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2005 Inkworks Serenity Trading Cards

2005 Inkworks Serenity Trading Cards

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2005 Inkworks Serenity trading cards are more popular than the box office of its subject matter might suggest. Despite the cinematic spinoff of TV's Firefly being a moderate success, the trading cards remain very active on the secondary market. Bolstered by Firefly's ultra-passionate fans, the set includes a comprehensive autograph checklist and several other extras.

The base set has 72 cards. Recapping the film, it also has cards that center on the lead characters and behind-the-scenes glimpses. While it's expensive, the set has held more value than a lot of other modern base sets.

Every box of 2005 Inkworks Serenity has both an autograph and a Pieceworks costume card. The list of signers is impressive, encompassing all of the Serenity's crew. Highlights include Nathan Fillion (Captain Mal), Summer Glau (River), Jewel Staite (Kaylee) and Morena Baccarin (Inara). Chiwetel Ejiofor, an Oscar nominee for 12 Years a Slave, is the set's lone redemption. With Inkworks long out of business, the card can no longer be redeemed.

Basic inserts stick largely to the Inkworks pattern. Renegades is a nine-card foil set that doubles as a puzzle. Women of Serenity features a die-cut design and highlights the popular females from the movie.

Boxes come with one of three The Truth Within box toppers as well as a promo card for Serenity actions figures (which have special promo cards of their own). Cases have a Browncoats Unite! card that isn't inserted in packs.

2005 Inkworks Serenity boxes are extremely tough to find now. The supply dried up almost immediately after its release. They come with 36 packs of six cards.

The popularity of this set led to Inkworks making a set for the Firefly TV show not longer after, despite the fact it had been cancelled for some time after lasting just one season. Like this set, the Firefly cards remain popular today.

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2005 Inkworks Serenity Checklist

Base Set Checklist

2005 Inkworks Serenity Trading Cards 1

1 Title Card
2 Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds
3 Zoe Alleyne-Washburne
4 Hoban "Wash" Washburne
5 Inara Serra
6 Jayne Cobb
7 Kaylee Frye
8 Simon Tam
9 River Tam
10 Shepherd Derrial Book
11 The Operative
12 Reavers
13 Earth-That-Was
14 Trouble in Utopia
15 River's Ordeal
16 Escaping the Alliance
17 Aboard the Serenity
18 Four Robbers and a Mule
19 Inside the Trade Station
20 Entering the Vault
21 A Monster Among Us
22 The Big Heist
23 Spotted by the Reavers
24 The Great Chase
25 Companions in Training
26 Mingo and Fanty
27 River's Rampage
28 Meet Mr. Universe
29 The Girl Most Wanted
30 The Mining Camp
31 The Shepherd's Flock
32 Love...or a Trap?
33 Inara's World
34 The Deadly Pursuer
35 Visions of Horror
36 The Road to Miranda
37 Fateful Decision
38 Death of a Friend
39 Target: The Alliance
40 Significant Others
41 The Miranda Landing
42 A Team Well-Suited
43 City of the Dead
44 Armed against Terror
45 Ghosts of Miranda
46 The Operative's Ship
47 Serenity Under Fire!
48 Within a Sea of Ships
49 Dodging Enemy Blasts
50 A Leaf on the Wind...
51 Taking a Stand
52 A Robot's Best Friend
53 The First Wave
54 Attack of the Reavers
55 Mal's Vital Mission
56 Team Serenity Strikes!
57 More than a Woman
58 The Unstoppable One
59 The Final Round
60 The Dear Departed
61 Repairing a Firefly
62 Two for the Road
63 A New Beginning
64 One Man's Brainchild
65 The Inara Connection
66 Vehicles and Lovers
67 A Galactic Western
68 Space Vehicles
69 The Mule Hovercraft
70 Ships of the Alliance
71 River and the Town
72 Checklist

Autographs Checklist

10 cards. Inserted 1:36 packs. Ejiofor available via redemption.
2005 Inkworks Serenity Trading Cards 2

Pieceworks Checklist

8 cards. Inserted 1:36 packs.
2005 Inkworks Serenity Trading Cards 3

PW1 Shirt Worn by Nathan Fillion as Mal
PW2 Pants Worn by Gina Torres as Zoe
PW3 T-Shirt Worn by Adam Baldwin as Jayne
PW4 Shirt Worn by Alan Tudyk as Wash
PW5 Shirt Worn by Jewel Staite as Kaylee
PW6 Pants Worn by Morena Baccarin as Inara
PW7 T-Shirt Worn by Sean Maher as Simon
PW8 T-Shirt Worn by Chiwetel Ejiofor as The Operative

Renegades Checklist

9 cards. Inserted 1:11 packs. Cards form a foil puzzle.
Also available as an uncut sheet (#/199).

R1 Zoe's Better Half
R2 Captain of the Ship
R3 Armed and Dangerous
R4 Serenity's Crew
R5 A Firefly of His Own
R6 Madness on Miranda
R7 A Boy Named Jayne
R8 Jayne the Hard Way
R9 The Doctor Is In
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Women of Serenity Checklist

5 cards. Inserted 1:17 packs.

WS1 Zoe on the Job
WS2 Inara the Companion
WS3 A Mechanic Named Kaylee
WS4 Girl on the Run
WS5 Serenity's Angels
2005 Inkworks Serenity Trading Cards 5

The Truth Within Checklist

3 cards. Inserted one per box as a box loader.

BL1 The Girl Who Knew Too Much
BL2 A Child Shall Lead Them
BL3 Beauty Is the Beast
2005 Inkworks Serenity Trading Cards 6

Case Loader Checklist

CL1 Browncoats Unite!
2005 Inkworks Serenity Trading Cards 7

Promo Cards Checklist

2005 Inkworks Serenity Trading Cards 8

SP-1 Cast
SP-CEE Wash, Mal, Zoe (Chicagoland Expo)
SP-i Jayne (Inkworks website)
SP-NSUD Crew Looking at Mal (Non-Sport Update Variant Issue)
SP-SD2005 Cast (2005 San Diego Comic-Con)
SP-WW Mal, Jayne (Wizard World Chicago)
DST-1 Action Figures (inserted 1/box)

Action Figure Promo Cards Checklist

Included with Serenity action figures.
2005 Inkworks Serenity Trading Cards 9

DSS4 Soldier of Fortune
DSS5 Jayne

Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His 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.

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