Much like the movie, the 2015 Cryptozoic Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Autographs list is big. And it's not just the number of signers. For the second film of the trilogy, Cryptozoic added two more styles of autographs. Sure, they're both tough to find, but it adds some potent additional content.
The main autograph checklist has 27 cards. These have a similar design to that used for An Unexpected Journey. There's also a lot of overlap in the signers, with a large focus on the Hobbits themselves.
A couple of cards don't have a picture of the signer. That's because they're focused on their work behind the scenes. Andy Serkis is well known as Gollum. However, he signed here as a Second Unit Director. Given the actor's popularity and strong resumé, this will likely be one of his most affordable autograph cards.
Top signers in the set include Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins) and Richard Armitage (Thorin). Also adding to the set's intrigue is that many signers added inscriptions and even doodles to some of their cards.
Regular autographs combine to fall one per box.
2015 Cryptozoic Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug also has two limited edition autographs to go with the regular ones. Both are new additions that weren't in the first Hobbit set. Fourteen Poster Autographs are numbered to 75 copies each. They're inserted 1:232 packs. There are also five Illustration Autographs that use artwork instead of photos. These are numbered to just 25 and land 1:2,250 packs.
Finally, there are five extremely rare Over-sized Triple Autographs that are inserted via redemption. Just 19 total redemptions were inserted with none of the five cards having more that eight copies. Based on the image posted by Cryptozoic, these look to use cut up autograph cards from the first set that have been embedded in them like a cut signature card.
Below you can check out a complete gallery of all the pack-inserted 2015 Cryptozoic Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Autographs. If you're looking for a particular card or want to check the current market values, click on the card name or image to see what's available on eBay.
2015 Cryptozoic Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Autographs
Illustration AutographsMartin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins
Inserted via redemption. Redeemed cards are over-sized.
- Richard Armitage, John Callen, and Peter Hambleton - 1 copy
- William Kircher, James Nesbitt, and Stephen Hunter - 2 copies
- Adam Brown, Mark Hadlow, and Jed Brophy - 3 copies
- Richard Armitage, William Kircher, and Stephen Hunter - 5 copies
- Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner, and Peter Hambleton - 8 copies