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2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum Checklist Review

Marvel fans and collectors would be delighted to know that the highly anticipated 2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum has finally hit stores.

This flagship Upper Deck Marvel line adds their O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey design to Marvel-themed cards. With several Upper Deck Marvel offerings already, some collectors might wonder why Upper Deck is introducing an additional Marvel product.

This article covers everything about this latest Upper Deck’s Marvel trading card set. We shall discuss why it’s not just an extra Upper Deck Marvel product, its appeal (and cons), and how well it is expected to perform on the market.

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History of Upper Deck Platinum

Founded in 1988, Upper Deck swiftly ascended as a leading producer of sports trading cards, renowned for its innovative designs, superior printing, and partnerships. While it began by creating trading cards for sports leagues such as baseball, basketball, and hockey, it expanded its reach into other franchises with exclusive partnerships.

June 2009 marked an exciting chapter for Upper Deck as it announced its collaboration with Marvel Entertainment. Since its inception in 1939, Marvel Entertainment quickly became a global entertainment powerhouse.

North Las Vegas, NV (June 26, 2009) – The Upper Deck Company is pleased to announce today that it has established a long-term licensing agreement with Marvel Entertainment, Inc. The multi-year arrangement provides Upper Deck with the rights to produce trading card games (TCGs), miniature games and trading cards based on the Marvel Universe. The first wave of products is scheduled to hit the market in January 2010.

With Upper Deck’s expertise in trading card production and Marvel’s iconic characters and storylines, the partnership promised to deliver unparalleled collectible experiences for fans.

Upper Deck’s first Marvel-based entertainment product was the Super Hero Squad, released in January 2010. The 75-card base set Marvel Iron Man 2 was released three months later. It featured exclusive images, autographed insert cards, movie-used costume memorabilia, and original artist sketch cards.

Upper Deck has followed that inaugural release with several Marvel products, and now Platinum is getting its Marvel debut.

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Upper Deck Platinum line

The Upper Deck Marvel Platinum is a flagship Marvel product with chromium technology designs never seen on Marvel trading cards. Upper Deck’s O-Pee-Chee Platinum line has been one of its more popular brands.

The chromium treatment and colored parallels have garnered ample followership amongst collectors.

For value, these cards often sell unexpected figures, which have helped attract collectors’ attention to the line. From the checklist, Upper Deck Marvel Platinum is set to deliver a similar offering that’s made the O-Pee-Chee Platinum a hit with collectors.

With Marvel’s loyal fanbase and the dedicated Upper Deck Platinum followership, the demand for these cards will ensure they hold their value quite well.

2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum release date

The release date for the 2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum has been subject to several postponements. Initially scheduled for a January 15 release, it was pushed forward to January 25 and two months forward to March 13. The 2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum hobby boxes finally dropped on March 13, 2024.

It hasn’t been unveiled as part of the 2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum release. However, we expect several retail release formats, such as e-Pack, Blaster, and Pack Wars. These typically come a month after the initial release date.

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There’s been no official statement from Upper Deck on the reason for the delayed release. Several collectors also speculated that the delay in the release date of the 2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum was to ensure it wasn’t plagued with some of the errors present in a few Upper Deck releases. Collectors have complained of obvious cutting, centering, and printing issues.

However, delayed Upper Deck releases are not entirely new. Upper Deck Marvel Allure was postponed for several months, and an entire Sports Card Forum thread is dedicated to announcing delayed Upper Deck releases. Whatever the case, hobby boxes of the 2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum have finally hit the shelves.

2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum release formats

While this is a flagship Marvel release, the O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey usually combines hobby box releases with retail releases. The 2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum has a similar release format.

There are several formats from the checklist, such as e-Pack, Blaster, and Pack Wars — are already confirmed. However, we have details for the hobby boxes for now and will update this post accordingly when we have more information on other 2023 Upper Deck Marver Platinum release formats.

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Hobby box

At 10 cards per pack and 10 packs per box, a 2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum hobby box sells for $199.95

A case with 16 boxes sells for $3,174.95

Each hobby box contains

  • One Serial-Numbered Parallels /50 or Less or Autographs
  • Three Inserts
  • Ten Variant Cover
  • One Variant Cover Rainbow
  • Onc Additional Rainbow Inserts
  • Three Parallels /99 or Less
  • Ten Rainbow Parallels

2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum appeal

For Marvel fans

One of the standout features of the 2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum set is the fact that it introduces 100 All-New original art from top artists. Each new art was crafted to showcase Marvel’s dynamic and vibrant world.

