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Greyhawk Trading Card Collection

Post by Icarus » Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:13 pm

I recently decided to indulge my geek a little.
These are Greyhawk Adventures Trading Cards from the '91, '92, and '93 sets. It's 140 cards.
I'm thinking about getting the Greyhawk cards from the Spellfire CCG, as well.
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So, I'm planning on making some posts discussing some of the interesting points about the canon found on the cards, and the interesting NPCs and magic items they describe, and whatnot.
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Re: Greyhawk Trading Card Collection

Post by grodog » Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:22 pm

That sounds like fun, WK!

My impression from the few GH trading cards that I have is that they showed NPCs drawn from already-published sources (mostly 2e sources that I was less familiar with), but from your description it sounds more like most of them are new/unique vs. reprints from published products. Is that right?

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Post by Icarus » Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:33 pm

grodog wrote:
Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:22 pm
... it sounds more like most of them are new/unique vs. reprints from published products. Is that right?
That is exactly right.
There's some that are known NPCs, like Mordenkainen, the Circle of Eight, Turin Deathstalker, etc.
But, most are new.
Some are like Tyrinion the paladin, who is the gryphon rider with the glowing Holy Avenger on the cover of Greyhawk Adventures.
Others are completely new - in fact, the vast majority are completely new.
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Post by Dread Delgath » Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:25 am

I have the 91 & 92 boxed sets, but I got cheap in 93, and never got the box, but I did get a few 'boosters'.

I believe some of the entries were based on the art featured on the card, where some art was specifically of famous characters from the game, and other cards were commissioned by hitherto unknown artists for contributor entries.
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Post by Big Mac » Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:02 am

Icarus wrote:
Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:33 pm
Some are like Tyrinion the paladin, who is the gryphon rider with the glowing Holy Avenger on the cover of Greyhawk Adventures.
Is he named that in Greyhawk Adventures or is that a new backstory for the old art?
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Re: Greyhawk Trading Card Collection

Post by Icarus » Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:42 pm

Dread Delgath wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:25 am
I believe some of the entries were based on the art featured on the card, where some art was specifically of famous characters from the game, and other cards were commissioned by hitherto unknown artists for contributor entries.
That is definitely correct.
Some of the art is definitely based on art that existed, and they just associated names and stories for them.
But, some, as you say, is completely new artwork.
Especially for the characters who are very specific and are in a mini series or are otherwise very individual.
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Re: Greyhawk Trading Card Collection

Post by Icarus » Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:44 pm

Big Mac wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:02 am
Is he named that in Greyhawk Adventures or is that a new backstory for the old art?
to the best of my knowledge, Tyrinion wasn’t given the name in the original book… They created a name and a story for him
Which, personally, I think it is absolutely fantastic, and I absolutely love the character.
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Re: Greyhawk Trading Card Collection

Post by Dread Delgath » Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:16 am

Icarus wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:44 pm
Big Mac wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:02 am
Is he named that in Greyhawk Adventures or is that a new backstory for the old art?
to the best of my knowledge, Tyrinion wasn’t given the name in the original book… They created a name and a story for him
Which, personally, I think it is absolutely fantastic, and I absolutely love the character.
I remember this guy too, and it was a good card/character. :mrgreen:

I recall that TSR published a 2e "Rogues Gallery" and some of the characters were from these collector cards, but at the mo, I can only remember one that I actually used in a game - Harlo Everwinter, Bard. :cool:
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Re: Greyhawk Trading Card Collection

Post by Havard » Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:57 pm

Congrats on the catch!

I've been collecting information on diffferent D&D related cards in this thread (and the ones it links to). I haven't looked at the Greyhawk cards specifically, but from what I have found out so far several of these cards contain information that is not covered in any books. I will be looking forward to reading more of your findings! :)

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