2013 Mystery Boxes, 1914 Preview Sets & Updates:
It has been a tumultuous and very busy year for all those involved with Cult Stuff. We have released more sets this year than ever before, and made a massive (and still incomplete) move into a new and much larger premises that offers more than three times the space and lot of other practical advantages. This has coincided with a home move for the full time staff as well, which has of course added to the workload! We are pleased to say we have met 99% of our obligations in relation to orders, however we do have 5 customers with missing or incorrect orders, these mostly relate to our Summer Sale Boxes. For some reason a small number of our US customers failed to receive these however I can say now that replacements for missing orders/items have shipped to everyone affected! Our internet connection was only fully restored yesterday but we are making up for lost time!
Over the last year we managed to release more products than ever before, including The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Art of Burlesque, Vintage Erotica, War of the Worlds Book 1, Civil War Chronicles Vol. 1, the new Summer Sale Box, and Beyond Stokers Dracula. I know it’s late in the year but we have two left and they start shipping from this week! We will of course be doing our end of year Mystery Boxes! Limited to just 70 these will be very sought after, as they include some fantastic content. We had to delay the release of our second Sherlock Holmes set until January 2014, so we decided to focus a little more on the great detective for our end of year special, and we are pleased to announce that you will find a Sherlock sketch in every Mystery box, along with some other Holmes related goodies! Of course thats not all, as with every year we will be adding in a product from our archive, and a host of other goodies, including some of the exclusive show & limited edition promos/sets and variants that appeared this year, along with some new items. These will be shipping in the next few days but they are very very limited. Check the product information page for more details.
1914 Preview Sets:
This limited edition preview set will show you what we have in store for 2014 and the centenary of WWI. This is our most ambitious history product yet, we will be aiming to detail aspects of WWI in a number of sets over the coming years. Next year will see the first of these to mark the beginning of what H.G. Wells idealistically referred to as “The War That Will End War”.
In advance of this we have a 9 card preview set, along with an exclusive P1 promo card (while stocks last) shipping next week. Many of the sets will include a premium insert (more than 50%) including fold outs, artifacts and more than 150 sketch cards from illustrators including Patrick Hamill, Laura Inglis, Marcya Dye, Scott Fellows, Dan Gorman, Eric Van Elslande, Terry Pavlet, and Reid Fisher. Check out the product information page for more details!
This fantastic follow up set to last years sell out is about to be released and it’s full of brilliant art. We have cut the production numbers to just 50 cases and to give extra value we are putting two sketch cards in every pack! The art is outstanding and you can see some samples (with more to follow) on the Product Page. Every case will have at least 21 sketch cards (yes the case cards are also sketches) from some of the best illustrators in the business. We waited until the last moment to put up the information on this set as we wanted to make sure we could make the shipping deadline, and we can say now this set is shipping in the next 2 weeks!
It’s official, we are moving premises again, and this is a massive upheaval as not only will Cult Stuff be moving locations the staff behind the scenes are moving to. This means we have to pack up the office, warehouse and homes while still running and managing 10+ active projects and collaborating 150+ freelance and contract illustrators! For this reason we have put a delay on Civil War of roughly 2 weeks, which is the time we anticipate it will take to get organised. We do not want to be moving halfway through final packing on the set. This should be the only delayed project as we will for some time be running two active locations. For those who have preordered the product (both retail and Wholesale) we will be producing an additional bonus card for you as compensation for the delay. This will be available for any and all orders up to the 7th of Sept.
Right now we need to make room, so we have to clear out the offices and our loss if your gain. We are packing in products and cards from the archives and even some new items along with unreleased stuff into sale boxes! These are limited and shipping from next Monday. Check out the product page and grab a real bargain!
Wholesale information for dealers is released tomorrow, a very limited amount has been placed on preorder. Shipping at the end of this month, this will be one of the largest basic sets we have produced. You will find more information on the product page and sketch scans coming soon!
First some updates: We are in the process of completing a Checklist for War of the Worlds, the first part is up and detailed the non-sketch premium inserts available in the product! This set has proven to be successful and we have had more interest in it than in almost any other product so far. Remember dealers have lots of stock on this, but it may not last long so check out what the resellers have and of course talk to artists about commissioning, because they should all have Proof cards on the way.
We are moving, again. But for the last time we hope! We will be relocating to a Victorian Pub conversion by the end of this year, the good news is that it will not effect our release scheduled. All the sets in in progress, and in a few hours you will see the first information on our new Civil War Chronicles set. This will be very limited, (100 cases) and is shipping at the end if this month. Work on Beyond Stokers Dracula is progressing at a good pace and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes will be out in November, among the other projects!
The Art of Burlesque
This is one of our limited releases, if we can make it successful you will of course see more in this style next year. We are only producing 60 Hobby cases and the majority of those are now sold. We of course always hold back a limited number for our retail customers and so I am pleased to announce the presale on this product is live and can be found on the Burlesque product page.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was a great success and is now sold out, please if you want these cards check online as I know several retailers still have limited amounts in stock. I think our US distributor (Tom Breyer) may also have limited wholesale stock available. If your don’t have his details then get in touch and we will point you in the right direction.
Thank you to everyone who made this our first sell out of 2013. Our last three products have been sold out and I just want to take a moment to thank all our customers, dealers and distributors for the support they have shown us over the last few years.
As you may have noticed the site has not been updated as often as it should be, we have a vast number of ongoing projects and a limited amount of time. Rather than posting we have been working to get the products out as quickly as we can, while maintaining the highest quality. I am very aware however that we need to improve the volume of site content and add to it. This is something that is happening and you will see changing throughout 2013. One of the first major changes will be dedicated Checklist section. This will detail the cards released with our sets, and where possible it will give the numbers printed/released of each insert.
We will start with The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and then start trying to fill in the back catalogue as often as we can. You will also find more contributors writing on the site this year. We have a number of other announcements pending but as ever we can’t say what just yet. Of course we are gearing up for War of the Worlds which is immanent and later in the year Civil War Chronicles.
Look out for us at the NEC for the March Memorabilia and Comic Con show. We are in section Y, and you will find a lot of the illustrators we work with attending as well. A full list and update will be on the facebook page this week.
This is our first release of a busy 2013 and will be shipping in January. This is one of our most anticipated products of the last 12 months, and the one we have had the most questions and information requests about. The set looks fantastic and it’s full of new art from some top creators. The set will cover the first 12 short stories and it will act as a companion to the book. For this release we decided to change things around a little, and we are reverting back to a 3 pack set. Each pack will be labelled A, B or C. Collecting one of each will ensure you complete the basic cards while all chase and premium inserts remain random. This is what we did with our first Sherlock release 2 years ago and it seemed like a good time to try it again!
This set has our widest variety of inserts to date. Of course you will find sketch cards and autographs (including cut signatures from Rathbone and Brett). Additionally we have artefact cards and first edition cards. These cards contain real fragments of the first ever published editions of the stories, along with images and identifiable passages. Rescued from damaged and partially destroyed vintage 1890’s copies of “The Strand” we have come up with a way to present and save parts of these fantastic stories first published more than a century ago. This will allow collectors to own an identifiable part of a real first edition. This includes passages from the first ever published short story “A Scandal in Bohemia” and many others. These are really very very cool cards.
You will find one premium insert in every pack with 1/3 of the basic set and a selection of chase cards! This set is obviously very limited and of course we will have an early order bonus card again. Check out the product page for more details!