FINALLY -- after over 5 years of Sharknado fandom comes the official Sharknado Trading Card Series we've all been waiting for. In cooperation with The SYFY Channel and The Asylum I've been working with David Latt (Producer), David Garber (Executive Producer) and Anthony Ferrante (Director) and we've put together a PHENOMENOL Sharknado collectible trading card series. And it's happening right now. This minute. And YOU can be part of the whole process AND add these cards to your Sharknado collection.
My name is Richard Parks, publisher (CEO, designer ... and janitor) at RRParksCARDS. Perhaps you've collected some of my previous card series which include The Three Stooges, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Gary Saves the Graveyard, and other card series. If so, you already know what to expect. If not, then just know that I don't do 'small' card series ... 'Too much is never enough!'. And I produce the types card series I myself want to collect. And Sharknado is exactly that -- this is the card series I want to exist. And it has extensive base sets covering Sharknado and Sharknado 2, genuine movie-used relic cards, Anaglyph 3D cards, beautiful original art sketch cards, subsets, Faux Film Cell cards, metal cards and more. This is the first series and it features Sharknado and Sharknado 2 (series two will feature Sharknado 3 and Sharknado 4 and series three will feature Sharknado 5 and Sharknado 6)
Here's a visual tour of Sharknado Trading Cards Series One:
Base Cards and subsets. There are TWO base sets in this series ... the first base set is a 90-card set of Sharknado. The series is sequentially numbered lovely photos as seen in Sharknado (and in the order seen in the movie). The back text is the shoot script for that scene so you can relive the movie in this 90-card set just as it happened. And that's the same for the 90-card set of Sharknado 2! BOTH movies. Two complete 90-card base sets for a total of 180 different cards. And the special subset is the "Bloody Subset" featuring gooey, nasty scenes of sharkish mayhem. My plan is to produce this subset with a special coating so the blood shimmers when cards are held at a light source. That's in the works as of this Kickstarter launch. In any event, though, the 'Bloody Subset' is another 18 cards (or more).
3D anaglyph 18 card subset. Oh this is cool -- RRParksCARDS has spared no expense in making this series all it can be and we've brought on the 3D anaglyph genius Christian LeBlanc (known for LOADS of 3D projects, perhaps best known for his 3D work on Star Wars projects). Each card features on the front a traditional red/blue anaglyph TRUE 3D photo. Using the free pair of 3D glasses you'll find in the box you can view the image in stunning THREEEEEE DIMENSIONSSSSS! On the back is a detail 3D image showing you a highlight of the next 3D card in this subset. Christian has shown me some of the cards he's done and they are lovely. If you collected Mystery Science Theater 3000 Series One you'll have seen his amazing anaglyph 3D work in those 18 MST3K cards.
Faux Film Cells. We all like adding truly unique cards to our collections and that's why Sharknado series one has Faux Film Cell cards. As well all know, Sharknado 1 and 2 were not released in the theater and so there are no 35mm cells existing. However, like I did for MST3K series one I've created Sharknado Faux Film Cell cards. These diecut cards each have a UNIQUE (no two cells alike) cell embedded in the card. Hold to a light source and you can see a brilliant full color UNIQUE film cell. There are four different in this special chase subset -- cells of 'Fin', 'April', 'Nova' and The Sharknado!
Relic Cards. These are pure magic! David Latt generously helped secure genuine movie-used costumes and props for the creation of these relic cards. Sharknado series one features FOUR different relic cards. One of Tara Reid's (April's) white jacket from the opening shots in Sharknado 2, Ian Ziering's (Fin's) jacket from Sharknado 4, the bloody sleeve of Tara's jacket in Sharknado 2 when the shark bit off her arm (how about THAT for an iconic genuine costume card!) and Cassandra Scerbo's (Nova's) military style combat jacket from Sharknado 5. These aren't replica props, these are the actual costumes SEEN in the movies. You'll be able to own an actual PIECE of Sharknado movie history.
Metal card box toppers. There are 12 planned. These are full metal, full color cards -- same size as standard trading cards but about twice as thick and produced in full metal from those terrific folks at Faerie Metal (the leaders in the metal card industry... besides being really nice guys). Each card has a full color Sharknado poster graphic on the front and a certificate of authenticity on the back. Boxes will have ONE of the TWELVE different cards inside the box top area (along with the free pair of 3D glasses). Collect all 12 ... or GET all 12 with a master level pledge.
