Topps - US - Star Wars Chrome Archives (1999)


This set has an interesting claim to fame in that it is the last classic Star Wars set to be released by Topps prior to the arrival of the prequels on film. It is perhaps fitting then that this set revives the best of the classic Topps cards with some of the best new card technology available. The Chrome Archives set was released May 10, 1999. The set contains 90 common cards and 13 chase cards. Saying this, I just have to add that there is nothing common about these common cards. For card fans who enjoyed the Star Wars Finest set, this set is twice as good. If you are a card collector, you need to have the Chrome Archives set as part of your collection.

The Star Wars Chrome Archives set revisits the original Star Wars cards that were released between 1977 and 1983. The vintage cards remain fan favorites for good reason. For older fans, the cards are a reminder of our childhood enjoyment of the Star Wars films, and of collecting the cards for those films. The vintage cards featured great images, fun captions (with lots of exclamation points), and stickers and gum in every pack. You couldn't get anything better; until now.

The Chrome Archives set applies Chrome technology to 90 original card images (30 from each classic film). Images have been re-mastered for these cards, and they look incredible. I can't emphasize that enough, these cards look great. They are heavy stock, with a glossy finish to the back, high quality images that have been embossed, and have a high level of detail. Did I mention they look great? Every common card for this set is equal to almost any chase card from another set. Topps might just be spoiling card collectors.

The chase cards for this set are also great. They include two types, clear chrome cards (1:18), and double-sided chrome cards (1:12). The double-sided chrome cards recreate images from original stickers on the front, while their backs show an image of the original movie poster. The clear chrome cards bring back the clear chrome technology that was first seen in the Star Wars Galaxy 3 card set. Essentially these 'cards' are printed on clear plastic, so that the image is visible from either side, and the image is enhanced by the ability of light to shine through. Featuring four major characters, the clear chrome cards are really spectacular.

If there is a problem with this set, it is the difficulty the average collector is going to have completing the full set. At an average retail price of $3 per pack (for a 5 card pack), this set is not cheap to complete even if you just attempt to make the common cards. Collecting all 13 chase cards as well will prove difficult for most collectors. This set is really intended for the avid Star Wars card collector. Having said that, a patient collector will find that these cards do still come up for sale on eBay, and unopened boxes of the cards can still be purchased.

I owe thanks to the following people for assistance with this page: Andy Dukes, David Polis, Daniel Skowronski, Rick Bors, Keith Jakubowski, and Jeff Tedder, among others.

Card Values
·  set value: $30-50
·  unopened box: $75
·  single: $0.50 - $1
·  chase: $5-15
·  promo: $1-2

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Card NumberDescription
1Darth Vader Strangles A Rebel!
2A Message From Princess Leia!
3Princess Leia - Captured!
4The Escape Pod is Jettisoned!
5The Droids on Tatooine
6Stormtroopers Seek The Droids
7Luke Checks Out His New Droid
8The Tusken Raiders
9Ben Kenobi Rescues Luke!
10Interrogated By Stormtroopers!
11Han Solo Cornered by Greedo!
12Distracted by Solo's Assault
13The Millennium Falcon Speeds Through Space!
14Lord Vader Threatens Princess Leia!
15Sighting the Death Star
16Deadly Blasters!
17Panning An Escape!
18Stormtroopers Attack!
19Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill
20Han and Chewie Shoot It Out!
21Ben With the Lightsaber!
22The Lightsaber
23Han in the Millennium Falcon
24Luke Prepares for the Battle
25Who Will Win the Final Star War?
26Preparing For the Raid!
27The Empire Strikes Back!
28Battle in Outer Space!
29Spectacular Battle!
30The Honored Heroes!
31Luke Astride His Tauntaun
32Rejuvenation Chamber
33Imperial Spy
34The Snow Walkers
35Rebel Snowspeeders Zero In!
36Vader and His Snowtroopers
37Emergency Blast Off!
38Battle of the Star Destroyer
39Canyons of Death!
40Misty World of Dagobah
41"Welcome, Young Luke!"
42Journey Through the Swamp
43"Use the Force, Luke?"
44Luke Battles . . . Himself?
45The Bounty Hunters
46Star Lovers
47The Landing
48Enter Lando Calrissian
49Han's Torment
50The Prize of Boba Fett
51His Day of Triumph
52The Fate of Han Solo
53Boba's Special Delivery
54The Search for Vader
55The Confrontation
56The Force and the Fury
57"Embrace The Dark Side!"
58"Hate Me, Luke! Destroy Me!"
59Luke's Last Stand
60Toward Tomorrow
61The New Death Star
62Intergalactic Gangster
63Han Solo's Plight
64The Princess Enslaved
65The Young Jedi
66The Dreaded Rancor
67Toward the Sarlacc Pit
68Jabba the Hutt's New Dancing Girl
69Boba Fett Attacks!
70The Raging Battle
71Swing to Safety
72The Deciders
73Yoda, The Jedi Master
74A Word With Ben Kenobi
75Droids on the Move
77All Hail See-Threepio!
78Unexpected Allies
79Luke Skywalker's Destiny
80Imperial Biker Scout
81Ready for Action!
82Artoo-Deetoo -- Hit!
83Chewbacca Triumphant
84Facing the Emperor
85The Emperor's Offer
86Darth Vader is Down!
87The Death Star Raid
88Admiral Ackbar
89Within the Death Star
90The Triumphant Trio / Checklist
C1(Luke) May the Force be with you!
C2(Vader) Dave Prowse as Darth Vader
C3(Han) Harrison Ford as Han Solo
C4(Leia) Liberated Princess!
Double-Sided Chromium
D1Darth Vader
D2Luke Skywalker
D3Princess Leia
D4Han Solo
D6Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
D9The Tusken Raider
Promo Cards
P1"Hate Me, Luke! Destroy Me!"
P2"Welcome, Young Luke!"