Saturday, April 1, 2017

Batman Sketch Cards

Like a lot of things about the hobby sketch cards were new to me when I came back to collecting a few years ago. In fact I was clueless about them until the Kickstarter Mars Attacks re-boot that came out in 2015. I had no idea that such things existed. Or if I did they hadn't really registered with me.

But the Mars Attacks Occupation set advertised them and when I got mine as part of my 'buy-in' I thought they were a fun addition. I ended up filling one binder page with them. It was interesting to see the different approaches the various artists took.

At the time I began looking around at other sketch cards but I found that unless you are a fan of whatever pop culture phenomenon is featured the interest isn't there. I grew up reading some comics. Batman, Superman, Archie, and a few war-based comics like Sgt. Rock, etc. But comics were not an obsession like they were with a lot of my friends.

But I was a Batman fan. And I still am. Someone had a few inexpensive sketch cards on their blog a few weeks back and I got to thinking that maybe I should try to find a few sketch cards of the Dark Knight.

I low bid on these two and picked them each up for about the price of a '17 Topps hanger pack. Maybe I'll try to fill a page with low cost Batman cards.

Ellyn Acord is the artist of the one at the top. D B Ellis drew the one below. Two different interpretations of Batman. Both very nice. Neither artist has much of a net presence to speak of although I found an abandoned blog that Ellis maintained many years ago.

I have a few bids in on a couple of others. As I typed this I came up with a plan: fill a page with Batman sketch cards with a total budget of $75. I'm at $12.50 at this point. Game on.


  1. Awesome idea for a project, looking forward to seeing what else you land. As a kid I loved the Tim Burton Batman with Jack Nicholson as the Joker. The Christopher Nolan trilogy was even better.

  2. Love Batman. The Animated Series from the early 90s is my favorite.

  3. Unlike a fair number of sketch cards I see out there, both of these are better than I could do. Nice pickups, both of them!

  4. Sweet sketches! Best of luck on filling your 9-pocket page. Might need to borrow that idea.

  5. I had my first comic read to me at five days old and I'm still in the hobby...I have no drawing skill though. I've tried...