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Ian Taylor and the Marvel Cards Fan Collective

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We love and collect Marvel trading cards; here we talk about them! Join us as we discuss new releases, old sets, chase, base, sketch, creators, characters and all things Marvel that comes in trading card form. We talk to collectors, creators, fans and hear origin stories, plus chat on comics and onscreen Marvel too! We're part of the Marvel Cards Fan Collective - all our links are here https://linktr.ee/TheMCCPod Or, find us by Googling @TheMCCPod or searching Facebook for our group MCCW. As ...
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Artist Ben Bradi joins the podcast this week from his home in Australia, and tells us about his work on Marvel Platinum. We hear about his background and of how his work with Upper Deck came about, and hear some tidbits on what's yet to come from Ben and Upper Deck. Ben kindly walks us through his conception and execution of the pieces he created f…
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A HUGE announcement from Upper Deck of a new Marvel Masterpieces set... or is it new? MMXL is due to release later in 2024 and reproduces the work of Joe Jusko in Masterpieces 2016 in a larger format. What say we on this? Wesley, Ian, and Keith review the info known so far, speculate on how this will look and feel, and relay some initial community …
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Matt Ditullio guests on this week’s episode to talk about his journey as an art collector and representative. He talks of his love of Simone Bianchi’s art, and of his subsequent work with Simone to bring his work to a wider audience in America. Hear about original comic art, grail comic books, sketch cards and more as we get into it over two hours …
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The full crew are back this week to dive into the new Upper Deck MARVEL PLATINUM set – and boy, what a ton of fun we had. Hear what we liked, what we didn’t – and what we pulled (hint – there’s a 1/1 for y’all to rejoice over). Blasters! Hobby boxes! Foiling to die for! It’s all here. We are BLESSED to have the mighty talent of MYLES WOHL for this …
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Jason and Ian take a leisurely stroll through the works of artist DrewL this week, before announcing the winner of our Episode 200 sketch giveaway, of a cracking Marvel Anime AP by DrewL. Then we get into a listener email from “Ben from Surrey” and show off some new acquisitions. THANK YOU to DrewL for the generous support of our sketch giveaway – …
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Rejoice for TheMCCPod has reached 200 episodes, and to celebrate – this week’s episode is an open house. The link was public, and nobody knew who would drop in to celebrate with us. Unbelievable, Unscripted, Unsanitary? Find out who shows up – there’s laughs, there’s stories, there are giveaways! THANK YOU to everyone who has been a part of the pod…
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Marvel Platinum is here! Joining the podcast this week are Grant Sandground and TJ Shevlin from Upper Deck to give us the insider scoop on the set. We hear about the set breakdown, the sheer scale of the checklist and how that translates to better pack odds and hit ratios. Grant touches on 'parallel nervosa' feedback and shows us a whole lot of rea…
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We throwdown with Fleer Throwbacks ’89 this week as we review the set and discuss its reception. Then we wade into the newly released checklist for Marvel Platinum, being released 13 March 2024. And boy – we wade DEEP and we swim in its vastness. Some great advance visuals to chew on (go to YouTube to see) and some gorgeous original art coming. Her…
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The team set sail this week without a course charted, and end up on the lazy river of podcasting. We cover cool Marvel Lego minifigs, discuss what we would (and do) PC on the side, and swoon aplenty over the great work from artist Chris Foreman. You can find Chris's work here; https://www.instagram.com/chrisforemanartist/ Do please support our feat…
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A treat this week, as Upper Deck champions Joe Sorenson and TJ Shevlin join the team to talk exclusively about the new Upper Deck e-Pack exclusive Fleer Throwbacks 1989 Marvel Edition trading card set. Hear about how TJ brought his mad comic knowledge skillz to bear on creating the product, and Joe tells us about the set format and structure. There…
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Bwahahahahahaaaaaaaaa! Behold fiends of the night, as we creep into the freakshow event of the Marvel card year; Fleer Ultra Midnight Sons from Upper Deck. Was it a ghoulish experience? Are the cards horrific? Or did we gaily skip with light and love towards our review show? Hear what Ian, Wesley, Josh, Jason and Keith think. And also… Falcon? Seri…
