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Topps - Clone Wars Widevision - 2009

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sample image Card Values
::  set value: $15-20
::  unopened box: $55
::  pack: $2
::  single: $0.10
::  foil: $1
::  flix pix: $3
::  clear cel: $3
::  season 2 preview: $0.50
::  sketch: varies widely
::  autograph: varies widely
::  silver stamped: $ ??
::  gold stamped: $ ??

Images can be seen at Andy's site

Released in late November of 2009, this widevision card set showcases the first season of the Clone Wars animated television show. Widevision cards give the set a stronger look than the earlier Clone Wars movie card set, showing more of the action, and generally presenting more of the imagery that makes the cartoon television show interesting. Because the show tends to focus on action sequences, the wider space is often needed to capture fully what is happening in a particular scene.

Topps made some interesting choices with this card set, including having essentially identical chase cards in both the retail and hobby versions of the card set. Autograph cards for the retail set are not listed on packaging, but are available at much lower odds than those found for the hobby version of the set. Sketch cards are inserted similarly in the retail packs, making these normally high level chase cards more accessible for young collectors, or for the casual collector who might pick up a pack or two in Target or Walmart.

Common cards for the set have bright images, well displayed, from the Clone Wars television series. Chase cards range from the uninspired (Season Two preview cards) to the truly fun (Animation Clear Cel cards).

Season Two preview cards are technically chase cards, but with odds of one in two packs, the cards are quite common. Additionally, these particular chase cards are little more than common cards. There is nothing physically special about the cards. And since Season Two was already airing on television before the cards arrived in stores, the 'preview' aspect to the cards is a bit limited.

Foil chase cards feature characters from the cartoon series, but are not a high quality foil and have no embossing. Unlike other sets, the foil cards don't stand out well from the common cards. As a chase card, they have limited appeal for the average collector.

Flix Pix motion cards are becoming a standard chase card, and continue to have appeal. These cards are considerably thinner than traditional 3D cards, but still display multiple images when moved. These cards remain a fun addition as a chase card. A full set using this technology would be interesting to see.

Animation Clear Cel cards improve on technology previously seen in other sets. These are high quality plastic cards, and because this card set is based on animation, the cards are well used. The images stand out nicely on the plastic. It would have been interesting to have more of these cards created, with multiple cards being used to create a single scene (forground, background, characters, or multiple characters). Even without this level of creativity, the cards are a nice type of chase card.

The remaining chase cards for the set were silver stamped (a small helmet in one corner) sequentially numbered cards (80 possible to find for each common card in the set) and one of one gold stamped cards. Additionally, the now standard sketch cards and autograph cards were included. Autograph cards are for the voice actors who portray the cartoon characters. Use of strong images, and a single color focus for each character make these attractive cards in an album. The voice actors are a new set of actors for long term autograph collectors looking to expand their Star Wars associated autographs. Sketch cards came in two flavors, those by the general art community, and those by the shows animators. Sketches in both categories show a wide range of topics and styles. As with other sets, many collectors will complain about getting a 'bad' sketch, or will focus on collecting a sketch by a 'popular' artist.

Overall, the card set had a low price point (pack prices were kept at only $2 per pack at both retail and hobby shops) and the set is an attractive set. Whether the set proves popular with the kids who watch the television show, or attracts other non-traditional card collectors to the hobby, remains to be seen. Overall, early collecting of the set does not seem to be on a level with previous sets.

There are some interesting improvements to the card set. The overall presentation of the sticker autographs has been improved. The autograph cards look good. The stickers look good on the cards. Both front and back of the card reminds you who the voice actor and character are, with bright bold text. Similarly, the artist sketch cards have several improvements over other sets. Each artist has been given a space on the back of the card to write their name, eliminating guesswork based on signatures common with earlier sets. Most artists still signed the card fronts as well, and most seem to have made good use of the widevision format. While some images certainly would have looked just as nice on a standard sketch card, many take advantage of the wide format. Space on the front of the cards was left uncluttered, with only a small 'artist sketch card' in the right corner, and a logo for the set in the left corner.

