JAMES BOND 50th ANNIVERSARY SERIES 1 (Rittenhouse)
What we all have been waiting for happened in February 2012. Rittenhouse Archives Ltd. announces the “James Bond 50th Anniversary” trading card set. A ninety-nine card base set featuring the action and excitement of all 22 movies, from "Dr. No" to "Quantum of Solace". Each card features both gold foil and embossing to mark the five decades of Bond. The release date for this stunning trading card series is set for the 2nd May. A first glance at the checklist appeared on the Rittenhouse website on the 11th April, for the complete checklist we had to wait until the 17th April. For the first time in the James Bond trading card history each box is guaranteed to have three autograph cards and a complete base set. Four hundred and six new cards, yes that’s the total for the whole set and that's just for the first series, the James Bond 50th Anniversary second series is expected to be released during the fall of 2012 to coincide with the 23rd James Bond movie “SkyFall”. The promotion for this series started with the release of two promotion cards. The first promotion card P1 popped up on eBay on the 22nd March, soon to be followed by the second promotion card UKP1 on the 2nd April. Promotion cards P2 and P4 popped up on eBay just a few days before the ultimate release of the trading card set. Promotion card P3 showing an image of Daniel Craig is exclusive to the binder.
Since the release of the “James Bond Heroes & Villains” trading cards, the beautiful sell sheets disappeared from the market, they were replaced by downloadable copies in pdf format. For the James Bond 50th Anniversary two different sheets were available on the website, an ad page and a sell sheet. For myself, I make a colour copy and laminate the two pages together.
Honey... Honey Ryder
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of James Bond & the first James Bond movie “Dr. No”, Rittenhouse Inc. manufactured a 108-card "Dr. No" commemorative bonus card set. Randomly inserted in 1/1 packs and finished in a "throwback" style, this first chase set boasts new stills not published anywhere else. For the first time this 108-card set shows the full movie in trading card format, it's a must have for every serious James Bond fan. Some cards showing never seen before images and deleted scenes.
To follow and complete the previously released “Bond...James Bond” chase card set, an additional eleven cards are created and finished in silver foil. Again each card depicts a black and white still of James Bond, now starting with Roger Moore in "For Your Eyes Only" until Daniel Craig in "Quantum Of Solace". The numbering starts from BJB12 and the cards are randomly inserted in 1/12 packs.
“Bond... James Bond”
Celebrating fifty years is asking for gold, for this first series Rittenhouse Inc. created eleven new cards finished in shiny gold foil, “Gold Plaque” is the new name given to this shiny golden chase set. Each card has an embossed movie titel. The small text below gives information on the movies release date, the director and the actor who played james Bond. The reverse shows the original poster and a small listing displaying the leading actors & actrisses. The same thing already occurred in 1996 for the “Connoisseurs Collection”. So Inkworks was the first company to create “Golden Touch” cards. I guess that the second series will contain another eleven or maybe twelve cards to complete this shiny chase set. The cards are numbered from P01 until P11 and randomly inserted in 1/12 packs.
"007 Gold Gallery"
Bond Girls Are Forever and so is Gold & Diamonds. The fourth chase set is dedicated to the gorgeous women who played a part in a James Bond movie. The chase set is named as the “007 Gold Gallery” and displays never seen before full bleed pictures of the beauties. The girls are numbered as GG01 through GG18. I’m sure that these cards are the beginning of a new collectable Bond girl chase card set, but Rittenhouse wouldn't be Rittenhouse if there wasn't a reward card. The third James Bond reward card is black and white still of Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder in Dr. No. The card is numbered as GG19. As we all know, this exclusive card could only be obtained through the Rittenhouse Reward Program. The Bond girls included in this first part are;
“Shadow Box Cards”
Never seen before and new to the James Bond trading cards are the so called “Shadow Box” cards. Each card displays a close up of James Bond combined with a framed picture in the background. The cards are very rare what makes them very expensive. The first series includes the first three actors who played James Bond. The cards are numbered as S1, S2 & S3. They are randomly distributed in 1/96 packs. The thing about these shadow cards is the tickness, about 4mm. This makes it difficult or even impossible to put the cards in a 9-pocket sleeve and file them in the specially designed binder.
50 Years of James Bond needs fifty autographed cards plus one bonus autograph card that comes as a Multi-Case Incentive card. Each James Bond 50th Anniversary Series One box includes 3 autograph cards! Also for each film there is at least one signer. Rittenhouse added 18 new cards in the 40th Anniversary style and 32 cards in the full bleed style. For the first time they included a title song singer, Nancy Sinatra has been given the honour to be the first one.
“40th Anniversary Style Autograph Cards”
“Full Bleed Autographed Cards”
As always the cards are distributed in cases, each case contains 12 boxes, a box holds 24 packs with inside six randomly selected cards. A simple calculation gives a total of 144 cards per box including three autographed cards. This number of cards indicated how difficult it may be to collect the whole set, or just a simple base set. The case and the box are shown here below.
The 50th Anniversary trading card set has three different case toppers. Each case comes with a case topper card picturing Daniel Craig in his third James Bond adventure "SkyFall". The three case encentive card is the relic card JBR27 containing a piece from Gustav Graves Ice Palace Interior that featured in "Die Another Day". The relic card is (Limited) to only 333 pieces. The six case incentive card is a full bleed autograph card personally signed by Pussy Galore aka Honor Blackman. Go for them all Mr. Bond.
If your wallet can afford to buy 18 cases, then Rittenhouse Archives has the pleasure to offer you the James Bond 50th Anniversary Archive Box.
And last but not least is the exclusive binder to stock all your precious cards. The binder comes in a shiny golden scuba vinyl displaying a golden gunbarrel. Exclusive to the binder is the promo card P3 showing Daniel Craig as James Bond.
For the first series, the released cards are only the uneven numbers for both, base cards and parallel cards. Each movie will have a total of nine cards, in the first series some movies already have five cards, the other just four. The number of cards will be completed with the release of the second series.
Each card has a golden background, with a circular picture displaying a villian, a girl, James Bond and many never seen before stills. On the bottom the 007 gun logo is present. The difference between the base set and the parallel cards is the embossed gold foil, all the pictures (front and reverse are the same). The base cards for both series are displayed here below.
“Basic Card Set Series 1 & 2”