Hey! Look! I Found Some Star Wars Cards!

Posted: September 29, 2015 by Crackin' Wax in Star Wars
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Those of you who know me here or on Twitter know I have a, uhh, tendency—we’ll call it—to bitch about the inconsistency of stocked trading card product at the local retailers in the Twin Cities. Whether the product is released early, on time, two months late, or not at all, there’s just no way to know what to expect at Target or Wal-Mart. Is the local distributor to blame? Are the manufacturers to blame? Are the products sometimes just completely selling out before I even see them? Perhaps, in an effort to keep my spending “responsible,” LQ is contacting all of the local retailers to sabotage me. Ya know, because I’m the only one up here buying retail and everything is always all about me. Topps’ new non-sports product “Star Wars—The Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has been out for a while now and today is the first time I’ve seen any at any of the local retailers. All that were available were hanger packs, so I pounced on four packs to sample.

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Thankfully, the Prequel cards are light in the set. Given what the set is supposed to represent, it would be dumb not to have any. Smartly, many of the cards are presented in landscape. I mean, it’s not like these movies were shot portrait style, right? These cards have that beautiful vintage look and feel, right down to the classic cardboard backs.

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Quite geniously, instead of spilling any spoilerific information regarding the new yet-to-be-released sequel “The Force Awakens,” Topps created 9-piece puzzles for the back end of the base checklist.

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They would look perfect in 9-pocket binder pages if it weren’t for the pesky 10th card in each puzzle previewing how each puzzle should look.

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Because I’m a Complainey Complainerson and a non-practicing Grammar Elitist, that card should either read “THIS IS HOW YOUR COMPLETED…PUZZLE WILL LOOK” or “THIS IS WHAT YOUR COMPLETED…PUZZLE WILL LOOK LIKE,” not “THIS IS HOW YOUR COMPLETED…PUZZLE WILL LOOK LIKE.”

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The parallels look nice, but my one gripe would be the black card numbers in the dark blue graphic on the black bordered cards. Can you see them? If so, congrats! You have much better eyes than I!

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I got a nice mix of inserts in my four hanger packs. They’re all slick lookin’ and seem like they would be fun to complete. The upper left is a Chewbacca cloth sticker. Also, those are two completely different Kylo Ren stickers, not parallels.

If memory serves, these are the first non-sports trading cards I’ve purchased since Batman Returns came out. Being that I’m a big ol’ Star Wars nerd and that I am into trading cards, these were just as fun for me as I remember those 80s Batman cards being. Just from the small sample that I was able to find, it seems that Topps has absolutely nailed this one. Aside from a few minor things that could use adjustments or improvements, this set seems to be very close to being perfect. After busting these packs, I am seriously considering putting together the base set. Even if I don’t, my nephews are ridiculously huge Star Wars fans. I’m sure I could easily hand these off to them.

Job well done, Topps!

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Comments
  1. vcuhokie says:

    My Target is a bit better stocked, apparently – they had several blasters the other day. I responsibly bought just one, though, and I was pretty satisfied. Came with a manufactured patch card that didn’t thrill me, but the throwback feel of the base cards and parallels is awesome! I have a couple of the old, original cards from the early 80’s, and Topps really captured the feel of those perfectly. Hopefully the new movie does, too!

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