The Incredible Hulk made his debut back in 1962, as one of many characters created by Stan Lee.
The Hulk is one of the more enduring Marvel heroes, both literally, and in terms of the number of movies he’s featured in. Bruce Banner has appeared or been mentioned in 14 films since 2008, and is indisputably the strongest Avenger.
Here’s everything you need to know about the best Hulk cards to collect, from old-school 1990’s hits, to rare Precious Metal Gem versions that can sell for five figures.
The Best Hulk Cards
The Hulk has been around for a long time, but many of his most valuable cards were released in recent years.
For the purposes of this list, we’re sticking with rare PSA graded copies, and we’re starting with the 1990 Impel Marvel Universe collection.
5. 1990 Marvel Universe Incredible Hulk #181 #134 (eBay)
The 162-card 1990 Impel Marvel Universe release is seen as a primer for the many comic book sets that came afterwards. It features classic artwork, with Hulk found on seven cards throughout the comprehensive collection.
Hulk is paired up with the ever popular Wolverine for the latter’s first full appearance on the cover of The Incredible Hulk no. 181 (1974).
It’s easy to see why pristine graded copies are more valuable than the other Hulk cards found in the 1990 set.
4. 2016 Marvel Masterpieces Battle Spectra Gems Hulk vs Red Hulk #BS-15 (eBay)
A premium collection, 2016 Upper Deck Marvel Masterpieces offers a number of great callbacks to older sets. We’re looking at the Battle Spectra Gems, which are metallic foil cards showing a versus scene.
This card features Hulk vs Red Hulk, and the entire set was completed by artist Joe Jusko.
Note the similarities between this and the 1992 Marvel Masterpieces Thing vs Hulk Battle Spectra #1-D insert.
The Hulk vs Red Hulk card also has a rare parallel limited to only 99 copies. Don’t be surprised if you can’t find many copies on the market.
3. 2015 Fleer Retro Marvel 1995 Blaster Precious Metal Gems Hulk #20 (eBay)
2015 Fleer Retro Marvel is a set that contains a number of valuable Hulk cards, none more so than this colourful insert.
The famous Precious Metal Gems (PMG) subset is where you’ll find this rare collectible, with 100 Red base cards to go along with a trio of coloured parallels.
Each has been coated with a chrome finish, which is flaky enough to peel and chip at the slightest touch. As always, this leads to higher prices for pristine graded copies.
- Parallels: PMG Blue #/50, PMG Green #/10, PMG Gold 1/1
2. 2017 Marvel Fleer Ultra Precious Metal Gems Hulk #MM19 (eBay)
Sticking with PMG cards, albeit from a different year, the 2017 Fleer Ultra Hulk ‘Marvel Metal’ insert has always demanded attention from collectors.
It’s found in 2017 Fleer Ultra Spider-Man, which features the iconic web-slinger and many others from the Marvel universe.
On that note, Hulk looks a lot closer to his MCU design, while the card is similar to the others, including a large ‘Metal’ logo in the middle.
- Parallels: Bronze (#/199) (Red (#/99), Blue (#/49), Green (#/10), Purple (#/5) and Gold (1/1)
1. 2013 Fleer Retro Marvel Precious Metal Gems Hulk #11 (eBay)
The top spot is reserved for yet another PMG card, this time from 2013 Fleer Retro Marvel sets.
We’ve listed the Hulk PMG cards from 2015 and 2017 above, but the 2013 release is the original, as it was the first time they made the leap from sports sets like 1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe Basketball.
It’s difficult to overstate its importance, especially considering their popularity and values in the present. As always, they’re susceptible to chipping easily, and graded copies sell for a significant premium.
- Parallels: PMG Blue #/50, PMG Green #/10
Hulk Cards: Buyers Guide
We’ve put together a guide looking at the current state of the market for the best Hulk cards. Are they worth the outlay at the higher end?
The 1990 set is a great place to look for Hulk cards that won’t break the bank. Even graded versions aren’t exceptionally expensive, and probably represent the best ‘cheap’ option overall.
Any of the PMG cards look to be solid investment options, but it’s hard to ignore the 2013 release. It’s the first time that Marvel cards were given the PMG treatment, and it kicked off one of the more popular subsets for comic book collectibles.
Hulk is arguably a better investment option than the likes of Thanos, especially as a superhero with a longer shelf life.
He was a major part of the first three phases in the MCU. Hulk and still remains one of the most popular characters overall, despite being nerfed in the films.
We think that there’s a decent market for Hulk cards, and that graded options could be a great long-term hold.