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Topps - Star Wars Series One - 1977

Quick Card Info
sample image Card Values
  set value: $35-40
  unopened box: $300
  single: $0.50 - $1
  sticker: $1-2
  empty box: $5


Sticker images can be seen
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The first ever card set issued for the Star Wars movies, this card set marked the beginning of the relationship between LucasFilm and Topps. Although many collector's tend to become confused by the fact that there is no Topps logo on any of the vintage Star Wars sets. Instead, the logo for 20th Century Fox appears. The cards were in fact printed by Topps however. For most collectors, the Topps trading cards have come to symbolize what Star Wars cards are all about, and the original sets of cards are what they think of when they use the term Star Wars cards.

The first set of cards had a blue border with stars. There were 66 cards, and 11 stickers to collect. The cards came in packs complete with a stick of gum, each pack containing a single sticker and seven cards. The box for this set, as well as the wrapper, featured C-3P0. Many collectors also collect the empty (or full) boxes, as well as the wrappers for their card sets. In addition, collectors can also find uncut sheets of the cards and stickers for all of the different Star Wars vintage sets.

This first series of cards is now the most difficult to find complete and in good condition. It isn't that fewer of these cards were made, but simply that fewer have survived in the excellent condition most collectors expect of their cards. Even so, the card set is still fairly easy to find, and singles are available in a variety of conditions.

Many collectors will notice that some cards have a small star on the back. Originally thought to relate to the print run (most Star Wars card sets had multiple print runs) it is now known that this small star actually indicated whether the card was on the A or B side of the uncut sheet during the printing process. The small stars served as a guide to the printers working with the cards.

Checklist
Number Description
1 Luke Skywalker
2 See-Threepio and Artoo-Detoo
3 The Little Droid, Artoo-Deetoo
4 Space Pirate Han Solo
5 Princess Leia Organa
6 Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
7 The Villainous Darth Vader
8 Grand Moff Tarkin
9 Rebels Defend Their Starship!
10 Princess Leia - Captured!
11 Artoo is Imprisoned by the Jawas
12 The Droids are Reunited!
13 A Sale on Droids
14 Luke Checks Out his New Droid
15 Artoo-Detoo is Left Behind!
16 Jawas of Tatooine
17 Lord Vader Threatens Princess Leia!
18 Artoo-Detoo is Missing!
19 Searching for the Little Droid
20 Hunted by the Sandpeople!
21 The Tusken Raiders
22 Rescued by Ben Kenobi
23 See-Threepio is Injured!
24 Stormtroopers Seek the Droids!
25 Luke Rushes to his Loved Ones
26 A Horrified Luke Sees His Family Killed
27 Some Repairs for See-Threepio
28 Luke Agrees to Join Ben Kenobi
29 Stopped by Stormtroopers
30 Han in the Millennium Falcon
31 Sighting the Death Star
32 Lord Vader's Guards
33 The Droids in the Control Room
34 See-Threepio Diverts the Guards
35 Luke and Han as Stormtroopers
36 Blast of the Laser Rifle!
37 Cornered in the Labyrinth
38 Luke and Han in the Refuse Room
39 Steel Walls Close in on Our Heroes!
40 Droids Rescue Their Masters!
41 Facing the Deadly Chasm
42 Stormtroopers Attack!
43 Luke Prepares to Swing Across the Chasm
44 Han and Chewie Shoot it Out!
45 The Light Saber
46 A Desperate Moment for Ben
47 Luke Prepares for the Battle
48 Artoo-Detoo is Loaded Aboard
49 The Rebels Monitor the Raid
50 Rebels Leaders Wonder About Their Fate!
51 See-Threepio and Princess Leia
52 Who Will Win the Final Star War?
53 Battle in Outer Space!
54 The Victors Receive Their Reward
55 Han, Chewie and Luke
56 A Day of Rejoicing
57 Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker
58 Harrison Ford as Han Solo
59 Alec Guinness as Ben Kenobi
60 Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin
61 Mark Hamill in Control Room
62 Lord Vader's Stormtroopers
63 May the Force be With You!
64 Governor of Imperial Outlands
65 Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill
66 Amazing Robot See-Threepio
Stickers
01 Luke Skywalker
02 Princess Leia Organa
03 Han Solo
04 Chewbacca the Wookie
05 See-Threepio
06 Artoo-Detoo
07 Lord Darth Vader
08 Grand Moff Tarkin
09 Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
10 Tusken Raider
11 X-Wing versus TIE Fighter


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