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Fans...they come in all shapes and sizes...race, color, creed...nationality and personal narratives...there is a universal humanity when it comes to fans. That has been more evident in recent years, with the continued boom of comic cons around the country, we have seen an ever growing community of loyal fans that span a multitude of different properties. For example, The Sherlock Holmes community is a vital, diverse and interesting world. An alliance of creative individuals, each with their own unique talents, passions , and artistic focus and distinct personality. 

 In recent years we've seen Sherlock Holmes becoming ever more prevalent thanks to the likes of BBC's "Sherlock", CBC's "Elementary", Warner Brothers "Sherlock Holmes" and it's sequel "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows among others. And even more exciting is a new found younger Sherlock following among those interested in Steampunk, Anime, cosplay,Comics and more. 

 Although Sherlock Holmes is the most recognized fictional character in the world, we are about to experience a huge resurgence of Sherlock Holmes and we at The Grand Game are leading the way! None of this would be possible without the hundreds of thousands of devoted fans that have kept Sherlock Holmes, dare we say, Alive, all of these years.

Now, in this exclusive collectible trading card series you will learn the names and faces of the real people responsible for keeping Sherlock Holmes alive for all these years as well as the new names and faces of those pushing the envelope and recreating Holmes and the stories in ways that are unimaginable! 

Edgar Allen Poe may have invented the detective story, but it was Arthur Conan Doyle who perfected it when he created the character of Sherlock Holmes. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes were one of the best selling stories in the 19th century. People loved Holmes for his intellect and his ability but the reason people fell in love with the stories of Sherlock Holmes is for Arthur Conan Doyle's unique style of writing.

The introductions of Conan Doyle's stories are one of the most unique facets to his interesting style of writing. These stories are always in the comic mode but the normalcy at the beginning is strange because of the fact that Watson never starts out from the same place that he found Holmes.The variety that Conan Doyle uses in his introductions keeps his stories exciting from the very beginning.

Sherlock Holmes has become one of the most beloved fictional characters of all times. His fan based is ever-growing, with movies, television shows, comic books, stage performances, conventions, exc… It is reaching a whole new generation everyday. One of the first organization to pay homage to the legendary detective was the The Baker Street Irregulars (BSI), an organization of Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts founded in 1934 by Doubleday Editor Christopher Morley. Formal members bear club titles derived from the Holmes stories. The organization convenes every January in New York City for an annual dinner, which forms part of a weekend of celebration and study involving other Sherlockian groups and enthusiasts. 

 It was here, with the fans, that The Grand Game Trading Cards idea was created. The Grand Game is a collectible trading card series that profiles the "real" men and women who have kept the name and fictional character of Sherlock Holmes at the forefront of folklore for over 100 years through many reincarnations and interpretationsof both the Characters as well as the 56 short stories and 4 novels originally written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The Grand Game trading card set is the brainchild of Brian Rodgers and Lucas Kanady but would not be a reality without over 15 world class artists from around the globe all who have pitched in their artistic talents and interpretations to bring this never before attempted concept to life. Sherlock Holmes Trading Card Set is the first of it's kind and is intended to fill a gap for Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts, autograph/rare collectors, set builders, art fans/collectors, as well as someone looking to get something different for a change. The Grand Game is an ambitious and exciting new project that plans to release multiple sets of Sherlock Holmes-related collectible trading cards: think hand drawn, colored and illustrated baseball cards featuring the likeness of Sherlockian all-stars. 

There is a series of insert cards featuring various actors who have donned the deerstalker on the big and small screen as well as other Canonical items of interest.. Among the most popular actors are: Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr.., Basil Rathbone, William Gillette, Jeremy Brett and many others all depicted on multiple limited edition cards created by over 15 world class artists that worked on the set along with Rodgers and Kanady. Of even greater interest are over 1,000 redemption cards included in the set. If a redemption card is found in the set it is good for rare pieces of real Sherlock Holmes history. Some of the items up for grabs include original pictures, autographs, books, original art and more including over 30 valuable benedict Cumberbatch items. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect to the project is the 60 card set dedicated to famous Sherlockians, past and present. Many of the names and faces are BSI (Baker Street Irregulars).

Sherlockians you may or may not be familiar with including: Susan Rice, Bob Katz, Peter Blau (see below), Steve Rothman,Les Klinger, Steve Doyle, Jon Lellenberg, Mattias Boström, PJ Doyle, Joe Coppola and many more living Sherlockians. Sherlockians adorning cards who have passed beyond the Reichenbach make up a virtual who’s who of true Sherlockian All-Stars: Rex Stout (author of controversial 1941 paper “Watson Was a Woman" and Nero Wolfe literary agent), William Baring-Gould (creator of the original Annotated Sherlock Holmes) Vincent Starrett (“…where it is always 1895.”), Jay Finley Christ (inventor of the 60 story abbreviation code), Julian Wolff, S. Tupper Bigelow, John Bennett Shaw (Sherlockian collector extraordinaire), Chris Steinbrunner (founder of one of my favorite scions The Priory Scholars of NYC), Michael Harrison (author of The Footsteps of Sherlock Holmes) and of course Christopher Morley and Edgar Smith. 

The entire Grand Game Set consists of: 

Base cards - 60 Base cards depicting the "real" men and women of Sherlock Holmes Lore. In addition, each base card has 3 different variations for a total of 180 base card variations. 

Inserts - 185 limited edition Insert and chase cards containing original interpretations of Characters and the 56 short stories and 4 novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The inserts include rare 1/1 cards, 1/1 original artist sketch cards, autographs and more. Each box is guaranteed 20 random insert cards, 2 per pack. 

Exclusive Redemption Cards - Each redemption card is good for a real piece of Sherlock Holmes Collectible History. Some items available for redemptions include: original props used in Sherlock Holmes Movies, original art, artist sketch cards, 1st edition and collectible Sherlock Holmes Books, autographs from famous Sherlock Holmes authors, scholars and fans such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jeremy Brett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr, Basil Rathbone, Presidents Harry S. Turman and Franklin Delano Roosevelt and more! Every box is guaranteed a box topper redemption card. 

Redemption cards are also randomly inserted into packs. so you get 10 packs per box plus 1 box topper redemption, there are 10 cards per pack. 

Only The Grand Game brings you an close-up view of this fascinating world.

How you can help! With your help we can move this project to the final stages. We have been able to develop and design the first set of the cards honoring the fans of Sherlock Holmes. It is our hope that it will be the first of many sets to come. With your help we will be able to produce the first run of the cards, and allow us to continue working to develop other card sets based on submitted profiles of fans from around the world and for other properties. 

The Grand Game Sherlock Holmes Trading Card Set has something for every Sherlock Holmes fan young and old regardless of which version of Sherlock Holmes interests you….Original art, collectible cards, Sherlock Holmes memorabilia, and more! For more information please visit http://facebook.com/gotsherlock

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