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Understandably, collectors were tired of seeing re-used art and rehashed images of old pictures. Upper Deck Marvel Platinum fixes that by introducing 100 new artwork from up to ten acclaimed Marvel artists. From intricately detailed illustrations to bold and expressive designs, the artwork on the 2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum set offers a visual feast for both collectors and Marvel fans alike.

For collectors

While new original artwork might excite and attract Marvel fans, actual collectors would be much more impressed with the on-card technology. It’s the first complete Marvel chromium technology set. While the 2015 Upper Deck Marvel Vibranium experimented with the chromium technology, it was just on a few cards.

The platinum brand is already very popular with Hockey cards, and after looking at the checklist, we expect this to be a hit with collectors. It offers colorful cards, low-numbered parallels, chase cards, artist and creator autographs, and brand-new inserts.

Collectors would be delighted to know that the artist’s autographs are all on-card rather than sticker autographs. Aside from Upper Deck’s Platinum chromium technology, this set is loaded. It includes a mix of base and parallels, sketches, and autographs from artists and creators.

For investors

Lastly, this would interest collectors looking for ample returns on their investments. The Platinum line has a reputation for holding its value well. The 2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum is the first Platinum release on Marvel.

Historically, flagship products have held their value exceedingly well. Considering how well-stacked the checklist for this product is, it should hold its value very well. A wide array of colorful chase cards and low-numbered parallels may be worth impressive figures.

Let’s not forget the Marvel 1/1 sketch cards, the Golden Treasure parallels, and the gem of all Platinum sets.

In conclusion, the 2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum trading card set has something for everyone. And at an entry price point of $200, not many collectors would be priced out of buying a set. Whether you are a Marvel fan, collecting for fun, or seeking out rare and valuable cards to make a profit, this set has something for you.

2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum cons

Aside from the delayed release, this product has no significant concern. While so many collectors would have loved to have on-card creators’ autographs rather than sticker autos, we’re already getting an ample supply of artist on-card autos.

While a few collectors worry about too many Upper Deck Marvel products, this isn’t a major concern with Platinum. It might look like there are so many Upper Deck Marvel products with Beginnings, Allure, Allegiance, Anime, Premier, Masterpiece, Unbound, etc. However, Platinum is not just a random Marvel set. It’s a beloved Upper Deck brand making its Marvel debut.

Lastly, there have been concerns about the print quality amidst recent complaints of off-centered Upper Deck cards. However, while most collectors have yet to lay their hands on the card, a few unboxing videos on YouTube exist. It’s refreshing to see that the cards look great and, most importantly, utterly devoid of centering issues.

2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum checklist

The checklist for the 2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum is loaded. Like Hayley Holroyd, Upper Deck’s Brand Manager – Entertainment says in this interview with Justin Underwood of Spidey Hits, Upper Deck ensures there’s something for every collector.

Whether you’re collecting for the art, the card technology or something else, this checklist has something for you.

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With a base set of 200 cards, the 2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum checklist has room to showcase its magic. The first 100 cards are brand new, never-before-seen original artwork, while the last 100 cards showcase classic art from the 1960s.

2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum – Base Set Parallels

  • Blue Surge (1 Per Blaster)
  • Rainbow (1 Per Hobby/ePack; 1:4 Blaster; 1:3 Pack Wars)
  • Red Rainbow (1:3.2 Hobby/ePack; 1:12.8 Blaster; 1:6 Pack Wars)
  • Yellow Rainbow (1:4 Hobby/ePack; 1:16 Blaster)
  • Blue Rainbow (1:5 Hobby/ePack; 1:20 Blaster; 1:10 Blaster)
  • Purple Rainbow (1:7 Hobby/ePack; 1:29 Blaster)
  • Black Rainbow (1:10 Hobby/ePack; 1:40 Blaster; 1:20 Pack Wars)
  • Teal Wave #/799
  • Blue Traxx #/499
  • Yellow Spotlight #/399
  • Red Prism #/199
  • Green Crackle #/99 (Hobby/ePack Exclusive)
  • Purple Pixels #/35 (Hobby/ePack Exclusives)
  • Orange Checkers #/33 (Hobby Exclusive)
  • Cosmic #/25
  • Seismic Gold #/10
  • Amber Crystals #/5
  • Golden Treasures 1/1
  • Printing Plates 1/1 (Hobby/ePack Exclusive)

2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum inserts

The 2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum offers collectors a wide selection of captivating inserts.

2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum Iconic Covers insert

The Iconic Covers insert pays homage to some of Marvel’s most memorable comic book covers. This insert showcases iconic imagery that has defined Marvel Comics over the years, from timeless classics such as Marvel Comics #1 to modern masterpieces like Thor: God of Thunder.