Limited Edition portrait puzzle cards by Macarie Claudiu. Mr. Claudiu is a top shelf graphite realist artist who has worked on countless productions in his native Romania -- and he's also worked on portrait cards for my other trading card projects including Chronicles of the Three Stooges series 1, 2, 3, and 4 and Mystery Science Theater 3000 Series Two. He's done 9 different original portraits for this special limited edition subset. The fronts feature his artwork ... and the backs of the cards feature a 9-card puzzle scene of behind-the-scenes 'making of' Sharknado 2 with 'Fin' suspended by ropes, holding a chainsaw, with a greenscreen behind him.
Sketch Cards. These are special -- I've brought on the BEST artists in the hobby to work on these. What IS a 'sketch card'? A sketch card is a specially produced card that's had an original artwork painted, drawn, inked, graphited, etc. right on the card. NO two are alike because each is an actual original artwork. My first project to include sketch cards was MST3K Series One and the collector response was enormous and extremely enthusiastic. And that's because I bring on the best artists. As of this Kickstarter I'm still bringing on more artists but here's a list of those already hard at work on Sharknado sketch cards: Aaron Laurich, Achilleas Kokkinakis, Adam Beck, Andy Moore, Ariel Mamani, Brent Scotchmer, Brian Abston, Caleb King, Carlos Cabaleiro, Christian Baxter, Daniel Gorman, Danny Hayman, Darrin Pepe, Dave Gaskin, David Day, Eric Lehtonen, Gary Kezel, Ingrid Hardy, James Dickson, Jamie Cosley, Jamie Hitchcock, Jason Crosby, Jeff Abar, Jenette Brown, Jerry Bennet, Jerry Garcia Jr, Jim O'Riley, Jon Arton, Jon Mangini, Juan Rosales, Kevin P. West, Kris Penix, Kristin Allen, Kyle Burles, Laura Atikinson, Laura Martin, Lee Brown, Louise Draper, Marsha Parkins, Matt Appelgate, Matt Stewart, Norvietro Basio, Ray Racho, Rebecca Sharp, Rees Finaly, Rich Molinelli, Robert Floydman, Sammy Gomez, Scott Rorie, Tim Proctor, Tim Shay, Todd Smith, Tony Keaton, Trent Westbrook, Wayne Tully, and introducing Bujtor Klara. MORE being added, too!
Printing Plates. Every series I publish I obtain the actual printing plates from the printing company. I clean them up a little bit and attach a certificate of authenticity to the backs. Result? A unique, one-of-a-kind printing plate that was used to actually create the trading card series. They are the size of a standard trading card (but of course... they were used to print the card!). There's only ONE magenta card #13 printing plate, only ONE cyan card #44 back printing plate ... no matter what printing plate or plates you HAVE you are the ONLY one to every have that plate.
Progressive proofs are done during the printing production process. Sometimes the printer is testing the cyan plate or the cyan and black ink registrations. Sometimes progressive proofs have only one color, sometimes two colors... sometimes the back is blank and sometimes it has printing. These are neat 'oddities' and fun to collect because very few of each progressive proof are ever created -- and you'll have one of the few progressive proofs (too bad for other card collectors who don't jump on board this Kickstarter). I make these available on Kickstarters to make sure those who are supportive of a card series on Kickstarter will have something rare and fun for their collection.
Box and Packs. One thing I really like to see in trading card series is a LOT of cards per pack, a LOT of packs in a box, and a pricetag that's collector friendly. PLUS something creative with the box. So what I'm doing is publishing this series with 10 cards per pack (rather than the usual 5 or 6 cards like some publishers)... and 36 packs per box (instead of the usual 20 or 24 packs). And the box itself has 36 mini clipout cards on 24pt glossy stock and each card has front and back graphics in full color. Each pack has a full series checklist printed right on the inside of the wrapper (so you'll have enough wrappers it will be okay to actually write on one, marking off the checklist the way a checklist should be used). And if you're a card collector then you already know that 36 10-card packs for only $85 is TWICE as many cards for HALF as much money as other card series. I want this and ALL my card series to be affordable by as many collectors as possible.
