2004 Artbox Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Trading Cards

2004 Artbox Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Trading Cards

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Although the third film in the franchise, 2004 Artbox Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the first set from the company for the boy wizard. The set is also one of the most popular of all modern entertainment trading cards. Boasting an excellent mix of autographs, costume cards and prop cards, the set quickly sold out and prices soared.

The 2004 Artbox Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban base set has 90 cards. It starts with a header card and is followed by 17 character cards. A total of 71 story cards follow. The set concludes with a checklist. Images focus largely on the main characters and do not include a lot of the special effects shots as it was released in time for the film's theatrical run. The design set the stage for most of Artbox's future Harry Potter sets. Story cards have a relatively simple horizontal design. The image takes up about three quarters of the front. A ribbon at the bottom of the card includes a foil Harry Potter logo and a caption. Card backs offer a much more in-depth description of the image.

Hobby boxes promise at least one hit, with many having two. Every box has either a costume or prop card. All are numbered with many being quite rare.

Autographs fall every other box. Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger, is the key signature. She is also believed to be the rarest. Other key signers include Gary Oldman, Julie Christie and Michael Gambon. Christie is a redemption card, which has now expired.

Unopened boxes of 2004 Artbox Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban are very rare today. As a result, prices can be quite high. Collectors who come across boxes should make sure that they know there are both hobby and retail versions. Hobby boxes are the ones with the autographs, prop and costume cards. There is also an update set is much more plentiful and has a completely different checklist.

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Set Checklist

2004 Artbox Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Checklist

Base Set Checklist

90 cards. Retail and hobby checklists vary slightly. Hobby versions shows inserts R1-R9 and BT1-BT4. Retail checklists show M01-M09.

PARALLEL CARDS: Holofoil (exclusive to San Diego Comic Con deal)

01 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
02 Harry Potter
03 Ron Weasley
04 Hermione Granger
05 Sirius Black
06 Remus Lupin
07 Peter Pettigrew
08 Sibyll Trelawney
09 Severus Snape
10 Rubeus Hagrid
11 Albus Dumbledore
12 Minerva McGonagall
13 Draco Malfoy
14 Neville Longbottom
15 Cornelius Fudge
16 Argus Filch
17 Vincent Crabbe
18 Gregory Goyle
19 A Visit from Aunt Marge
20 Harry Loses His Temper
21 Aunt Marge Inflates
22 Floating into the Sky
23 Leaving the Dursleys
24 Something in the Shadows
25 The Knight Bus Appears
26 Boarding the Knight Bus
27 Arriving at the Leaky Cauldron
28 A Chat with Cornelius Fudge
29 The Monster Book of Monsters
30 Inside the Leaky Cauldron
31 Greeted by Ron and Hermione
32 Learning About Sirius Black
33 A Dementor Appears
34 Return to Hogwarts
35 The Choir Sings Out
36 Welcoming the Students
37 Magical Creatures Class
38 Hagrid's Class
39 Draco Taunts Harry
40 Introducing Buckbeak
41 A Ride on Buckbeak's Back
42 Clawed by Buckbeak
43 Sirius Black Sighted!
44 Professor Lupin's Class
45 Teaching 'Riddikulus'
46 Repelling a Boggart
47 Signed Permission Forms
48 Permission to Leave Refused
49 A Goodbye to His Friends
50 Discussing Harry's Boggart
51 The Portrait Attacked!
52 In the Great Hall
53 Snape's Werewolf Lesson
54 Draco's New Taunt
55 The 'Moth' Parchment
56 After the Quidditch Match
57 Setting Hedwig Free
58 Near the Shrieking Shack
59 A Mysterious Attack
60 The Invisibility Cloak
61 Madam Rosmerta's Inquiry
62 In the Three Broomsticks
63 A Most Wanted Wizard
64 Lupin's Conjuring Lesson
65 Producing a Patronus
66 Checking With Sir Cadogan
67 The Three Friends Argue
68 Peril of the Marauder's Map
69 Threatening Draco
70 Hagrid's Hut
71 A Hasty Retreat
72 Hiding Amongst the Pumpkins
73 The Executioner's Task
74 Sirius and Lupin
75 The Truth Revealed
76 Scabbers Transformed!
77 Holding Pettigrew and Snape
78 Pettigrew's Escape
79 Night of the Werewolf
80 Beast Against Beast
81 Dementors at the Black Lake
82 Watching Time Replayed
83 Rescuing Buckbeak
84 Dumbledore's Diversion
85 Has Harry Seen His Dad?
86 Saved From the Dementors
87 Freeing Sirius Black
88 A Farewell From Sirius
89 Leaving the Map Behind
90 Checklist
2004 Artbox Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Base Card Image

