2016 Cryptozoic Ghostbusters Trading Cards – Product Review & Hit Gallery AddedBrand: Cryptozoic
If there's something strange in your neighborhood, there might be a reason for it. 2016 Cryptozoic Ghostbusters trading cards is the most comprehensive set to date to cover the classic franchise — not that there's much out there. Not only does the product cover the films, but it branches into the larger Ghostbusters world brought on by the Saturday morning cartoon and the recent IDW comics.
The base set has 54 cards covering the movies. Printing Plates parallels are included. These were used in the production of the set. Each is a one-of-a-kind for the four colors used in the printing process. Traditional inserts include Behind the Scenes, Character Bios and Quotes.
The chase offers both autographs and sketch cards. This includes notable signature options like Dan Aykroyd as Dr. Raymond Stantz and Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore.
The Real Ghostbusters cartoon is featured on an Animation Cel insert set. There are also Replica Patch cards and Slime relics that are part of the Totally Fabricated line.
The 2016 Cryptozoic Ghostbusters release has a custom binder that's sold separately and comes with an exclusive Replica Patch card.
Prior to 2016 Cryptozoic Ghostbusters, 1989 Topps Ghostbusters II is the only set of widely available trading cards dedicated to the franchise. The first movie is also included on several cards in 1988 Topps Fright Flicks. From there, the Ghostbusters II cards were featured in the retrospective 2013 Topps 75th Anniversary set with a reprint and an Ernie Hudson autograph. Other than that, there hasn't been much else for Ghostbusters fans to collect in the way of trading cards.
Release Date: 5/11/2016
Product Configuration: 5 cards per pack, 24 packs per box, 12 boxes per case
2016 Cryptozoic Ghostbusters Box Break
- 8 Quotes Inserts
- 8 Behind the Scenes Inserts
- 8 Tricks and Traps Puzzle Inserts
- 8 Sing for Your Specter Inserts
- 6 Character Bios Inserts
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2016 Cryptozoic Ghostbusters Set Checklist
Base Set Checklist
02 THE GREY LADY
04 BACK TO THE LAB!
06 GOING INTO BUSINESS FOR OURSELVES
07 WHO DOES YOUR TAXES?
08 READY TO BELIEVE YOU
09 LISTEN! DO YOU SMELL SOMETHING?
10 THE NAME IS ZUUL
11 MEET THE SUPPORT STAFF
12 WE GOT ONE!
13 TO THE SEDGEWICK!
14 HEADING TO THE 12TH FLOOR
15 UNLICENSED NUCLEAR ACCELERATORS
16 THERE IT IS!
17 DISGUSTING BLOB
18 NICE SHOOTIN’, TEX!
19 BUSINESS IS BOOMING
20 I’VE QUIT BETTER JOBS THAN THIS
21 PARTY AT TULLY’S
22 TAKEN BY ZUUL
23 TERROR DOG AT THE PARTY
24 I AM THE GATEKEEPER
25 I AM THE KEYMASTER
26 SHUT IT DOWN!
27 THE SIGN!
29 KEYMASTER MEETS GATEKEEPER
30 SUMMONED TO CITY HALL
31 SPOOK CENTRAL
32 TIME TO SAVE THE DAY
33 THE WAY IS PREPARED
34 THE TRAVELER APPROACHES
35 THE TRAVELER HAS COME
36 GOZER THE GOZERIAN
37 RAY ADDRESSES A GOD
38 THE QUESTION
39 THE ANSWER
40 THEN DIE!
41 PIECE OF ADVICE
42 HEAT ‘EM UP!
43 AIM FOR THE FLAT TOP!
44 GETTING IT DONE
45 GOZER TRANSCENDS
46 CHOOSE AND PERISH!
47 WHAT DID YOU DO, RAY?
48 MR. STAY PUFT
49 HE’S TOO BIG!
50 AN ANGRY MARSHMALLOW MAN
51 CROSSING THE STREAMS
52 I LOVE THIS TOWN!
53 THE DAY IS SAVED!
AH Arsenio Hall as Winston Zeddemore
BS Ben Stein as Public Works Official
BB Bobby Brown as Mayor's Doorman
DA Dan Aykroyd as Dr. Raymond Stantz
DC Dave Coulier as Dr. Peter Venkman
DF Dave Florek as Cop
EH Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore
HY Harris Yulin as Judge Stephen Wexler
IR Ivan Reitman - Director
JRU Jennifer Runyon as College Student
JRO John Rothman as Library Administrator
KF Kurt Fuller as Jack Hardemeyer
LK Larry King as Himself
LS Laura Summer as Janine Melnitz
ML Maurice LaMarche as Dr. Egon Spengler
ME Michael Ensign as Hotel Manager
WA William Atherton as Walter Peck
C2 Dr. Raymond Stantz
C3 Dana Barrett
C4 Dr. Egon Spengler
C5 Louis Tully
C6 Winston Zeddemore
C7 Janine Melnitz
C8 Gozer (Kickstarter board game)
C9 Mr. Stay Puft (June/July 2016 Non-Sport Update)
Q2 Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together - mass hysteria.
Q3 Ray, when someone asks you if you’re a god, you say “YES!”
Q4 He’s an ugly little spud, isn’t he?
Q6 Choose the form of the destructor!
