2014 Rittenhouse Star Trek TOS Portfolio Profiles takes an artistic approach to the classic series. It has the show's first sketch cards since 2005. It also has a new autograph design for key members of the bridge crew. Boxes come with both a sketch card and an autograph.
The base set has 80 cards, one for each of the 79 episodes. The two-part "Menagerie" appropriately comes with two cards. Instead of taking shots from the shows like so many sets have done in the past, each card comes with poster-style artwork done by Juan Ortiz. Gold parallels fall one per box and come with a facsimile signature from the artist. Ortiz has also signed some Autograph parallels.
Each of the 50 episodes from seasons two and three are covered with the sketch cards. Unlike a lot of other sets where there's a lot of variety between sketches, episodes use the same image due to licensing. Artwork is still done directly on the card, though. This is similar to the sketches in 2005 Rittenhouse Star Trek Art and Images, which had artwork for the first season. Each 2014 Rittenhouse Star Trek TOS Portfolio Prints sketch card is limited to 200 copies or less.
Autographs come with two designs. Bridge Crew Autographs have a new design that includes two actor images. Signers for these cards are William Shater (Captain Kirk), Leonard Nimoy (Spock), George Takei (Sulu), Nichelle Nichols (Uhara), Walter Koenig (Chekov) and Grace Lee Whitney (Yeoman Rand). These autographs are inserted at least one per case.
The classic autograph design that dates back to the license's days with SkyBox are also included. Among those signing these are Yvonne Craig (Marta), Michael Barrier (Lt. DeSalle), Roger Perry (Capt. Christopher) and William O'Connell (Thelev).
2014 Rittenhouse Star Trek TOS Portfolio Prints also has a trio of basic insert sets. Ortiz's poster artwork returns for a 22-card set dedicated to the short-live Star Trek: The Animated Series. Other inserts include Bridge Crew Portraits (seven cards, 1:24 packs) and Bridge Crew Abstracts (nine cards, 1:24 packs).
Sealed cases come with a special card commemorating one of the two most iconic ships featured on the show, the U.S.S. Enterprise and the Romulan Warbird.
Those ordering six cases get a painted art card from some of the biggest names in the hobby. Charles Hall has Ships of Star Trek cards. Brothers Mick and Matt Glebe did a painted card based on "The Cage." The 2014 Rittenhouse Star Trek TOS Portfolio Prints nine-case incentive is a "Mirror, Mirror" dual autograph signed by William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. For ordering 18 cases, you get an Archive Box.
Product Configuration: 24 packs per box, 5 cards per pack
Price Point: Mid-End Entertainment Card
Target Audience: Star Trek Fans, Autograph Collectors, Sketch Card Collectors, Collectors Who Like Original Art
2014 Rittenhouse Star Trek TOS Portfolio Prints Box Break
- 1 Autograph
- 1 Sketch Card
- 2 Animated Series Poster Art Inserts
- 1 Bridge Crew Portraits Insert
- 1 Bridge Crew Abstracts Insert
- 1 Parallel
- 120 Total Cards
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2014 Rittenhouse Star Trek TOS Portfolio Prints Set Checklist
