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Rittenhouse reveals Halle Berry auto

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It took nearly 10 years, but Halle Berry has signed autograph cards for an upcoming James Bond product.

Rittenhouse Archives released a photo today of the Oscar-winning actor’s first certified autograph in a trading card product. The autograph will be in James Bond The 50th Anniversary Trading Cards Series 2.

“It has been my goal since we launched our first line of James Bond trading cards back in 2002 to have every living actor sign cards for us,” Rittenhouse President Steve Charendoff told Beckett Media. “To date, we have had nearly 250 different actors from all 22 classic 007 films sign cards for us.”

Charendoff said the newest Bond girl Berenice Marlohe in Skyfall – which comes out in November – has already agreed to sign for Rittenhouse, and the company will only pursue more actors.

One notable actor missing from Bond products is Sean Connery, the original James Bond. But that’s not for a lack of trying.

“Of course, we would be thrilled to have Sean Connery sign cards for us, too, and we continue to make efforts for that to happen,” Charendoff said. “It took us 10 years before we were able to convince Halle Berry to participate, and nearly that long for Pierce Brosnan, so we never say never (pardon the pun).”

James Bond The 50th Anniversary Trading Cards Series 2 is scheduled to be released Nov. 7. It features a 99-card base set and autographs from actors such as Daniel Craig, Roger Moore, Sean Bean and John Rhys-Davis.

“The Bond movies have a very special place in the history of world pop culture,” Charendoff said. “It’s the longest running film franchise in history, and I think as time passes, the actors who have been privileged to be part of it sense the importance of it, too. As a result, I believe that most of the Bond actors feel the importance of being a part of our trading card projects, which pay great tribute to the James Bond films.”

Susan Lulgjuraj is the editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here.

2 Comments

BigAbe

I’ll tell you why Connery hasnt signed…There hasnt been enough money in it for him…If you read about him, its all about the money and he’s not someone who is open to signing autographs for the public…I would bet they will never get him to sign…Im curious if Halle is also signing full photo versions of cards or just the side view cards as above? Any idea also on odds of pulling her auto?…I’m guessing her auto is prob at best 1 per case

Posted September 27, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Permalink
Richard

Sadly, I think Connery will never be in it, at least not as a live cut.
After he passes, they will get a bunch of canceled checks and use those like they
have done for others.

I wish I knew how much he wanted to sign.
It might pay to put together a deal and sell directly to the public.
I bet you could get $300+ w/o a problem for a limited edition like they did for
Robert Downey Jr (those went for a bit more than $200 if memory serves)

Not sure what the licensing would involve beyond him.
I’m sure they would like to use images from the film, but might have to go a
different direction due to costs.

Posted September 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

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