Sketch cards aren't anything new, but they have seemed to get better and better over the years. Since I don't buy many hobby packs I didn't know that sketch cards were included in this Avengers set. I actually found out about them after my wife introduced me to Pinterest. I started a board to showcase some of the great cards and artwork I could find online. This lead to a few cards of some characters that caught my eye. 1) I was impressed with the art and 2) I was impressed that these lower tier characters were included.
I was first introduced to Jack of Hearts when he blew up the Avengers Mansion right before the Avengers Disassemble story. I took the opportunity to go back and pick up other books he appeared in as my appreciation for the cosmic Marvel characters was growing.
Mockingbird was a member of the West Coast Avengers and married for a time to the Avenger Hawkeye. She was thought dead until she and others were found alive during Secret Invasion. Ever since I've been a fan of the character. This card actually depicts her in her old uniform. While dated, I still prefer it over her current look.
I was first introduced to Starhawk back in the early 90's when my brother bought me the first issue of Guardians of the Galaxy. He is a strange character to say the least, but I always enjoyed the way Jim Valentino wrote him.
The early 90's were full of new, great Marvel characters. Darkhawk was one of those. He gained a cult following with his own title and continued to appear in other books after his ended. He became a member of the New Warriors (my favorite team book) and later played a big role in the cosmic story War of Kings. This card is particularly cool because it's signed by the artist on the back. There is a small silver foil "AP" stamped on the front signifying it was signed by the artist. If the 1/1 wasn't already cool enough this really puts it over the top.
I don't own many cards like this so these are the new highlight of my Marvel card collection. I previously had one black and white sketch card (of Nova) so I was stoked to get 4 colored sketch cards. Sure beats buying an expensive hobby box and getting stuck w/ a crappy sketch card of a character you don't want.