Saturday, December 12, 2015

Breakin Wax:Cryptozoic Penny Dreadful Season 1 (GIVEAWAY)

Early image releases of this product had me hooked immediately, the unique memorabilia pieces, the design and layout of it

For those of you who don't watch the show, here is a little background info on what it's about.

Most of us are familiar with classic literary characters like Dr. Frankenstein and Dorian Gray. This show goes in depth with those and other characters by exploring their origin stories in this thriller that takes place in the dark corners of Victorian London.

Sir Malcolm is an explorer who lost his daughter to the city's "creatures", and he will do whatever is needed to get her back and to right past wrongs. He is accompanied by Vanessa Ives in his search for his daughter Vanessa knows they need all the help they can get and recruits American Ethan Chandler in the search for Malcolm's daughter and to take care of some monsters along the way.
In every box of Penny Dreadful Season 1, there are 24 packs with 5 cards per pack. You will also find two hits, one on-card autograph and one wardrobe card per box with some providing an extra hit (like this one), Boxes will run you roughly $80.

(Before going on I must note that my blog was being a bit stupid this morning so I had to use bullets in order to center my pictures, my OCD was being pushed to it's outer limits but it works)

Base cards like with all of Cryptozoic's base are done really well. High gloss and full action pictures. No border besides a base one at the bottom and everyone knows how much I dig that.
Couldn't find info on the foil parallels, but here they are. When I find out about them, I will update this.
Tarot (1:32 packs). I pulled two and beat the odds. These are very thick and very cool
Etchings (1:4 packs). Very nice spooky classic design. Fits the shows theme.
Character Bios (1:4 packs) Find out who each character and their roles are.
Quotable (1:4 packs) Capturing the best quotes from each main character.
 Wardrobe cards (1:24 packs). There are some amazing swatches in this product. This one in particular BULGES out from the card. I had to put the flash on my phone to capture it. There are other unique swatches to find too.
Autograph cards (1:24 packs) Even the autographs are cool. Look what this signer left for a inscription. Plain awesome.
Here is the list of signers for the product:
Joseph Millson as Captain Branson
Michael James Ford as Gordon Ives
Nathan O'Toole as Ernest
Noni Stapleton as Gladys Murray
Rory Kinnear as The Creature
Simon Russell Beale as Ferdinand Lyle
Alex Price as Proteus
Harry Treadaway as Dr. Victor Frankenstein
Oliver Cotton as Father Matthews
Robert Nairne as Vampire
Hannah Tointon as Maud Gunneson
Reeve Carney as Dorian Gray
Danny Sapani as Sembene
Henry Goodman as Priest

And the extra hit which is wicked sweet and unique...POLICE EVIDENCE!!!  1:72 PACKS!

Overall, a fun product. I like the base cards, the inserts are well designed and a good autograph checklist. Most of all, some incredible memorabilia pieces like no other. If you are a fan of the show, you need these. Even if you are not, I would say give them a try and add something a bit different to your collection especially if you are a non-sport card collector.

Now onto the GIVEAWAY, first off, give a big thanks to Cryptozoic for providing this for a review/giveaway. You can check them out HERE. Now onto winning some of these cards. Just leave a comment below with your thoughts on the product. That easy. I will randomly select a few of  you (depending on amount of entries) to win some of the cards above.

Now onto some mumbo jumbo for rules:
  1. Contest open to U.S. Residents or those who have an address in the U.S. but live outside it  Point being, I can only afford to ship within the U.S.
  2. Contest ends on December 19th 2015 with a winner being announced in a different post December 20th 2015.
  3. Random winners will be announced in another post on December 20th 2015.
  4. This contest is sponsored by me and Cryptozoic.
  5. Card will be shipped PWE. Sport Card Collectors and it's owner will NOT be held responsible for lost, stolen or damaged mail. I will ship it the safest way I can. 


  1. A fine review & I agree these are worth breaking. Loved Eva Green since Casino Royale & enjoy the dark mood of this series. The wardrobe cards will be my favs due to the hi-quality.

  2. Not familiar with this show, but I've purchased some Cryptozoic cards in the past and they always do a good job. The inscription on the autograph card is really cool. The police evidence prop card is really cool as well.

  3. This set is dark and beautiful, just like the show! I love the card designs and all of the different chase cards. I really like that they included prop cards in this release and they are so cool! Cryptozoic did a great job with these.

  4. Have purchased 3 boxes very well done product very interesting artist sketch cards which are 1 of 1 items also in the set just wish that the main stars Eva Green, Josh Hartnett and Timothy Hutton had signed

  5. I've been wanting to see this show, but haven't as of yet. These cards look really cool and I love relic cards from TV shows

  6. Awesome stuff. I never know they existed until someone tweeted the account of Twitter. These sets they do are really really cool. @JGfan24ever

  7. I like the unique memorabilia

    Thanks for the chance