Autographs Set Checklist

10 cards. Inserted 1:48 packs. Christie distributed via redemption.

Julie Christie as Madam Rosmerta
Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore
Robert Hardy as Cornelius Fudge
Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom
Gary Oldman as Sirus Black
James Phelps as Fred Weasley
Oliver Phelps as George Weasley
David Thewlis as Remus Lupin
Emma Watson as Hermione Granger
Bonnie Wright as Ginny Weasley
2004 Artbox Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Emma Watson Autograph Image

Box Toppers Set Checklist

Four cards. Inserted one per hobby box. Not in packs.

BT1 Gryffindor
BT2 Hufflepuff
BT3 Slytherin
BT4 Ravenclaw
2004 Artbox Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Box Topper Image

Costume Card Set Checklist

Inserted 1:24 hobby packs. Harry Potter's black cloak exclusive to UK packs.

George Weasley's Red Quidditch Costume #/1300
Harry Potter's Black Cloak #/100
Harry Potter's Black School Robe #/750
Harry Potter's Gray T-Shirt #/600
Hermione Granger's Black Robe #/900
Hermione Granger's Pink Sweater #/450
Ron Weasley's Black Cloak #/100
2004 Artbox Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Costume Card Image

Hobby Foil Chase Cards Set Checklist

Inserted 1:5 hobby packs.

R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
R6
R7
R8
R9
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Retail Foil Chase Cards Set Checklist

Exclusive to retail packs.

M01
M02
M03
M04
M05
M06
M07
M08
M09

Prop Cards Set Checklist

Combine with Costume Cards to fall 1:24 packs.

Black Pepper Imps #/90
Chocolate Frog #/86
Daily Prophet #/200
Dervish and Banges Bag #/484
Exploding Bon Bons #/96
Honeydukes Bag #/434
Permission Form #/100
Spindle's Lick O Rish Spiders #/70
Zonko's Bag #/300
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Promo Cards Checklist

PROMO 03 exclusive to Non-Sport Update, PROMO 05 UK exclusive

PARALLEL CARDS: Blue Foil (Toy Fair), Gold Foil (2-case incentive), Green Foil (Toy Fair), Red Foil (Print Run: 200), No Foil (Cards Inc.), Holofoil (San Diego Comic Con)

PROMO
PROMO 01
PROMO 02
PROMO 03
PROMO 04
PROMO 05

Lenticular Case Toppers Checklist

Print runs noted for each card.

Dementor PR: 200
Wanted Poster PR: 200
Logo PR: 100

Incentives Checklist

Cards given to dealers pre-ordering multiple cases.

Black cloak worn by Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley #/500
Honeydukes Candy #/75 - 10 cases
Pear Tree Leaves #/30 - 25 cases


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User Comments

  1. I got a box from Ebay for $52 including shipping.
    It didn’t have an autograph card, only a Harry Potter red cloth quiddich costume card and five puzzle cards.
    Until I read your article, I didn’t know autographs were every other box.. oops.
    P.S. Mine was an Update Set box. I don’t know if that made the odds better or worse.

  2. Paul V » Autographs are about 1:4.5 boxes for Update. Update has a completely different configuration. It was printed in much greater quantities than the first set but still some solid finds (including a Daniel Radcliffe autograph and a triple autograph with Harry, Ron and Hermione).

  3. I started collecting Artbox Harry Potter with the POA sets but got extremely annoyed when a sealed case of Update had six boxes with no auto, no prop, no costume cards inside. Complained to Artbox and they responded that there was no guarantee as to special cards, just a percentage based on the total production run. I stopped collecting them and I am now in the process of selling them all.

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