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Alien Anthology Trading Card Set Announced!

Upper Deck are due to release the Alien Anthology trading card set at the end of March 2016. Upper Deck is probably known to Alien and Predator collectors as the company responsible for the fantastic Legendary Encounter games (both Alien and Predator). It has been revealed that the company will also be producing a trading card set celebrating the Alien films:

“Chronicling each of the four movies in cardboard form, 2016 Upper Deck Alien Anthology looks back at the storied franchise with a comprehensive release. Top options include sketch cards and actor autographs.

Focusing on artwork instead of movie images, classic scenes are depicted with a variety of original art across a 100-card base set. Foil base parallels combine with standard insert to average one per pack.

A list of signers is not yet available but a key component of the release will be Autographs for top names in the overall film series and some will be short-printed. Another premium option, one-of-one Sketch cards offer original interpretations for notable characters and moments in Alien history.

Adding a non-traditional wrinkle to the mix, replica Marine Dog Tags (1:20 packs) can also be found as well as a limited Dog Tag Autograph (1:4 cases – #/5) parallel that is signed by select actors.

More traditional inserts each fall at 1:7.5 packs and include Character Bios, Weyland Yutani Propaganda Posters and artwork from the Legendary Encounters deck-building game.”

The Alien Anthology Trading Card Set will contain artwork based on the films rather than screen captures. Alien Anthology Trading Card Set Announced!

The Alien Anthology trading card set will contain artwork based on the films rather than screen captures.

170316_02 Alien Anthology Trading Card Set Announced!

In addition to the normal Dog Tag cards, the Alien Anthology trading card set will also feature autographed variants of the Dog Tag cards. The above signature is a placeholder of Ken Griffey Jr's signature. Alien Anthology Trading Card Set Announced!

In addition to the normal Dog Tag cards, the Alien Anthology trading card set will also feature autographed variants of the Dog Tag cards. The above signature is a placeholder of Ken Griffey Jr’s signature.

The full details of whose signatures will be included in the set are not available yet. The Alien Anthology trading card set will only be covering the Alien films – no Prometheus or Alien vs. Predator – and marks the first time since the Alien vs. Predator: Requiem set by Inkworks that Alien has returned to trading card form.

Thanks to Machiko Naguchi for the news.



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  1. Darwinsgirl

    I just bought the base set from ebay.   

    The prices are all over the place on the dog tags and autograph cards. I'm not an experienced card buyer. Do prices go up or down as time goes on? By time I mean 6 months?
  2. Machiko Naguchi
    Yeah there are some expensive prices definitely. I will just try to get the basics and then try to find some sketches and autographs every once in a while if the price is right. Even the artist autograph ones can be pricey for what they are. I appreciate the uniqueness of the 1 of 1 stuff but it makes it difficult to try to get any kind of completion.
  3. FiorinaFury161
    Yeah, I just checked out some of the prices for the autos. As a current (and big time former) sports trading card collector, I can say that I am not surprised. Still keeping my eyes out for the Dance/Dutton dual auto (nothing yet).

    Remember: The quicker the boxes get broken open, the higher the price will be to get one (or two, or three, or four ;D )
  4. Corporal Hicks
    I had my concerns about that too - especially because of how few of the chase cards you seem to get in a box. You'll have to be buying entire boxes and cases to get all those chase cards.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CfOKVmvUUAAOw2s.jpg:large

    https://twitter.com/Randy_Martinez/status/717068875427262464

    Just checking out some of the eBay auctions. Holy Jesus Christ, how much are people daring to charge for shipping?! £30+ for a single card! Some people are just out to take the piss. Get real.

    The actual card prices seem quite reasonable to me. £10-20 is what I'd expect.

    Edit: never mind, I've got to the silly hundreds for some autographs. Le sigh.

