Meiji Chips - Japan - Promotional Cards (1999)

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Meiji is a food company in Japan. They produce both chips and candies. For the release of Episode One, Meiji issued a set of trading cards as a premium in specially marked bags of chips. A total set of 30 cards could be collected. Chip bags were large and highly decorated. Bags had a black background with the familiar red-burst logo for Star Wars Episode One as well as a character montage. A yellow sun-burst advertised that the bag contained a collectible Star Wars Character Card, and that there were 30 to collect. Cards were protected inside the bags in a foil wrapper.

Cards were divided into three categories, Good Guys (blue backgrounds), Bad Guys (red backgrounds) and Droids (yellow backgrounds). Each card measures 3 1/2 inches by 2 inches. The front of the card has the character's picture in a scene from the film, their name in English and Japanese text, and the Star Wars Episode One logo. Card backs contain a photo of the character, the card number, and descriptive text (in Japanese characters). Cards are made of a thin plastic, and seem very durable.

This is a fun set of cards. I have provided a partial checklist below. Any assistance in completing the checklist would be greatly appreciated.

A big thank you to Sakai Hideyasu for the information provided here and to Bob Rankin for assistance with the scans and partially completing the checklist.

Card Values
·  set value: $25-30
·  single: $1-2

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Card NumberDescription
01Anakin Skywalker
02Qui-Gon Jinn
03Obi-Wan Kenobi
04Queen Amidala
05Padme Naberrie
06Jar Jar Binks
07Darth Maul
08Darth Sidious
09Shmi Skywalker
10Boss Nass
11R2-D2
12C-3P0
13Battle Droid
14Destroyer Droid
15Pit Droid
16Sebulba
17Senator Palpatine
18Captain Panaka
19Unknown
20Nute Gunray
21Rune Haako
22Watto
23Mace Windu
24Yoda
25Jabba
26Kitster
27Sio Bibble
28Ki-Adi-Mundi
29Gasgano
30Wald
  

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