2013 Cryptozoic Superman: The Legend Trading Cards

2013 Cryptozoic Superman: The Legend Trading Cards

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Few comic characters are more important and recognizable than the Man of Steel. 2013 Cryptozoic Superman: The Legend takes the iconic character's legacy and gives it the modern trading card spin.

It has been several years since the hobby has had a set dedicated solely to Superman. While he has been a major part of broader sets based on the Justice League and the world of DC Comics, collectors have to go back to 2006 Topps Superman Returns. Even that is based on a film and not the comics.

2013 Cryptozoic Superman: The Legend is a 63-card set that focuses on the iconic super hero, his friends and his foes. The set features newly commissioned artwork. Card backs are written by DC Comics veteran, Adam Beechen. The base set also has foil (1:8 packs) and Printing Plate (1:576 packs) parallels.

The insert chase is led by sketch cards, which fall approximately one per box. Other inserts include Alternate Reality foil cards (1:12 packs), Secret Origins puzzles (1:12 packs), Women of the Superman Universe (1:12 packs) and X-Ray Vision Cards (1:24 packs).

Sold separately, a full-color binder comes with an exclusive promo card.

A total of 40 Oversized Sketch Cards have been inserted as redemptions. In true comics style, all are "jams" featuring a team-up of a pair of artists.

Product Configuration: 24 packs per box, 5 cards per pack
Price Point: Low-End Entertainment Card
Target Audience: Comic Card Collectors, Superman Fans, Set Builders, Sketch Card Collectors

2013 Cryptozoic Superman: The Legend Box Break

  • 1 Sketch Card
  • 7 Inserts
  • 3 Parallel Cards
  • 120 Total Cards

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Set Checklist

2013 Cryptozoic Superman: The Legend Checklist

Base Set Checklist

PARALLEL CARDS: Foil 1:8 packs, Printing Plates 1:576 packs

1 Superman
2 Supergirl
3 Bizarro
4 Brainiac
5 Superman Beyond
6 Cyborg Superman
7 Darkseid
8 Doomsday
9 General Zod
10 Encantadora
11 Lex Luthor
12 Eradicator
13 Faora
14 Fatal Five
15 Lois Lane
16 Fortress of Solitude
17 Gangbuster
18 Guardian
19 Imperiex
20 Toyman
21 Krypto, the Superdog
22 Lana Lang
23 Lori Lemaris
24 Perry White
25 Metallo
26 Mr. Mxyzptlk
27 Jimmy Olsen
28 Parasite
29 Prankster
30 Riot
31 Outreach 1 Team
32 Superboy
33 Clark Kent
34 Connor Kent
35 Kara Kent
36 Young Superman
37 Jonathan Kent
38 Marta Kent
39 Pete Ross
40 Chris Kent
41 Cat Grant
42 Captain Margaret Sawyer
43 Inspector Henderson
44 Morgan Edge
45 Silver Banshee
46 Lucy Lane
47 General Sam Lane
48 Lord Satanus
49 Steel
50 Jor-El and Lara
51 Legion of Super-Heroes
52 Phantom Zone
53 Kryptonite
54 Mon-El
55 Kal-El
56 Kingdom Come Superman
57 Superman Red
58 Superman Blue
59 Bottle City of Kandor
60 Black Banshee
61 The Worldkillers
62 Checklist

Alternate Worlds Checklist

9 cards. Inserted 1:12 packs.

ARS-01 President Superman
ARS-02 Superman from the Dark Knight Returns
ARS-03 Superman of Earth 2
ARS-04 Subject 1
ARS-05 Superman Beyond
ARS-06 Superman of Earth One
ARS-07 Red Son
ARS-08 Bizarro
ARS-09 Son of Darkseid

Secret Origin Checklist

6 cards. Inserted 1:12 packs.

SO-01 Issue #1
SO-02 Issue #2
SO-03 Issue #3
SO-04 Issue #4
SO-05 Issue #5
SO-06 Issue #6

The Women of Superman Checklist

9 cards. Inserted 1:12 packs.

