2012 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season One Trading Cards

2012 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season One Trading Cards

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2012 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season One trading cards bring the hit HBO show to the hobby for the first time. Taking a deep look at the first ten episodes, the release boasts two autographs in every box.

Sticking with a traditional format of 24 packs per box, 2012 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season One comes with a 72-card base set. Being a character-driven show with tons of scope, fans will appreciate that more than 40 characters have dedicated biography cards. All the events of the first season are mapped out with synopses cards. There is also a parallel set with cards falling one in three packs.

The big draw of 2012 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season One are the autographs. Falling two per box, many of the show's main characters appear, including Peter Dinklage, who won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister. Other signers include Lena Headey, Sean Bean and Emilia Clarke. As always for Rittenhouse, all autographs are on-card and there are no redemptions. It should be noted that very few Dinklage and Bean autographs are in packs. Both are being used as incentives. Bean is a three-case incentive while Dinklage is reserved for those ordering six cases. Rittenhouse has confirmed that a small number of each will still be inserted in packs.

Other inserts include Shadowbox cards, Die-Cut cards and Quotable cards.

A custom 2012 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season One binder is sold separately. It comes with an exclusive promo card.

Product Configuration: 24 packs per box, five cards per pack
Price Point: Low-End Entertainment Card
Target Audience: Game of Thrones Fans, Autograph Collectors, Set Builders, Entertainment Card Collectors

2012 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season One Box Break

  • Two Autographs
  • 120 Total Cards

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Set Checklist

2012 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season One Checklist

2012 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season One Base Set Checklist

Set includes 40 character cards and episode recaps from the first season.

Parallel: 1:3 packs.

1 Winter is Coming
2 Winter is Coming
3 Winter is Coming
4 The Kingsroad
5 The Kingsroad
6 The Kingsroad
7 Lord Snow
8 Lord Snow
9 Lord Snow
10 Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things
11 Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things
12 Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things
13 The Wolf and the Lion
14 The Wolf and the Lion
15 The Wolf and the Lion
16 A Golden Crown
17 A Golden Crown
18 A Golden Crown
19 You Win or You Die
20 You Win or You Die
21 You Win or You Die
22 The Pointy End
23 The Pointy End
24 The Pointy End
25 Baelor
26 Baelor
27 Baelor
28 Fire and Blood
29 Fire and Blood
30 Fire and Blood
31 Maester Aemon
32 Arya Stark
33 Tyrion Lannister
34 Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish
35 Prince Joffrey Baratheon
36 Alliser Thorne
37 Lancel Lannister
38 Varys
39 Sansa Stark
40 Bronn
41 Hodor
42 Syrio Forel
43 Robb Stark
44 Samwell Tarly
45 King Robert Baratheon
46 Viserys Targaryen
47 Ser Jaime Lannister
48 Septa Mordane
49 Ros
50 Ser Jorah Mormont
51 Jory Cassel
52 Queen Cersei Lannister
53 Rickon Stark
54 Lord Commander Mormont
55 Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark
56 Lysa Arryn
57 Gendry
58 Lady Catelyn Stark
59 Renly Baratheon
60 Tywin Lannister
61 Khal Drogo
62 Grand Maester Pycelle
63 Maester Luwin
64 Jon Snow
65 Rodrik Cassel
66 Daenerys Targaryen
67 Barristan Selmy
68 Bran Stark
69 Sandor Clegane "The Hound"
70 Theon Greyjoy
71 Magister Illyrio
72 Checklist

2012 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season One Autographs Checklist

Cards inserted 1:12 packs. Bean distributed as a three-case incentive. Dinklage distributed as a six-case incentive. A limited number of Bean and Dinklage autographs are inserted in boxes as well. Two designs used: bordered and full-bleed. Click here to see a complete gallery of all 51 autographs.

Bordered
Mark Addy as King Robert Baratheon
Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy
Sean Bean as Ned Stark - Three-case incentive
Esme Bianco as Ros
John Bradley as Samwell Tarly
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister
Charles Dance as Tywin Lannister
Peter Dinklage asTyrion Lannister - Six-case incentive
Michelle Fairley as Lady Catelyn Stark
Jerome Flynn as Bronn
Elyes Gabel as Rakharo
Aidan Gillen as Petyr Baelish "Littlefinger"
Jack Gleeson as Prince Joffrey Baratheon
Julian Glover as Grand Maester Pycelle
Kit Harington as Jon Snow
Lena Headey as Queen Cersei Lannister
Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Bran Stark
Conleth Hill as Lord Varys
Harry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen
Richard Madden as Robb Stark
Rory McCann as Sandor Clegane "The Hound"
Ian McElhinney as Barristan Selmy
Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo
Kristian Nairn as Hodor
Art Parkinson as Rickon Stark
Jamie Sives as Jory Cassel
Owen Teale as Alliser Thorne
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark
Miltos Yerolemou as Syrio Forel
Full-Bleed
Mark Addy as King Robert Baratheon
Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy
Esme Bianco as Ros
John Bradley as Samwell Tarly
Jerome Flynn as Bronn
Elyes Gabel as Rakharo
Aidan Gillen as Petyr Baelish "Littlefinger"
Jack Gleeson as Prince Joffrey Baratheon
Julian Glover as Grand Maester Pycelle
Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Bran Stark
Conleth Hill as Lord Varys
Harry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen
Rory McCann as Sandor Clegane "The Hound"
Ian McElhinney as Barristan Selmy
Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo
Kristian Nairn as Hodor
Art Parkinson as Rickon Stark
Jamie Sives as Jory Cassel
Owen Teale as Alliser Thorne
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark
Miltos Yerolemou as Syrio Forel
2012 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Autographs Peter Dinklage Image

2012 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season One The Houses Checklist

9 die-cut cards. Inserted 1:12 packs.

