Achilleos: Series 1 & 2Posted: February 13, 2011
Fantasy is the number one thing my collection is made of. I’m fascinated by it; the giant trees, the orks, the sexy girl with the long legs. Everything is eye filling. It’s a unique way of fly to far lands and fulfill hidden dreams in the subconscious, just a page turn away. From the vast and gigantic offer of incredibly talented artist immortalize in trading cards, at the top three of my head is Chris Achilleos.
Chris Achilleos has created some of the most eye gauging and detail artwork in his thirty years of work. He has become one of the most influential and popular artist of the genre. His works includes many hundreds of book cover illustrations and collaboration as consultant for conceptual artists in Hollywood movies.
The first series set was issued by FPG in 1992 and in it the female form play a major role. In some of the illustrations it plays almost in the erotic which makes the set more for an adult crowd. FPG used to produce most of the Fantasy artwork back in the 90’s during what I consider one of the “good ages” in the non-sport world. This was one of the sets first produce by the company. The cards consisted of a base set of90. The back of each card has pencil drawing illustration and a comment from Chris. Originally there were insert redemption cards one for a painting and 20 others for sketches. There were also parallel sets of silver and gold foil stamp cards randomly inserted (1:12). There also were 250 signed cards from the base set randomly inserted. Special collectible binder was made and it came with a binder card.
The second series was called Angels and Amazons also produced by FPG in 1994. On this series Ahilleos focused more on fantasy with a bit of science fiction. In the first series Achilleos showed his dominion on the female form. Now, the ambience glow in all its splendor. Again there’s a pencil drawing in the back with a brief comment by the artist. A binder was also produce for this series with a special insert card as well.
This has been one of my favorites release from FPG. I’m still working on it since its been difficult finding the parallel set both silver and gold. I’ve seen the complete set of both on Ebay but they go for a high price, plus its more fun building it one card at a time which stretches the hunt that is, in my opinion, the best part of collecting. What has been harder to find is the signed (and numbered) card and also the binder for the first series; haven’t seen neither on Ebay or at any convention or shop. But again, that’s part of the fun!