Personally I find Black Friday can be a great time to tip my toes into the water of a set I have been curious about. That is the case with Cryptozoic’s CBLDF Liberty. There are sketch contributions from a ton of really cool comic creators in this set, and some great autographs too. I’ve always been curious about the release, but it didn’t do well when it came out so I’ve avoided it.
Blowout had boxes for $19.95 on Black Friday. . . I missed that sale, but was happy to see them put more boxes up for sale for $24.95 so I picked up five of them. I believe this was Cryptozoic’s first set, and it shows. The cards are on very thin card stock, the only chase cards are a sticker/puzzle set that repeats base cards and the content of the set is. . . well heavy. There is a ton of information here, but I didn’t find a lot of entertainment value. I actually think this set may have worked much better as a premium pack set if they boiled down the base set to like 9 really interesting cards.
Ultimately I think very few people bought CBLDF Liberty to get educated from the backs of the cards. . . I know I didn’t. There were a couple of autographs I was hoping to hit — Gaiman or Kirkman would have been nice. Savage Dragon was one of my favorite comics so an Erik Larsen sketch or autograph would have been great. . . Ultimately I didn’t hit any of the cards on my want list. I hit 8 autographs in five boxes with no duplicates. The autos were: John Layman, Steve Lieber, Eric Powell, Phil Hester, Peter David, James Kochalka, Frank Quitely and Marv Wolfman. Some great autographs, unfortunately comic artist autos generally don’t carry much value. I had to chuckle when I saw the Steve Lieber autograph. . . back in the mid 1990s there was a comic show in Springfield, IL. . . the promoters brought a ton of great guests, including Lieber, to the show unfortunately it was very poorly attended by fans. I met Lieber and Tom Artis who were in good spirits, but clearly hoping for a better show. Somewhere I have a Tom Artis sketch that is signed “To Jon, Thanks for showing up –Artis.”
From a value perspective I think I’d be lucky to clear $25 for the base sets and 2 sticker puzzles I sorted out, and I’d be lucky to average $5 a pop on the autographs. To break even my sketches need to average $12 each. . . which really isn’t a very tall order.
Thanks to the folks on Blowout Card Forums I was able to identify all the artists. . . We have:
Remy Mokhtar, David Losso, Kate Glasheen in the top row, and Jerry Flemming and Christian James Thomas on the bottom row.
One of this issues with this release is that the content is ridiculously vast. I have no idea if any of these sketches depict comic characters or are just doodles. The quality is reasonable across the board. I like the Glasheen quiet a bit, it’ll stay in my collection. We’ll see about the others. At the end of the day I probably broke even on this break too. If I was itching for something to open I’d crack more Liberty at $25 a box.