So... in other eBay news, look what I have; something LEGAL, COMPLETELY AUTHORIZED, and ORIGINAL. Click --> HERE <-- for the auction.
From the auction description;
The item you are bidding on is an uncut Rittenhouse Archives Spider-man Archives Artist Proof Sketch Card featuring the Amazing Spider-man versus Venom! The card is illustrated by comic book artist Blair Shedd.
The sketch is marker and colored pencil on an official, UNCUT, Spider-man Archives Artist Proof Sketch Card (approximately 4" x 5"), and is signed by the artist. The card is fully approved by Rittenhouse and Marvel Comics.
Of the eight blank Artist Proof Sketch Cards Blair received for working on this set, he has thus far drawn only two. This is one of them, making this card quite rare, even if Blair completes the 8-card set.
And I'll add this - I'm sick of sketch cards. Burnt out.
This one, honestly rare, hard to find card is being sold cheaper than any AP before it - because it's hard to sell these now. Card hoarders who don't collect but just buy these up and then sell them on eBay have flooded the market with so many of my sketches that I can't sell these easily.
I'm never doing another sketch card set. My last was Iron Man 2, and I probably won't even sell my APs from that - I don't think anyone wants them.
Plus, while many of the collectors were awesome people and buyers, there were enough bitter, angry buyers who complained about the quality of the work that I just got turned off. They're SKETCH cards. If you think it looks like I only took 15 minutes to draw it it's because I DID. I got paid $1 to $2 per card! I'm not going to spend five hours on that card. Other artists do, and that's totally their prerogative, but I have to make it worth my time. While it was fun at first to get paid to draw Spider-man and the X-men, getting very little pay for a lot of work and then collector complaints on top of that really killed my spirits for sketch cards.
So grab this while you can - I might do some APs for myself in the future, and might sell them at cons, but this is most likely it for eBay, and certainly no more commissions will happen on sketch cards.
Bye bye sketch cards.