SO HOW DO I GET ALL THIS AMAZING STUFF AND SATIATE MY DIRE NEED FOR SHARKNADO COLLECTIBLES???
It's easy. You'll notice there are many different pledge levels -- levels to fit all collector budgets.
Level 1: $4 You get THREE promo cards and the knowledge you helped my new company.
Level 2: $10 You get TWO sealed packs of cards. Each pack contains 10 different cards. Consider this a 'sampler' level. And you'll also get a promo card, too.
Level 3: $35 You get TEN sealed packs of cards plus 2 promo cards PLUS, available on through this Kickstarter, a rare progressive proof Sharknado card.
Level 4: $75 You get a FULL SEALED BOX of 36 10-card packs. Guaranteed to contain complete sets of Sharknado base set (90 cards), Sharknado 2 base set (90 cards), 'Bloody Subset' (18 cards currently planned but I might expand this), and all 18 Sharknado 3D cards (plus a free pair of 3D glasses to view them in all their dimensional glory). If your 36-pack box you'll find a few rare and scarce hit and chase cards which might include Faux Film Cell cards, limited edition Macarie Claudiu portrait art / puzzle back cards, genuine unique printing plate, genuine movie-used costume relic card, original art sketch card by some of the best sketch card artists in the hobby, and more. And each box has ONE full metal box topper card. PLUS, available on through this Kickstarter, a rare progressive proof Sharknado card and a Sharknado promo card.
Level 5: $160 Okay, this is the BIG level. This is for serious collectors who want complete collections of everything -- At this level you get a MASTER SET. What's in a MASTER SET? Well I'll tell you! It's everything ... You'll get the retail box. Inside, instead of finding random packs, you'll find a complete Sharknado base set (90 cards), Sharknado 2 base set (90 cards), 'Bloody Subset' (18 cards currently planned but I might expand this), and all 18 Sharknado 3D cards (plus a free pair of 3D glasses to view them in all their dimensional glory). You'll also get a complete set of all four Faux Film Cell cards, a complete set of the Macarie Claudiu portrait puzzle back cards, ONE genuine unique printing plate, ONE original art sketch card, a complete set of all 9 Metal Box Topper cards, a rare progressive proof Sharknado card, ALL Sharknado promo cards PLUS all FOUR genuine costume prop relic card. Everything including the 36 mini clipout cards right on the box. All sets and subsets completely collated and ready to load into your binders or boxes. I'll also include a stack of UNUSED Sharknado trading card wrappers plus other goodies. You'll have all the cards, promos, hit and chase cards. You won't have to constantly check on ebay to try and find a missing card. You'll have it ALL. Please note, since some of the special cards have a very low production number I may have to cut short this pledge level ... so if you want a master set, best to pledge early before it gets ended.
Level 6: $200 This includes the $75 pledge level 4 bundle (a full box of 36 packs) AND the $150 pledge level collection. So you'll have a master set PLUS a box full of packs you can have the fun of opening and building more sets... or squirrel away for some later date.
Level 6: $300 Four Box Level. At this level you get FOUR sealed 36-pack boxes (for the contents description of a box just look at Level Four above). A fun level for those who want to build sets and have duplicate sets to sell on ebay or give to a friend or simply keep because you're greedy and fiending for cards... the right level for those who love the thrill of seeking rare chase and hit cards... a perfect level for those wanting to have the odds in their favor of finding more than one sketch card, printing plate, prop card, or other limited edition material. This level also includes the promo cards. As a BONUS, those who get the Four Box Level will get some guaranteed bonus stuff like uncut panels, additional printing plates, error and freak cards, progressive proofs and more. Hurry on over to the local store and grab a barrel full of bubble gum as this level will keep you busy for HOURS!
Level 7: $500 DOUBLE the 'Four Box Case Level'. You get every everything in Level 6...DOUBLED. So that's EIGHT boxes and DOUBLE all those bonus goodies.
Questions and Answers:
Q: I want to get stuff, but I don't want to sign up to back on Kickstarter. How do I go about it?
