Saturday, August 6, 2011

Arguably The Grail Of The Twilight Card Set The PW1 Bella Swan Card Rocks!

The Good: Good image, Necessary for collectors, Quite rare, Collectible value
The Bad: Expensive!
The Basics: Exceptionally valuable and a quality trading card, the PW1 Bella Swan Pieceworks costume card is the closest most fans will get to Kristen Stewart and its price has skyrocketed

Now that I have had a chance to review the Twilight trading card set (reviewed here!) from the now-defunct Inkworks trading card company, I have the pleasure of being able to go through the entire set and pick out the highlights for review! Arguably the grail of the Twilight card set, whether the fanbase knew it or not, was the PW1 Bella Swan Pieceworks card. This is both one of the hardest cards in the set to find and one of the best in terms of value. Combined with the fans' love of the protagonist of the Twilight saga, the PW1 card makes for a strong investment and a real fan pleaser.

When the film Twilight (reviewed here!) was released, Inkworks won the license and began producing exceptionally limited trading cards. With their Twilight trading card series, one of the highly-sought-after bonus cards were the Pieceworks cards and as the lead protagonist, the Bella Swan Pieceworks card has skyrocketed in value.

For those unfamiliar with the concept, the Pieceworks cards are costume cards and the PW1 Bella Swan card is no exception. What this means is that the physical card is a little more than twice as thick as the standard trading cards. Inkworks took a set-worn costume, in this case Bella Swan's sweatshirt jacket, chopped it up and embedded it in between the two card halves. This means that Kristen Stewart's original jacket no longer exists, save in the pieces in cards. This is the closest most people will get to an actual set-worn costume from Twilight and given that Bella Swan is a popular character, it is an exceptional card.

The PW1 Bella Swan Piecework card features a nice shot of Kristen Stewart in her sweatshirt jacket from the seminal scene in Twilight where Bella Swan is first rescued by Edward Cullen in the parking lot at the high school in Forks! On the left side of the card is the cutout window which features the cloth piece from the costume embedded in it! All versions of this card that I have found have had a plain gray cloth swatch.

The back of the card assures the recipient of the authenticity of the Pieceworks card. It states that the PW1 features a piece of Kristen Stewart's Bella Swan sweatshirt jacket costume and that is pretty much the standard for a costume card of this style.

The value of the card makes it a great investment for those lucky enough to pull one from a pack of Twilight cards. Considering the PW1 is one of the more rare Twilight Pieceworks cards, the fact that its value has exploded is no surprise at all. Fans who empathized with Bella Swan find this card to be one of the few ways they will ever get anything from the set of Twilight and that makes it very valuable. The fact that Inkworks made the card look good only increases its value and makes it worth buying for most fans who are lucky enough to find a place that has one available for sale!

For other Twilight Saga merchandise, please check out my reviews of:
Twilight In Pursuit chase set
2011 Bella, Edward and Jacob Hallmark ornament
Tonner Bella Swan doll


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© 2011, 2010 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.

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