    My local also reckons it's not looking good for receiving them over here. What the f**k are Upper Deck playing at with this?
  5. Machiko Naguchi
    Just checked out some of the stuff on ebay from this set. The regular set and basic inserts aren't too bad but anything else is nuts expensive. Things like dog tags, sketches and all the autographs are pretty high. Initial thoughts are that its a nightmare for somebody that tries to be a comprehensive collector. Not just because of price but also because there are so many 1 of 1 and autograph parallels and such.

    Oh and I also just realized there is a silver foil parallel for the entire base set as well.
  6. Corporal Hicks
    http://i535.photobucket.com/albums/ee351/roynajmeddine/roynajmeddine020/alien_zpsu83sztha.jpg

    http://richmolinelli.com/Images/Artwork/Sketch%20Cards/Aliens.Anthology.Facebook.jpg

    http://orig11.deviantart.net/622d/f/2016/091/3/e/glebe_alien_alien_anthology_sketch_cards_by_twynsunz-d9xan9j.jpg

    The sheer amount of unique sketch cards make this seem a little daft. Do they usually have that many?

    Just messaged my local again to ask. Gotta wait until Monday to find out from UK suppliers.  :(

    Checklist -

    100 cards.

    Parallels:

    Silver Foil
    Autographs
    ACTOR AUTOGRAPHS
    16 cards.

    SA-BP Bill Paxton
    SA-CD Charles S. Dutton
    SA-CH Carrie Henn
    SA-CS Cynthia Scott
    SA-DK Daniel Kash
    SA-DP Dominique Pinon
    SA-GD Gary Dourdan
    SA-HS Harry Dean Stanton
    SA-LH Lance Henriksen
    SA-MR Mark Rolston
    SA-PR Paul Reiser
    SA-RP Ron Perlman
    SA-RR Ricco Ross
    SA-SW Sigourney Weaver
    SA-TS Tom Skerritt
    SA-VC Veronica Cartwright

    DUAL ACTOR AUTOGRAPHS
    15 cards.

    DA-CH Lance Henriksen , Carrie Henn
    DA-CS Harry Dean Stanton, Veronica Cartwright
    DA-DD Charles Dance, Charles S. Dutton
    DA-DR Daniel Kash, Ricco Ross
    DA-HR Mark Rolston, Lance Henriksen
    DA-PD Dominique Pinon, Gary Dourdan
    DA-PH Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen
    DA-PR Mark Rolston, Bill Paxton
    DA-PW Bill Paxton, Sigourney Weaver
    DA-RH Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser
    DA-SC Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright
    DA-SR Ricco Ross, Cynthia Scott
    DA-SS Harry Dean Stanton, Tom Skerritt
    DA-WH Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn
    DA-WS Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt

    LEGENDARY GAME ART AUTOGRAPHS
    10 cards.

    LA-1 Kevin Enhart
    LA-2 Kevin Enhart
    LA-3 Adam Brown
    LA-4 Adam Brown
    LA-5 Kevin Enhart
    LA-6 Vinz Tabanaz
    LA-7 Vinz Tabanaz
    LA-8 Kevin Enhart
    LA-9 Adam Brown
    LA-10 Vincenzo Cucca

    SPACE MARINE DOG TAG AUTOGRAPHS
    15 cards.

    DTA-BS Lance Henriksen /5
    DTA-BU Paul Reiser /5
    DTA-CR Gary Dourdan /5
    DTA-DA Tom Skerritt /5
    DTA-DI Cynthia Scott /5
    DTA-DR Mark Rolston /5
    DTA-ER Sigourney Weaver /5
    DTA-JL Veronica Cartwright /5
    DTA-JO Ron Perlman /5
    DTA-LD Charles S. Dutton /5
    DTA-RJ Carrie Henn /5
    DTA-RR Ricco Ross /5
    DTA-SB Harry Dean Stanton /5
    DTA-VR Dominique Pinon /5
    DTA-WH Bill Paxton /5

    WEYLAND YUTANI PROPAGANDA POSTERS AUTOGRAPHS
    10 cards.