Base Set Checklist
2 Where No Man Has Gone Before
3 The Corbomite Maneuver
4 Mudd's Women
5 The Enemy Within
6 The Man Trap
7 The Naked Time
8 Charlie X
9 Balance of Terror
10 What Are Little Girls Made Of?
11 Dagger of the Mind
13 The Conscience of the King
14 The Galileo Seven
15 Court Martial
16 The Menagerie, Part 1
17 The Menagerie, Part 2
18 Shore Leave
19 The Squire of Gothos
21 The Alternative Factor
22 Tomorrow is Yesterday
23 The Return of the Archons
24 A Taste of Armageddon
25 Space Seed
26 This Side of Paradise
27 The Devil in the Dark
28 Errand of Mercy
29 The City on the Edge of Forever
30 Operation -- Annihilate!
33 Friday's Child
34 Who Mourns for Adonais?
35 Amok Time
36 The Doomsday Machine
37 Wolf in The Fold
38 The Changeling
39 The Apple
40 Mirror, Mirror
42 I, Mudd
43 The Trouble With Tribbles
44 Bread and Circuses
45 Journey to Babel
46 A Private Little War
47 The Gamesters of Triskelion
49 The Immunity Syndrome
50 A Piece of the Action
51 By Any Other Name
52 Return to Tomorrow
53 Patterns of Force
54 The Ultimate Computer
55 The Omega Glory
56 Assignment: Earth
57 Spectre of the Gun
58 Elaan of Troyius
59 The Paradise Syndrome
60 The Enterprise Incident
61 And the Children Shall Lead
62 Spock's Brain
63 Is There in Truth No Beauty?
64 The Empath
65 The Tholian Web
66 For the World is Hollow .
67 Day of the Dove
68 Plato's Stepchildren
69 Wink of an Eye
70 That Which Survives
71 Let That Be Your Last Battlefield
72 Whom Gods Destroy
73 The Mark of Gideon
74 The Lights of Zetar
75 The Cloudminders
76 The Way to Eden
77 Requiem for Methuselah
78 The Savage Curtain
79 All Our Yesterdays
80 Turnabout Intruder
TAS03 One Of Our Planets Is Missing
TAS04 The Lorelei Signal
TAS05 More Tribbles, More Troubles
TAS06 The Survivor
TAS07 The Infinite Vulcan
TAS08 The Magicks of Megas-Tu
TAS09 Once Upon a Planet
TAS10 Mudd's Passion
TAS11 The Terratin Incident
TAS13 The Ambergris Element
TAS14 The Slaver Weapon
TAS15 The Eye of the Beholder
TAS16 The Jihad
TAS17 The Pirates of Orion
TAS19 The Practical Joker
TAS21 How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth
TAS22 The Counter-Clock Incident
A259 Sean Morgan as Lt. O'Neil L
A261 Michael Barrier as Lt. DeSalle L
A263 David L. Ross as Eminiar Guard L
A265 Ralph Senensky, Director
A266 Gerald Fried, Composer
A267 Lee Duncan as Lt. Evans
A271 Budd Albright as Barnhart
A272 Budd Albright as Crewman Rayburn
A273 Richard Scotter as Lt. Painter
A275 Yvonne Craig as Marta EL
A276 Roger Perry as Captain John Christopher L
A277 Geoffrey Binney as Compton L
William Shatner as Captain Kirk EL
Leonard Nimoy as Spock VL
Walter Koenig as Chekov VL
Nichelle Nichols as Uhura VL
George Takei as Sulu VL
Grace Lee Whitney as Yeoman Rand VL
U8 Nurse Chapel
U9 Yeoman Rand
A Private Little War by Czop
All Our Yesterdays by Chuck Zsolnai
Amok Time by Steven Miller
And the Children Shall Lead by Brian Kong
Assignment: Earth by Brian Kong
Bread and Circuses by Brian Kong
By Any Other Name by Brian Kong
Catspaw by Dan Day
Day of the Dove by Todd Smith
Elaan of Troyius by Steven Miller
For the World is Hollow . by John Haun and John Czop
Friday's Child by Dan Day
I, Mudd by Dan Day
Is There in Truth No Beauty? by Sean Pence
Journey to Babel by Sarah Wilkinson
Let That Be Your Last Battlefield by John Czop
Metamorphosis by Brian Kong
Mirror, Mirror, by Dan Day
Obsession by Warren Martineck
Patterns of Force by Brian Kong
Plato's Stepchildren by Sean Pence
Requiem for Methuselah by Dan Day
Return to Tomorrow by Brian Kong
Spectre of the Gun by Brian Kong
That Which Survives by Sean Pence
The Apple by Brian Kong
The Changeling by Chuck Zsolnai
The Cloudminders by Chuck Zsolnai
The Deadly Years by Brian Kong
The Doomsday Machine by Brian Kong
The Empath by Darren Chandler
The Enterprise Incident by Dan Day
The Gamesters of Triskelion by Dan Day
The Immunity Syndrome by Brian Kong
The Lights of Zetar by Veronica Smith
The Mark of Gideon by Brian Kong
The Omega Glory by Sarah Wilkinson
The Paradise Syndrome by Chuck Zsolnai
The Savage Curtain by Steven Miller
The Tholian Web by Warren Martineck
The Trouble With Tribbles by Brian Kong
The Ultimate Computer by Brian Kong
The Way to Eden by Dan Day
Turnabout Intruder by Dan Day
Who Mourns for Adonais? by Justin Chung
Whom Gods Destroy by John Czop
Wink of an Eye by Steven Miller
Wolf in The Fold by John Czop
CT2 Romulan Warbird Portrait
Case Incentives Set Checklist
9-Case: DA32 William Shatner as Captain Kirk, Leonard Nimoy as Spock Mirror, Mirror Dual Autograph Card
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2014 Rittenhouse Star Trek TOS Portfolio Prints Product Review
Reviewed by Ryan Cracknell
Good: The cards look phenomenal, excellent change of pace, lots of fun.
Bad: Limitations on sketch cards take away their unique aspect, many autographs are from actors not known for much outside the show.
The Bottom Line: 2014 Rittenhouse Star Trek TOS Portfolio Prints boldly goes where no Trek set has gone before. And it’s the most refreshing set for the evergreen franchise in years. The theme is original and both the base set and the basic inserts are executed extremely well. The sketch cards don’t meet up with current hobby standards, though. Combine that with an autograph lineup that’s mostly lesser stars and guests and you’ve got a product that is lots of fun but might be hard to justify at full retail.
Card Design: 5.0/5.0
You’ve never seen a Star Trek set like this before. Taking every episode of the original series and converting it to a stylistic movie poster is brilliant. I also like that Rittenhouse let Juan Ortiz run wild throughout the set. He makes every card unique but there’s a cohesiveness in the body of work that’s distinct and brings it together.
This is the kind of set that I see myself paging and flipping through with regularity. And I’m not a huge Star Trek fan.
All of the inserts except autographs stick with the art theme, also to great success. The Animated Series gets the same treatment as the base set. The Bridge Crew Portraits and Abstracts sets are a little confusing by their themes and lack of text but the art is still very cool.
I like that the main set covers the entire series. While the concept is great, it’s not something I’d want to see stretched beyond on set. Something similar would be nice for another show but not the original series. Expanding it to include the Animated Series inserts is also smart.
Where the product falters a little is in the autographs. The majority of the signers are going to be unknown to a lot of people. The addition of a new autograph design for the bridge crew is nice and having one guaranteed per case also helps. But at the end of the day, for most collectors, the autograph might not have a lot of appeal.
Overall, this is a fairly rounded product but not one that wows with its depth.
From a strictly monetary perspective, unless you hit an autograph from one of the main crew, it’s going to be tough to recover a significant portion of your box price. Even though it’s likely a licensing thing and not by choice, repeating sketch cards for individual episodes takes away a lot of what makes a sketch card so fun. They work best when each feels unique. That’s not the case here.
If you’re intrigued by the art theme and not too concerned about sketch cards and autographs, going and getting a complete set might be a better choice.
The Fun Factor: 4.5/5.0
The base set alone has enough wow factor to make me love this product. It looks great, it’s different and commits fully to its theme. Some might think it’s weird. I love it. The basic inserts are solid while the premium autographs and sketch cards are okay but definitely not the highlight for me. I really can’t recommend the base set any higher.
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