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Black Cat first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man issue 194 and that’s about all you need to know for why this episode is this episode. A giddy romp into all things Felicia as Wesley and Ian stroke each other’s collections from afar. Josh, Jason, and Keith look on in horror. Big love to Tayler for the audio intro! Audio (the full experience); The main…
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A great and potentially hot button topic this week – as we get into the concept of ‘card custodianship’; specially for limited number or 1/1 cards, where do the rights of the card owner to do with the card whatever they wish, meet the concept of being just a custodian of that card in its journey through our hobby world. How do we protect it? Should…
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Recorded in late October 2023, Ian is joined by Ingrid KV Hardy (Long Dog Cards) and Lindsey Greyling (Leg Day Cards) who are the co-hosts of the Pencilled in Podcast. With over 90 episodes and counting, they talk to artists, collectors, and hobby advocates – and in many ways are a sister podcast to this very show. Two podcasts collide and this was…
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2023 was quite the year for Marvel cards, with more releases in one year than the previous three combined. We attempt to review the year which – given the sheer number of sets – proves to be a challenge. Nevertheless, tune in to find out the answers to the questions; was Allure alluring, was Anime the enemy, What If there was a set with no sketches…
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Rejoice for the OG Marvel cards podcast is BACK baby! This week meet (again) the new co-host line-up and hear why the actual F&@$ they decided to join the show. We get into their highlights and lowlights of 2023, and generally take the mickey out of each other. Give the lads some follow love here; - Jason; https://www.instagram.com/jrm894/ AND http…
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Aye'up! The Brits are here to confuse your brains and befuddle your sensibilities as we're a sweary lot so probably NSFW from the very start. Carl Varney and Jake "The Jerk" McManus climb aboard and we get into the perils and pleasures of collecting something made and sold on another continent. We also BIG UP artist Dave Palumbo as Carl exclusively…
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Keith Speroni is a collector experiencing a crisis of faith, and this episode is both an intervention and a therapy session rolled into one. Keith talks of his path leading to his current plight and we ponder why, as a collector Keith is now lost. Torn between wanting to collect a set? One character? Days of Variants and Parallels? ... Keith asks "…
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Josh James Kennedy-Smith has a lotta names – but one simple love; Marvel Masterpieces. Josh joins Ian to talk about how he got into MM2016, and how that started his passion for the modern MM sets. We jive about Jusko, bloom over Bianchi, pant over Palumbo and drool over dos Santos – for 2 hours. Seriously disgusting and entertaining all at the same…
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This week, a long overdue catch-up with Grant Sandground, Head of Product Development at Upper Deck. Grant and Ian look back at the roller-coaster 2023 releases so far, THEN look ahead at what’s to come from now until early 2024. Find out why Angelina Jolie is missing. Find out why MM2022 green are less than green. Plan for MM2022 being on e-Pack. …
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Hot on the heels of Amanda Z, is Eugene Hu - for his second podcast appearance. Eugene talks about the National 2023, his panel with Amanda, and of how the hobby - and the wider reaction to Marvel cards - has changed since the 2022 National. We talk about the ‘power & responsibility’ of content creators, the need for newer collectors to ‘Do Your Ow…
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Amanda Z of The Graded Gamer returns this week to reflect on her recent trip to The National, and catch-up on her hobby happenings the past few years. We get into her love of base cards, and the undiscovered gems of Upper Deck's e-Pack exclusive achievements and parallels. A fun, relaxed conversation and some nerdy behaviour lies within! The video …
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Joining Ian this week are guest hosts Nathan Brabon and Jay Bye - and we pick up on a fabulous question posed by Jordan Poon who muses on what the endgame is for our collections. Achieve all and sell up? Collect something else? Pass to others when we pass away? Lots of great community thoughts and a fascinating discussion which includes taxidermy, …
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Andrew Nguyen, fellow Black Cat, Spidey and cool card collector joins Ian this week to tell his story. He talks of his moment of inspiration to start Southern Hype Collects, about sketches that tell a story, and about his adventures on WhatNot. Truly a lovely guy with a passion for cards and collectors! The artist known as Ecanhoj also gets much mu…
