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2013 Cryptozoic Batman: The Legend Trading Cards

2013 Cryptozoic Batman: The Legend Trading Cards

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Of all the comic heroes, few resonate more than Batman. He didn't come from another planet, mess around with dangerous machines or get bit by a bug. His super power is that he's smart, has lots of toys and came from a rich family. One of the darker mainstream comics, Batman has risen to greater fame in recent years thanks to Christopher Nolan's immensely popular film trilogy. But 2013 Cryptozoic Batman: The Legend takes the Caped Crusader back to the comics.

The last set of Batman trading cards was 2008 Rittenhouse Batman Archives. Despite a sketch card in every box, the set was a only moderate success. The extensive use of cover art in the base set offered collectors very little that was new. 2013 Cryptozoic Batman: The Legend goes in the opposite direction. Every card in the 63-card base set comes with all-new art commissioned by the card maker. Card backs are written by Adam Beechen, who has written several comics and cartoons in his career including Countdown to Final Crisis, Teen Titans and Justice League Unlimited.

Every box of 2013 Cryptozoic Batman: The Legend delivers a sketch card. The checklist of artists is massive, ensuring lots of different takes on Batman, his friends, enemies and the world of Gotham.

The Batcave is a nine-card foil puzzle that explores Batman's iconic lair. The Batmobile also gets its own nine-card insert set. Each of these fall two per box.

Inserted 1:24 packs is the Circus of Villains Poster set, which focuses on Batman's eight greatest enemies.

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

2013 Cryptozoic Batman: The Legend Box Break

  • 1 Sketch Card
  • 5 Inserts
  • 120 Total Cards
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Set Checklist

2013 Cryptozoic Batman: The Legend Checklist

Base Set Checklist

63 cards.

PARALLEL CARDS: Foil, Printing Plates

1 Batman
2 Bruce Wayne
3 Robin
4 Dick Grayson
5 Jason Todd
6 Tim Drake
7 Alfred Pennyworth
8 Commissioner James Gordon
9 Batgirl
10 Oracle
11 Barbara Gordon
12 The Joker
13 The Penguin
14 The Riddler
15 Two-Face
16 Harvey Dent
17 Poison Ivy
18 Catwoman
19 Selina Kyle
20 Batwoman
21 Wayne Manor
22 Bat-Mite
23 Lucius Fox
24 Nightwing
25 DC Comics Red Hood
26 The Court of Owls
27 The Huntress
28 Spoiler
29 Ace, The Bat Hound
30 The Scarecrow
31 Mr. Freeze
32 Ra's al Ghul
33 Talia al Ghul
34 Red Robin
35 The Birds of Prey
36 The Outsiders
37 Kate Kane
38 Batwing
39 Bane
40 Deadshot
41 Catwoman
42 Manhunter
43 Anarky
44 Azrael as Batman
45 Talon
46 Batman Beyond
47 Black Mask
48 Clayface
49 Jokerz
50 Vesper Fairchild
51 Firefly
52 Harley Quinn
53 Kathy Kane
54 Killer Croc
55 Jervis Tetch
56 Man-Bat
57 Batman Utility Belt
58 Silver St. Cloud
59 Leslie Thompkins, M.D.
60 Ventriloquist and Scarface
61 Batman of Earth Two
62 Checklist
63 Batman and Superman
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The Batcave Set Checklist

9 cards. Inserted 1:12 packs. Cards form a puzzle.

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The Batmobile Set Checklist

9 cards. 1:12 packs.

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Circus of Villains Posters Set Checklist

8 cards. 1:24 packs.

CP1 The Joker
CP2 Mr. Freeze
CP3 The Penguin
CP4 The Scarecrow
CP5 Killer Croc
CP6 Poison Ivy
CP7 Two-Face
CP8 Man-Bat
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Sketch Card Artist Checklist

Sketch cards inserted 1:24 packs.

