They’re Not The Holy Grail Of Cards, But They ARE Holy Grail Cards

During one of my years of college, my roommates and I each bought a “Star Trek Phaser” toy that shot little plastic disks, and we used those “Phasers” to blow off steam by shooting at each other as well as random objects around the apartment we shared.

At the end of the school year, as we were packing up, we found those little colored disks EVERYWHERE… Under furniture, on top of furniture, in potted plants, in the medicine cabinet. It was a constant source of amazement to see where these things would pop up next. I’m sure that whenever they replaced the appliances or did other renovations in that apartment, they probably found countless more of these things (accompanied by grumbling along the lines of “Friggin’ college kids…”)

I was reminded of this the other day when I was going through a box of what was ostensibly “Work stuff” and I found a bunch of cards from the “Monty Python And The Holy Grail” card set put out by Cornerstone Communications in 1996.

1996 Cornerstone Monty Python & The Holy Grail God

Oh, don’t grovel. If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s people groveling.

Just like those plastic disks, I keep finding cards in the strangest places.

So these cards are somewhat unique in that they’re roughly 2.5″ x 4.75″, and are made that size to maintain the aspect ratio of the original film. They were marketed as “Very Wide Cards”, and it’s nice that there’s no cropping going on when creating cards from the original film…

But…

1996 Cornerstone Monty Python & The Holy Grail In Terrible Peril
…this may not be the ideal film to make into cards because it’s a very dark movie… and I mean “dark” in terms of luminescence. The film was made on a low budget and in actual castles… plus it was filmed in the U.K., all of which gives the film a somewhat gloomy look.

…But the set does contain Holy Grail favorites like the Knights Who Say “Ni!”

1996 Cornerstone Monty Python & The Holy Grail Knights Who Say Ni

We are no longer the Knights who say “Ni”… We are now the knights who say “Ecky ecky ecky ecky f’tang zoom boing zowie…”

…As well as the French Taunters…

1996 Cornerstone Monty Python & The Holy Grail French Taunters

I burst my pimples at you and call your door-opening request a silly thing!

Unfortunately, the card set attempts to capture all parts of the movie, including those scenes that might bring dialogue to mind, but not be visually exciting…

1996 Cornerstone Monty Python & The Holy Grail Constitutional Peasants

Oh, King, very nice. And how’d you get that, eh? By exploiting the workers! By hanging on to outdated imperialist dogma which perpetuates the social and economic differences within our society!

…As well as other scenes which might serve to move the plot along within the movie, but do not make for a great card.
1996 Cornerstone Monty Python & The Holy Grail A Clew

The backs attempt to capture trivia and/or scenes and dialogue that never made the film, but the way it was executed makes it hard to read…
1996 Cornerstone Monty Python & The Holy Grail A Clew back

Of course, being a 1990’s set, there are INSERTS! The sole insert I have is this card of Sir Bedevere, played by Terry Jones:
1996 Cornerstone Monty Python & The Holy Grail Sir Bedevere Insert
1996 Cornerstone Monty Python & The Holy Grail Sir Bedevere Insert back

Maybe I’d have a better impression if I bought more than a couple of packs, but I was very disappointed in this set… but I figured that there are probably a bunch of you who have seen the film, possibly numerous times, yet did not know this set existed.

BTW, all of the dialogue quoted above was transcribed from memory, and that tells you everything you need to know about how many times I’ve watched this movie.

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3 thoughts on “They’re Not The Holy Grail Of Cards, But They ARE Holy Grail Cards

  1. On one of our family East Coast vacations when my kids were teenagers I rented a van with a DVD player system and this movie was on continuous rotation. It ran as we drove from Newark to Atlantic City to NYC to Albany to Cooperstown to Philly to D.C. to Baltimore and back to Newark. I’ve never actually watched it but I have the dialog down pat.

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