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Topps - US - Empire Strikes Back Photo Cards - 1980

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sample image Card Values
::  set value: $20-25
::  unopened box: $30
::  single: $1-2

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A set of 30 cards. The Empire Strikes Back Photo cards are oversized cards, sized at 5" by 7". The cards feature images from the ESB movie. The backs of the first 15 cards show a checklist (complete with miniature pictures) for the first 15 cards, and the backs of cards 16 - 30 contain a checklist for the last 15 cards. These cards were issued by Topps in 1980.

The move to oversize cards was not one Topps did without testing the waters of the consumer market first. For this reason, a more limited test version of this set is also available. These cards had text on the back, rather than the photo checklists found on the back of the regular issue cards. For a modern collector, attempting to complete both sets can be difficult.

Although less common than many of the regular trading cards issued by Topps, the Giant Movie Photo cards are not 'rare'. The cards are still easily found, and often in excellent condition, perhaps because many of these cards were displayed like mini-posters by those who purchased them, rather than bound up in rubber bands and traded on playgrounds like their smaller counterparts.

Checklist
Card NumberDescription
1 Darth Vader
2 Lando Calrissian
3 Chewbacca
4 Leia and Han Embrace
5 Vader and Luke Duel
6 Vader and Boba Fett
7 Han and C-3P0
8 Yoda and Luke Train
9 In the Cockpit of the Falcon
10 Leia and Chewbacca
11 Bounty Hunters
12 Yoda
13 Luke on TaunTaun
14 Into the Asteroid Field
15 AT-ATs in Battle
16 Darth Reaches Out
17 Yoda
18 Falcon and Star Destroyers
19 TaunTaun
20 X-Wing Near Dagobah
21 Looking Out on the Galaxy
22 Snowspeeders Attack
23 Darth Vader
24 Han Solo
25 Stormtrooper
26 Luke
27 Luke and Yoda
28 Droids on Hoth
29 Yoda
30 Cast Photo


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