December 13, 2014

Black Friday Break: CBLDF Liberty.

Filed under: General — webjon @ 1:00 am

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.

December 5, 2014

Katie Cassidy autographs in Cryptozic’s Supernatural Seasons 1-3 may not be hand signed.

Filed under: General — webjon @ 5:22 pm

Some astute collectors and dealers on Blowout forum and Card Talk noticed Katie Cassidy’s autograph on her Supernatural card looked a bit off. The signatures were splotchy, and showed no variation in signature — each one looked identical.

Collectors and dealers are speculating that the cards may have been ink stamped rather than hand signed. Cryptozic has announced they are looking into it, and it looks like Cassidy’s autograph has been pulled off of the pending signer list from Arrow.

December 3, 2014

Black Friday Break — Leaf Family Guy Seasons 3-5 from Blowout.

Filed under: box breaks — webjon @ 8:48 pm

I managed to snag a few different Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals, one of which was a single box of Family Guy Seasons 3-5 from Leaf. There are quite a few different chase cards you can hit in this product, lots of parallels, and random sketch cards. I was hoping to hit a high end autograph or a sketch card, but ended up not even pulling a parallel chase card:

The packaging for this release is awesome, it’s essentially a premium pack with the base set shipping in a plastic box and each chase card in a top loader. The box cost $35, and surprisingly after looking at recent eBay sales I basically broke even with this break as the Warbuton autograph brings about $15 shipped, and the die cut can also bring about $15, which makes sense considering there are 10 different die cuts inserted at only 3:case.

Unfortunately there isn’t anything here for my collection, but I’d certainly consider picking up more Leaf Family Guy. . .

November 13, 2014

I’m an online slacker.

Filed under: General — webjon @ 5:52 pm

Sorry for the tumbleweeds on webjon lately. I suppose it’s not all that uncommon to take a bit of a break. Generally though that happens when things are quiet. . . this time that’s not the case.

I should have posted a Wizard World Chicago review long ago. I haven’t yet. I wanted to take some time to digest the show before writing about it as it was an unusual show in many ways. The dealers and exhibitors generally seemed to be in a funky mood, and I still have no idea why. I left the show with cash in my pocket which is always frustrating. I am planning on doing a look back post to discuss the con. There were some great highlights and pics which I hope you’ve enjoyed.

The Chicago Non-Sport Show was awesome. There were good crowds, friends, lots of product. . . it was a lot of fun. Very sad to see Ed moving out of the area, but I’m glad Kevin is continuing the show. I literally just got done cleaning up all my stuff from that show last week.

I was hoping to have a review of AwesomeCon’s Milwaukee Show. I was really looking forward to checking that show out — in case you haven’t heard it has been canceled. Bummer.

Wizard World is coming to Madison in early February. . . Weather permitting I’d love to check out that show. Madison in February could be really dicey.

I can’t believe there are only 3 episodes of Sons of Anarchy left. Cryptozoic did a fantastic job with their SOA 1-3 set this year. I can’t wait to see the rest of their SOA releases.

Speaking of releases — where is 5FINITY’s Mandy? Seems like it is very late from it’s proposed release date (I can’t believe collectors are still pre-paying for sets six months in advance after all the delays and issues in 2013) and there is basically no talk of this set online.

I’m actually getting physical junk mail sent to ‘webjon’ . . . I must be legit now :-)

Guess that’s all I’ve got at the moment. . .

Black Friday is upon us — hopefully I’ll have some breaks to talk about after that!


August 22, 2014

Day 2 spoils.

Filed under: Chicago Comic Con: 2014,General — webjon @ 7:53 pm


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