Chris Foss Fantasy Art Trading Cards were released by FPG in 1995. Here is the last batch of cards, #81-90, as well as the five metallic chase cards.
Featuring paintings from the popular Guernsey-based science fiction artist, this collection contained 90 full-colour base cards and five metallic chase cards (1:12). Also included in the collection were ultra-rare autographed foil-stamped chase cards (limited to only 100 copies). Each card measured 90 x 65mm and shipped in foil packs of 10 cards (the display box is shown above). I’ve looked at cards #1-20 here, #21-40 here, #41-60 here and #61-80 are here.
There are some great paintings in this last batch of cards, including one of my all-time favourites, the cover to James Blish’s Anywhen (card #85). I just adore the desolate, haunted feeling to the painting. Foss’s paintings often depict abandoned space hulks or ruined alien cities, and they all hint at some ancient, hidden history that we, the observer, are not privy to. This painting has that in spades
Other standouts are card #87, which features a concept painting from director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s doomed Dune adaption from the mid-1970’s, while card #89 shows a striking image taken from the cover of Philip José Farmer’s Dayworld Rebel.
Also included in this post are the five metallic chase cards – labelled M1-5; chase cards like this were mandatory for trading card collections in the 1990’s. Also included in the 1995 collection – and not shown here – was a foil stamped autograph card signed by Foss, of which only 100 were distributed. Die hard collectors can still find these autographed cards on ebay, but they’ll set you back £80-£100 (a little too rich for my blood). But if you’re that determined to own Foss’ signature I can suggest a cheaper option.
chrisfossart.com is Foss’s official website and features a large selection of high quality prints available for purchase – I have a couple myself and I can attest to their high quality. Foss also signs each print, so for as little as £70 (plus P+P) you can have your own signed A3 print. Ask politely and he may even autograph it for you.
Below is the last batch of base cards from the Chris Foss Trading Card collection, as well as the metallic chase cards – enjoy.
Card #81: Lightspeed
Card #82: The First venture
Card #83: Cities in Flight
Card #84: Cities in Space
Card #85: Planet King
Card #86: Spiderworld
Card #87: Emperor’s Palace
Card #88: L.A. Towers
Card #89: Atomic Island
Card #90: Checklist
Card #M1: Inverted World
Card #M2: The View from the Stars
Card #M3: Antares Dawn
Card #M4: Recalled to Life
Card #M5: The Sentinel