GOLDENEYE (Graffiti / Inkworks)
As a tie-in to the latest James Bond adventure “GoldenEye”, the American based trading card manufacturer “Graffiti” jumps on the Bond wagon and presents us with a 90 card trading card set. Again the whole film story is displayed in trading card format. As a motive to the film title, the cards were packed by eight in beautiful gold foil wrappers. A complete counter display box contained 36 packs. If you purchased a whole box you were guaranteed one full basic set but if good luck was around, it was possible to get two basic sets per box. The cards, wrappers and packaging were superbly finished,. The retail price for a pack was 1,50£ about 2,00€. This card set was the last one manufactured under the name of “Graffiti”, very soon after this card set release the company name was changed from “Graffiti” into “Inkworks”, who went on to do bigger things in the world of 007, but more of that later.
Although other companies had experimented with chase cards like the Moonraker stickers from “Topps” or the hologram cards in the gold set from Eclipse were you could find most of them in each box, this was the first true chase cards of what we think of them now were there are limited numbers per box. Good fortune for the many card collectors there where only eighteen specials or chase card to collect. The first chase set existed of three cards, combining the three cards together would display the famous 007 Gunlogo and the film title “GoldenEye”. The cards are numbered from JB1 until JB3 and were randomly inserted in 1/35 packs. This Gunlogo chase set is the toughest in the “GoldenEye” card series, but from time to time they do pop up on eBay and other web retail stores.
"007 GoldenEye Chase Card Set"
A second chase card set, numbered from Q1 until Q6 is the six part Q-card set. Six different cards each printed in another colour. The reverse of cards describes all the gadgets that were invented by Q-branch and afterwards issued to James Bond. And as you know: “Q” never jokes about his work. The Q-cards were randomly inserted in 1/17 packs.
"Q-Cards Chase Set"
The last chase set exists of nine foil cards which compose a puzzle exposing the following text “BOND JAMES BOND”. The puzzle cards were randomly inserted in 1/11 packs. As I mentioned before, all these chase cards are frequently for sale on eBay and other card fairs..
"Composite Chase Card Set"
To protect this lovely card set, the card company manufactured a marine blue collector’s album or binder. The film title ”GoldenEye” was printed in a gold colour on the binder. Manufactured in very low numbers these binders are a much sought after piece of James Bond memorabilia. I’ve noticed starting prices of 250€ and more on eBay. An example of this happened on the 26th May 2008 were somebody placed a bid of 263€, this seemed high to me but I was l lucky, as I only paid 10€ for mine. It pays to shop around and only pay what you can afford.
"GoldenEye Exclusive Binder"
As a bonus for the name change from “Graffiti” to “Inkworks” the card company issued a numbered limited edition promotion card. They only printed 500 pieces. The cards where distributed during a card collectors convention in Hawaii.
The general promotion card P1 was exactly the same as the one that was distributed in Hawaii, except for the reverse side. The reverse was packed with stunning information for the release of the coming trading card series.
In 1995 “Graffiti” distributed a transparent folder to all of their card distributors. The folder was provided with a beautiful golden Gunlogo and contained one “GoldenEye” sell-sheet. These folders and sell-sheets are very hard to find, the reason for that is very simple, most were destroyed, due to the name change from “Graffiti” to “Inkworks”.
The wrappers were superbly finished in a gold colour foil and contained eight randomly chosen cards. Notice the price tag on the wrapper: 1,50£. Also available was a double foulded sell-sheet, a sell-sheet is an announcement or promotion flyer to enhance the coming card sales. Sell-sheets are a much sought after memorabilia product among the card collectors.
The counter display boxes were packed by ten and came in a hardboard case as shown here below. Notice the company name "Graffiti" that later changed into "Inkworks".
Some uncut sheets with Base cards and Chase cards can be found on the internet. Nowbody knows exactly how many of these sheets din't make it into the cutting machine. So that fact knowing these sheets are quiet rare. The sheets are shown here below.
"Uncut sheet with all the Base cards"
"Front of an uncut sheet with all the Chase cards"
"Reverse of an uncut sheet with all the Chase cards"
"Advertising the cards"
“Basic Card Set”