Base card #128 from A
Season Two Trading Cards
is actually the third large set of Farscape cards that
Rittenhouse Archives has produced, following the Season One and Farscape in
Motion sets. The layout of the base set is the same as the Season
One set, with a picture from the episode on the front and a
different picture on the back. Some of the pictures we’ve seen
before in magazine articles or for sale by Creation Entertainment,
but a lot of them are new. Each episode has three cards with a
descriptive paragraph on the back and either a list of credits for
the episode (one of the three) or a Farscape Files section. The
numbering begins where the Season One set left off, going from 73
through 144. There are also three cast montage cards with a list
of episodes on the back and three checklist cards.
There are several levels of insert cards,
too. “Behind the Scenes with David Kemper” and “The Quotable
Farscape” each have 22 cards, one per episode, and you’ll find
one in every five packs. Some of the information on the “Behind
the Scenes” cards is new, some isn’t. The “Quotable
Farscape” set is fun, especially because some of the quotes are
different than what was actually said in the episodes.
The quotable farscape #15
from Won't Get fooled again
The “Alien Life” set has 12 different cards, AL1-AL12, inserted at a rate of
1:10 packs and covers a lot of the familiar species such as
Sebaceans and Scarrans. They managed to mix up the Tavleks and the
Sheyangs, though, swapping the pictures with each other.
The Costume Cards are the best part of the
set. There are 13 different ones, two in each box, and they have a
little swatch of actual costume material sandwiched inside the
card. They follow the same format as the Season One and in Motion
cards, with a picture of the character on the front next to the
swatch. Some of the characters have more than one card (Crichton
and Chiana have three each, Zhaan has two), the others have only
one (Stark, Rygel, D'Argo, Scorpy and Crais).
They’ve continued with the autograph cards,
too. Virginia Hey, Lani Tupu, Wayne Pygram and David Kemper each
have one with the regular set inserted at a rate of 1:100 packs.
There’s a Binder Exclusive signed by Chris Haywood (Maldis) and
a case topper signed by David Wheeler (Durka). These also follow
the format and numbering from the first two sets.
game card a
Not mentioned on the checklist are the
contest cards. If you collect the whole set, you win a complete
set of the 13 costume cards. Each card has a character picture on
the front with a letter. If you spell out “WIN FARSCAPE
CARDS”, you win, well, Farscape cards. The contest ends December
31, 2001 or “when all contest cards are distributed”. The
letters sort of go along with the Character. Aeryn has an A, Rygel
an R, Scorpius an S, Stark an I (for insane, probably). I can’t
figure out why Zhaan has a W though, unless it’s for wilted.
There are 50 prizes and the odds of winning are based on the
“F” card, 1:6,400.
In my box I found two complete base sets (and
three cards short of a third), 35 contest cards, seven “Behind
the Scenes with David Kemper”, eight “The Quotable
Farscape”, four “Alien Life” two costume cards and one
autograph. None of the insert cards, with the exception of the
contest cards, were repeats.
With so many of the on line stores out of
business, your best bet for finding the cards is to go to
Rittenhouse Archives web site
and check out their Dealers page. A lot of them have their own web
Farscape in Motion Trading Cards
several delays, this set has finally made an appearance. Its
well worth waiting for, too. Talk about variety!
Base card #8
a 60 card base set that has motion scenes from Seasons One and
Two. They seem to have solved the fuzziness problem that I noticed
in the preview set because these cards are much clearer. Whoever
was responsible for deciding which scenes to use for the cards
must have had a lot of fun choosing. On card 8, Winona fizzles
as John takes a shot at Varla and on card 9, the Nebari get even
and yank Johns eyeballs out.
Aeryn does the tongue thing from WGFA on card
16, Zhaan disappears into the plants on card 30, and Maldis fries
Tauvo on card 44. You can watch Crais scream in the Aurora Chair
and (if you can stand it) youll see Scorpy and Natira in
a tender moment. Rygel plays Tadek and Pilot plays the drums.
