Topps – The Clone Wars: Widevision (2009)

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.

  • 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

    ?
     
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Card NumberCard Description
1The Clone Wars: Season One
2Summit on Rugosa
3Yoda's Strategy
4Introspection in the Cave
5Yoda's Victory
6A New Galactic Threat
7Hunting Surviviors
8Out of the Storm
9Weapon of Malevolence
10Target: Malevolence
11Attacking Malevolence
12Pawn of Malevolence
13Penetrating Malevolence
14Fate of Malevolence
15Rescue on Malevolence
16Day of the Rookies
17Tension on Rishi's Moon
18Destroy the Outpost!
19The Republic Swoops in
20Skywalker' Trap
21Rescuing Artoo
22Anakin's Master Evasion
23Target: Skytop Station
24Jedi Free Fall
25Grievous' Cantankerous Ally
26Ahsoka's Deadly Duel
27Padmé's New Peril
28Battle Droids Attack!
29Binks to the Rescue
30A Liability Named Nute
31Gunray Prison Break
32Enemies on All Sides
33Jedi Showdown
34An Unexpected Discovery
35The Testing of Grievous
36The Rules of War
37In Search of Dooku
38Peril of the Pirates
39A Visit to Dooku
40Betrayl is Imminant
41AN Awkward Truce
42Jar Jar Takes Command
43An Unexpected Strategy
44The Rescue of Secura
45Crack-Up on Maridum
46Is it Right to Fight?
47In the Care of Wag Too
48In Defense of the Lurmen
49Wave of Death
50Whose Pantora is it?
51Enter the Talz
52An Avoidable Conflict
53The Challenge of Peace
54An Enemy Among Us
55The Informer
56Asajj's Breakout Escape
57The Hidden Enemy
58Shaak Herding
59A very Quick Capture
60Derailing a Mad Doctor
61Dr. Vindi Fires Away
62Clones in the Bomb Room
63Seeking the Reeksa Root
64Jaybo Bids Farewell
65Ahsoka's Big Mistake
66Anakin's Stern Guidance
67Ahsoka Strikes Back
68Ryloth Imprisioned
69The Living Shield
70Numa's New Friends
71Victory for Ghost Company
72An Unexpected Ally
73Cham's Great Fear
74The Bridge to Lessu
75Holding Tambor at Bay
76Attack on the Senate
77Trapped by a Bounty Hunter
78Bane's Parting Gifts
79Hostage Crisis
80Checklist
  
FOIL CARDS
1Anakin Skywalker
2Ahsoka Tano
3Obi-Wan Kenobi
4Plo Koon
5Yoda
6General Grievous
7Count Dooku
8Mace Windu
9Padmé Amidala
10Asajj Ventress
11C-3PO
12R2-D2
13Captain Rex
14Commander Cody
15Commander Gree
16Commander Bly
17Luminara Unduli
18Kit Fisto
19Aayla Secura
20Palpatine/ Darth Sidious
  
ANIMATION CLEAR CEL CARDS
1Threepio and Jar Jar
2Yoda
3Kit and Nahdar
4Battle Droids
5Padmé with Gun
6Ahsoka
7Snowtrooper
8Talz Warriors
9Anakin and Obi-Wan
10Anakin and Padmé kiss
  
HOBBY EXCLUSIVE AUTOGRAPH CARDS
1Matt Lanter / Anakin Skywalker
2James Arnold Taylor / Obi-Wan Kenobi
3Ashley Eckstein / Ahsoka Tano
4Catherine Taber / Padme Amidala
5Tom Kane / Yoda
6Anthony Daniels / C-3P0
7Corey Burton / Count Dooku
8Ian Abercrombie / Chancellor Palpatine
9Terrence Carson / Mace Windu
10Nika Futterman / Asajj Ventress
11Matthew Wood / Battle Droids
12David Acord / A-4D Droid
13Dee Bradley Baker / Clone Troopers
14Matthew Wood General Grievous
  
FLIX PIX MOTION CARDS
1of5Anakin Skywalker
2of5Obi-Wan Kenobi
3of5Clone Trooper
4of5Ahsoka Tano
5of5General Grievous
  
SEASON 2 SNEAK PREVIEW CARDS
PV-1Ahsoka/Anakin
PV-2Obi-Wan
PV-3Clone Trooper Halo
PV-4Clone Trooper Battle
PV-5Ahsoka
PV-6Obi-Wan
PV-7Mace Windo/Obi-Wan
PV-8Padmé
  
BONUS CARD
B1Senator Farr's Decision
  
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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