JAMES BOND 50th ANNIVERSARY SERIES 2 (Rittenhouse)
During the summer of 2012, Rittenhouse announced the release date for the James Bond 50th anniversary series 2 trading cards. Set for the 7th November, just one week after the UK release of "SkyFall". What a timing. All the James Bond card collectors were waiting to get the even card numbers to complete the first series. Only a few weeks before the release date, the checklist was released on the website containing more then four hundred cards. Each box contains 3 autograph cards. Randomly inserted bonus cards include an incredible 108-card "From Russia With Love" throwback-style set which retells the entire story of the movie in never before seen detail, with many never before published photos, as well as the Gold Plaque cards, the Gold Gallery cards, Shadowbox cards of Daniel Craig, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan. More then fifty autographed cards to collect, including some first time signers. Similar to the previous card sets, you could download an ad sheet and try to get hold of the promotion cards. Promotion card P1 holds a picture of Sean Connery in a "From Russia With Love" style, Timothy Dalton pops up on the P2, the third promotion card P3 comes with the binder and shows Halle Berry as seen in "Die Another Day". Clifton James as seen in "Live And Let Die" and "The Man With The Golden Gun" is honoured on the P4 promotion card. The last promotion card NSU UK P5 is the hardest one to get and really pricy because of the limited distribution of only 300 cards. Showing a picture of Jaws and Major Amasova in "The Spy Who Loved Me" this card is a must have for the diehard card collectors.
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 series 2, an ad sheet was available on the website. See the sample below.
For the second series, the base card set and the parallel base card set numbering is even. When sliding the cards into 9-pocket sleeves, you get nine cards for each movie from "Dr. No" to "Quantum Of Solace". Again each card has a golden base displaying a circular picture displaying a villain, a girl, James Bond and many never seen before stills. The difference between the base set and the parallel cards is the embossed gold foil, all the pictures on the front and reverse are exactly the same.
From Russia With Love
The year 2013 will boost the 50th anniversary of "From Russia With Love", so Rittenhouse is running a bit to fast and issued a sub set containing 108-cards displaying the complete movie in trading card format. The cards are randomly inserted in 1/1 packs and finished in a "throwback" style, this bonus set boasts new stills not published anywhere else. Let's hope that the next set will hold a full set of "Goldfinger" cards.
The second chase set only holds four cards, printed on a clear acryl base the cards are displaying posters of the four main actors. James, Severine, Silva and Eve who later in the movie reveals herself as Miss Moneypenny. The cards are numbered from SF1 to SF4 and randomly inserted in 1/48 packs. That's only one for two boxes.
“SkyFall Poster Cards”
The third sub or chase set is a continuation to the Gold Plaque cards. Starting from "For Your Eyes Only" the twelfth James Bond movie until "Quantum Of Solace" the twenty second James Bond movie. The cards are numbered from P12 to P22 missing P23 for "SkyFall". Randomly inserted into 1/12 packs or two per box, these cards are quiet easy to collect. Again each card has an embossed movie title with a small text giving 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 & actresses.
“Gold Plaque Cards”
"007 Gold Gallery"
The Gold Gallery cards are a continuation to the already nineteen beautiful Bond girls. Yes nineteen because Rittenhouse issued a reward card. The reward card displayed a black and white still of Ursula Andress. Only available through their reward program makes the card very rare, thank god for eBay. The second series also has a reward card, this time a full color still of Vesper Lynd. The cards are numbered from GG2O through GG37 and randomly packed in 1/12 packs. The girls included in this second part are;
“Shadow Box Cards”
As we could expect, Rittenhouse produced three new Shadow Box cards displaying close ups from Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. The numbering continuous from S4 to S6 and again the cards are randomly packed in 1/96 packs. Perhaps some collectors may like this type of cards, but for me they are to tick what makes it impossible to store them with your other cards in the specially designed binder.
The autograph card collectors are really spoiled this time, no less than fifty seven new autograph cards are out there to be collected. Twenty nine cards in the 40th anniversary style, twenty seven cards in the full bleed style and one double signed card as a six case topper. Each box contains three autograph cards. What about the 40th Anniversary Cards, a series that started in 2002 to coincide with the 40th anniversary of James Bond. Until today the numbering ends at 221 but still missing six cards (99, 111, 155, 159, 188 & 206). These cards will probably pop up in a future card series. But will it ever be complete, who knows? A new series of full bleed cards has been added to the already exploding collection that started in the "Dangerous Liaisons" trading card series. For each card series these full bleed cards are given a new numbering, so there is no continuation. To obtain the last autograph card, personally signed by Roger Moore and Richard Kiel, you have to purchase at least six cases or try your luck in bidding on eBay.
“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 just 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 second series gives us three different case toppers. Each case comes with a case topper card picturing the "SkyFall" poster displaying Daniel Craig in firing position. The three case incentive card is the relic card JBR28 containing a small piece of Franz Sanchez's Airplane from "Licence To Kill" . As always this card is strictly limited, this time to only 333 cards. The six case incentive card is the full bleed autograph card personally signed by Roger Moore & Richard Kiel.
If your wallet can afford to buy 18 cases, then Rittenhouse Archives has the pleasure to offer you the James Bond 50th Anniversary Series 2 Archive Box. There are two archive boxes to collect, type A and type B. This is what I call easy collecting.
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 girl covered with all the James Bond movie titles. Exclusive to the binder is the promo card P3 showing Halle Berry as Jinkx in "Die Another Day".
Anniversary Series 2" Exclusive Binder & Promo card P3
For the second series, they updated the base set and the parallel cards with the even numbered cards. Know each movie has a total of nine cards. The reverse are nine stills in the sequence of the movie retelling the short story line.
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”