A: Some collectors and fans don't want to sign up on Kickstarter. If you are unable to back through this Kickstarter just message me. We'll work it out, no worries.
Q: When will the Sharknado Trading Card Series ship?
A: The current schedule and plan is to ship the end of September. With any trading card production there are a lot of variables such as the licensing approval process (but I've noticed so far that The Asylum is faster than ANY other licensing approval group I've ever dealt with -- they are helpful, enthusiastic and encouraging ... and FAST!), printing production (a card series with this many different types of cards is quite complex and requires working out logistics) and of course paperwork and funding and a host of other variables ... but I think 'end of September' is a good, rough guesstimate at this stage of things. If you've backed any of my other Kickstarters you already know that my estimates for shipping, even when I make the estimates MONTHS in advance, usually turn out accurate within a few days or a couple weeks. I've had some that actually BEAT my estimate, others are real close. POINT is that WHILE this Kickstarter is running and WHILE you're pledging I'm not just sitting around on my hands -- production is already underway. This will be my 16th Kickstarter project, so I've gotten pretty good at estimating completion and shipping dates. So it's just a few short months from now ... considering we've all waited about 5 years for someone to publish a Sharknado trading card series, a few more months will seem like a walk in the shark ... er... PARK.
Q: I'm OCD and want a box to keep sealed and a box to open. How do I back on two boxes? Or two 'Master Sets'? Or other combinations of pledge 'swag'?
A: If you want more than one pledge level just back the pledge level you want ... then once you've pledged you can review your pledge and ADD to your pledge amount. If you want a customized pledge level just message me -- we'll work it all out. Be SURE to message me if you do this explaining what you did. I'll check and make sure it's done right and you'll be fine.
Q: Why are you running this as a Kickstarter instead of selling at a comic shop or through a catalog?
A: This is my 16th Kickstarter over the last 4 1/2 years. I've found that pre-selling a card series on Kickstarter allows me to determine a proper production run of cards and boxes. It also allows me to offer 'master sets' to collectors on a limited basis. Once the Kickstarter is done I will have a good idea of what the total 'sealed box' needs will be for a production run to provide Kickstarter backers AND other customers (when the series is offered through distributors and retail outlets). A Kickstarter also lets me get card series to serious collectors FIRST before ANYone else. Plus a Kickstarter allows me to exercise some flexibility on providing 'stuff' for backers ... once the Kickstarter is over the only planned retail/wholesale activity for series one is simply retail boxes of 36 packs. No master sets, no case deals with bonus 'swag', no individual packs or promo card sets or anything else. Once this Kickstarter is ended the ONLY available material will be sealed 36-pack boxes... months from now. In other words, for those who collect Master Sets this is your first, best and ONLY chance to get in on a Master Set of these cards (unless later on someone lists their master set on ebay... but don't count on it being LESS than what you can get it for here and now).
NOTE: As of this posting, the cards are currently being reviewed by licensing for approvals/revisions. This means that some images and/or text MAY end up slightly different than as shown above.
Risks and challenges
Risks and challenges. Apart from a sharknado coming through my living room ceiling there are no logical risks. I'm working with wonderful people at The Asylum, I'm working with the same print broker at ICONIX who saw through my other 26 trading card series, the guy producing the retail box has done 5 other card series boxes for me and helped invent the type of box I use (which is unique to the hobby), the anaglyph designer (Christian LeBlanc) is the best and very professional and dependable, my sketch card artists are all reporting progress and everything's moving forward right on schedule. I'm an experienced card publisher with dozens of card series produced and this is my 16th Kickstarter campaign. EVERY Kickstarter campaign has been successful and all awards were mailed out for them (well, everyone who pledged and provided a mailing address of course). So I've become an old hand at this. Plus I am REAL good at communicating. I post updates before, during and after Kickstarter campaigns to let everyone know how everything is going every step of the way. YOU are a valuable part of my productions and I return the support you show me with your pledge by making sure you not only receive everything you should get but I keep you in the behind-the-scenes loop about what's happening. And if you have questions, just message me (try to use Kickstarter 'message' instead of Kickstarter 'comment'... I see messages, I don't always see comments). My response time to messages is roughly 24 hours at most (if I'm at the computer when you message then I can actually respond within seconds).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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