2005 Inkworks Sopranos Season 1 Trading Cards

2005 Inkworks Sopranos Season 1 trading cards prove that you can "one-and-done" one of the most popular TV licenses, even when the show is at its peak. As a full product, it's not horrible. However, for it to transcend into a wider audience outside of traditional card collectors (something the cost of the license likely required), it lacks pop.

The base set is done in foil, which was intended to give it more of an up-scale feel. To a certain extent, it succeeds. The first chunk covers the extensive list of characters, which is important given a lot of the complexities involved in the show. Each of the debut season's 13 episodes are summarized with three cards. The checklist is rounded out with a look at a deleted scene, relationship dynamics and things behind the camera.

Autographs are what would either make or break the product. Needless to say, this is where 2005 Inkworks Sopranos Season 1 is the weakest. Just eight cards are available in packs -- sort of. All are redemptions, which are useless today in any unopened boxes. None of the key leads are on the checklist either. The closest is Jamie-Lynn DiScala, who plays Meadow Soprano, Tony's daughter. The rest of the pack-inserted autographs are supporting characters.

Dominic Chianese, who played Junior, was added after the set's release, given to dealers based on their orders and not in packs. It's a solid card but no James Gandolfini.

After Inkworks went out of business, a Robert Iler (Anthony Soprano) autograph appeared on the secondary market. It was likely slated for the second season set that never materialized.

Also arriving after the card maker's bankruptcy were several unsigned autographs. These show what could have been with cards set up for all of the major leads and key supporting stars.

Other inserts that did make the product include Family Matters, a nine-card puzzle that makes a collage, and La Belle Donne, six cards that look at the ladies in Tony Soprano's life.

Although the 2005 Inkworks Sopranos Season 1 trading cards arrived with a lot of hype, the product flopped. No additional sets were produced.

2005 Inkworks Sopranos Season 1 Trading Cards Checklist

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Cards per pack: 7
Packs per box: 24
Release Date: August, 2005

Base Set

72 cards.

1 Title Card
2 Anthony Soprano
3 Dr. Jennifer Melfi
4 Carmela Soprano
5 Christopher Moltisanti
6 Livia Soprano
7 Corrado "Junior" Soprano
8 Silvio Dante
9 "Paulie Walnuts" Gualtieri
10 "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero
11 Meadow Soprano
12 A.J. Soprano
13 Artie Bucco
14 Charmaine Bucco
15 Adrinana La Cerva
16 Mikey Palmice
17 Hesh Rabkin
18 Detective Vin Makazian
19 Brendan Filone
20 Father Phil Intintola
21 "Johnny Sack" Sacramoni
22 An American Family
23 Lethal Loyalty
24 Passing the Torch
25 Livia's Problems
26 Running into Fanny
27 At Green Grove
28 Goyum or Golem?
29 A Taste of Bucco
30 Special Delivery
31 Make Peace or War
32 Mikey Gets Stapled
33 The Power of Pride
34 Educating Meadow
35 Death of a Rat
36 Father Phil's Sleepover
37 All Hail The Boss
38 Over and Under
39 In This Together
40 Johnny Boy's Story
41 AJ Spills the Beans
42 Getting It Together
43 Dr. Melfi's Ex
44 A Visit from the Feds
45 Trouble with Agent Grasso
46 Daddy's Little Athlete
47 Winners Take All
48 A Friendly Game of Golf
49 Adriana's Possibilities
50 Amusing the Neighbors
51 Sit-Down with Hesh
52 The Betrayal
53 The Lowdown on Pussy
54 Vin Takes a Dive
55 Lunch with a Vision
56 A Hit Gone to Hell
57 The Split
58 Truth and Consequences
59 Taking Care of Business
60 The Moments of Good
61 Deleted Scene
62 A Second Family
63 Power Players
64 Where Melfi Fits In
65 Love and Choices
66 The Lightning Rod
67 Hesh in the Fold
68 Honor Thy Uncle
69 The Mayonnaisers
70 Dr. Melfi's Office
71 Satriale's Pork Store
72 Checklist

Autographs

10 cards, 1:24 packs.

All pack-inserted autographs distributed via redemption.

Chianese given to dealer's after product release as a case incentive. Iler came out on secondary market after Inkworks went out of business.

A-AT Aida Turturro as Janice Soprano
A-DC Dominic Chianese as Corrado "Junior" Soprano
A-FP Frank Pellegrino as Frank Cubitoso
A-JA Jerry Adler as Herman "Hesh" Rabkin
A-JD Jamie-Lynn DiScala as Meadow Soprano
A-KN Kathrine Narducci as Charmaine Bucco
A-MS Matt Servitto as Agent Dwight Harris
A-PS Paul Schulze as Father Phil Intintola
A-RI Robert Iler as Anthony Soprano
A-SA Sharon Angela as Rosalie Aprile
AR-1 Autograph Redemption

Family Matters

9 cards, 1:11 packs.

FM-1 The Gang's All Here
FM-2 Say "Uncle"
FM-3 A Boy's Best Friend
FM-4 Doctor and Patient
FM-5 Boot in Black
FM-6 Tour with Meadow
FM-7 Meet the Sopranos
FM-8 Taking on A.J.
FM-9 Future of the Family

La Belle Donne

6 cards, 1:14 packs.

BD-1 Carmella Soprano
BD-2 Meadow Soprano
BD-3 Dr. Jennifer Melfi
BD-4 Isabella
BD-5 Jeannie Cusamano
BD-6 Adrianna La Cerva

Business Is Business Box Loaders

3 cards, 1 per box.

BL-1 A Deal Is a Deal
BL-2 Pulling Strings
BL-3 The Law Closing In

David Chase Chase Card Case Loader

1 card, 1 per case.

CL-1 David Chase

Promo Cards

S1-1 Silvio, Paulie, Tony, Christopher, Big Pussy
S1-2 Tony and Carmela
S1-3 Paulie, Christopher, Silvio, Tony, Hesh
S1-FOF Paulie, Christopher, Silvio, Tony, Hesh - Friends of the Family (Inkworks)
S1-i Tony and Christoper - Inkworks Website
S1-SD Tony Soprano - San Diego Comic-Con
S1-UK Tony, Dr. Melfi - UK

Unsigned Autographs

Several unsigned autograph cards have surfaced since Inkworks went out of business. These are not part of the official set.

A-DD Drea de Matteo as Adriana La Cerva
A-DG Dan Grimaldi as Pasquale "Patsy" Parisi
A-EF Edie Falco as Carmela Soprano
A-JG James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano
A-LB Lorraine Bracco as Dr. Jennifer Mefli
A-MV Maureen Van Zandt as Gabriella Dante
A-PB Peter Bogdonavich as Dr. Elliot Kupferberg
A-RL Robert Loggia as Michele "Feech" La Manna
A-SS Steven R. Schirripa as Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri
A-SV Steven Van Zandt as Silvio Dante
A-TS Tony Sirico as Paul "Paulie Walnuts" Gualtieri
A-VP Vincent Pastore as "Big Pussy" Bonpenseiro

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