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Luis Alonso of Alonso Collectibles joins Ian this week to hear about how Luis got into cards, into Marvel and his experiences so far. Endorsing a fab ethos of 'ripping responsibly', Luis talks about investing, and finding a passion for his PC. We talk beards (obvs), we talk Masterpieces (this was recorded just prior to MM2023 being released) and Pa…
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This week - lots of swearing and no bleeps so maybe not one for listening with the kids, eh? Nathan Brabon and Billy Vezzosi join Ian for a review of how Mental Con 2023 went, and the plans for the 2024 edition. Then we turn our attention to first reactions to the new Marvel Masterpieces set; how is the art, what gives with the green /25 that aren’…
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Steve Charendoff has worked on more card sets than probably anyone else around. From his early career at Fleer Skybox, to establishing Rittenhouse Archives over 20 years ago, Steve has overseen one of the most creative and revered periods of Marvel trading cards (not to mention the incredible curation of other global IP such as Star Trek, James Bon…
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Dan dos Santos is an acclaimed and award-winning illustrator, and in June 2023 was officially announced as the artist for the new Marvel Masterpieces set. Joining Ian and guest host Donny Caltrider, Dan talks about his earliest influences, his love for comics and his aspiration to land this ‘gig’. Dan walks us through the pieces released so far, an…
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Alrik is here! Vive la France! Adrien hails from Normandy and is a talented illustrator and tattooist. Returning to Marvel sketch cards, since his start in 2016/2017, Adrien talks about his history, his style and we dig into some of his newest sketches from the Fleer Ultra Avengers set from Upper Deck. There’s some mutual appreciation of Mark Bagle…
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Rejoice, for a new Marvel Masterpieces set is nigh! MM2023 has been announced by Upper Deck, with renowned award-winning artist Dan dos Santos behind the canvas for over 130 new paintings. Donny Caltridercomes onboard for Ian’s first proper look at the images released, thesell-sheet and the list of paintings. Some beautiful stuff, new parallels and…
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Joshua Legg, aka MarvelMadnessMCU, joins Ian this week for a deep dive through the Marvel Masterpieces sets of 2007 and 2008. Often overlooked and misunderstood in equal measure, hear & see what makes them special, their flaws and their highlights - of which there are many. We also touch on the joy that was #MentalCon23, parting with sets youmay ow…
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It started innocently enough as collector and guest Alan Beauchamp declared his love of Bishop to collect. Then, other guest Barry ‘RollWithEm’ Brunet comes in with his Daredevil hat on and says - tell us your secrets about Character Collecting. So, they both wrote a load of REALLY GOOD questions and spent 90 minutes with Ian, as he shows them his …
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Stephen Smith - collector and (former) comic store owner joins Ian to talk about his love of Mike Zeck, about his approach to collecting and some great e-Pack etiquette advice. Steve also offers his views on how the market is going, supply vs demand, and much more. Thanks to Steve for joining this week and the video of this recording is available o…
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You Ask, We Answer makes a return for the first time this year, as Ian is joined by three TITANS in the hobby. Together, we tackle zingers such as ‘what is a collector anyway?’, ‘will Marvel cards ever NOT be niche?’, ‘are you happy with your current cable provider?’ – and many more. Some deep thinking and witty banter awaits! As always, feel free …
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As one of this week’s guest succinctly puts it – 3 artists and Ian this week as the first attempt at herding cats… I mean artists – is revealed to you all. Join Dre, J and Mike for a lively conversation about sketch card values, grading, artist treatment and blanks – and more gratuitous fun. Strong language throughout and some great insights into b…
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Jake McManus and Nathan Brabon (yes, again!) join Ian this week to continue the conversation started on the ‘Marvel Jerks’ podcast about mentalhealth in the hobby. We talk about the pressures of groups like MCCW, how people react and interact on social media, and what they do to escape from itall. Some deep waters lie within before they announce Me…
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Nathan Brabon is known as ‘Velvet Thunder’ to his buddies, due to his smooth deep velvety vocal tones that make him a PERFECT content creator on YouTube. Nathan joins Ian to talk about how he got (back) into Marvel cards, how he approaches the hobby and his channel True Blue Collectibles. We also hear about the Marvel Roundtable, a weekly get-toget…