25 Cards – 1:7 Hobby/ePack; 1:27 Blaster

Parallels: Rainbow (1:20 Hobby/ePack; 1:80 Blaster)

IC01 Marvel Comics #1

IC02 Giant Size X-Men #1

IC03 Avengers (1963) #57

IC04 Journey Into Mystery (1952) #83

IC05 Secret Wars (1984) #8

IC06 Daredevil (1964) #182

IC07 Incredible Hulk (1962) #181

IC08 The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #300

IC09 Uncanny X-Men (1963) #138

IC10 Incredible Hulk (1962) #1

IC11 X-Men (1991) #1

IC12 Incredible Hulk (1962) #340

IC13 Uncanny X-Men (1963) #101

IC14 Amazing Fantasy (1962) #15

IC15 House of M (2005) #1

IC16 Avengers (1963) #4

IC17 Thor (1966) #337

IC18 The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #33

IC19 Nick Fury/ Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1968) #4

IC20 Thor: God of Thunder (2012) #1

IC21 Venom (2018) #1

IC22 Uncanny X-Men (1963) #141

IC23 Wolverine (2003) #66

IC24 Tales of Suspense (1959) #39

IC25 Venom: Lethal Protector (1993) #1

2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum – Platinum Duos insert

The Platinum Duos insert presents a thrilling exploration of Marvel’s greatest heroes paired together in unexpected and dynamic combinations. From unlikely alliances to fierce rivalries (Venom/Carnage), these cards depict iconic characters fighting side by side.

25 Cards – 1:13 Hobby/ePack; 1:53 Blaster

Parallels: Rainbow (1:40 Hobby/ePack; 1:160 Blaster)

PD1 Captain America / Winter Soldier

PD2 Doctor Strange / Dormammu

PD3 Scarlet Spider / Howard The Duck

PD4 Iron Man / War Machine

PD5 Thor / Beta Ray Bill

PD6 Silver Surfer / Galactus

PD7 Luke Cage / Iron Fist

PD8 Hulkling / Wiccan

PD9 Wolverine / Colossus

PD10 Professor X / Magneto

PD11 Daredevil / Kingpin

PD12 Spider-Man / Miles Morales

PD13 Rogue / Captain Marvel

PD14 Vision / Scarlet Witch

PD15 Thanos / Doctor Doom

PD16 Black Panther / Killmonger

PD17 Ant-Man / Wasp

PD18 Venom / Carnage

PD19 Iron Man / Iron Monger

PD20 Sentry / Ares

PD21 Hulk / She-Hulk

PD22 Cloak / Dagger

PD23 Rocket Raccoon / Groot

PD24 Clint Barton / Kate Bishop

PD25 Beast /  Wonder Man

2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum Super Statistics insert

Super Statistics offers collectors a glimpse into the powers and abilities of select heroes. Highlighting key statistics and attributes, these cards provide valuable insights into the strengths and capabilities of iconic Marvel characters.

25 Cards – 1:13 Hobby/ePack; 1:53 Blaster

Parallels: Rainbow (1:40 Hobby/ePack; 1:160 Blaster)

SS01 Magneto

SS02 Daredevil

SS03 Thor

SS04 Quicksilver

SS05 Hulk

SS06 War Machine

SS07 Rocket Raccoon

SS08 Blob

SS09 Kingpin

SS10 Kitty Pryde

SS11 Doctor Doom

SS12 Malekith

SS13 Odin

SS14 Spider-Man

SS15 Thanos

SS16 Black Cat

SS17 Elektra

SS18 Wolverine

SS19 Sabretooth

SS20 Cyclops

SS21 Vision

SS22 Vulture

SS23 Archangel

SS24 Ego The Living Planet

SS25 Ghost-Spider

2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum Marvel Greats Sketch (1/1) insert

The Marvel Greats Sketch (1/1) cards allow collectors to own one-of-a-kind hand-drawn artwork from acclaimed artists. These cards showcase the talent and creativity of some of the industry’s most renowned artists.

7 Artists – Hobby/ePack Exclusive – Each Card Serial Numbered 1/1

  • Ron Lim
  • Bob McLeod
  • Todd Nauck
  • Casey Parsons
  • Bill Sienkiewicz
  • Suspiria Vilchez
  • Myles Wohl

2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum Marvel Art Variant and Cover Variant inserts

These inserts offer a unique interpretation of classic Marvel characters and scenes. With their distinctive designs and striking visuals, these inserts will attract ample demand from collectors.

Overall, the 2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum inserts offer collectors a diverse range of options. From iconic covers to dynamic duos and rare sketches, these inserts celebrate the rich history and vibrant creativity of the Marvel Universe.

2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum autographs

Like all Platinum sets, the 2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum trading card set offers collectors the chance to own rare autograph cards. The autograph cards include the Artist Autographs (#’d) and Creator Autographs (#’d).

