Rittenhouse Archives is set to release its all-new, 2010 LOST Archives trading cards and much like the series’ must-see final season and susequent series finale, fans will likely swallow them up with a simliar verocity.
The highly anticipated release is due out July 21 and comes on the heels of the LOST: Seasons 1 thru 5 series, which chronicled the show’s amazing run which then cumlinated in the sixth and final season.
Rittenhouse President Steve Charendoff recalled the twist of fate that led his company into the partnership with the popular television series.
“One of our former competitors was producing LOST cards through the first three seasons and after they stopped we had a lot of our customers if we’d make them,” Charendoff said. “Obviously, we needed the righst to produce them so we put a call into the studio and they signed the deal that led us to where we are now.”
Where they are now is riding the momentum of one of the most successful and talked about shows in television history. With more than 13 million viewers tuning in for the finale last month, Charendoff expects to build off the success of the first series, a hardcore and enthusiastic fanbase and the momentum of one of the biggest television events in recent history.
“The first series came out in January, a week before the start of the first season. It sold out in a week, as we don’t like to carry a lot of extra inventory if we can help it,” Charendoff said. “It really picked up a lot of momentum on the seconday market and while that doesn’t benefit us drectly, it was good to see. We knew at that time that we wanted to get out a series recapping the final season but we had to wait until it was over. This product will be available two months after the final episode aired.”
And while the show was immensely popular and the impetus couldn’t be greater, Rittenhouse continues to provide fans with greater value in the product versus resting on past laurels.
“The first series was a strong seller and this is a dedicated fanbase we’re talking about here,” Charendoff said. “We always try and stay sensative and in tune with what collectors want and offer our customers something. Whether it’s the value in the product, the edit content or whatever it might be, we’re always looking to give the set a new feel and provide more than anything we’ve done in the past.”
The added value in this particuicular product means more autographs from the show’s main characters. The set will feature four autographs per box, which is up from the three found in the popular LOST (series 1 thru 5) series which was released this past January.
Autograph card signers will include a host of the show’s top stars, guest stars and behind-the-scenes creative talent. In addition the set will recap the show’s sixth and final season in its own very special bonus set.
More than 50 different autographers including Michelle Rodriguez (Ana Lucia), Yunjin Kim (Sun), Terry O?Quinn (Locke), Michael Emerson (Ben Linus), Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond), Ken Leung (Miles), Harold Perrineau (Michael), Nestor Carbonell (Richard), John Terry (Christian Shephard), Sonya Walger (Penny Widmore), Ian Somerhalder (Boone), Mira Furlan (Rousseau) were all included in the first series.
Yunjin Kim and Emerson are among several of the returning stars along with many new additions including Daniel Day Kim (Jin), Cheech Marin (Harley’s father) and Bruce Davidson (Hurley’s doctor) among others.
The set will also feature Costume cards from seven of the show’s biggest stars including Matthew Fox (Jack), Evangeline Lilly (Kate), Josh Holloway (Sawyer), Naveen Andrews (Sayid) and Terry O’Quinn, who played Locke.