As we wrap up the 12th and final season of The Big Bang Theory, I can't help but wonder what happened to all the cards we could have had? We got 4 sets from Crypotzoic covering Seasons 1 & 2, Seasons 3 & 4, Season 5 and ending with Seasons 6 & 7. Considering that the characters in TBBT are probably as close to being like us as we will get in a TV show, what with their gaming cards and comic books and hobby memorabilia, why didn't TBBT cards continue thru the run of the show? Will we ever get anything from the last the 5 seasons or any complete series set?
It doesn't look like it and that's a shame. I don't know why Crypto stopped, but I guess they weren't making enough money on it. The license was probably expensive. It looked like some of major actors weren't signing anymore. Unlike some recent franchises, no other card maker seemed to want to take it up.
Still TBBT had at least 3 stars still signing and some very good guest stars and secondary cast members that provided autographs. In the coming week William Shatner will appear, another one in a long list of Star Trek actors to do an episode. Over the years guests like Stan Lee, Carrie Fisher, Leonard Nimoy and Stephen Hawking passed away. It would have been great if someone had gotten them on TBBT cards. Sketch cards were never authorized in any of the sets. That would be neat too.
Anyway, for some reason TBBT cards don't get a lot of mention anymore, even though the show is going out as still a top rated comedy. I think it has lost some stream since the cast matured and went into the "family mode", but I think most fans still watch it. I hope someone may try to scrape up a complete run when it ends up, but that may be difficult at this late stage when people have moved on. The Big Bang Theory has to be a classic and reruns will go on for a long time. I just wish we had done a better job of supporting the cards so that we had more of them.
Posts: 7653 | Location: New York | Registered: November 20, 2007
Agree wholeheartedly with your statements. Great show, one of my all-time favorites. I also admit that it has lost a bit of steam lately, but the focus of the show has shifted from the guys and one girl to a whole ensemble. While this is not a bad thing, it makes trying to fit multiple storylines into a 30-minute show extremely difficult.
Who knows, maybe some day another card company will pick up the franchise and make a "Complete TBBT" set. Autographs may be difficult at that point, but I guess it's better than nothing...
Posts: 1371 | Location: Prairieville, LA | Registered: May 30, 2006
As a collector, just an observation. Season 1/2 cards were underproduced. Season 3/4 was solid. Season 5 was extremely overproduced. When season 6/7 set came out there were just so many costume cards of the main seven characters that buying a box was a losing investment and so most people I know bought it for next to nothing from case crackers. I got a mini master and 10 costume cards for 25 bucks for the season 6/7 set. I think when Cryptozoic looked at the uneven numbers they figured it was time to stop.