Based on the popular series of children books by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter, follows the adventures of an aspiring wizard. The series gave birth to a series of movies and in turn a line of popular trading cards based on the films as well as a trading card game (TCG).
Tribute to the Films
Originally released by trading card manufacturer Artbox in 2004, the first trading card product was actually based on the third film in the series Prisoner of Azkaban and was one of the most popular entertainment trading card products ever produced. It featured autographs of key participants in the film, Emma Watson and Gary Oldman. The following year, Artbox released the The Sorcer’s Stone which was based on the first film. The out of order product release caused some initial confusion in the market for non-diehard fans of the series. The autograph checklist included John Hurt and John Cleese. That same year also saw the release of the Goblet of Fire set. In 2006, Artbox released a, well received, update set to Goblet of Fire as well as a product for Chamber of Secrets. All of these products capitalized on strong autograph checklists, wardrobe and costume cards and a special insert called Cinema Film Cel, which utilized a pair of actual cels from a print of the film embedded into the card themselves.
The Harry Potter Trading Card Game was at one time the number two, best selling game/toy in the United States. Originally released to coincide with the debut of the franchise’s first film, the critically acclaimed game proved a healthy rival to traditional TCG’s that had dominated the market such as Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokémon. Produced by Wizards of the Coast in 2001, the game was a perfect compliment to the company’s other popular role playing and TCG’s, Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: The Gathering.
Harry Potter Card Sets
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