This week we are taking a closer look inside the boxes of some long-awaited products. Yesterday, we reviewed Downton Abbey Collectible Cards: Seasons 1 & 2. Today we’ll see what is in a box of Breygent’s American Horror Story Trading Cards.
American Horror Story Base Card
When American Horror Story premiered in October of 2011 with a family moving into a haunted house filled with spirits, viewers had no idea that by the time Season One ended, almost everyone in the cast would be dead. The cast, that included Jessica Lange, Dylan McDermott, and Connie Britton as well as a great screenplay made The Murder House of Season One a hit for FX, and this November, Season 4 will continue with more shocking, horrific moments to feed our nightmares.
Collectors were excited when Breygent Marketing announced it had the license for American Horror Story, and it was over a year ago when the first AHS promos appeared at the Spring 2013 Chicago Collectors Show. Since then, there was a preview set that quickly sold out, and many more promos. Tom Breyer, showman that he is, has posted images on Card Talk of the many Costumes, Autograph, and Sketch cards to whet our appetites. Finally, release day is here, and little red boxes of AHS are being shipped to good and bad little boys and girls everywhere. I was able to snag one of the first boxes, and here’s what was inside:
- The box contains 24 packs with 6 cards per pack. There are 72 base cards, and I got a full set plus 55 extras, each with a full bleed color image with no text on front. It has been three years since I had seen the show, and I had forgotten many of the details found on the cards. When I first looked at the cards, I stared at the back for quite a while looking for a number. The thin numbers are dark red on a black background on the bottom right of the card backs. Wear your bifocals in a brightly lit room and you should be okay.
- There are also parallel cards, I received eight in my box. These are printed on a different stock, with colored borders. There were three red borders, two green and two silver (surprisingly the same two images). The coolest parallel had a gold/orange border, with a number 10/10 in the right lower corner.
American Horror Story Autograph Card
American Horror Story Relic Card
- There are three foil insert sets, each with nine cards. I had two of each in my box. Creepy Moments features some of those “Holy Cow!” moments you don’t expect. They have a holo-foil finish and don’t scan well, but really look nice. The Location subset is also a holo-foil set, it is a nine-card puzzle, and the backs describe the various haunted rooms in the Murder House. The Quotes set features some great lines from the show, such as Jessica Lange’s character Constance snarling “Don’t make me kill you again.” to maid Moira.
- Big hits include Relics, Autographs and Sketches. I received two relics and an autograph. The sketches will be hard to find. My relics were ARC33, a colorful dress worn my Jessica Lange, and ARC34, the iconic black rubber suit worn by Dylan McDermott. I was very pleased with both of these pulls. My autograph was Lily Rabe as Nora Montgomery. Once again, very happy with this auto, Rabe had a smaller role in Season 1, but played bigger roles in Seasons 2 and 3.
Overall a beautifully done set. Breygent has scheduled releases of the next two Seasons of AHS, Asylum and Coven, for later this year, so more horrors are in store for us. This is a home run for Breygent and it may surpass Grimm in popularity.
American Horror Story Quotes Card