JAMES BOND ARCHIVES EDITION 2015 (Rittenhouse)
Not even a year time to collect the "James Bond Archives 2014 Edition" and there they are again with a brand new "James Bond Archives 2015 Edition". Not as big as the 2014 edition but still a staggering 622 cards. To me it's coming a bit too fast, as we are expecting a SPECTRE set to coincide with the premiere of the new James Bond movie in November 2015. But what can we do about it, nothing I guess. So here's is what we will find in the counter display boxes. A base set of 90 cards retelling the whole “Quantum Of Solace” movie, 78 “You Only Live Twice” cards in the famous throwback style to follow the previous “Thunderball” throwback style card set, 93 throwback style cards retelling the third Roger Moore James Bond movie “The Spy Who Loved Me” and 102 full colour cards to cover Pierce Brosnan's first outing as James Bond in “GoldenEye”. Following the previous released Gold Card sets, there are two new Gold Card sets to collect, "Quantum Of Solace" & "GoldenEye" each holding the same cards as their base sets but with a gold foil stamp. Then again there are 14 “SkyFall” expansion cards to complete your previous Rittenhouse card sets. Six "James Bond Heroes & Villains" plot cards and eight "Dangerous Liaisons" cards. Nineteen autograph cards in the 40th Anniversary Style and 27 new Full Bleed style autograph cards. Three Case topper cards (Case topper, 6-case incentive & 9-case incentive) and 3 beautiful promotion cards. The last card to get your hands on is the autograph card signed in gold ink by George Lazenby. This card is only available when you have an archive box. The counter display box is manufactured in shiny black cardboard with silver lettering. The cards are wrapped by only six in a beautiful black foil wrapper.
The promotion started in May 2015 on the Rittenhouse webpage. An ad sheet was ready to download on the 13th May and the promotion card P1 was on their free sample list. The full checklist was available in the beginning of June to be released on the 17th. There are three promotion cards to collect, P1 displaying a picture of agent Fields covered in black oil, this time the promotion card P2 instead of the usual P3 card is only available when purchasing the binder and shows a lovely picture of Camille and at last the card P3 displays a picture of the Dutch Bondgirl Famke Janssen in a steamy "GoldenEye" scene.
“The Promotion Cards”
An ad-sheet could be downloaded from the Rittenhouse site on the 13th May 2015. A simple shiny black page with silver lettering. Nothing special on card information, just mentioning about two autograph cards inside every box, a "Quantum Of Solace" base set and full bonus sets of three more classic films: "You Only Live Twice", "The Spy Who Loved Me" and "GoldenEye".
Thick black & white cards from the early James Bond movies. This is back to basics just as we had in the sixties but much more expensive. There are two bonus sets finished in the now famous throwback style, the cards are distributed by 1/6 per pack which makes it quiet hard to complete a set. The card reverse is split up in two parts, a picture and a text part that explains what's going on in the front. Following the "Thunderball" card set, Rittenhouse recreated a set for "You Only Live Twice" and for "The Spy Who Loved Me". It's the first time a full card set was issued for "The Spy Who Loved Me". In the sixties a company by the name of Somportex issued a series of slides for "You Only Live Twice", there' hasn't been a card set for this movie until now. Let's have a look on the full movie card sets that Rittenhouse created since 2002. The list below shows us that they already covered thirteen movies. Still a long way to go to have all the movies.
“You Only Live Twice”
“The Spy Who Loved Me”
The third subset is a 102 full color card set retellling Pierce Brosnans first James Bond movie "GoldenEye". In 1995 a company by the name of Inkworks already put a full card set on the market for Pierce Brosnan's first outing as agent 007. Also Merlin had a sticker set on "GoldenEye".
“Golden Parallel Cards”
Now the misery begins, the "Quantum Of Solace" card set and the "GoldenEye" set have a golden parallel set displaying exactly the same cards only having an embossed golden logo. These golden parallel cards are inserted in 1/24 packs or just 1 card per box. Each card has been individually numbered from #001 to #125, what makes them extremely limited and very high priced. On eBay a single golden card goes between 6€ and 14€. A full set is more than 500€. Is it really worth that much? I don't see the fun of collecting anymore.