And that just happens on the base set cards.
first level of chase (bonus) cards is called The Good,
The Bad & The Ugly. There are 18 cards in this set,
all motion, with one of the guest aliens on each card. My favorite
is the Lorana card. As you tilt it back and forth, Lorana changes
into Alex and back again. Teurac spitting fire is pretty cool,
too. The second level is named Ships in Motion and
has nine cards. The Peacekeeper Command Carrier firing its frag
cannon is outstanding. Close Encounters is the next
group and it also has nine cards. Theres a whole lot of
kissing going on as you tilt these cards. The last group of nine
cards is called Portraits in Motion. Theres
a card for each of the Seasons One and Two regular cast. These
cards are a bit harder to find with only one in every eight packs,
but theyre worth looking for. All the cards Ive mentioned
so far follow the same basic format: a picture on the front seems
to move due to a lens overlay and a brief but informative description
on the back.
sound card #s6 Humans are
Now for the really
good stuff. There are six (seven if you count the one that comes
only with the binder) Sound in Motion cards. These are little
that have an in Motion picture on the front. When you open
the folder you hear a phrase related to the picture. For example,
card S6 has Crichton in THE outfit, chopping at Traltixxs
cables and when you open the card you hear him shout Humans
are Superiooorrrr! The sound isnt movie theater quality,
sometimes its a little tinny sounding, but
you can always tell whos talking and what theyre
saying. And the cards are beautiful.
archive card wc3
are two different types of Archive Collection Cards,
silver and gold. The cards themselves are basically the same:
5 x 7 with an outstanding picture of one of the crewmembers
or ships on the front. Under the picture is a little medallion
with a pair of numbers. The top number is the hand printed individual
number of that card and the bottom number is the total quantity
that was made of each card. And thats the difference between
the silver and gold sets. There are three different gold cards
(Aeryn, Zhaan, and Chiana) and only 500 were printed of each.
There are 12 different silver cards and 999 were printed of each
one. Everyone from Crichton to Talyn is represented on these
in the same format as their award-winning Season One set of costume
cards, Rittenhouse has added four more to the set. Theyve
even continued the numbering, beginning at C8 (Crichtons
leather coat), following with C9 (Aeryns leather coat),
C10 (Zhaans blue dress) and C12 (Crichtons black
tee). I dont know what happened to C11, maybe itll
show up next time around.
The last card is really rare,
only being distributed as a case topper. If you bought
an entire case of cards (8 boxes) you got a Claudia Black autograph
card, again in the same format as the Season One set. This card
comes in a hard plastic top-loader and has a gold Rittenhouse
seal over the opening to preserve authenticity.
youve read this far you can probably tell that Im
very enthusiastic about this set. Rittenhouse was sold out long
before the cards were ready for distribution so you cant
buy them directly. Ive seen them popping up on eBay for
the past month as pre-sells and now that the cards are really
available, youll probably be able to get them there. Rittenhouse Archives has a dealer locator at
their web site with names, cities, phone numbers and links to
web pages.. You can also see animated gifs of some of the cards.
Farscape in Motion Preview Set
motion preview card #9
Where is home
The Farscape in Motion cards
have those really cool pictures that seem to move when you tilt
them back and forth. Moya begins a StarBurst, John and Aeryn
move close then away, DArgo waves his Qualta blade around.
The cards are a little bit thicker than the regular cards due
to the lenticular ridges that simulate the motion. They make
the pictures a bit fuzzy, too. The backs have a little blurb
about the picture (Moyas card has a bunch of facts about
StarBurst). As with all the Rittenhouse trading cards that Ive
seen, this one has beautiful coloring, especially on the back
where there are no ridges.
This is a nine card preview
set. The full set is due to be released in February 2001. They
are available directly from Rittenhouse
Archives for $24.99.
2002 CALENDAR FRONT
The 2002 version of the Farscape calendar follows the same format as the first:
one large photo on top with two smaller photos and the actual calendar on
the bottom. Each
of the 13 months (there’s a bonus December 2001 page) follows a theme of
sorts. January is Chiana, February is romance (sort of), May is Won’t
Get Fooled Again, October is Crichton as the other two Crichtons
from My Three Crichtons
(Halloween, I guess), November is Crais. You get the idea.
of the pictures are from Season Two, so there are a couple of great Zhaan
months. One thing I noticed is that there are fewer pictures of guest aliens
than there were last year, and most of them are in photos with the regular
cast members. For the price, you get 13 12” x 12” pictures and 26 small
ones. Seems like a pretty good deal to me. Oh, and there’s a calendar in
found them at Calendar
Mart for $13.99 US and Direct
Calendars $10.95 US. These prices don’t include shipping and handling
(whatever that is).
ships of farscape #fs2
This is another small set of
nine trading cards featuring the ships of Farscape. It includes
Moya, Talyn, Farscape One, Moyas transport pod, a Prowler,
a Command Carrier, a Marauder, the Zelbinion and Staanzs
salvage ship. I found it a bit disappointing that they used the
same picture on both sides of the cards. Some of the ships are
a bit hard to see, too, especially Staanzs, the Marauder,
and the Zelbinion. The coloring on this set is a deep, rich teal
with gold leaf lettering on the front. Theres a one paragraph
description of the ship on the back.