    WY-1 Patty Earp /70
    WY-2 Patty Earp /70
    WY-3 Patty Earp /70
    WY-4 Patty Earp /70
    WY-5 Patty Earp /70
    WY-6 Patty Earp /70
    WY-7 Patty Earp /70
    WY-8 Patty Earp /70
    WY-9 Patty Earp /70
    WY-10 Patty Earp /70

    Inserts
    CHARACTER BIOS
    12 cards.

    CB-AC Annalee Call
    CB-DA Dallas Arthur
    CB-DP Dennis Parker
    CB-ER Ellen Ripley
    CB-FE Frank Elgyn
    CB-JG Jonathan Gediman
    CB-JL Joan Lambert
    CB-JO Johner
    CB-JV John Vriess
    CB-LB Lance Bishop
    CB-MP Martin Perez
    CB-WH William Hudson

    LEGENDARY ENCOUNTERS ART
    10 cards.

    LA-1
    LA-2
    LA-3
    LA-4
    LA-5
    LA-6
    LA-7
    LA-8
    LA-9
    LA-10

    SPACE MARINE DOG TAGS
    15 cards.

    DT-BS Bishop
    DT-BU Burke
    DT-CR Christie
    DT-DA Dallas Arthur
    DT-DH Dwayne Hicks
    DT-DI Cpl. Dietrich
    DT-DR Drake
    DT-GE Gediman
    DT-JL Joan Lambert
    DT-JO Johner
    DT-LD Leonard Dillon
    DT-PA Parker
    DT-RJ Rebecca “Newt” Jorden
    DT-SB Samuel Brett
    DT-VR Vriess

    WEYLAND YUTANI PROPAGANDA POSTERS
    10 cards.

    WY-1
    WY-2
    WY-3
    WY-4
    WY-5
    WY-6
    WY-7
    WY-8
    WY-9
    WY-10

    Sketch Cards
    38 artists.

    Melike Acar
    Jason Adams
    Mitch Ballard
    Federico Blee
    Benjo Camay
    Neil Camera
    Luiz Campelo
    Patricio Carrasco
    Marco Carrillo
    Justin Castaneda
    Jason Crosby
    JJ Dzialowski
    Harold Edge
    Mauro Fodra
    Allen Geneta
    Abdul Ghofur
    Mick and Matt Glebe
    Daniel Gorman
    Charles Hall

    John Haun
    Elvin Hernandez
    David Hindelang
    Jade Isaig
    Rustico Limosinero
    Julian Lytle
    Adriana Melo
    Barush Merling
    Rich Molinelli
    Nathan Ohlendorf
    Fabian Quintero
    Ken Racho
    Jezreel Rojales
    Tim Shay
    Bryan “SilverBaX” Sheppard
    Anthony Tan
    Ron Tan
    Lydi Li Tubillara
    George Vega
  7. Machiko Naguchi
    So the announcement said something about this set being released on Alien Day so I wonder why the previous sites had the end of March listed. You would have thought that Alien Day would have been the best time to do it all along.
  8. FiorinaFury161
    I am starting to think the sketch cards will be higher chased than the autos. Either way, looks like I will be getting a box! Aside from no "high end" pulls, I will donate cards to those on here that need/want them for their collection. You pay shipping costs of course ;D
  9. Corporal Hicks
    I think those are the sketch cards. According to the releases they're, "Another premium option, one-of-one Sketch cards offer original interpretations for notable characters and moments in Alien history."