Q7 We came. We saw. We kicked its ass.
Q8 Are you the Gatekeeper?
Q9 He slimed me.
H9 ROOKIE (Binder Exclusive)
S2 Standard Ectoplasmic Residue, Weakened
S5 Abnormal Ectoplasmic Discharge
S6 Class 7 Ectoplasmic Discharge
Alan Wayne Myers
Brian S. Canio
Bryan "Kaiser" Tillman
Dave "Pops" Tata
Elvin A. Hernandez
Gerald de Dios
Jason Potratz & Jack Hai
Jay David Lee
jeffrey c. benitez
Jeremy R. Scott
Jofel B. Cube
John "JAX" Jackman
Jomar A. Bulda
Jon T. Racimo
Jose Carlos Sanchez
Marco D. Carrillo
Mark Dos Santos
Mary Zorilita Bellamy
Mick & Matt Glebe
Noval N. Hernawan
Sugar Fueled - Michael Banks
Ted Dastick, Jr.
Todd Aaron Smith
William Bowen Donley III
P1 Logo Cryptomium variant - multiple conventions Summer 2015
C8 Gozer - Ghostbusters the Board Game Launch Party Kit Winter 2015
C9 Mr. Stay Puft - NSU Magazine JUN/JUL 2016
2016 Cryptozoic Ghostbusters Product Review
Reviewed by Trey Treutel
Good: Autograph checklist is fairly strong, great insert variety, hits appear to fall 2-3 per box.
Bad: Individual hit odds of 1:30 fall just outside of the hobby box size so there are no guarantees, still missing a few key signers.
The Bottom Line: Cryptozoic did an impressive job with 2016 Ghostbusters. The base and inserts work well together and the autographs have seen good interest and value since release. While it is a few tweaks from taking things to the next level, it is hard to come up with a reason not try a box if you have fond memories of the film.
Card Design: 4.25/5.0
Capturing all the ‘80s goodness, the base set is a recap of the original Ghostbusters movie. Glossy, full-bleed images feature a white text box with a Ghostbusters logo. In addition to a brief summary or recap, the card backs are a bit more lively and I like the design contrast.
Inserts do a really good job of mixing in design variety. Quotes is the most unique with a splash of color and a look that makes me think of airbrushed shirts or graffiti. I also appreciated the nod to the 1989 Topps Ghostbusters II design in the Behind the Scenes insert. While it was an animated image, the nine-card Tricks and Traps puzzle made a cool final picture.
Sing for Your Specter was probably my least favorite as I did not feel the comic aspect was well integrated into the release and it came across as a little forced.
The base and standard inserts also feature chromium/foil parallels that are immediately evident. I think it works best with the Tricks and Traps puzzle.
As far as the hits, I really like the autograph design as I believe it is distinctly Ghostbusters without being too over-the-top. I also thought it was more creative than the typical vertical design that simply shows the character in a tighter shot. Plus, the extra space was nice and it even gave my signer enough room for a hashtag inscription.
Other hits are more reliant on the featured item, like the sketch cards or the replica patch and cel cards that are set in a frame. A manufactured insert line in many Cryptozoic products, Totally Fabricated brings the faux slime. I realize that this is not the most exciting concept for some, and I curious about what it actually is, but I appreciate the effort and would have loved to have pulled one.
When people think of Ghostbusters, most go straight to the movies. I don’t mind that the other entities were covered, but it does seem like they were more of an afterthought and the movie was the feature. This variety was disclosed from the beginning, but some of the cohesiveness was lost for me because of it.
The list of signers ended up being good, with solid representation from the movie. While some may have rolled their eyes at the inclusion of the cartoon voice actors in the autograph list, even the animated signers were notable in their own right and add intrigue and value to the set.
I get that Bill Murray was probably a long shot, but I am surprised that Rick Moranis and Sigourney Weaver were not included as signers. Weaver even signed for a UD Aliens set recently. Those two names would have pushed demand even higher and the inclusion of Murray would have made this an all-time entertainment set among modern releases.
Value is a little tricky without any specific guarantees. Most box breaks I saw yielded 2-3 hits, which is not bad at all for $80-90 per box. However, a one-hit box can happen and this would make the value much less if you were that unlucky collector, especially if the only hit is an Animation Cel.
Even with the hit variety, it should not be surprising that the autographs and sketch cards are where the real value is in 2016 Cryptozoic Ghostbusters. Aykroyd alone has been selling for $250-300 in the first week of release, but there are several others producing good value as well.
As is the case for most Cryptozoic products, the full base and insert sets that most boxes produce (including the box I opened) is a definite plus for value.
The Fun Factor: 4.5/5.0
While I would have preferred a set that just focused on the first film without any comic or animated tv show coverage, I thought 2016 Cryptozoic Ghostbusters was a fantastic product. The comprehensive base set gave me something to revisit while the insert variety presented a more multi-faceted feel. Sure, I would have liked an autograph from a movie actor, but the signed card I pulled was from a notable tv host and comedian (Arsenio Hall) with an inscription. Add two more hits to a box that already boasts a lot of choices, and it is easily one of my favorite products in a long while.
2016 Cryptozoic Ghostbusters Box Hit Gallery
The box used for this review was provided by Cryptozoic.