The "SkyFall" Expansions
“James Bond Heroes & Villains”
As usual Rittenhouse Archives created a new set of expansion cards to update the previous released trading card sets. The first six expansion cards are the "SkyFall" plot cards to be added to the "James Bond Heroes & Villains" card collection. The cards are distributed in 1/24 per pack and numbered from #82 through #87.
The second expansion are eight new "SkyFall" plot cards to be added to the "Dangerous Liaisons" trading card set. The cards are numbered from DL19 through DL26. Why only eight cards instead of nine with the previous expansions? A mistake, who knows? So I wrote a message to Steven Charendoff from Rittenhouse Archive to ask him the question. His answer was "One of the cards was unexpectedly disapproved, and we did not have time to replace it. We may be able to fill that in at some point. I appreciate the desire to have even multiples of 3 or 9 cards in each bonus set". Ok, now we know the reason for the missing card. But it's not just a missing card, three mistakes slipped into the production of the "Dangerous Liaisons" cards. The text on card DL19 belongs to card DL25, the text on card DL25 belongs to card DL26 and the text on card DL26 belongs to card DL19. Prices on eBay are between 40€ and 50€ for both expansion sets. The James Bond "Dangerous Liaisons" trading card set was released in February 2006, the same year but before the James Bond blockbuster "Casino Royale" hits the big screen. The "Dangerous Liaisons" have been updated three times including this one. The list below gives us an indication of what, where and when.
“The Autograph Cards”
I wish the autograph collectors good luck, only 49 autographs to collect this time. Yes 49. First of all, we have four different styles, 19 cards in the 40th Anniversary Style, 27 cards in the Full Bleed Style, 2 cards in the Gold Signature series and 1 card in the newly released Silver Signature series. One Gold Signature Series card will be very difficult because it's only available in the Archive Box. The Rittenhouse designers also played around with the 40th Anniversary logo in the left corner, only two cards are issued with this logo, card 222 and card 252. The other cards are issued with the 007 gun logo. The missing numbers in the 40th Anniversary Style are (A155, A223, A224, A225, A226, A265, A266, A267, A268, A269, A270, A276 and A281). Among the full bleed signers we have the late Mr. Christopher Lee, Miss Halle Berry and many more. Happy hunting.
“40th Anniversary Style”
“Full Bleed Style”
The Case Topper card comes as a bonus when purchasing a full case. The card shows an image of Daniel Craig as a preview to SPECTRE. For the 6-case incentive card, Miss Britt Ekland put down her autograph in Gold and becomes the first signer in this new Golden series. The 9-case incentive is a relic/ autograph card signed by Daniel Craig in a scène from "SkyFall". Asking prices on eBay are between 120€ and 300€ for one of the 6 case or 9-case incentive cards. (The Britt Ekland Gold autograph card is mentioned as a Silver autograph on the Rittenhouse checklist).
When purchasing between 15 and 20 cases, you receive a set of archive boxes. Yes a set because a factory sealed Archive Box is actually 3 seperate factory sealed boxes (labeled as A, B & C) all shrinkwrapped together. Within these sealed boxes are sealed packs, and within those sealed packs you will find all of the following:
Easy collecting but still missing the base set and most of the gold parallel cards.
To store and protect your precious cards Rittenhouse created a special binder to hold this huge trading card set. The front is finished in a black scuba vinyl with silver lettering. The title on the binder is identical to the previous James Bond Archives binder except for the "2015 Edition". The promotion card P2 comes as a bonus when purchasing the binder. This exclusive card depicts a still of Camille played by Olga Kurylenko in the James Bond movie "Quantum Of Solace".
Ninety base cards retelling the whole "Quantum Of Solace" movie in trading card format. The cards are printed in the same layout as the "Casino Royale" and the "SkyFall" cards issued in the previous releases from Rittenhouse except for the cards #8, #10, #17, #38, #45, #52, #63, #76 and #86 that are printed in portrait. The text on the reverse is retelling the entire storyline. As in the previous trading card set, there is also a golden parallel set displaying the same images but stamped with a gold foil movie title.
“Basic Card Set”