    Another one.

    https://scontent-lhr3-1.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/11313450_682094171893595_1144354685_n.jpg

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BDmU9nbhO-B/

    Some other artists are posting theirs up too -

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BDmqxYizM8r/

    https://scontent-lhr3-1.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/12940166_1007758719300876_977777150_n.jpg

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BDmhT2QChN1/

    https://scontent-lhr3-1.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/s750x750/sh0.08/e35/12917914_267275283607172_1230419267_n.jpg

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cc5O-NyWAAEI2Aw.jpg:large

    https://twitter.com/MelikeAcar/status/706589100883775488

    Also saw this: https://www.instagram.com/p/BAvEyZ5LnfC/

    Not sure why she's signing though. Are they doing artist signed cards?
  10. elemental-of-all
    https://scontent-lhr3-1.cdninstagram.com/l/t51.2885-15/e35/12070786_1531580543812984_1340936123_n.jpg?

    Quote
    With the recent announcement of #AlienDay426, I got the approval to show these #artist #sketchcards I did for #UpperDeck celebrating the 40th anniversary! #Alien #Aliens #facehugger #xenomorph #alienanthology

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BDlyVPshOwl/

    Sick!

    So it looks like they take a few artists and give them a a handful of blank cards, and they draw up the same drawing a bunch of times and number them.

    So for example those 3 above there may be 10-20 of each of them?

    That's how it seemed to work when I looked into the firefly ones. Unless these are 1:1. But that seems unlikely.
  11. Corporal Hicks
    Upper Deck have said we should get some more info on the set next week.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CevcAl0WIAANZTL.jpg:large

    https://twitter.com/GTSDistribution/status/714906870205530113


    'ALIEN: Isolation' deserves its own set of trading cards.

    -Windebieste.
    Really does.

    So Winde is a man who likes to get stuff done!

    http://www.avpgalaxy.net/forum/index.php?topic=54195.0

    https://scontent-lhr3-1.cdninstagram.com/l/t51.2885-15/e35/12070786_1531580543812984_1340936123_n.jpg?

    Quote
    With the recent announcement of #AlienDay426, I got the approval to show these #artist #sketchcards I did for #UpperDeck celebrating the 40th anniversary! #Alien #Aliens #facehugger #xenomorph #alienanthology

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BDlyVPshOwl/
  12. elemental-of-all
    Very nice collection. It's like an advanced version of mine. Same thing, me and my old lady's spare bedroom decked out with alien and pred figs. Except she's the predator nut. I'm the demo addict. Tough fighting over shelf space :P

    My audio was crap so I wasent able to hear. But with your Palisades how are the collector numbers? Low? I always wondered how important that was to collectors.
  13. PRJ_since1990


    I plan on getting at least 1 box. But the lack of advertising baffles me. I bet 95% of the people that WOULD be interested in this dont know it exists. Which kinda sucks.
    Gotta spread the word lol


    This thread alone should sell a few boxs so that's good.

    If anyone ends up getting one before I do, would you mind uploading some pics? Or even do an unboxing?

    Hopefully I'll have a box mid April.
    I will absolutely do an unboxing video on my YouTube channel. Here's one of my newer videos and it's completely relevant! Would love if you guys would subscribe to me!

    Now I think I do want to get a box at least...
  14. elemental-of-all


    I plan on getting at least 1 box. But the lack of advertising baffles me. I bet 95% of the people that WOULD be interested in this dont know it exists. Which kinda sucks.
    Gotta spread the word lol

    This thread alone should sell a few boxs so that's good.

    If anyone ends up getting one before I do, would you mind uploading some pics? Or even do an unboxing?

    Hopefully I'll have a box mid April.
  15. PRJ_since1990
    Did it?

    I honestly don't recall seeing those. I swear I missed so much in that game because I was just too terrified to do any sightseeing :laugh:
    I completely understand. I took it so slow the first time because I wanted to fully immerse myself in the game. They really nailed everything in terms of keeping it in the ALIEN universe. And the posters and other propaganda felt right at home, despite the profoundly different style.
    'ALIEN: Isolation' deserves its own set of trading cards.

    -Windebieste.
    Really does. Perhaps they'll do just that if this sells well. So everybody in this thread needs to buy some! Lol
  16. Perfect-Organism
    Haha loving the idea of those propaganda cards, although why are they done in such a 1930s style?