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Rhiannon Owens has been working in sketch cards for almost 15 years – and in comic art for far longer than that. Her work is, for manycollectors, a quality mark for their collection and her unmistakable style is sought after. Rhi joins Ian for a fun dive into how she got started, herapproach to the work (and how it’s evolved), and her passion for a…
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Keith Boyle is a collector and ‘pop culture entertainment’ store owner – and he goes HARD on collecting sets. We have a fun chat about his goals, his limits when it comes to collecting and about ‘Savouring the moments you enjoy’ in the hobby. Keith details how it works for him as a retailer, and how Upper Deck’s distribution model works – we talk b…
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Noah and Troy are small humans who LOVE Marvel cards (and Pokémon).This week they, and parents Nef and Honey, join Ian to talk cards and get intoFleer Ultra Avengers 2022 from Upper Deck. What score does FUA get? What did welike? What didn’t we like? Favourite cards, surprise mail calls, gifts andmissed eBay auctions – all this and more. If these t…
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Tom Fleming, the OG artist from the Marvel Fleer Ultra sets, as well as many other fine works – joins Ian and guest host Donny Caltrider this week. We hear about Tom’s career, his WWE work and of course his start in comic work via DC and the Marvel. There are tales within of short deadlines, professionalism and the glory that is rainbow foiling. We…
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The collector, artist and oozy blob know as Joseph Reed joins Ian this week to talk about his Venom love. We hear about Joseph’s vast Venom and Symbiote comic collection, of how that now sprawled into cards and of wearing two hats as a collector and creator. We also get into influencers, old comics and impending fatherhood. Episode ‘tasting notes’ …
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Dave Palumbo, amazing artist responsible for Marvel Masterpieces 2020, and all-round nice guy, joins Ian for a great long-form conversation this week. We have a thoughtful chat about stepping off from social media, flipping, and Dave’s thoughts about sketch cards. Dave also exclusively reveals an imminent ‘drop’ of some amazing Marvel Masterpieces …
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Greg McLaughlin – host of the Star Wars themed ‘Rebel Case Card Podcast’ returns to guest host this week. Inspired by the recent State of the Hobby trilogy, Greg tells us how he’s reassessing his collecting focus, and how the connective tissue of Star Wars fandom is a constant source of inspiring content for his podcast (and collecting!). We remini…
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Don your bow ties, as Billy is back! A fun catch-up convo from the artist formerly known as Watch Me Open! Billy tells us what’s been happening for him since he took a sudden hard exit from the hobby last year, how his game show ‘Marvel On The Brain’ is making a triumphant return, and how Whatnot is his new jam. We open more packs of the European ‘…
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LFG!!! A new reality dawns for the podcast, as this week my first guest host is Brad Galli, all round good egg, sports broadcaster and MCU fan. We review the latest release from Upper Deck – WandaVision. The first in a slew of Disney+ shows, and sets, to come out – we get into the cards, quality, set design and (long) odds for the big cards. We als…
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He’s FINALLY here! Find out what happens when TWO Black Cat collectors meet on a podcast, as we welcome Wesley Webb, aka WebbyVision. We talk a lot about character collecting, and Wesley comes armed with some great questions. Ian gets into plates, and Norrin gets all Dickensian. This episode was recorded December 2022, but got bumped due to life an…
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The final part of our 2023 opening look at THE STATE OF THE HOBBY. This week, we asked the community about their collecting goals for 2023, and also what advice they’d have for newbies entering the hobby – think of it as a Cards 101 update, if you will. Ian speaks Vulcan, and we open some Lego. That’s how we roll. Our ‘tasting notes’ - featuring an…
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Part 2 of our check in with your badass selves, as we continue to take the pulse of THE STATE OF THE HOBBY. This week, we move to a more positive zone and ask – how are collectors adapting to the new normal? Hear tales of focus, of new product vs old product, and of a new(ish) trend of ‘quiet collecting’. Our ‘tasting notes’ - featuring any images …
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Norrin and Ian are back, and in a thoughtful mood - kicking off 2023 with a pause button series of episodes exploring how collectors are feeling about ‘The Hobby’ after a rollercoaster 2022. In part 1 this week, we asked the community - have you quit? If so, why? And the response was overwhelming. Join us for therapy as we talk market manipulators,…
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