2011 Rittenhouse Archives Warehouse 13: Season Two Trading CardsBrand: Rittenhouse Archives
Warehouse 13: Season Two Trading Cards Product Review
Reviewed By Ryan Cracknell
Good: Excellent autograph checklist that includes all the main cast members, limited print run with numbered base cards, clean design.
Bad: Given price point, packs could have better protection, two different autograph designs may cause confusion with casual collectors.
The Bottom Line: Like a lot of products from Rittenhouse Archives, Warehouse 13: Season Two is for the show's small but dedicated fan base. It includes autographs from all the major cast members. The limited nature ensures every card in the release will hold collectibility well into the long-term. For under $50, getting two autographs and a costume card offer strong value, even as entertainment card collectors continue to adjust to the new premium format.
Card Design: 4.0/5.0
The base set has a clean horizontal design that is dominated by a screenshot from the highlighted episode. A nameplate along the bottom and small black border on the right side hold the image in nicely. Card backs offer a generous synopsis.
Autographs come in two designs. One continues from the Season One set and I'm not too wild about it. They look as though the actor is trapped in a cryogenic chamber with only a window to show their face, which is obscured by a subtle streaking line effect. Those who signed for the first set have a nice, more traditional design that looks much sharper. Character portraits are offset by a generous signing area in perfect balance.
I like that the relic costume cards incorporate the trademark crates from the show into the design. The box acts as a frame for the swatch with a generous character shot sitting on the top part of the card.
Although unique in their design, the Snag It, Bag It, Tag It cards are likely to appeal mainly to hardcore fans as they merely include a shot of an artifact and not any characters or action from the show. Granted, the fold-over cards offer some initial intrigue and the outer crate is a wonderful idea, but the execution calls for something a little more.
For autographs, this set is perfect. It covers all the major cast and several notable co-stars. Although the likes of Eddie McClintock and Genelle Williams might not mean a lot to those who don't watch Warehouse 13, fans of the show are bound to be excited be their inclusion and all the regulars. For those of us who don't watch the show, there's Tia Carrere (Wayne's World), Jaime Murray (Dexter) and CCH Pounder (The Shield).
At 27 cards, the base card is too small. I'd rather pay a couple extra dollars and have a few character cards added per pack and bring the checklist up to about 45-50 cards. Even numbering a basic insert set as part of the main set could work as well.
With their premium pack releases, Rittenhouse has managed to squeeze about a box-worth of traditional content into a box minus all the excess base cards. Pricing it out by hits, these packs are actually cheaper than boxes. But what really makes this set such a great break is that there's so many key signers that hold decent value on the secondary market.
The Fun Factor: 3.0/5.0
As with any single-pack product, there's the anticipation of knowing something cool lurks inside followed by the quick deflation afterward. I don't want to say letdown, because the product is a good one. But after a few minutes there's not the amount of content to flip through and mull over. Collectors who like to sort through their cards will be done in a couple of minutes, simply because there's not much to sort through. That said, not many collectors are going to drop $40-50 on a pack of cards and not know what they're getting into and those that like to sort stacks of cards aren't likely to try it.
Based on the popular Syfy series, Warehouse 13: Season Two sees Rittenhouse Archives switch to a premium pack format. Offering two autographs and a relic card in every pack, the set has a very limited print run. All 26 base set cards are numbered to 250, while Relics and Snag It, Tag It, Bag It inserts are numbered to 350. The autograph checklist includes all the show's regulars, like Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly, as well as such notable guests stars as Tia Carrere and Jaime Murray.
Estimated Release Date: 10/5/11
Product Configuration: 15 packs per box, six cards per pack
Price Point: High-End Entertainment Card
Target Audience: Warehouse 13 Fans, Sci-Fi Fans, Entertainment Card Collectors, Autograph Collectors, Memorabilia Card Collectors
- 30 Autographs
- 15 Total Numbered Relic Cards
- 15 Numbered Snag It, Bag It, Tag It Inserts
- 30 Numbered Base Cards
- 90 Total Cards
- 26-card base set includes two recap cards for each episode from the show's second season. Base cards are numbered to 250.
- Autographs (18 cards, two per pack) include Eddie McClintock (Pete Lattimer), Genelle Williams (Leena), Allison Scagliotti (Claudia), CCH Pounder (Mrs. Frederic), Joanne Kelly (Myka Bering), Jaime Murray (H.G. Wells), Saul Rubinek (Artie Nielsen) and Tia Carerre (Agent Logan).
- Nine Relic Cards (/350, one per pack) include costumes from both main cast members and notable guests.
- Snag It, Bag It, Tag It is a nine-card insert set that features folded cards. Folded up, they look like a crate from the show. Unfolding the card reveals the highlighted relic. Cards are inserted one per pack and are numbered out of 350.
- Sold separately, a custom binder also comes with a P3 promo card.