Rittenhouse Archives is scheduled to release a new high-end series of trading cards aimed at series collectors, entitled Star Trek Movies: Heroes and Villains Premium Packs later this year.
Star Trek trading card collectors are used to a traditional delivery system where a box of Rittenhouse Archives Star Trek cards are purchased for about $70 to $80 and contain many packs comprising a complete set of regular cards, a guaranteed amount of autograph cards, and some assorted chase cards. However, the Star Trek Movies: Heroes and Villains Premium Packs are geared towards the hardcore collector.
For $50 per pack (not box) and $750 per box (containing 15 packs), fans get some of the most pricey cards in Star Trek merchandising history. Each pack of 9 premium cards includes 2 random autograph cards guaranteed, 5 hi-res, numbered Heroes and Villain cards, 1 tribute card, and 1 die cut gold plaque Hero card.
Autographs include William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Brent Spiner, and Christian Slater among others. If a box is ordered, fans also get the guarantee of 1 Shatner or 1 Nimoy autographed cards. While expensive and not for the casual card collector, considering that two autograph cards are included in each pack helps sooth the sticker shock for interested fans.
Luckily for most trading card collectors who do not have this kind of budget, Rittenhouse Archives is continuing to release the more traditional and less expensive formatted Trek cards.
Now available is The Complete Star Trek: The Next Generation Trading Cards: Series 1 cards meant to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of TNG next year. For about $85, collectors get a box of cards that includes 4 autographed cards, a complete set of 90 base cards, and various chase cards.
Autographs in this set include Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Dwight Schultz, Gates McFadden, and other celebrities. Additionally, a lucky 30 fans will find Gene Roddenberry signed items cut into card format randomly included. Series 1 details the first 88 episode of TNG, and the second series is planned for early 2012.
As with all Rittenhouse Archive sets, there are also customized binders available for purchase that include a bonus card to hold the collection.
Maria Jose and John Tenuto are both sociology professors at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois, specializing in popular culture and subculture studies. The Tenutos have conducted extensive research on Star Trek’s history, and have been invited to present at venues such as Creation Conventions, ReedPOP’s official Star Trek 50th Anniversary Convention, the St. Louis Science Center, and to the towns of Riverside, Iowa (future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk) and Vulcan, Alberta, Canada. They have appeared in episodes of the Netflix TV show “The Toys that Made Us” and in the Decades Network documentary “Through the Decades: Star Wars 40th Anniversary.” They’ve written for the official Star Trek Magazine and their research has been featured on BBC Radio, WGN News, CBS News, and in the USA Today and WIRED Magazine.