Stephen Strange was once an accomplished surgeon who could conduct complex procedures while cracking jokes and listening to Earth, Wind & Fire. But after a freak car accident, he lost it all. A long road to recovery led Strange to Tibet’s mystic arts, where he not only re-learned how to use his hands but recalibrate his mind as well. This new outlook conjured new powers. With the wave of his arms (along with a cosmic cape and a sling ring), Doctor Strange could manipulate time, teleport and, as we saw in Spider-Man: No Way Home, open portals to parallel universes.
Is Strange a sorcerer? A superhero? A little of both? Marvel fans have pondered these same questions since the character’s 1963 comic debut. And with the May 6 release of the almost-certain blockbuster Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, we’re confident only more layers will be added to the discussion.
Another thing we’re pretty sure about is that the film should work its magic on the card side of things, too. From the Comic Images cards of the ‘80s to the more recent Marvel Masterpieces, collectors are clamoring to get their hands on as much Doctor Strange product as possible. Use this Sports Card Investor guide to see which ones we think you should focus on. Cards are broken down into tiers, ranging from the most affordable and more popular options to the most unique, expensive and rare.
The Value Tier includes cards with high print runs or lower-quality cardstock. A good fit for new collectors or those on a limited budget.
1992 Marvel Masterpieces #24: This memorable card shows an illustration of Doctor Strange hovering over a crystal ball. We wonder if the fortune-telling object could see that this card in a PSA 10 would go for $300+.
1993 Marvel Masterpieces #8: The 11th most graded card from this 90-card set, this colorful Strange has only gemmed 22 times. That infrequency may explain why it regularly sales for more than $200.
This tier includes cards from the most popular sets across both retail and hobby formats. Typically easy to buy or sell when needed.
2015 Upper Deck Marvel Vibranium Molten #24: The radiance (/50) and Refined (/99) variations of this gorgeous card are tough to find. It’s a good thing then that raw options present themselves fairly frequently on eBay.
1990 Impel Marvel Universe #34: A notoriously difficult card to gem, this base has a pop count of just 15 in a PSA 10. It takes the power of a thousand wizards to find one that’s perfectly centered.
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This tier includes cards with lower print runs, unique designs, or cards from hobby-only products. Usually higher-quality cards than the Value or Popular tiers, though not necessarily more popular or easier to buy or sell.
2013 Marvel Fleer Retro #13 Precious Metal Gems: PMGs are some of the most coveted cards in the hobby and this strong Strange option — this one was released in Red (/100), Blue (/50) and Green (/10) — proves no different.
2015 Marvel Fleer Retro #13 Precious Metal Gems: Raws of this classic collectible have sold for over $500. But honestly, it’s difficult putting a price tag on just how amazing Strange’s Buddha-like pose translates on these Red, Blue and Green PMGs.
2015 Marvel Fleer Retro Jambalaya #7: Though this rare insert came out in ’15, it has a vintage feel to the artwork and the card’s overall look. Only two have ever received PSA 10s.
2020 Marvel Ages Word Cloud WC-54: A unique artistic take on Strange, this one presents a front-facing portrait of the superhero with all sorts of words like “Stephen Strange” and “Fearless” layered over the image. The back is the same photo, only without the type.
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