WOS-01 Lara Lor-Van
WOS-02 Cat Grant
WOS-03 Livewire
WOS-04 Supergirl
WOS-05 Lana Lang
WOS-06 Maxima
WOS-07 Lois Lane
WOS-08 Silver Banshee
WOS-09 Ursa

X-Ray Vision Checklist

9 cards. Inserted 1:24 packs.

XR-01 Nerd Club
XR-02 Muscle Building Club
XR-03 I Got This
XR-04 Retro
XR-05 Flying
XR-06 Punch
XR-07 Strength
XR-08 Landing
XR-09 The Legend

Sketch Card Artist Checklist

Inserted 1:24 packs.

Aaron Felizmenio
Aaron Riley
Agnes Garbowska
Amy Clark Anderson
Ana Sanchez
Andrew Jones
Anthony Wheeler
Ashleigh Popplewell
Beck Seashols
Benjamin Glendenning
Bill McKay
Bill Pulkovski
Boo Dan Parsons
Brendon and Brian Fraim
Brent Engstrom
Brent Ragland
Brian Canio
Brian Kong
Bruce Gerlach
Buddy Prince
Bukshot!
Camila Fortuna
Cassandra James
Chris Chuckry
Chris Foreman
Chris Thorne
Clayton McCormack
Dan Borgonos
Dan Schaefer
Danielle Gransaull
Dave Beaty
Dave Lynch
Dave Sharpe
Dave Tata
David Baron
David Hunter
David Rabbitte
Elvis Moura
Eman Casallos
Erik Caines
Frank Kadar
Fritz Casas
Gary Shipman
George Davis
George Deep
Glen Fernandez
Hayden Davis
Irma Ahmed
Isaiah McAllister
Jader Correa
Jake Minor
Jamie Roberts
Jason Worthington
Javier Aranda
JC Fabul
Jed Thomas
Jeff Victor
Jennifer Mercer
Jeremy Treece
Jerry Ma
Jezreel Rojales
Joe Simko
John "JAX" Jackman
Jomar Bulda
Jon Hughes
Jonathan Racimo
Josh Howard
Kate Bradley
Kevin Gentilcore
Kris Cagle
Lark Sudol
Laura Inglis
Layron DeJarnette
Levi Espino
Luke Smarto
Marat Mychaels
Marcelo Ferreira
Mark Marvida
Mark Nasso
Matias Streb
Matthew Hansen
Matthew Minor
Mauricio Dias
Michael Duron
Michael Kasinger
Mike Vasquez
MJ San Juan
Nathan Watson
Neil Camera
Omar Bergonia
Rainier Lagunsad
Remy Mokhtar
Richard Brady
Richard Cox
Robert Hack
Rodjer Goulart
Ron McCain
Stacey Kardash
Stefanie Battalene
Stephanie Swanger
Thomas Boatwright
Thomas Tuomey
Tim Shay
Tom Nguyen
Tony Perna
Travis Walton
Vince Sunico
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Will Nichols
William Bronson
William Donley III
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Redemption Set Checklist

40 total redemptions. Each is good for an over-sized art card.

