For more than a decade, Funko has been a well-known name in the world of collectibles for nerds. These small plastic bobbleheads that celebrate fandoms have captivated collectors’ hearts and wallets for years, including my own husband, who goes by Poppin Hopper and is known as the Funko Cosplayer for The Game of Nerds and The VIParolaz. Recently, Funko partnered with Upper Deck to release a new line of trading cards, similar to their collaboration with Pez a few years prior. This first release features Marvel themes and was perfectly timed for Comic Con.
These trading cards have been hard to get ahold of from the start. Stores like Hot Topic, Target, and Box Lunch sold out within minutes. Stores started implementing a 2 pack per day per person rule to keep people from buying up boxes. Thus making finding and getting these cards harder and harder. Initially, before the stores got any, there were some “SDCC Exclusive” Boxes that were sold at San Diego Comic Con 2023. The livestreaming website, WhatNot has been a hot place to buy and watch these packs be opened and sold. Our own PoppinHopper does this every Monday on his own WhatNot channel.
Understanding the Cards
Before we get to the ratios, let’s talk about what you need to know first. Each case has 12 boxes. Each box of cards has 24 packs of cards. Each pack of cards has 8 cards. If you are looking for a complete list of all the cards, Beckett.com has a great one for this first wave. Funko has yet to announce any other waves or new franchises.
Types of Cards
- Patina – these cards will have characters who look like a shimmering rainbow
- Spectrum – these cards have a gold glitter background for their characters
- Foils – these card’s characters come in both Platinum and Gold Colors
- Glow in The Dark – The characters on these cards glow in the dark. Often you can tell because the printing on the character is slightly raised.
- Confetti Bomb – the background to these cards will look like party confetti. These cards are numbered 1-99.
- Signature – these cards have an embossed signature across the character and can be regular or spectrum in color
- 3D Rendering – these cards show characters in a 3D photo rendering
- Funko Short – these cards depict various scenes from Marvel Funko short animations
- Funko Art – these cards depict various Funko character art
- Clear Cut – The background of these cards are completely see-through leaving only the character image on the front and text description on the back.
- Convention Exclusive – These cards will have a yellow triangle in the bottom right corner that says “Convention Exclusive”.
- Printing Plates – these plates were used during the manufacturing process to create the Funko Trading cards. They are available in 4 colors per card: black, cyan, magenta, and yellow.
- Red Glitter – These cards are numbered out of ten and will have the character featured on a red glitter background
- Prototype – They are the original test card before the Funko Trading Cards went into productions and appear prior to them adding the color.
- Sketch Card – These cards are hand-drawn artwork from extremely talented Funko artists: Adam Wolfe, Alexa Dimaano, Ben Butcher, Chris Metzner, Elise Walter, Elizabeth Brockman, Erika Flak, Gary Ham, Julie Goodwin, Kaysi Smith, Reis O Brien, and Ryan Frost. These drawings may represent characters outside of the base set.
- Redemption Card – This card features a scratch-off area with instructions on how to redeem the card for a real Funko Pop. Upper Deck has confirmed it will be a Captain America exclusive Pop!
Finding the Best Cards
The “Best Cards” are often found in the middle of the pack. The first two and last two cards are often just basic cards. Breaking Boxes or Box Break is when someone is opening a brand new box of 24 packs of cards and breaking the seal on it.
In doing so, collectors have figured out the ratios of the cards with the help of our friends. Please note that some of these ratios have not been confirmed by Funko or Upper Deck, but can help determine trade or sell value based on rarity. Many collectors now have these “rare pulls” graded and authenticated through sites like PSA and CGC. Again, some of these ratios have not been confirmed by Upper Deck or Funko. These are ratios that the community has determined based on their calculations and what’s been seen now that it’s been out.
Base Set – Cards #01-100
Base 3D Renditions – Cards #101-150
Platinum – (1:1.5 packs)
Funko Shorts – (1:1.5 packs)
Art of Funko – (1:3.3 packs)
Gold – (1:5 packs)
Spectrum – (1:5 packs)
Patina – (1:10 packs)
Convention – (1:20 packs)
Redemption – (1:24 packs)
Facsimile Signature – (1:80 packs)
Glow in the Dark – (1:160 packs)
Clear Cut – (1:288 packs)
Base Set Marvel TV – Cards #151-162 (1:480 packs or 1:5,760* packs for specific card)
Sketch Card 12 total – (1:11,520 packs)
Confetti Bomb – /99 (1:105* packs)
Red Glitter – /10 (1:2,074* packs)
Spectrum Facsimile Signature – /5 (1:4,147* packs)
Printing Plates – 1/1 (each has Black, Cyan, Magenta and Yellow versions) (1:2,445 packs)
Prototype – 1/1 (1:9,781 packs)
Info with an asterisk is speculation based on PoppinHopper & Friends math, so take it as you wish:
Total Packs = 12 artists X 15 sketch cards each = 180 X 11,520 packs = 2,073,600 packs / 24 = 86,400 boxes / 12 = 7,200 cases
Total Cards = 180 sketch cards X 11,520 packs = 2,073,600 packs X 8 cards = 16,588,800 total cards
Facsimile Signature 1:80 packs = 2,073,600 packs / 80 = 25,920 total Facsimile Signature / 100 Cards w/ Facsimile Signature = 2,592 of each card
Glow In The Dark 1:160 packs = 2,073,600 packs / 160 = 12,960 total GITD / 100 Cards w/ GITD Parallel = 1,296 of each card
Clear Cut 1:288 packs = 2,073,600 packs / 288 = 7,200 total Clear Cut / 100 Cards w/ Clear Cut Parallel = 720 of each card
Confetti Bomb = 99 each X (150 base + 15 AF + 35 S = 200) = 19,800 cards = 2,073,600 total packs / 19,800 packs with Confetti Bombs = 1:105 packs
Red Glitter = 10 each X 100 base = 1,000 cards = 2,073,600 total packs / 1,000 packs with a Red Glitter = 1:2,074 packs
Patina Facsimile Signature = 5 each X 100 = 500 cards = 2,073,600 total packs / 500 packs with a Patina Facsimile Signature = 1:4,147 packs
151-162 Marvel TV 1:480 packs = 2,073,600 Total Packs / 480 = 4,320 packs / 12 cards = 360 = 2,073,600 / 360 = 1:5,760 packs to pull a specific Marvel TV card
1/1 Printing Plates = 162 base + 15 Art of Funko + 35 Shorts = 212 cards X 4 printing plates (Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow) = 848 packs with one printing plate = 2,073,600 Total Packs / 848 Packs w/Printing Plate = 1:2,445 packs
1/1 Prototypes = 162 base + 15 Art of Funko + 35 Shorts = 212 cards = 2,073,600 packs / 212 packs with Prototype = 1:9,781 packs
Funko Trading Cards have become a hot commodity among collectors, and it’s easy to see why. With so many different types of cards and the potential for rare pulls, it’s no wonder collectors are going to great lengths to get their hands on them. Hopefully, this guide has helped you understand the different types of cards and ratios, making it easier to determine the value of your collection. Happy collecting!
Again, some of these ratios have not been confirmed by Upper Deck or Funko. These are ratios that the community has determined based off their calculations and what’s been seen now that it’s been out .