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Topps - US - E1: Widevision Hobby Edition - 1999  

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Card Values
  set value: $5-10
  unopened box: $25-30
  single: $0.10
  chase: $5
  subset: $1-2

Chase and promo card images can be seen at Andy's site 
 

Two sets were part of the initial release of Phantom Menace merchandise; a hobby set, and a retail set.

Unlike the Special Edition hobby and retail sets, which were entirely different in appearance and design, the Episode One sets are essentially the same basic set, but with different chase cards.

The set is in the now famous Topps Widevision format. This format is terrific for movie photo cards, as it allows images from the film to be presented without cropping. It also gives a lot more room on the backs of the cards for information.

The cards are printed on 20-point stock with a UV coating. There are 80 common cards in the set, featuring movie highlights and character profiles. These are the same 80 common cards found in the retail version of the set. The cards essentially follow the plot of the movie.

The chase cards are where this set seems to get interesting. In the past, we have seen between 6 and 10 chase cards, usually chrome cards. Although this set does have 8 chrome cards (very nicely done), it also includes a difficult to complete set of 40 'foil stamped' cards. Essentially similar to the common cards, but featuring a blue border, and a small foil stamp in one corner, these cards form subsets focused on; Droid Battle, Aliens, Jedi vs. Sith, and Podrace. While these cards are a nice addition to the cards found in the retail set, they are not exceptional.

There are 5 wrapper variations for this set; Amidala, Anakin, Darth Maul, Obi-Wan, and Qui-Gon Jinn. Unlike the retail wrappers (which feature a price in the lower right-hand corner), these wrappers feature the words 'collector edition' in one corner.

Thanks to Stefan Benders who provided additional information on this set as reported in Previews. Additional thanks to Jeff Tedder for helping to fill in some blanks. 

Checklist
Card Number Description
1 Title Card
2 Trade Federation Rendezvous
3 The Guardians of Peace
4 "Begin Landing Your Troops!"
5 Protocol Droid Surprise
6 Over Naboo Swampland
7 An Awkward Introduction
8 New Friend of the Jedi
9 Destination: Otoh Gunga
10 "...In Big Dudu Dis Time!"
11 Jar Jar's Life-Debt
12 The Gungan Sub
13 What Lurks Behind ...
14 Tongue of Terror
15 Escaping the Opee Sea Killer
16 The Sando Aqua Monster
17 The Cold Claw Fish
18 The Queen's Palace in Theed
19 An Emergency Escape
20 Aboard the Transport Ship
21 The Dark Lord Called Maul
22 A Brave Little R2 Unit
23 Refueling and Repairing
24 Space Junk for Sale
25 Bargaining With Watto
26 A Message From Mos Espa
27 Obi-Wan on Board
28 A Tasty Treat for Jar Jar
29 Snagged by Sebulba
30 Anakin Confronts His Rival
31 Conscience of the Queen
32 Sio Bibble's Plea
33 Hit by a Sandstorm
34 Dinner in a Slave Hovel
35 Padme Doesn't Approve
36 "Either Way, You Win"
37 Young Hero ... Or Bug Squash?
38 Podrace Preparations
39 A Mouthful of Energy
40 Hard Working Astromech Droid
41 Darth Maul on Tatooine
42 Inside the Podrace Hangar
43 Skeptical Toydarian
44 A Day at the Podrace
45 Presiding Over the Podrace
46 "They're Off!"
47 Intergalactic Spectators
48 He's on the Leader
49 Skywalker Rules!
50 The Call to Destiny
51 Escape From Tatooine
52 On the Way to Coruscant
53 Palpatine's Political Ploy
54 Qui-Gon and the Jedi Council
55 The Galactic Senate
56 Twelve Concerned Jedi
57 "Tested He Will Be"
58 Facing Mace Windu
59 Judgement of the Jedi
60 Unspeakable Alliance
61 Binks Leads the Way
62 An Audience With Boss Nass
63 Her True Identity Revealed
64 The Mysterious Enemy
65 Trade Federation Tanks Close In
66 Orders From OOM-9
67 Battle Droid Formation
68 Preparing for the Assault
69 The Battle Droid Army
70 Qui-Gon's Fight for Life
71 Star Pilot Ric Olie
72 Attacking a Space Station
73 Unexpected Help From Anakin
74 Jedi Vs. Sith
75 Young Skywalker's Gamble
76 Defeat of the Battle Droids
77 Their Evil Scheme Shattered!
78 The Lightsaber Duel
79 A Jedi Falls
80 Checklist
Chrome Cards
C1 Palace of Queen Amidala
C2 The Tatooine Adventure
C3 Space Junk Dealer Watto
C4 The Incomplete Threepio
C5 Juggling Jar Jar Binks
C6 Betting on Sebulba
C7 A Gathering of Jedi
C8 Forces of Justice Closing In
Bonus Subset Cards
X-1 Pit Droids at Work
X-2 A Jarred Jar Jar
X-3 Droids in Watto's Junk Shop
X-4 Anakin's Podracer
X-5 Watching From on High
X-6 Monitoring the Podrace
X-7 A Final Word From Watto
X-8 Sebulba Gets Ready to Race
X-9 Flying Across the Desert
X-10 Winning the Podrace
X-11 With a Pal Like Jar Jar ...
X-12 Streets of Mos Espa
X-13 Knights of Light and Dark
X-14 Dark Lord of the Sith
X-15 The Jedi Council
X-16 Can This Boy Be a Jedi?
X-17 Questioning Anakin
X-18 Of Destiny and Great Danger
X-19 The Judgement of Mace Windu
X-20 Holo-View of Darth Sidious
X-21 Jar Jar of Otoh Gunga
X-22 A Toydarian Named Watto
X-23 Four-footed Transportation
X-24 Podrace Fever
X-25 Sebulba Coming up Fast!
X-26 Anakin's Pals and Helpers
X-27 On-Screen Podrace Excitement
X-28 It's All up to Boss Nass
X-29 Citizens of the Sea
X-30 Battle Droid Flanking Viceroy
X-31 Awaiting the Jedi
X-32 Trade Federation Talks Upon the Hill
X-33 Armored Warships Advancing
X-34 OOM-9 Surveys the Battlefield
X-35 The Trade Federation's Finest
X-36 The Reconfigurators
X-37 Wardroids on the March
X-38 Naboo Fighter Surrounded
X-39 Last Line of Droid Defense
X-40 Day of the Battle Droid

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