Hello Star Wars Fans Everywhere!!!
Hello fellow Star Wars fans! I have been away for a little while, on an observe and report mission. One of the only things I haven’t covered yet is the Star Wars Topps trading cards. Some people may believe that no one collects these cards, Topps has been doing it for so long. I would have to respectfully disagree with you and here’s why.
Facebook is such a wonderful place! On Facebook, you have the opportunity to join groups, any group that you can think of, there is something like it. I have talked about some of the other groups like the Star Wars Lego Collections group, and a few others that I am privileged to be apart of. Well one group that I joined a few months ago is the Star Wars Topps Trading Card group, have you heard of it?
One day, I’m looking through Facebook, on my news feed and I see a Harrison Ford autograph card that had been sold on Ebay for four thousand dollars (American). Yes, you read that right, four thousand dollars ($4,000)! I kid you not, so a few days went by and I see a Daisy Ridley card on my news feed that had sold for around three thousand dollars ($3,000).
I was completely blown away! Three grand for one card? So shocked and amazed I told my fiancé about it, I really couldn’t believe it. Now there are all types of Star Wars Topps Trading Cards that are available such as the Masterwork edition Topps cards, Jedi Legacy, Perspectives, Journey to the Force Awakens, Rogue One series, and more! The hottest Star Wars Topps Trading cards right now are the special 40th anniversary Star Wars Topps Trading cards.
Target sells what they call a “blaster box” which had a Target exclusive 40th anniversary Star Wars Patch card guaranteed, they have sold out of those and now they guarantee a Film Cel or Medallion card in each box. These boxes sell for $20.00 each, to elaborate more on the Film Cel, back in the 70’s film makers didn’t have the digital technology that they do now. They used film, sort of like a 35mm camera before the digital age broke out.
What Topps and George Lucas/Disney did was cut the films by each scene to create a film cel card! Here is an example of what a film cel card looks like. These cards are selling for thirty to fifty dollars on Ebay at the present moment. These are all 1/1 cards, the picture on the card may be a duplicate, but there are no duplicate film cel cards.
So far I have managed to collect about fifteen of these beauties so far, I plan to make a big display to hang in my Star Wars man cave. The medallion cards are also really cool too! They come in different colors, black which is the base color (or no color at all), purple, blue, gold, and even a very rare red.
In that order, the higher you get the more value it will have, if it’s a big named character, that adds value too. The medallion cards look like this. As of right now I have this Obi-Wan Kenobi medallion card, along with Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker, and Lando Calrissian.
There is a possibility of pulling an autograph medallion card as well! Oh yes, in fact someone on Facebook shared that they had pulled an autograph Mark Hamill medallion card, that would be such an awesome feeling, wouldn’t it?
We talked about the blaster boxes already, now if you’re trying to increase your odds of pulling some very good and rare cards would be to purchase a Hobby box. They are being sold for about $100.00 to $120.00, their is a card shop in my area that had the Star Wars 40th Anniversary Hobby boxes so I gathered up enough money and went and bought my first hobby box!
To my surprise, I was lucky enough to pull a triple autograph card! A Mark Hamill triple auto card at that. I couldn’t believe my eyes, there it was, one of the many holy grail cards sitting in my hands. I about fell out of my chair in excitement after opening such a card. It is very difficult to describe a feeling such as that, that I experienced when opening that card.
I ended up selling the card, and then turned around and bought more boxes! Another possibility is a sketch card, now as someone who grew up drawing, if you know what it takes to be great at this profession, you would know it’s not as easy as some may think it be.
I have actually had the privilege of talking to few different artists that drew sets of these cards for Topps. The artwork is magnificent, some valued higher than others, but I can appreciate the work that was done in every sketch! From colored pencils to oil paintings, they truly are incredible pieces, here is one that I pulled out of the first hobby box I purchased.
I made a fellow Star Wars Collector very happy in trading him this sketch for a very sweet offer that was presented by the other gentleman! This card resides in Canada now to a very proud friend of mine. You know some people may hesitate to meet other people out there in the world via social media, and others don’t hesitate.
There are plenty of good people out there in the world! I have met two young men, one in Canada, and the other one lives in Rochester New York. Both of them are not only Star Wars Topps card collectors but also Star Wars collectors too. Two of the nicest people I have met so far, you guys know who you are. I really gained a lot of knowledge about the “card game” from these two gentlemen, and it is greatly appreciated!
I have met numerous other fans and collectors that are out there, that love Star Wars just as much as I do, and it’s awesome! Some of the other types of “hits” that you have the chance of pulling are buybacks, sticker cards, printing plates, autographs of course, and base cards. Now a base set goes from #1-200 and is a mix of base parallel cards and really cool poster cards.
The base parallel cards also come in other colors, green, blue, purple, gold, and red. The red ones are all 1/1 and are very rare to find. the purple, blues, and greens are a little more common to see, and the gold ones are somewhat rare to find. A buyback card is a Star Wars card that Topps released in the 70’s and then bought back from collectors, stamped it with the 40th Anniversary stamp and re-released them.
I thought that was really cool too, they come in green, yellow, orange, and red. I don’t believe the rarity of these are measured by color. The sticker cards, there’s a set of forty I believe of these cards, with different pictures on each one, I had a Stormtrooper one that I traded. The one thing I haven’t pulled yet is a printing plate. These are rare too, and come in different colors such as cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, and can be autographed too!
Now, I mentioned that you can pull a base auto card, they also come in different colors as well, purple, blue, and gold. Here is the R2-D2, Kenny Baker purple auto card that I pulled.
If there is anything I missed, please don’t hesitate to let me know below in the comments section. This is a truly amazing hobby, or business if you should choose to make it a business. It can definitely be a profitable business!
The bottom line is, there are a lot of awesome people out there in the world that DO in fact collect these super cool cards. The friends I have made so far are all sitting and waiting patiently for me to get some more boxes, to see what I may get lucky and pull next. There are dual auto cards (two autographs on one card) available, as well as the triple autos, and even quad auto cards too.
The holy grail to pull is a six card autograph card, that’s correct, I said six autographs on one card, and there’s two of them too. This is what I am on the hunt for! Happy hunting and May the Force be with you always!
I would like to personally thank you for not only visiting Star-Wars-Everything.com, but for also reading this post on the Star Wars Topps 40th Anniversary Trading cards too! Do you collect these cards? How long have you been collecting for? Are you collecting the 40th Anniversary set? Which cards do you have? I would love to hear your feedback below! Please feel free to share pictures of your collection, I’m always fascinated to see what others collect too. Thanks again!