Checklist
Card Number Card Description
1 The Clone Wars: Season One
2 Summit on Rugosa
3 Yoda's Strategy
4 Introspection in the Cave
5 Yoda's Victory
6 A New Galactic Threat
7 Hunting Surviviors
8 Out of the Storm
9 Weapon of Malevolence
10 Target: Malevolence
11 Attacking Malevolence
12 Pawn of Malevolence
13 Penetrating Malevolence
14 Fate of Malevolence
15 Rescue on Malevolence
16 Day of the Rookies
17 Tension on Rishi's Moon
18 Destroy the Outpost!
19 The Republic Swoops in
20 Skywalker' Trap
21 Rescuing Artoo
22 Anakin's Master Evasion
23 Target: Skytop Station
24 Jedi Free Fall
25 Grievous' Cantankerous Ally
26 Ahsoka's Deadly Duel
27 Padmé's New Peril
28 Battle Droids Attack!
29 Binks to the Rescue
30 A Liability Named Nute
31 Gunray Prison Break
32 Enemies on All Sides
33 Jedi Showdown
34 An Unexpected Discovery
35 The Testing of Grievous
36 The Rules of War
37 In Search of Dooku
38 Peril of the Pirates
39 A Visit to Dooku
40 Betrayl is Imminant
41 AN Awkward Truce
42 Jar Jar Takes Command
43 An Unexpected Strategy
44 The Rescue of Secura
45 Crack-Up on Maridum
46 Is it Right to Fight?
47 In the Care of Wag Too
48 In Defense of the Lurmen
49 Wave of Death
50 Whose Pantora is it?
51 Enter the Talz
52 An Avoidable Conflict
53 The Challenge of Peace
54 An Enemy Among Us
55 The Informer
56 Asajj's Breakout Escape
57 The Hidden Enemy
58 Shaak Herding
59 A very Quick Capture
60 Derailing a Mad Doctor
61 Dr. Vindi Fires Away
62 Clones in the Bomb Room
63 Seeking the Reeksa Root
64 Jaybo Bids Farewell
65 Ahsoka's Big Mistake
66 Anakin's Stern Guidance
67 Ahsoka Strikes Back
68 Ryloth Imprisioned
69 The Living Shield
70 Numa's New Friends
71 Victory for Ghost Company
72 An Unexpected Ally
73 Cham's Great Fear
74 The Bridge to Lessu
75 Holding Tambor at Bay
76 Attack on the Senate
77 Trapped by a Bounty Hunter
78 Bane's Parting Gifts
79 Hostage Crisis
80 Checklist
FOIL CARDS
1 Anakin Skywalker
2 Ahsoka Tano
3 Obi-Wan Kenobi
4 Plo Koon
5 Yoda
6 General Grievous
7 Count Dooku
8 Mace Windu
9 Padmé Amidala
10 Asajj Ventress
11 C-3PO
12 R2-D2
13 Captain Rex
14 Commander Cody
15 Commander Gree
16 Commander Bly
17 Luminara Unduli
18 Kit Fisto
19 Aayla Secura
20 Palpatine/ Darth Sidious
ANIMATION CLEAR CEL CARDS
1 Threepio and Jar Jar
2 Yoda
3 Kit and Nahdar
4 Battle Droids
5 Padmé with Gun
6 Ahsoka
7 Snowtrooper
8 Talz Warriors
9 Anakin and Obi-Wan
10 Anakin and Padmé kiss
HOBBY EXCLUSIVE AUTOGRAPH CARDS
1 Matt Lanter / Anakin Skywalker
2 James Arnold Taylor / Obi-Wan Kenobi
3 Ashley Eckstein / Ahsoka Tano
4 Catherine Taber / Padme Amidala
5 Tom Kane / Yoda
6 Anthony Daniels / C-3P0
7 Corey Burton / Count Dooku
8 Ian Abercrombie / Chancellor Palpatine
9 Terrence Carson / Mace Windu
10 Nika Futterman / Asajj Ventress
11 Matthew Wood / Battle Droids
12 David Acord / A-4D Droid
13 Dee Bradley Baker / Clone Troopers
14 Matthew Wood General Grievous
FLIX PIX MOTION CARDS
1of5 Anakin Skywalker
2of5 Obi-Wan Kenobi
3of5 Clone Trooper
4of5 Ahsoka Tano
5of5 General Grievous
SEASON 2 SNEAK PREVIEW CARDS
PV-1 Ahsoka/Anakin
PV-2 Obi-Wan
PV-3 Clone Trooper Halo
PV-4 Clone Trooper Battle
PV-5 Ahsoka
PV-6 Obi-Wan
PV-7 Mace Windo/Obi-Wan
PV-8 Padmé
HOBBY EXCLUSIVE SKETCH CARDS
Sketches by various artist. List of artists and odds not currently available.
HOBBY EXCLUSIVE ANIMATOR SKETCH CARDS
Sketches by various official show animators. List of artists and odds not currently available.
1/1 GOLD FOIL-STAMPED PARALLELS
Cards 1 through 80 with a gold helmet stamp on card front. 1/1 stamp on the card back.
SILVER FOIL-STAMPED PARALLELS
Cards 1 through 80 with a silver helmet stamp on card front. Serial number on card back. 500 of each card.


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