These are available directly
Archives for $15.00.
SciFi Channel Special Edition
special edition #sf6 chiana
This is the first set of trading
cards that I feel are not up to the standard that Rittenhouse
established for the Farscape series. The set consists of six
cards: Crichton, Aeryn, D'Argo, Zhaan, Crais, and Chiana. The
characters picture is on the front with their name at the
top, Farscape at bottom right, and a strange
little symbol, different for each character, at bottom left.
This is beautifully done. Its the back of the card that
I object to. Other than Farscape, the characters
name, and a couple of trademark and copyright thingies, there
is no information.
So far the SciFi Channel store
has featured a limited edition of 500 with Claudia Blacks
signature. I think these are sold out because theyre no
longer listed. Another 500 sets with Gigi Edgelys autograph
is currently being featured. Virginia Heys 500 are available
too and, since the six cards feature people not puppets, I suppose
they have the others waiting in the wings. Frankly, Id
love to get an autograph from Rygel, Pilot , Moya and Talyn,
but the chances are pretty slim. Maybe next year.
These cards were only available
through the SciFi store. Each set of six costs $24.95 + $7.95 shipping.
(They must ship them in their own special edition
airplane!) If you want to collect the whole set of signatures,
youll have to buy another set of cards for each. I found
a set with Gigis autograph on eBay that was at $41.00 and
climbing, which makes the SciFi store price seem like a bargain.
Postcard Company has published a set of nine postcards. There is one group
shot and one card each for Zhaan, Crichton, Aeryn, D'Argo, Pilot, Rygel, Chiana,
and Crais. The pictures are set up so that the characters appear to be
looking through a window. Each card has a different background, the
individual’s name in the upper left, and a different symbol in the lower left. They're made of the usual heavy postcard cardboard and are 4 inches
wide x 6 inches long. The pictures are so beautifully done that they seem
more like “keepers” than “senders”.
several ways they can be purchased – individually, as a set of nine, and as
a Collector Pack, which includes a set of nine and the nifty fold-out box
shown at left.
They are available online at London Postcard Company:
Individual cards: 50
pence each (about 70¢)
Set of nine: £4.50
Collector Pack: £4.99
Postage runs at £2.50 (about $3.50) for 25 cards
Season One Trading Cards
base card #35
til the blood runs clear
The first set of trading cards
from Rittenhouse Archives came out earlier this year. The 72 card base set consists of 3 cast montage cards, 3 cards for each
episode of the first season, and 3 checklist cards. Each of the
66 episode cards has a picture of a scene from an episode on
the front, the name of the ep in the lower left, and the Farscape
logo in the lower right. The back of the card has the cards
number in the lower left, a small picture, and a short description
of the episode.
This blurb is divided into two
parts: the top tells a bit of the episodes story and the
bottom has a little factoid, sometimes about a particular character
or prop and sometimes a listing of the credits for the episode.
These cards are first class all the way. The colors are bright,
the cards are quite heavy, and there is a variety of subject
matter for the pictures (including regular cast members, guest
aliens, ships, and scenery).
If you buy more than the base
set of 72 cards, you may find some of the specialty cards such
as From the Archives costume cards (1 per box) or autograph cards
(about 1 in 650). The archives cards contain an actual piece
of costume material from Crichton, Aeryn, Zhaan, D'Argo, Rygel,
or Crais sandwiched between two pieces of card.
costume card #c3
On the front is a photo of the
character and the swatch of costume. The back has another photo
and an authenticity statement. Only a total of 8,000 of these
cards were made. Youre guaranteed to get one card per box
(324 cards). The autograph cards feature, well, autographs. Ben
Browder, Anthony Simcoe, Gigi Edgley, and Brian Henson each signed
their individual cards. (Rockne OBannon also signed some
cards, but his card only comes with a collectors album which
is already sold out.) Some of the other available cards are Stars
Cards, Season Two Preview Cards, and Behind the Scenes Cards.
can be purchased online at the SciFi store, Another Universe (Fandom), and Rittenhouse Archives, who also has
a long list on their website of shops that carry their cards.
Or you can take your chances at eBay.com and run a search for
exactly the card youre missing. Boxes of cards (totalling
324 cards) cost about $70.00, and an 8 box case is $525.00. I
havent seen the 9 card packs online in quite some time
so you may have to search for them in a local shop.