Adam DeKraker
Adriano "Andy" Carreon
Amber Shelton
Amy Pronovost
Andy Price
Anthony Hochrein
Anthony Wheeler
Ashleigh Popplewell
Aston Roy Cover
Autumn Rain Turkel
Benjamin Glendenning
Brendon and Brian Fraim
Brent Engstrom
Brian Kong
Bruce Gerlach
Bruno Bull de Oliveira
Buddy Prince
Cal Slayton
Camila Fortuna
Carlos Sanchez
Chad Cicconi
Chad Hardin
Charles Hall
Charles Holbert
Chris Chuckry
Chris Foreman
Chris Glenn
Clayton McCormack
Cruddie Torian
Dan Bergren
Dan Borgonos
Dan Chaparro
Dan Schaefer
Dana Black
Daniel Gorman
Daniel HDR
Danielle Gransaull
Danny Devine
Dave Beaty
Dave Tata
David Baron
David Namisato
Dennis Crisostomo
Diana Greenhalgh
Elliot Fernandez
Elvis Moura
Eric Van Elslande
Erik Caines
Erik Maell
Frank A. Kadar
Garry McKee
Gary Kezele
Gary Shipman
George Davis
Gilbert Monsanto
Hanie Mohd
Hayden Davis
Irma Ahmed
Isaiah McAllister
Jader Correa
Jason Keith Phillips
JC Fabul
Jed Thomas
Jeff Chandler
Jefferson Hojas
Jennifer Mercer
Jeremy Treece
Jerry Ma
Jezreel Rojales
Joe Hogan
Joe Pekar
John Haun
John "JAX" Jackman
Jomar Bulda
Jonathan T. Racimo
Jonathan Wayshak
Josh Howard
Kat Laurange
Kate Glasheen
Kathryn Layno
Katie Cook
Ken Knudtsen
Kent Heidelman
Kevin Gentilcore
Lance HaunRogue
Laura Inglis
Lawrence Snelly
Layron DeJarnette
Lee Ferguson
Luke Smarto
Marat Mychaels
Marcelo Ferreira
Marcus Smith
Mark Marvida
Mark Pennington
Matias Streb
Matt Hansen
Melike Acar
Michael Duron
Michael Kasinger
Michael Rooth
Mick and Matt Glebe
Mike Legan
Mike Torrance
Nathan Watson
Neil Camera
Nestor Celario Jr.
Pablo Praino
Patricia Ross
Patrick Finch
Patrick Gerrity
Patrick Larcada
Puis Calzada
Rain Lagunsad
Ramsey "Raz" Sibaja
Rémi Dousset
Remy "Eisu" Mokhtar
Rhiannon Owens
Rich Woodall
Richard Cox
Richard Dominguez
Richard Pace
Rodjer Goulart
Roger Andrews
Ryan Odagawa
Sara Richard
Sarah Wilkinson
Scott Gregory
Scott Houseman
Shane McCormack
Spencer Platt
Stephanie Swanger
Ted Dastick Jr.
Ted Rechlin
Thomas Boatwright
Tim Levandoski
Tim Shay
Tom Nguyen
Tony Perna
Travis Walton
Vince Sunico
Wendy Chew
Will Nichols
William Donley III
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Promo Card Checklist

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Product Review

2013 Cryptozoic Batman: The Legend Product Review

Reviewed by Ryan Cracknell

Good: All-new art, wide cast of characters, full-color sketch cards, Carnival of Villains posters.

Bad: Too much rainbow foil with inserts, individual foil puzzle pieces don't stand on their own.

The Bottom Line: It has been a long time since Batman and his corner of the comic universe had his own set based on original content. Too long. 2013 Cryptozoic Batman: The Legend does the Dark Knight proud, giving collectors new images, high-end sketch cards and more. Everything about the set looks great, although I wonder if more variety would spice things up with the basic inserts.

Staff Rating:
4.1 / 5.0

Card Design: 4.3/5.0

I'm a big fan of the direction Cryptozoic has taken with the base sets for their comic licenses. For a long time, the hobby relied on recycled images used in other things. Everything in 2013 Cryptozoic Batman: The Legend is new. The company commissioned a handful of artists to create the artwork for the base set and it looks fantastic. Each artist does a good job of capturing the updated likenesses of Gotham City's many citizens and guests.

Sketch cards, which fall at least one per box, are anything but sketches. They're all done in color and show a lot of care and detail.

Inserts are all done with rainbow foil stock. They look nice, but it's overkill. If there's a way to change up things a little in that regard, it would make the chase cards seem a little more special. That said, the Circus of Villains Posters are my favourite cards in the release. The circus poster theme works very well, giving them a distinct and consistent look throughout.

One thing I've grown tired of is foil puzzles, especially ones that have cards that don't stand on their own. Companies have been relying on this format for more than a decade. While I understand how it encourages set building to one extent, those who buy a single box are often left with a strange-looking card. The Batcave is big and the over-sized puzzle format is a good way to capture it all. But it's very hard to get excited about a card that is largely plain with a bat head in one corner. If puzzles are going to continue, why not make every card stand on its own. Then, if someone builds the set they have something even better.

Checklist: 4.0/5.0

Whether you're a long-time Batman fan or someone who's new to the DC Universe, the base set covers a lot of ground. The Dark Knight is connected to many people and this set shows it. Yes, Batman's in the name, but there's not that much of the Caped Crusader himself. And that's a good thing. Base cards give brief bios for the characters (and a couple of gadgets and locations) they showcase, creating a solid overview.

With nearly 150 artists doing sketch cards for the set, there is a ton of variety in the artwork. This is great for collectors as each piece of art really does feel unique.

Value: 3.8/5.0

2013 Cryptozoic Batman: The Legend follows a very similar format as other releases from the company. The major selling point is the sketch card. The combination of the quality and the reasonable price point make it a solid buy, even if you don't land a highly coveted sketch.

But Cryptozoic has done a little bit extra to add value. Some boxes over deliver and have a second sketch card. There are also a very limited number of redemptions for over-sized sketch cards, which command a lot of attention.

This is a product where you might not make a lot of money if you sold everything, but you're not going to lose much either. For collectors, this is a nice balance.

The Fun Factor: 4.2/5.0

I've long been a Batman fan. Maybe not a hardcore one who buys every issue, but as far as heroes go, he's one of my favorites. 2013 Cryptozoic Batman: The Legend does a very nice job of capturing the dark and brooding universe it inhabits today.

That said, I wish there was a little more variety in card styles. None are bad, but there's a lot of foil in the chase. Changing that up a bit would freshen up the pack-ripping experience a little.

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His 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.

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