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2005 Inkworks Sopranos Season 1 Trading Cards

2005 Inkworks Sopranos Season 1 Trading Cards

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Just as The Sopranos is regarded as one of the greatest television shows of all-time, one could argue that the 2005 Inkworks Sopranos Season 1 trading cards were one of the most disappointing. But that's not to say the set is bad. Once you get past the autographs, it's actually a very strong set. It offers an in-depth look into the show's premier season with premium-style foil cards throughout.

The 2005 Inkworks Sopranos Season 1 base set has 72 cards. It starts off with a comprehensive list of character profiles. The 13 first season episodes are summarized with three cards each. Additional cards go behind the scenes and offer a glimpse at a deleted scene. All cards are done in foil, much like the card maker did with their Alias line.

Autographs are inserted one per box. But this is where the set is a major letdown. For starters, the list of signers is missing most of the key cast. The best card is Jamie-Lynn DiScala who played Tony's daughter, Meadow Soprano. The rest of the pack-inserted autographs are supporting cast members. No James Gandolfini, no Edie Falco, none of "the family." To make matters worse, all of them were distributed via redemption. With Inkworks long out of business, there's no hope of getting an autograph from a sealed box anymore. Overall, box prices have dropped accordingly. After the set was released a previously unannounced Dominic Chianese autograph was given to dealers as a case incentive.

In the years since Inkworks went out of business, a series of unsigned autograph cards has surfaced as well as an autographed Robert Iler (Anthony Soprano Jr.) card. You can learn about these by clicking the tab at the top of the page.

2005 Inkworks Sopranos Season 1 fell into the same pattern many of the company's other sets have. A nine-card foil puzzle, titled Family Matters, is inserted 1:11 packs. La Belle Donne, a six-card chase set that falls 1:14 packs, looks at the leading ladies of the show. Every sealed box also has one of three Business is Business Box Loader cards. The set is rounded out by a case loader of the show's creator, David Chase.

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2005 Inkworks Sopranos Season 1 Checklist

Base Set Checklist

1 Title Card
2 Anthony Soprano
3 Dr. Jennifer Melfi
4 Carmela Soprano
5 Christopher Moltisanti
6 Livia Soprano
7 Corrado "Junior" Soprano
8 Silvio Dante
9 "Paulie Walnuts" Gualtieri
10 "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero
11 Meadow Soprano
12 A.J. Soprano
13 Artie Bucco
14 Charmaine Bucco
15 Adrinana La Cerva
16 Mikey Palmice
17 Hesh Rabkin
18 Detective Vin Makazian
19 Brendan Filone
20 Father Phil Intintola
21 "Johnny Sack" Sacramoni
22 An American Family
23 Lethal Loyalty
24 Passing the Torch
25 Livia's Problems
26 Running into Fanny
27 At Green Grove
28 Goyum or Golem?
29 A Taste of Bucco
30 Special Delivery
31 Make Peace or War
32 Mikey Gets Stapled
33 The Power of Pride
34 Educating Meadow
35 Death of a Rat
36 Father Phil's Sleepover
37 All Hail The Boss
38 Over and Under
39 In This Together
40 Johnny Boy's Story
41 AJ Spills the Beans
42 Getting It Together
43 Dr. Melfi's Ex
44 A Visit from the Feds
45 Trouble with Agent Grasso
46 Daddy's Little Athlete
47 Winners Take All
48 A Friendly Game of Golf
49 Adriana's Possibilities
50 Amusing the Neighbors
51 Sit-Down with Hesh
52 The Betrayal
53 The Lowdown on Pussy
54 Vin Takes a Dive
55 Lunch with a Vision
56 A Hit Gone to Hell
57 The Split
58 Truth and Consequences
59 Taking Care of Business
60 The Moments of Good
61 Deleted Scene
62 A Second Family
63 Power Players
64 Where Melfi Fits In
65 Love and Choices
66 The Lightning Rod
67 Hesh in the Fold
68 Honor Thy Uncle
69 The Mayonnaisers
70 Dr. Melfi's Office
71 Satriale's Pork Store
72 Checklist
2005 Inkworks Sopranos Season 1 Trading Cards 1

Autographs Checklist

8 cards. Inserted 1:24 packs. All available via redemption. Note that redemptions can no longer be redeemed. Chianese given to dealers after the set was released as an incentive card.

A-AT Aida Turturro as Janice Soprano
A-DC Dominic Chianese as Corrado "Junior" Soprano
A-FP Frank Pellegrino as Frank Cubitoso
A-JA Jerry Adler as Herman "Hesh" Rabkin
A-JD Jamie-Lynn DiScala as Meadow Soprano
A-KN Kathrine Narducci as Charmaine Bucco
A-MS Matt Servitto as Agent Dwight Harris
A-PS Paul Schulze as Father Phil Intintola
A-SA Sharon Angela as Rosalie Aprile
AR-1 Redemption Card
2005 Inkworks Sopranos Season 1 Trading Cards 2

Family Matters Puzzle Checklist

9 cards. Inserted 1:11 packs. Cards fit together to form a collage puzzle. Inkworks also so an uncut sheet #/199 separately.

FM-1 The Gang's All Here
FM-2 Say "Uncle"
FM-3 A Boy's Best Friend
FM-4 Doctor and Patient
FM-5 Boot in Black
FM-6 Tour with Meadow
FM-7 Meet the Sopranos
FM-8 Taking on A.J.
FM-9 Future of the Family
2005 Inkworks Sopranos Season 1 Trading Cards 3

La Belle Donne Checklist

6 cards. Inserted 1:14 packs.

BD-1 Carmella Soprano
BD-2 Meadow Soprano
BD-3 Dr. Jennifer Melfi
BD-4 Isabella
BD-5 Jeannie Cusamano
BD-6 Adrianna La Cerva
2005 Inkworks Sopranos Season 1 Trading Cards 4

Business is Business Box Loader Checklist

3 cards. Inserted one per sealed box (not in packs).

BL-1 A Deal Is a Deal
BL-2 Pulling Strings
BL-3 The Law Closing In
2005 Inkworks Sopranos Season 1 Trading Cards 5

Case Loader Checklist

2005 Inkworks Sopranos Season 1 Trading Cards 6

Promo Card Checklist

2005 Inkworks Sopranos Season 1 Trading Cards 7

Unreleased Autographs

After Inkworks went out of business, a few additional Sopranos cards surfaced that were never officially released. One was an autograph of Robert Iler who player AJ, Tony's young son. There are also 12 unsigned autograph cards, including nearly all of the key cast members. All of the cards are now available on the secondary market.

Oh, what could have been.

Inkworks Sopranos Unreleased Autograph Cards Checklist

All are unsigned except for Robert Iler.

A-RI Robert Iler as Anthony Soprano Jr.
A-DD Drea de Matteo as Adriana La Cerva
A-DG Dan Grimaldi as Pasquale "Patsy" Parisi
A-EF Edie Falco as Carmela Soprano
A-JG James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano
A-LB Lorraine Bracco as Dr. Jennifer Melfi
A-MV Maureen Van Zandt as Gabriella Dante
A-PB Peter Bogdonavich as Dr Elliot Kupferberg
A-RL Robert Loggia as Michele "Feech" La Manna
A-SS Steven R Schirripa as Bobby "Bacala" Caccalieri
A-SV Steven Van Zandt as Silvio Dante
A-TS Tony Sirico as Paulie Walnuts
A-VP Vincent Pastore as "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero

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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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