R1 Danielle Gransaull, Richard Cox
R2 Danielle Gransaull, Richard Cox
R3 Danielle Gransaull, Richard Cox
R4 Danielle Gransaull, Richard Cox
R5 Danielle Gransaull, Richard Cox
R6 Danielle Gransaull, Richard Cox
R7 Ana Sanchez, Glen Fernandez
R8 Ana Sanchez, Glen Fernandez
R9 Ana Sanchez, Glen Fernandez
R10 Ana Sanchez, Glen Fernandez
R11 Ana Sanchez, Glen Fernandez
R12 Ana Sanchez, Glen Fernandez
R13 Erik Caines, Jeff Victor
R14 Erik Caines, Jeff Victor
R15 Erik Caines, Jeff Victor
R16 Erik Caines, Jeff Victor
R17 Erik Caines, Jeff Victor
R18 Erik Caines, Jeff Victor
R19 Frank Kadar, Tim Shay
R20 Frank Kadar, Tim Shay
R21 Frank Kadar, Tim Shay
R22 Frank Kadar, Tim Shay
R23 Frank Kadar, Tim Shay
R24 Brent Engstrom, Joe Simko
R25 Brent Engstrom, Joe Simko
R26 Brent Engstrom, Joe Simko
R27 Brent Engstrom, Joe Simko
R28 Brent Engstrom, Joe Simko
R29 Brent Engstrom, Joe Simko
R30 Fritz Casas, Jezreel Rojales
R31 Fritz Casas, Jezreel Rojales
R32 Fritz Casas, Jezreel Rojales
R33 Fritz Casas, Jezreel Rojales
R34 Fritz Casas, Jezreel Rojales
R35 Fritz Casas, Jezreel Rojales
R36 Fritz Casas, Jezreel Rojales
R37 Fritz Casas, Jezreel Rojales
R38 Fritz Casas, Jezreel Rojales
R39 Fritz Casas, Jezreel Rojales
R40 Fritz Casas, Jezreel Rojales

Promo Cards Checklist

Product Review

2013 Cryptozoic Superman: The Legend Product Review

Reviewed by Ryan Cracknell

Good: Fresh artwork. Whether it's the different artists or the many card types, there's tons of variety throughout. Perfect amount of inserts.

Bad: Some of the basic inserts are a little plain.

The Bottom Line: 2013 Cryptozoic Superman: The Legend hits on every front. It's affordable, looks great and has lots going on without being overwhelming. It's a fitting tribute to the Man of Steel. With the many sets focusing on Superman throughout the years, this one easily ranks as one of the best.

Staff Rating:
4.6 / 5.0

Card Design: 4.5/5.0

I feel like I'm starting to repeat myself, but after going years with recycled artwork in comic-based trading card sets, Cryptozoic should be commended for changing that. Base cards use all-new artwork commissioned specifically for the set. There are a few different styles but all stay true to the comic. The foil parallels are fairly standard, especially for Cryptozoic's DC sets. It certainly adds some pop to the already colorful cards.

The X-Ray Vision inserts are some of the most fun I've had with cards in a long time. Shaped like the iconic Superman shield, the image is revealed when you press the card between your hands. The backs have a nice retro vibe to them.

The other basic inserts are more bland. Secret Origin and Alternate Worlds have a foil finish like the parallel cards. The Women of Superman integrate some gold foil. While I like the place these play in expanding the set as a whole, these feel more like base cards than inserts.

Checklist: 5.0/5.0

The depth that 2013 Cryptozoic Superman: The Legend includes is excellent. The base set covers a lot of ground. The inserts, even though most are somewhat plain, add an extra layer. As someone who has seen more Superman movies than read the regular comics (I prefer the special mini series like Superman: For All Seasons and multi-hero epics like Kingdom Come), I appreciate the encyclopedic take of the set.

Value: 4.5/5.0

In no way did I feel shorted busting Superman: The Legend. While some of Cryptozoic's products feel bland in part because they have so few inserts, this set finds the right balance. Even if I'm not planning on chasing some of them, they break up the monotony and feel like you get a little extra. The level of care that was put into the set is also apparent, nailing the small details that make it even easier to appreciate.

The promise of a quality sketch card in every box helps ensure collectors get something unique every time.

And while you shouldn't expect one going in, there are also printing plates and oversized sketch card redemptions.

Not advertised, I also pulled a redemption for a digital Superman comic. This was another nice touch.

The Fun Factor: 4.5/5.0

In case you haven't noticed, I had a blast with 2013 Cryptozoic Superman: The Legend. It looks good, it covers a lot of ground and it's informative. The release finds that nice balance of the right amount of extras. The inserts are attainable. At the same time, they're not distracting. Given the reasonable price, it's tough to see how anyone with even the smallest amount of interest in Superman wouldn't enjoy it.

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DC Superman The Legend: Sketch Card by JC Fabul
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DC Superman The Legend: Sketch Card by Chris Thorne
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Ryan's collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

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