Topps - US - E1: Widevision Hobby Edition (1999)

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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. 

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

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Card NumberDescription
1Title Card
2Trade Federation Rendezvous
3The Guardians of Peace
4"Begin Landing Your Troops!"
5Protocol Droid Surprise
6Over Naboo Swampland
7An Awkward Introduction
8New Friend of the Jedi
9Destination: Otoh Gunga
10"...In Big Dudu Dis Time!"
11Jar Jar's Life-Debt
12The Gungan Sub
13What Lurks Behind ...
14Tongue of Terror
15Escaping the Opee Sea Killer
16The Sando Aqua Monster
17The Cold Claw Fish
18The Queen's Palace in Theed
19An Emergency Escape
20Aboard the Transport Ship
21The Dark Lord Called Maul
22A Brave Little R2 Unit
23Refueling and Repairing
24Space Junk for Sale
25Bargaining With Watto
26A Message From Mos Espa
27Obi-Wan on Board
28A Tasty Treat for Jar Jar
29Snagged by Sebulba
30Anakin Confronts His Rival
31Conscience of the Queen
32Sio Bibble's Plea
33Hit by a Sandstorm
34Dinner in a Slave Hovel
35Padme Doesn't Approve
36"Either Way, You Win"
37Young Hero ... Or Bug Squash?
38Podrace Preparations
39A Mouthful of Energy
40Hard Working Astromech Droid
41Darth Maul on Tatooine
42Inside the Podrace Hangar
43Skeptical Toydarian
44A Day at the Podrace
45Presiding Over the Podrace
46"They're Off!"
47Intergalactic Spectators
48He's on the Leader
49Skywalker Rules!
50The Call to Destiny
51Escape From Tatooine
52On the Way to Coruscant
53Palpatine's Political Ploy
54Qui-Gon and the Jedi Council
55The Galactic Senate
56Twelve Concerned Jedi
57"Tested He Will Be"
58Facing Mace Windu
59Judgement of the Jedi
60Unspeakable Alliance
61Binks Leads the Way
62An Audience With Boss Nass
63Her True Identity Revealed
64The Mysterious Enemy
65Trade Federation Tanks Close In
66Orders From OOM-9
67Battle Droid Formation
68Preparing for the Assault
69The Battle Droid Army
70Qui-Gon's Fight for Life
71Star Pilot Ric Olie
72Attacking a Space Station
73Unexpected Help From Anakin
74Jedi Vs. Sith
75Young Skywalker's Gamble
76Defeat of the Battle Droids
77Their Evil Scheme Shattered!
78The Lightsaber Duel
79A Jedi Falls
80Checklist
  
Chrome Cards
C1Palace of Queen Amidala
C2The Tatooine Adventure
C3Space Junk Dealer Watto
C4The Incomplete Threepio
C5Juggling Jar Jar Binks
C6Betting on Sebulba
C7A Gathering of Jedi
C8Forces of Justice Closing In
  
Bonus Subset Cards
X-1Pit Droids at Work
X-2A Jarred Jar Jar
X-3Droids in Watto's Junk Shop
X-4Anakin's Podracer
X-5Watching From on High
X-6Monitoring the Podrace
X-7A Final Word From Watto
X-8Sebulba Gets Ready to Race
X-9Flying Across the Desert
X-10Winning the Podrace
X-11With a Pal Like Jar Jar ...
X-12Streets of Mos Espa
X-13Knights of Light and Dark
X-14Dark Lord of the Sith
X-15The Jedi Council
X-16Can This Boy Be a Jedi?
X-17Questioning Anakin
X-18Of Destiny and Great Danger
X-19The Judgement of Mace Windu
X-20Holo-View of Darth Sidious
X-21Jar Jar of Otoh Gunga
X-22A Toydarian Named Watto
X-23Four-footed Transportation
X-24Podrace Fever
X-25Sebulba Coming up Fast!
X-26Anakin's Pals and Helpers
X-27On-Screen Podrace Excitement
X-28It's All up to Boss Nass
X-29Citizens of the Sea
X-30Battle Droid Flanking Viceroy
X-31Awaiting the Jedi
X-32Trade Federation Talks Upon the Hill
X-33Armored Warships Advancing
X-34OOM-9 Surveys the Battlefield
X-35The Trade Federation's Finest
X-36The Reconfigurators
X-37Wardroids on the March
X-38Naboo Fighter Surrounded
X-39Last Line of Droid Defense
X-40Day of the Battle Droid
  

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