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2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum – Red Rainbow Autoraphs

194 Cards – 1:56 Hobby/ePack; 1:840 Blaster (*No 129, 130, 131, 132, 173)

Parallels: Orange #/35 (*No 129, 130, 131, 132; Hobby/ePack Exclusive); Blue Rainbow #/25 (*No 129, 130, 131, 132; Hobby/ePack Exclusive); Green Rainbow #/10 (Hobby/ePack Exclusive); Gold Rainbow 1/1 (Hobby/ePack Exclusive)

2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum – Art Variant Autographs

10 Cards – 1:480 Hobby/ePack; 1:7200 Blaster

Parallels: Orange #/25 (Hobby/ePack Exclusive); Blue Rainbow #/15 (Hobby/ePack Exclusive)

  • 11-V Doctor Doom – Dave Dorman
  • 23-V Sabretooth – Gilberto Martimiano
  • 28-V Dani Moonstar – Bob McLeod
  • 30-V Moon Knight – Bill Sienkiewicz
  • 60-V Cyclops – Todd Nauck
  • 85-V Galactus – Ron Lim
  • 86-V Thor – Myles Wohl
  • 93-V Silver Surfer – Mike Allred
  • 95-V Thing – David Palumbo
  • 96-V Daredevil – Tom Fleming

2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum – Marvel Greats Sketch Autographs

7 Artists – Hobby/ePack Exclusive – Each Card Serial Numbered 1/1

  • Ron Lim
  • Bob McLeod
  • Todd Nauck
  • Casey Parsons
  • Bill Sienkiewicz
  • Suspiria Vilchez
  • Myles Wohl

These autographs are from notable Marvel artists and creators who have made significant contributions to the world of Marvel comics. Collectors would be glad to know the Artist’s Autographs are on-card autos rather than sticker autographs.

2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum value

We’ve established that the 2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum is a masterpiece. However, is it worth the price per hobby box? Usually, we’d look at how well hobby boxes and top singles from previous releases have performed to make a decision. This is quite tricky here as this is Upper Deck’s first Marvel Platinum product.

We shall look at how well previous Upper Deck Platinum releases have performed.

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Wax

Hockey collectors especially love the Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee Platinum. Let’s see how well boxes have aged in terms of value. Here are the current market prices for Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey hobby boxes.

2019-20 Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey$179.95
2020-21 Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey$174.95
2021-22 Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey$124.95
2022-23 Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey$179.95

Investing in wax isn’t the way to go when buying the Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee Platinum boxes. However, this might not hold with the inaugural Marvel Platinum set, as hobby boxes of inaugural releases typically hold their value quite well.

Singles

Let’s see how well Upper Deck Platinum cards do on the market.

2019-20 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Seismic Gold #200 Jack Hughes /50 PSA 10 Gem Rookie$1,050
2019-20 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Cale Makar [Orange Checkers] #175$1,019
2020-21 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Tim Stutzle [Emerald Surge] #199 /10$2,800
2020-21 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Kirill Kaprizov [Orange Checkers] #200 /25$1,122
2021-22 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Moritz Seider [Emerald Surge] #287 /10$1,663
2021-22 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Trevor Zegras [Orange Checkers] #203 /25$558

From these prices, it’s easy to see that the best way to invest in the last set of Platinum products is via hit singles of low-numbered parallels. The prices quoted are all for ungraded cards, and PSA 10s sell for much higher.

Bottomline of the 2023 Upper Deck Marvel Platinum review

Platinum’s Marvel debut allows collectors to get their fill of Marvel cards with the beloved Platinum card technology. With its emphasis on original art, exciting inserts, low-numbered parallels and coveted autographs, this set should be a hit with collectors.

The cards themselves look stunning, and the product contains tons of hits.

While the $200 per box price tag might be a bit pricey for some collectors, there’s enough chance of getting the value of your box back as each box contains one numbered parallel /50 or less or an autograph.

There are a variety of autos, parallels and low-numbered inserts to ensure ample value in every box. Truly lucky collectors can land the 1/1 autographs, which are unforgettable hits sure to hold impressive value.

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John Bassey

John Bassey

John is a freelance writer and founder of WordCraft Consult, a consultancy that provides expert writing services and enhances youth engagement in reading. With six years of writing experience and over 300 clients, He has made significant contributions as a content writer for several brands, such as Tech Triangle, KBO Bikes, Dolls Magazine, and, more recently, Cardlines.

John has a Bachelor's degree in Statistics and an enduring passion for creating content.  He is  currently dedicated to nurturing WordCraft while advancing appreciation for collectibles and literature through highly informative articles. 
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