H1 House Baratheon
H2 House Stark
H3 House Lannister
H4 House Tully
H5 House Targaryen
H6 House Arryn
H7 House Frey
H8 House Tyrell
H9 House Greyjoy

2012 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season One The Quotable Game of Thrones Checklist

9 cards. Inserted 1:12 packs.

Q1
Q2
Q3
Q4
Q5
Q6
Q7
Q8
Q9

2012 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season One You Win or You Die Checklist

5 cards. Inserted 1:24 packs.

SP1 Eddard Stark "Winter Is Coming"
SP2 Cercei Lannister "Everyone But Us Is The Enemy"
SP3 Robert Baratheon "Killing Things Clears My Head"
SP4 Daenerys Targaryen "I Do Not Have A Gentle Heart"
SP5 Jon Snow "I Am The Watcher On The Wall"

2012 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season One Shadowbox Cards Checklist

6 cards. Inserted 1:48 packs.

Cercei Lannister
Daenerys Targaryen
Eddard Stark
Jon Snow
Robb Stark
Tyrion Lannister

2012 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season One Incentives Checklist

Peter Dinklage Autograph - 6-case
Archive Box - 18-case

Product Review

2012 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season One Product Review

Reviewed by Ryan Cracknell

Good: Massive autograph checklist, nice variety of inserts, goes in-depth into the show's maze of characters.

Bad: Top autograph signers are tougher to find, not a huge fan of the base card fronts used on the character profile cards.

The Bottom Line: This is the first set in over a decade that my wife has shown even the smallest amount of interest in. As a non-collector, she instantly recognized the high-quality production values used throughout. She also appreciated the depths to which the release went. 2012 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season One "gets" its subject matter right. If focuses on the right things and ultimately adds to the lore and legend of the show. It comes with a loaded checklist that shows a wide variety of styles and technologies. And while some of these styles work better than others, Rittenhouse has produced one of the hobby's most rounded entertainment trading card sets of the year.

Staff Rating:
4.3 / 5.0

Card Design: 4.2/5.0

Just about everything in 2012 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season One looks fantastic. The cards take an elegant look throughout that seems fitting for the show. What stood out most to me was how every insert had its own distinct look and feel -- literally. It's most obvious on the die-cut The Houses cards that use a matte card stock shaped like a flag. What might be more overlooked are the Quotable inserts that come with a smooth, almost satin, finish.

Autographs have two different designs, both of which provide the perfect balance of photo space and white space for the signature.

Base cards have two different designs. I love the horizontal look of the episode recap cards. The images on the fronts are nearly all in perfect focus. Card backs offer both a second photo and a lengthy writeup, something that's very necessary for a show with so much happening.

But the episode cards make up less than half of the base set. The other cards have character profiles.The massive borders and fonts don't match up with the rest of the set and look off. At least for the regular cards. For whatever reason, these cards look much better on the foil parallels.

Checklist: 4.5/5.0

What more could a collector ask for? As far as autographs go, nearly every main character has at least one. And we're not talking a Friends-like group that could sit on a couch. One of the things that sets Game of Thrones apart from other shows is its dizzying cast size. To get so many of the key players to sign is an impressive feat. Many signed using both styles as well.

And while I don't have a problem with multiple autographs styles to cut production numbers for individual cards, I think it would have been nice to present them further in advance. It's been done for years with the various James Bond sets. Also, while none of the signers are terribly rare, the biggest stars have just one card. Thus, their signatures are much harder to pull. It also makes getting two lesser characters in a box very possible. But, 2012 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season One is about so much more than just autographs.

The base set structure is perfect. Given that the first season has just ten episodes, stretching out an entire 72-card set would be pushing it. It would make selecting quality images that much tougher and thin out the text on the back.

By dedicating so much of the set's checklist to the characters, it adds a level to both the cards and the show. For me, I now have a handy guide when I get mixed up as to who is related to who and who wants to off each other.

Value: 4.0/5.0

2012 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season 1 has so much happening. The many insert sets help maintain a nice balance between rarity and attainability. Because nearly everything is attractive, I do have an urge to go after all of it, particularly the basic inserts. That's something I rarely feel.

And while I prefer equal numbers when it comes to autographs, I understand that making some a little tougher helps a set out in the long run. And it's not like we're talking five copies or even 100. Each individual pack-inserted autograph has between 300 and 500 copies. Given the popularity of the show, that's not a ton -- individually. The secondary market may see a small glut of the less desirable signers as some people dabble in the set and don't chase it all, but it should be enough to absorb over time.

Again, it comes back to aiming for that balance of keeping things rare enough to maintain value, yet attainable enough to encourage people to want to collect.

The Fun Factor: 4.5/5.0

I'll be up front and admit that a lot of my fun opening 2012 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season One came from being able to share the experience with my wife. While she tolerates my collecting, it just doesn't appeal to her. But given the subject matter that interested her, we had a rare moment of sharing the hobby together. I see collecting as a social experience so it was definitely a highlight for me.

But if it were another solo break, I loved mulling over all the different designs and reading over the text. More than once I went back to my insert pile mid-break to look over the artistry used in some of them.

2012 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season One worked so well for me on so many levels. And although I hope and expect a few surprises for the inevitable set for season two, I think I'll be perfectly happy even if there aren't any tweaks.

2012 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season One Trading Cards, reviewed by Ryan Cracknell on 2012-08-02T10:41:00+00:00 rating 4.3 out of 5

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Ryan's collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

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