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Old 07-16-2014, 07:27 PM   #2026 (permalink)
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Its not a conspiracy guys. Lots of really high end sketches never make it to the internet. Big box breakers have regulars that pay top $$ for those, and they go right into their collections to never be seen again (until their estate is auctioned). Its pretty common for other licenses (Star Wars, Marvel, Walking Dead, etc...).
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Old 07-16-2014, 11:18 PM   #2027 (permalink)
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Very few Kidd's made it into the set because many we could not insert, due to using copyrighted characters (Kermit, Bender, etc.).

Nelson did not do nearly as many as Repka, who did 50 or more, I believe. Can't recall now, it's been a while, but I know Ed did a lot more than any of the other "creators." -- like twice as many. I posted scans of Nelson's on our Facebook page somewhere.

Such as this one:

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Old 07-17-2014, 01:05 PM   #2028 (permalink)
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@Spider-Fan: Many thanks for this explanation which makes a lot of sense. I'm still puzzled that you can see 4 out of 5 Bisleys or half of the Horleys on ebay but not one Palumbo, Nelson or Peterson. Maybe they are still out there in boxes waiting to be found? A plot by alvin to launch a second buying wave on the remaining product to validate the next series?

@alvin: Many thanks for the link to the Nelson cards. They do look very good. There is also a scan of 8 Palumbo sketches which seem to be all he made.

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@Spider-Fan: Many thanks for this explanation which makes a lot of sense. I'm still puzzled that you can see 4 out of 5 Bisleys or half of the Horleys on ebay but not one Palumbo, Nelson or Peterson. Maybe they are still out there in boxes waiting to be found? A plot by alvin to launch a second buying wave on the remaining product to validate the next series?

@alvin: Many thanks for the link to the Nelson cards. They do look very good. There is also a scan of 8 Palumbo sketches which seem to be all he made.
It is odd not to see any from the artists you mentioned. Power buyers exist, but they don't have direct lines to every box breaker. This set was cracked by a broad range of people. You'd think some cards from those artists would have surfaced (maybe they have, I wasnt tracking).
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It is odd not to see any from the artists you mentioned. Power buyers exist, but they don't have direct lines to every box breaker. This set was cracked by a broad range of people. You'd think some cards from those artists would have surfaced (maybe they have, I wasnt tracking).
Perhaps one reason why the Bisley's surfaced is that they were low quality and at least three were unidentified or misidentified, so the buyers didn't know what they had, and put them up for sale.

As for Horley's, he did 15 pieces, but he is also the only creator i've seen sell his returns-- and we gave the creators quite a few returns-- more than we typically give. Considering the stature of those artists, we felt it was necessary to secure them. It wouldn't have made sense to even do "Creator Sketch Cards" if we couldn't convince at least 5 or 6 of them to participate.
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Old 07-29-2014, 11:39 PM   #2031 (permalink)
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I haven't tried to sell even one of my returns from the two Mars Attacks and two Star Wars series I worked on. After giving about a third of them to family members, I'm having a real hard time pulling the trigger on selling any of the rest. After all, I'm a collector myself -- I bought the original Mars Attacks cards during their short-lived release back in 1962 (I'm pretty sure my set disappeared during a move a year later), and have been a comics/card collector since 1967. And frankly, it's taken some real willpower on my part not to try and buy back a few of my favorite cards that have popped up on eBay -- cards that I really had fun drawing that I had to part with.
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Old 07-29-2014, 11:58 PM   #2032 (permalink)
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It doesn't sound like you try to immediately turn your blanks into $$$ so just finish them to your liking and add them to your collection! I did that to 3 of my Mars Attacks blanks.
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Old 07-30-2014, 01:44 AM   #2033 (permalink)
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Actually, I drew all 106 of my cards first for each series, sent them all in to Topps as instructed, and Topps later returned the allotted number of cards I was owed per the contract (my choice).

