Season Three Trading Cards
first saw the specs for this set, I thought it would be a great addition to my Farscape trading
card collection, but very easy to complete. Man, was I wrong. For those of us who NEED every
single card in a collection, Series Three could be the most difficult one yet.
excellent collation in the set. Except for one freaky box that had several packs with 4 or 5 of
the same card and no SketchaFEX card, most of the boxes broke down exactly as promised. Here's
the breakdown on the first box I opened:
complete base sets and three cards short of a fourth
Behind the Scenes, no duplicates
The Quotable Farscape, no duplicates
Revenging Angel Cels (R3 & R18)
Family Ties (F4 & F5)
Goddard autograph (A13)
card Brainiac Crichton by Kubert School artist Chris Prievo
rundown of the cards, let's start with the easy to find cards.
base set continues where the Season Two set left off, with card #145, and has three cards per
episode, three cast montage cards and three checklist cards for a total of 72 cards. The format
is the same as the first two sets with a picture on the front and a different picture on the
back that's usually a close up of one of the characters in the episode. Also on the back is a
paragraph about the story line and a Farscape Files section that gives credits or a small piece
of information about the episode.
the pictures are a bit dark, but some of Season Three was a bit dark, too. Rittenhouse has
chosen a wide variety of images including CGI shots, action shots and character
Quotable Farscape and Behind the Scenes sets are 22 cards each, one per episode. As
with the base cards, they start where the previous set left off, with #23. It's hard to see in
the pictures at the left, but the card titles are done in foil, blue for the Quotables and
silver for the Behind the Scenes. Each of these sets is inserted at the rate of one in every
five packs so they're fairly easy to find and complete the 22 card set.
Both set have an episode picture on the front but
differ on the back. The Quotable Farscape has a quote from the episode. For example Q31, Losing
Time, says, "We don't understand the R2D2 crap. We're going ot use the Star Trek System
- one blink for yes, two blinks for no." The Behind the Scenes set has quite a bit of
information on each episode written by David Kemper. Some of them are about development of the
story, others about events that occurred while filming.
Ties is a six card set inserted at the rate of one in every 20 packs, or about two per box. Represented are Crichton, Aeryn, Chiana,
Moya, D'Argo and Crais. There's a picture of the character in the frame on the front with images
of family members to the right. The backs of the cards give a bit of family history. Moya's
little family includes not only Talyn, but Pilot and the DRDs. Since Crais doesn't have a large
family (at least not one we know of) there's a picture of his brother Tauvo and another picture of the
charred remains of his brother Tauvo. Crichton's family includes his mom, his dad, his
wife (Princess Katralla) and their unborn child.
Angel Animation Cels are also inserted at the rate of one in 20 packs, but there are 18 of
these which makes them a bit more difficult to find. They're also fantastic! If you hold them up
to the light, the backgrounds are transparent, only the characters themselves are opaque.
They're made of some kind of hard plastic or celluloid material so they're pretty rigid and
don't bend or crack easily.
three, R1-R3, are images of Crichton; R4-R6 are of D'Argo; R7-R9 are of Crichton and D'Argo
together; R10 is Scorpius; R11 is Aeryn; R12-R18 are images of Crichton with the various
incarnations of Cartoon Aeryn.
Cards are found at the rate of one in every 40 packs (one per box.) They seem pretty well
distributed with none of them being more rare than the others. Autographs include Paul Goddard
as Stark, Tammy MacIntosh as Jool, Matt Newton as Jothee, Linda Cropper as Xhalax Sun, Magda
Szubanski as Furlow, Evan Sheaves as young Scorpius, Francesca Buller as Raxil and
Producer/Director Andrew Prowse.
also a binder-exclusive Rygel autograph card signed by Jonathan Hardy, the voice of Rygel. The
case topper for this set is "Pa'u Zotoh Zhaan, In Memorium" that was autographed by
Virginia Hey. It comes in a plastic case with the opening protected by a gold foil Rittenhouse
Archives seal and is found at the rate of one per case, or one in 480 packs.
the autographs except the case topper are the same layout as previous seasons' autographs.
Cards: Originally there weren't going to be any costume cards in this set but when the
set was announced there was so much crabbing and moaning by collectors (myself included) that
Steve Charendoff, the president of Rittenhouse
Archives, graciously decided to include two of
them. They used Xhalax Sun's burgundy-colored suede costume for one and they cut up the Mambo
shirt that Harvey wore in Crackers Don't Matter and A Dog with Two Bones. This second one is a fantastic costume to
use because every card is different. I found the one with the Mambo logo on it, but most of them
are multi-colored bits from the shirt design. There are one of each costume card in each
case, or one per 240 packs.
Cards are completely new to the Farscape
collection. There are 18 character cards. Several different artists were assigned about four
characters each and they sketched multiples of this character until their fingers fell off. Well,
maybe not, but there are a lot of cards out there done by very few artists.
The first 13 are fairly easy to find except for
one, the Scorpius card drawn by artist John Czop. There are only 200 of these floating around so
if you pull one from a pack, consider yourself very lucky. The other four that Czop sketched
have 500 each. There are four sketches by Warren Martineck with 400 each and four by Pable
Raimondi with 600 each.
Now the fun begins. Rittenhouse Archives hired
artists from the Kubert School (The Joe Kubert
School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, Inc.) to draw the images on the last five cards.
Each of these is available in a lower quantity than most of the other cards. In addition, no card number was done by only one artist, and usually there were several who worked on
each. On top of that, most of the artists worked on more than one card. From what I've been able
to find out, the table below gives the variations for each card. For all I know, each artist
worked on each card.
| Total Qty
Rob Clark, Jr.
Rob Clark, Jr.
There isn't a lot of difference
among the cards of the same character that were worked on by different artists outside of their
signature, but for an obsessed collector like me, it's enough to make me try and find all of
them. If anyone knows of any that aren't listed here, please let me know. I might have a few
dollars left to begin the search again.