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The box: 2017 Topps Journey to Star Wars The Last Jedi (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)
Packs per box: 11 (10 standard packs plus one patch pack)
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 61
Base set completion: 20 of 110 (18 percent)
Insert cards: 41 (see all and some base in gallery below)
Emblem Patch (1) – Praetorian guard
Purple (10) – Poe’s Interrogation, Rey’s Victory, The First Order Rallies, Meeting Tarkin, The Sprightly Padawan, In Search of a Pilot, Appealing to the Senate, Jedi in Secret, Han Solo’s Old Trick, Skirmish on Takodana
Green (5) – Stopping Darth Vader, Fast Friends, The Resistance X-Wing, The Resistance A-Wing, The Battle Commences
Black (3) – Kylo’s hunt, Obi-Wan’s Final Teaching, Meeting on Home One
Silver (2) – Rey Alone!, Escaping Jakku
Family Legacy (10) – Full set of six plus dupes — Han Solo & General Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker & General Leia Organa (2), Han Solo & Kylo Ren, General Leia Organa & Kylo Ren (2), Luke Skywalker & Darth Vader (2), Princess Leia Organa & Darth Vader (2)
Blueprints (2) – Heavy bomber, Ski speeder
Illustrated Characters (3) – Luke Skywalker, BB-8, Captain Phasma
Darkness Rises (3) – Kylo Ren, Praetorian Guard, Praetorian Guards
Rey Continuity (1) – Rey (No. 4)
Retro Style Stickers (1) – First Order Stormtrooper
What’s Buzz-worthy: It’s heavy on parallels but it offers a pretty deep — but quick — look at the Star Wars galaxy in advance of the newest film, The Last Jedi, arriving in December. Contrary to what you might have seen online, this one doesn’t offer any spoilers from the new film as the only Last Jedi visuals are from the trailer and on a handful of character-based cards and inserts. Most of those have puzzle backs or little to no info about the new film. The 110-card base set is numbered in traditional form on the fronts with subset numbering on the backs using the original Topps Star Wars card design from 1977 — just with cleaner printing of today. It’s been done many times but that aspect just doesn’t get old for this collector. If you’re a hit-chaser, the hobby boxes are for you — they guarantee an autograph every time with the potential for more — but the Walmart and Target boxes do have exclusive autos for Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver not found anywhere else. This particular box was included neither, but the overall auto odds on Walmart blasters is one in 17 boxes. (Driver is higher at 1:6,704 for a Gold and 13,408 for a Red and 13,408 for printing plates.) Blasters aren’t going to deliver anything advanced most times, but they do include autos — singles, doubles and triples — as well as sketches (1:40 and up). This one’s oldschool and allows it to be collected on the cheap, especially if you buy by the blaster, setting the stage for much, much more to come.
Product Grade: A-
Box Grade: B
Fun Grade: B-
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