Cards : 2002 Artbox FilmCardz
It's a little confusing, but at the same time that the
2002 Topps Movie card
set was released to coincide with the long-awaited film, this "FilmCardz"
set was also released. However, this set has nothing to do with the Film.
"FilmCardz" bit actually refers to the physical nature of the cards,
which are actually more like old-fashioned projector "slides". Confused
You can actually send off and get a special FilmCardz projector to display
the cards to maximum effect. I haven't done that, so I'm not sure if the
cards woud just be back-lit, or if they actually project onto a wall
or piece of paper. Holding the cards up to a lamp seems to work just fine
- Year of Issue: 2002
- Distributed By: Artbox
- Title of Series: Spider-Man FilmCardz
- Number of Regular Cards: 72
- Chase Set 1: 9 Chase FilmCardz (slightly sparkly borders)
- Chase Set 2: 6 Rare FilmCardz (averagely sparkly borders)
- Chase Set 3: 3 Ultra-Rare FilmCardz (fairly sparkly borders)
- Chase Set 4: Autographed FilmCardz
- Promo Set: 5 Promo Cards
- Extra Stuff: Fold-out pamphlet. Binder. Projector. Uncut mini-sheet.
- Packet Cover: 5 cards/pack. Blue, one style (Spidey).
- Boxed Sets: 24 packs/box. Blue box.
Part of the artwork selected for the cards is relatively recent comic-book
work, e.g. lots of JR JR covers. Lots of older stuff also appears. Some
of the art is from regular continuity, and some is from the Ultimate
titles. The selection is haphazard, and doesn't follow any clear pattern
within the subsets.
The basic cards are formed from a relatively thick plastic frame, with
a celluloid colored-transparancy insert containing the image proper. The
front top of the frame shows the title. On the reverse side of the frame
is the card number, the sub-set name, and an pointless little caption
of the picture. e.g. "Spider-Man catches a web full of thugs."
Clearly the person who wrote the captions doesn't read Spidey comics.
For example, there's the classic shot of Peter on the bed with his
costume arrayed on the floor, just before Aunt May discovers his secret.
The caption says "Peter takes off his costume after a long night". The
Lizard's alter ego is referred to as "Dr. Kurt Cassidy". Lots of dumb
errors abound. There are even basic spelling errors! "Dinosaures" for
Here are the 72 basic cards. Spelling and capitalization is taken
exactly from the cards, so don't blame me.
- vs. Kraven The Hunter
- a Web Full of Thugs
- Away From a Battle
- Running From Dinosaures
- with Black Cat
- vs. Spider Slayer
- vs. Green Goblin
- vs. Dr. Octopus
- Tangled in Vines
- Through the Rain
- through New York City
- surrounded by Spiders
- Saving Lives
- Rushes to the Scene
- Landing On a Rooftop
- Teaching Biochemistry
- as Spider-Man
- Surrounded by Photos
- on a Rooftop
- New Spider-Man
- Spider-Man's Mask
- & Man Thing vs. Lizard
- Hooked up to Machinery
- Looking for Action
- vs. Kraven's Son and Calypso
- Hiding in the Shadows
- Rescuing a Fireman
- Face to Face
- Dr. Octopus
- in the Darkness
- Crawling Above the City
- Crawling Up a Building
- Web-Slinging with Baggage
- After a Brawl
- vs. Carnage and Venom
- vs. Dr. Octopus
- vs. Electro
- vs. Kraven
- vs. The Scorpion
- vs. Spider Slayer
- vs. The Lizard
- vs. Venon
- vs. Venom
- Spider-Man 2099
- Armored Spidey
- Ben Reilly as Spider-Man
- Black Symbiote
- Captain Universe
- Classic Spider-Man
- Elusive Spider-Man
- Scarlet Spider
- Six-Arm Spidey
- Dr. Doom
- Green Goblin
- The Lizard
- The Vulture
- ASM #252
- ASM #3
- ASM #33
- AF #15
- ASM #100
- Spectacular #257
- ASM #2
- WEb #1
- ASM (Vol. 2) #34
The chase cards are distributed poorly. I bought an entire box and got
a complete set of the basic cards. But I got TWO complete sets of the
9-card "chase set". Since I had previously bought one on eBay, I now
have three complete "Ph" sets! However, I only have three of the six
"rare" cards, and two of the three "ultra-rares". I did manage to score
one auto-graphed card, signed by Mike Wieringo. Hiya Mike.
The chase sets are totally lame. The only difference between an ultra-rare
and a regular card is that the border has some holo-sparkle. I guess
there's not much you can do to a transparent bit of celluloid. The rare
cards are difficult to tell from regular cards, they have only a hint of
sparkle. The only interesting thing about them is that they're "rare".
It's purely "fake" value, and I hate that.
- Ph1 - Unmasked by The Black Tyrant
- Ph2 - Sensational #1
- Ph3 - The End of Spider-Man?
- Ph4 - vs. The Vulture
- Ph5 - Through a Starlit Sky
- Ph6 - Is it True?
- Ph7 - vs. The Sinister Dix
- Ph8 - plays "Guess Who?"
- Ph9 - Prepared for a Long Night
- R1 - It?s a Scorcher out there!
- R2 - Night patrol
- R3 - The Clone of Spider-Man
- R4 - Just another Day at the office
- R5 - Night Watchman
- R6 - A Defeated Spider-Man
- UR1 - Another Day's Work is Done
- UR2 - Can it be true?
- UR3 - Spider-Man Surveys the Ruins
- Autograph: Wieringo
Now, I bought a wax box. I got all the regular cards, but not the all rares
or ultra-rares. Annoyling, it seems that if I want the viewer, I have to buy
a second regular set as well! If I want a complete five-card promo set I
need to buy three binders, three viewers, three more regular sets. Even then
after $120, I still don't get to complete my rare card sets! What a ripoff!
Every pack includes this fold-out pamphlet. Inside is information about
how you can send away for either:
- $20 - The 72 regular cards, or...
- $20 - A binder, 9-panel mini-sheet, 5-card pack, or...
- $40 - Both of the above, plus 2 promo cards and the viewer.
Here's the 5-card pack, and the top of the 24-pack box.