Topps - Star Wars Series 1 (1977)

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The first ever card set issued for the Star Wars movies, this card set marked the beginning of the relationship between LucasFilm and Topps. Although many collector's tend to become confused by the fact that there is no Topps logo on any of the vintage Star Wars sets. Instead, the logo for 20th Century Fox appears. The cards were in fact printed by Topps however. For most collectors, the Topps trading cards have come to symbolize what Star Wars cards are all about, and the original sets of cards are what they think of when they use the term Star Wars cards.

The first set of cards had a blue border with stars. There were 66 cards, and 11 stickers to collect. The cards came in packs complete with a stick of gum, each pack containing a single sticker and seven cards. The box for this set, as well as the wrapper, featured C-3P0. Many collectors also collect the empty (or full) boxes, as well as the wrappers for their card sets. In addition, collectors can also find uncut sheets of the cards and stickers for all of the different Star Wars vintage sets.

This first series of cards is now the most difficult to find complete and in good condition. It isn't that fewer of these cards were made, but simply that fewer have survived in the excellent condition most collectors expect of their cards. Even so, the card set is still fairly easy to find, and singles are available in a variety of conditions.

Many collectors will notice that some cards have a small star on the back. Originally thought to relate to the print run (most Star Wars card sets had multiple print runs) it is now known that this small star actually indicated whether the card was on the A or B side of the uncut sheet during the printing process. The small stars served as a guide to the printers working with the cards.

Card Values
·  set value: $35-40
·  unopened box: $300
·  single: $0.50 - $1
·  sticker: $1-2
·  empty box: $5

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1Luke Skywalker
2See-Threepio and Artoo-Detoo
3The Little Droid, Artoo-Deetoo
4Space Pirate Han Solo
5Princess Leia Organa
6Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
7The Villainous Darth Vader
8Grand Moff Tarkin
9Rebels Defend Their Starship!
10Princess Leia - Captured!
11Artoo is Imprisoned by the Jawas
12The Droids are Reunited!
13A Sale on Droids
14Luke Checks Out his New Droid
15Artoo-Detoo is Left Behind!
16Jawas of Tatooine
17Lord Vader Threatens Princess Leia!
18Artoo-Detoo is Missing!
19Searching for the Little Droid
20Hunted by the Sandpeople!
21The Tusken Raiders
22Rescued by Ben Kenobi
23See-Threepio is Injured!
24Stormtroopers Seek the Droids!
25Luke Rushes to his Loved Ones
26A Horrified Luke Sees His Family Killed
27Some Repairs for See-Threepio
28Luke Agrees to Join Ben Kenobi
29Stopped by Stormtroopers
30Han in the Millennium Falcon
31Sighting the Death Star
32Lord Vader's Guards
33The Droids in the Control Room
34See-Threepio Diverts the Guards
35Luke and Han as Stormtroopers
36Blast of the Laser Rifle!
37Cornered in the Labyrinth
38Luke and Han in the Refuse Room
39Steel Walls Close in on Our Heroes!
40Droids Rescue Their Masters!
41Facing the Deadly Chasm
42Stormtroopers Attack!
43Luke Prepares to Swing Across the Chasm
44Han and Chewie Shoot it Out!
45The Light Saber
46A Desperate Moment for Ben
47Luke Prepares for the Battle
48Artoo-Detoo is Loaded Aboard
49The Rebels Monitor the Raid
50Rebels Leaders Wonder About Their Fate!
51See-Threepio and Princess Leia
52Who Will Win the Final Star War?
53Battle in Outer Space!
54The Victors Receive Their Reward
55Han, Chewie and Luke
56A Day of Rejoicing
57Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker
58Harrison Ford as Han Solo
59Alec Guinness as Ben Kenobi
60Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin
61Mark Hamill in Control Room
62Lord Vader's Stormtroopers
63May the Force be With You!
64Governor of Imperial Outlands
65Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill
66Amazing Robot See-Threepio
01Luke Skywalker
02Princess Leia Organa
03Han Solo
04Chewbacca the Wookie
07Lord Darth Vader
08Grand Moff Tarkin
09Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
10Tusken Raider
11X-Wing versus TIE Fighter