    As a product designer, I can tell you that design can be cyclical.  Old ideas often resurface in the strangest of ways, and with new twists.  Most likely the designers of the posters are just referencing the classic posters of that era as a terrific propaganda tool.  They could also be doing that "in-universe", whereby the style of the 1930's could resurface in the 2100's (or whatever the era happens to be).  There really is no rhyme or reason for it.  Sometimes, individual designers or architects will come up with something clever, and the rest of the design community will follow along like sheep.  Take the ipod for example.  How many products have we seen which follow its overall contours since it came out?  Lots.  In the future, there may be this vibe of trying to convince people to do something heroic and monumental and move out to the stars.  What better way to convince people to do that then by referencing some of the most potent propaganda posters in history?

    By the same token, the old-school look of the Nostromo gear could be intended to act as an "instrument of comfort" for space travellers.  The designers of the future may be living in a zeitgeist which harkens back to a by-gone era, and designing their products accordingly.  All products tend to be a reflection of their times, or an intentional counter-point of their times.  Consider the Mini brand of automobiles.  They deliver a styling which was at its zenith in the 1950's.  And yet, it is perfectly on point today, precisely because it counter-points what is happening in design.
  17. FiorinaFury161
    I went to my local sports/non sports cards retailer yesterday and asked about these. He said they might get a box or two. He also claimed that they will more than likely not get a case due to that they don't want to sit on the unsold boxes. I told them that the boxes will have no problem selling, esp. since they are on ebay and such ;D
  18. Corporal Hicks
    I asked my local about this again and no new info yet.

    http://gogts.net/2016-upper-deck-alien-anthology-trading-cards/

    I've come across the Upper Deck presentation on the set though.

    http://gogts.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Alien-Anthology-Sell-Sheet_Page_2.jpg
    http://gogts.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Alien-Anthology-Sell-Sheet_Page_3.jpg
    http://gogts.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Alien-Anthology-Sell-Sheet_Page_4.jpg
    http://gogts.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Alien-Anthology-Sell-Sheet_Page_5.jpg
    http://gogts.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Alien-Anthology-Sell-Sheet_Page_6.jpg
  19. windebieste
    Get your bills paid, make sure enough food is in the fridge and put a few dollars into savings each pay day, be it $5 or $50.  Anything left over is yours to do what ever the Hell you want.  Anything.  Whether it be fill your life with trading cards, over priced ugly assed toys or anything else;  it becomes a justifiable reward when all that other RL shit is outta the way.

    There's no arguments, then.  Especially if you make it clear to her that she's just as entitled as you are to spending the excess funds on whatever you like.   We work hard to keep our house afloat, it's only fair we get rewarded for our efforts.

    -Windebieste.
  20. PRJ_since1990
    Looks cool but this is where I draw the line.  Maybe if I was 10...

    I mean if they released a coffee table book with this art in it, I'd probably be into that, but how do you explain to your wife a new trading card set.  Not that I have a wife, but... word to the wise, make sure to get all your toys before you get married...
    Lol check out some of my pictures in the collectors thread. My wife and I got a two bedroom apartment so I could fit it all in there. She knew I was into it. It's simply a hobby. The trick is to find that future wife who will support your interests, even if she's not into them herself.

    And as long as you don't spend every dime on the crap. That's grounds for waking up finding all of your stuff in the trash.
  21. Elmazalman
    Different strokes for different folks. Personally I still enjoy collecting these kind of things.

    More interestingly for me though - I wonder if this means we'll be seeing some new artists on the Legendary Encounters lines. I'd like to see more artists of this kind of calibre.

    http://beckett-www.s3.amazonaws.com/news/news-content/uploads/2016/01/2016-Upper-Deck-Alien-Anthology-Base.jpg
    That's my favourite so far.An artist's interpretation of Lambert's final moments would be nice too.
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