And actually, I'm glad it was done that way. Once I got started on a series, I quickly got in a free-flowing, creative groove. If I had received a bunch of blanks weeks or months after a run was completed, in my case, I doubt they would have been as good.
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Old 07-31-2014, 11:34 AM   #2034 (permalink)
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does anyone have concept cards 17, 21 or 30 to sell or trade? PM me if so. thx.
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Old 10-17-2014, 11:47 AM   #2035 (permalink)
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Got my Mars Attacks Kickstarter cards in the mail today:

Green foil. Not sure if these were also released on gold foil.


They also packed a special 7th card. Not a bad deal for $15:
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Old 10-17-2014, 11:57 AM   #2036 (permalink)
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Wow, nice job! I hope my sketch is that nice when I receive my package
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Old 10-17-2014, 12:19 PM   #2037 (permalink)
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Got my Mars Attacks Kickstarter cards in the mail today:

Green foil. Not sure if these were also released on gold foil.


They also packed a special 7th card. Not a bad deal for $15:
You really lucked out. Not everyone is getting a sketch. 100 random fans. but YES they are mostly this level of quality. Almost all full color. Artists include Finneral, Pepe, Crosby, Hamer, Flowers, Chalker, Zapata, Camera, Baeza, Mason... and a few others.

As for the foil, I had initially announced GOLD because I didn't think we could get Green, but when we went to print them they had it as an option, so we tried to match the Invasion set as best we could.
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Old 10-17-2014, 12:45 PM   #2038 (permalink)
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^ Nice. Thanks for the info.

I also commissioned some sketch covers of the NYCC IDW Mars Attacks comic. I'll post pics in a bit.
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Wow I thought I sold all my MA AP's but I still have 2 blanks and this one oil painting I held onto from the original set. Good to see there is still interest in the cards. I may have to finish up the other two. That Finneral is nice.
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Wow I thought I sold all my MA AP's but I still have 2 blanks and this one oil painting I held onto from the original set. Good to see there is still interest in the cards. I may have to finish up the other two. That Finneral is nice.
Gorgeous, Roy! Yes, i'm glad there's still interest. I credit Mantic's game, the comics and toys for helping keep interest level up. Hopefully we can do a set next year! I think a year and a half or two in between releases makes sense. And with some effort I think we can improve upon the product, too.
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Got my Mars Attacks Kickstarter cards in the mail today:
Seriously outstanding! Can't believe they came so fast. Hope mine arrive today
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Old 10-17-2014, 02:34 PM   #2042 (permalink)
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Wow I thought I sold all my MA AP's but I still have 2 blanks and this one oil painting I held onto from the original set. Good to see there is still interest in the cards. I may have to finish up the other two. That Finneral is nice.
That's a great card, Roy!
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Thanks Ted, held it back because it was still wet and tacky when deadline arrived.
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Old 10-17-2014, 04:46 PM   #2044 (permalink)
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The comics:
Printed Cook cover -


Duron Sketch Cover:


Hamer Sketch Cover:


I paid for a Cook cover, but she has a several month backlog. I was also chatting with J Chalker to do one during the show, but I was running low on cash, so I'll work with him on that in the near future.
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I picked up 5 blanks and a Cook cover for myself too. Didn't get any of the blanks done at the show though. Actually thought about sending one Hamer's way, but his price increase on sketch covers made it easy for me to walk away.
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Send one my way.
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Send one my way.
You'll have to be more specific. You'd like to have one for yourself, or you are open for a commission?
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You'll have to be more specific. You'd like to have one for yourself, or you are open for a commission?
Kinda joking. I wouldn't mind having a blank MA comic to draw something on.
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Kinda joking. I wouldn't mind having a blank MA comic to draw something on.
Well - They were $10 at the show. Happy to send one at cost + shipping (probably $13 gift) if you really want one. Just PM me if you do. Also, IDW didn't sell out at the show so a limited number will probably be available through their website. May be able to get some that way.
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Well - They were $10 at the show. Happy to send one at cost + shipping (probably $13 gift) if you really want one. Just PM me if you do. Also, IDW didn't sell out at the show so a limited number will probably be available through their website. May be able to get some that way.
I'll give you 20 for it.
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