A recent KickStarter initiative caught my eye … “100 Years of Dejah Thoris Collectible Sketch Cards” (Celebrate over 100 years of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Mars Universe” with this highly-collectible sketch trading card series.) Dynamite Entertainment needs $4000 to fund the project, and has already surpassed that goal. A $65 pledge earns you two sketch cards.
It started me thinking about how many SketchCard sets have been Kickstarter’d recently, and the average asking price of support that earns you a sketch card. Dynamite Entertainment previously ran a successful Red Sonja 45th Anniversary Collectible Cards Kickstarter that raised over $15,000. They had a similar pricing tier … $65 earned you two sketch cards.
I started researching other companies. “Mystery Science Theater 3000 Trading Cards Series Two” was run by RRParksCARDS.com — Rather than “premium packs” that had a sketch card or two per pledge, they sold entire hobby boxes. If you pledged $75 you got a full box that guaranteed a sketch card.
RRParksCARDS.com also ran a “Sharknado Trading Card Series” via Kickstarter. You again had to pledge $75 to get a full box before you could guarantee a sketch card reward.
“Krampus Trading Cards” by Attic Cards used the premium pack format similar to Dynamite Entertainment. A $33 pledge earned you a pack containing an assortment of 3 base cards, 1 solid metal insert card, and 1 original sketch card.
“Space Series 2” was Viceroy Card’s sixth overall set. They had two different pledge tiers. $29 earned you a premium pack that had base and insert cards with a sketch card, but $22 was “just the art.” This level guaranteed a sketch card without the packaging frills.
Kirk Lindo’s “VAMPRESS LUXURA: Sketch Card Gallery Art Book” was a twist on the concept. A $25 pledge earned you a book with sketch card scans. $55 earned you the book plus an original art sketch card that was used to make the book.
Even a couple big companies have got in on the action. Topps Kickstarted “Mars Attacks Occupation Trading Cards” and raised almost $200,000. — Sketch Cards were guaranteed 1 per $80 hobby box, but they had “add-on” options. For another $50 you could order a special Judge Dredd/Mars Attacks Crossover Collector Pack. Each came with 20 cards, based on the Mars Attacks Judge Dredd comic published by IDW, including 1 creator autograph and 1 hand-drawn crossover sketch card.
There have been tons of great Kickstarter trading card offerings, and I like the variety and possibility for niche themes. In recent memory the least expensive guaranteed sketch cards have been in the $20 range. The average seems to be about $35. If you’re going to run a Kickstarter that offers sketch cards, please tweet me (@sketchcards) … I’ll see what I can do. — Happy Collecting, y’all.