek
Standard
  #121 Mendel Stromm
Standard
  #122 Ant Man
Standard
  #123 Electro-Proof
Standard
  #124 Walrus
Standard
  #125 Arana
Standard
  #126 Spidey-Armour
Standard
  #127 Wizard
Standard
  #128 Leap Frog
Standard
  #129 Black Panther
Foil
  #130 Iron Spider
Lenticular
  #131 Traveller
Standard
  #132 Clea
Standard
  #133 The Amazing Bag Man
Wavy Foil
  #134 Tombstone
Standard
  #135 Captain Marvel
Standard
  #136 Cloak
Standard
  #137 Spider-Man 2211
Standard
  #138 The Tinkerer
Standard
  #139 Deathlok
Standard
  #140 Masked-Marvel
Standard
  #141 Thanos
Standard
  #142 Fusion
Standard
  #143 Dusk
Standard
  #144 6 Arm Spidey
Standard
  #145 Death's Head II
Standard
  #146 Ezekial
Standard
  #147 Earth X
Standard
  #148 Beyonder
Wavy Foil
  #149 Cyclone
Standard
  #150 Falcon
Standard
  #151 Symbiote
Standard
  #152 Black Tarantula
Standard
  #153 Firestar
Standard
  #154 Spider Carnage
Standard
  #155 Swarm
Standard
  #156 Scorpion & Spidey
Standard
  #157 Dominic Fortune
Standard
  #158 Spot
Lenticular
  #159 Hydra
Standard
  #160 Glory Grant
Standard
  #161 Boomerang
Lenticular
  #162 Spidey & Electro
Standard
  #163 Thor & Spidey
Standard
  #164 Barney Bushkin
Standard
  #165 Demogoblin
Standard
  #166 Jigsaw
Standard
  #167 Hornet
Standard
  #168 Spider Slayers
Standard
  #169 Wolverine & Spidey
Standard
  #170 Captain America & Spidey
Standard
  #171 Howard The Duck
Standard
  #172 Spidercide
Standard
  #173 Loki
Standard
  #174 Hulk
Foil
  #175 Spidey, Carnage & Venom
Standard
  #176 Killer-Shrike
Standard
  #177 Spidey & Green Goblin
Standard
  #178 Dagger
Lenticular
  #179 Dormmamu
Standard
  #180 Kraven
Foil
  #181 Invisible Woman
Standard
  #182 Silvermane
Standard
  #183 Spidey & Doc Ock
Standard
  #184 Spidey & Sandman
Lenticular
  #185 Iron Fist
Standard
  #186 S.H.O.C
Standard
  #187 Mad Jack
Standard
  #188 Rick Jones
Standard
  #189 Dragon Man
Standard
  #190 Spidey's Webbing
Standard
  #191 Spider-Hulk
Standard
  #192 Ka-Zar
Standard
  #193 Burglar
Standard
  #194 Mirage
Standard
  #195 Spider-Lizard
Standard
  #196 Jean de Wolff
Standard
  #197 Goldbug
Standard
  #198 Mr. Brownstone
Standard
  #199 Spider-Man 2099
Standard
  #200 Mr. Fantastic
Wavy Foil
  #201 Hobgoblin
Standard
  #202 Mr Hyde
Standard
  #203 Mangaverse Spidey
Standard
  #204 Nightcrawler
Standard
  #205 Spider-Woman
Standard
  #206 Phil Urich
Standard
  #207 Spider-Girl
Standard
  #208 Nova
Standard
  #209 Shathra
Standard
  #210 Wasp
Standard
  #211 Alistair Smythe
Standard
  #212 Harry Osborn
Standard
  #213 Scorpia
Standard
  #214 Wonderman
Standard
  #215 Spider-Man Megamorph
Standard
  #216 Prodigy
Standard
  #217 Razorback
Standard
  #218 Debbie Whitman
Standard
  #219 Thousand
Wavy Foil
  #220 Prowler
Standard
  #221 Professor Power
Standard
  #222 White Tiger
Standard
  #223 Cosmic Spidey
Standard
  #224 Shanna
Standard
  #225 Crusher Hogan
Standard
  #226 Anna May Watson
Standard
  #227 Black Costume
Standard
  #228 J.J. Jameson
Standard
  #229 Humbug
Standard
  #230 Colleen Wing
Standard
  #231 Radioactive Spider
Bonus Card
  #232 Spider Sense
Bonus Card
  #233 Black Cotsume
Bonus Card
  #234 Web Slinger
Bonus Card
  #235 Pumpkin Bomb
Bonus Card
  #236 Human Torch "Flame On!"
Bonus Card
  #237 Cosmic Power
Bonus Card
  #238 Goblin Formula
Bonus Card
  #239 Super Soldier Serum
Bonus Card
  #240 The Power of Galactus
Bonus Card
  #241 Thor's Hammer
Bonus Card
  #242 Iceman's Attack
Bonus Card
  #243 Clobbering Time!
Bonus Card
  #244 Kraven's Spear
Bonus Card
  #245 Hawkeye's Arrows
Bonus Card
  #246 Daredevil's Billy Club
Bonus Card
  #247 Adamantium Claw Strike
Bonus Card
  #248 Dr Doom's Armour
Bonus Card
  #249 Ant-Man's Insect Attack
Bonus Card
  #250 Dr Strange's Spell Book
Bonus Card
  #251 Sandman's Morphing Fist
Bonus Card
  #252 Magneto Force
Bonus Card
  #253 Scorpion's Tail
Bonus Card
  #254 Fist of Iron
Bonus Card
  #255 Doc Ock's Tentacles
Bonus Card
  #256 Mephisto's Soul Stealer
Bonus Card
  #257 The Rage of The Hulk!
Bonus Card
  #258 Mr Fantastic Super Stretch
Bonus Card
  #259 Scarlet Witch Hex Spell
Bonus Card
  #260 Spidey's Web Strike
Standard
  #261 Capt. America's Shield
Standard
  #262 S.H.I.E.L.D. Jet
Standard
  #263 Iron Man's Repulsor Ray
Standard
  #264 Nightcrawler Teleport
Standard
  #265 Invisible Girl's Force Field
Standard
  #266 Lucky In Love
Standard
  #267 Spidey: With Great Power
Standard
  #268 Hydro Man & Spidey
Standard
  #269 Spidey & Komodo
Standard
  #270 Wanted!!!
Standard
  #271 Spidey & Absorbing Man
Standard
  #272 Spidey & Kraven
Standard
  #273 Menace & Spidey
Standard
  #274 Rhino & Spidey
Standard
  #275 Taskmaster & Spidey
Standard