Saturday, March 3, 2012

2011 Rittenhouse Archives The Complete Brady Bunch Trading Cards Box Break Recap And Review

You have to love it when a company who consistently produces great cards, like Rittenhouse Archives, takes on a beloved subject matter, like the Brady Bunch.  2011 Rittenhouse Archives The Complete Brady Bunch Trading Cards delivers a set of cards that causes episodes of this popular show to replay in your mind.  It is impossible to go through these cards without pausing to get a full view of each episode, front and back.   Add to that great autograph cards and you’ve got a set that would be perfect if it weren’t for one person, Marcia, Marcia, Marcia! But even without the inclusion of Maureen McCormick in the autograph group, this is still a must purchase for fans of all things Brady.

The Complete Brady Bunch falls under our premium cards category.  Each box contains 59 episode cards that feature all 117 episodes, plus 5 autograph cards signed by Barry Williams (Greg), Christopher Knight (Peter), Mike Lookinland (Bobby), Eve Plumb (Jan) and Susan Olsen (Cindy). Each box is individually numbered to 500.  As a bonus, if you purchase two sets, you get an autograph card signed by Ann B. Davis (Alice).

Here are some of the cards we pulled from our set.

The Episode Cards
 The first card, front and back, The Lyrics to the Theme Song and "Vote for Brady."  From that point on, all the cards have two episode, one on the front and one on the back.  "The Honeymoon"

 "Father of the Year", "The Slumber Caper", "The Not-So-Ugly Duckling"

 "Where There's Smoke", "Will The Real Jan Brady Please Stand Up", "Our Son, The Man"

 "Dough Re Mi", "Her Sister's Shadow", "Getting Davy Jones"

 "Hawaii Bound", "Pass The Tabu", "The Tiki Caves"

 "Amateur Night", "The Subject Was Noses", "Adios, Johnny Bravo"

 "Mail Order Hero", "Welcome Aboard", "The Hairbrained Scheme"

 The Autographs
 Barry Williams (Greg), Christopher Knight (Peter), Mike Lookinland (Bobby)

 Eve Plumb (Jan) and Susan Olsen (Cindy)

Overall Look
Stylistically, these cards have the look of the times.   Everything from font selection to color coding works well.  The autograph cards are excellent, providing a few looks for the actor and plenty of space for autographs, which is used perfectly.   These are some of the best signatures we have seen from any series of cards.

Quality and Variety of the checklist
You’ve got every episode plus the lyrics to the theme song.  Short of delving into the post Brady series appearances, which really should not be a part of this release, this is a complete checklist.  While it would have been nice to see the guest stars such as Davy Jones, Vincent Price or Joe Namath on their respective episode cards, or even the inclusion of characters like Sam the Butcher, one has to guess it would have been a licensing nightmare and their absence does not detract from the appeal of the set.

Do the Hits satisfy?
Yes they do.  These are beautiful autograph cards and it is a shame that Maureen McCormick is a no show.  Having a Florence Henderson 4 set incentive autograph would have been nice too but there is still enough here to provide your Brady needs.

Will you keep coming back for more?
While buying a second set to give to a friend while keeping the Ann B. Davis Autograph for yourself might get a raised eyebrow from Mike Brady along with a lesson about “putting others before ourselves” it would be completely understandable.

4/12 out of 5

For Brady fans, 2011 Rittenhouse Archives The Complete Brady Bunch Trading Cards is an easy purchase and should be part of your Brady collection.  It is a great walk down memory lane and a fitting tribute to this beloved television show.


  1. Not a huge fan of the base cards... but those autographs are pretty awesome. If these sets ever dip down below the century mark, I'll definitely pick one up.