Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens Chrome

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The box: 2016 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens Chrome trading cards (hobby box)
s-l1600Where to buy:

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 144
Base set completion: 
95 of 100 (95 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Insert cards: 49

Prism Refractor (1) – Captain Phasma Makes Her Rounds (/99)
Ships & Vehicles (3) – Special Forces TIE Fighter, First Order TIE Fighter, Poe’s X-wing fighter
Power of The First Order (2) – Captain Phasma, Chief Petty Officer Unamo
Heroes of The Resistance (12) – Admiral Akbar, Lieutenant Bastian, Poe Dameron, BB-8, Snap Wexley, Chewbacca, Kaydel Ko Connix, C-3PO, Finn, General Leia Organa, Admiral Statura, PZ-4CO
Behind The Scenes (6) – Outside the AT-AT, J.J. and The General, Working on BB-8, Harrison Ford & J.J. Abrams, Planning Aboard The Falcon, Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke
Refractor (24) – Among notable scenes: Kylo Ren’s Power, A Mysterious Figure, Han Solo & Chewie Return Home, Rey is Captured, Forced to Surrender
Star Wars Card Trader free pack card (1)


Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Prism Refractor Auto (1) – 
Yayan Ruhian as Tasu Leech (/50)

What’s Buzz-worthy: The Force Awakens returns on Chrome with a simple but comprehensive 100-card set, one Refractor parallel per pack, a handful of inserts and a hit per box. And the needle in the haystack of those hits? The first live Star Wars Daisy Ridley autographs from Topps — and she’s only in hobby packs. The base set’s images feel dark at times — chase the Refractor set if that bugs you — while the Behind the Scenes set is a highlight. The First Order and Resistance inserts feel out of place but do offer a basic “character” card to offset the fact that the basic set is all highlights (scenes) from the movie. … These boxes can include sketch cards, printing plates, medallions (roughly two per case) as well as autos. There are also Superfractors and other numbered parallels to chase with one or two numbered parallels typically per box. This box was perhaps an above-average one but wasn’t one that was out of this galaxy. … All in all, this is a nicer slightly more premium Star Wars product that one can collect. When you’re done it’s a nice set. Each box gets you very close for the basic set and on some inserts. The big draw, however, is the ink. If you can find these without paying a premium price, it’s worth the rip.

Product Grade: A-
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: B

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One thought on “Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens Chrome

  1. Ted Dastick Jr. August 26, 2016 / 3:50 pm

    I don’t care how much they produce, a cool set is a cool set. And this is a cool set.


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