Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Journey to Star Wars The Last Jedi (hobby box)

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The box: 2017 Topps Journey to Star Wars The Last Jedi (hobby box)
Where to buy:
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Packs per box:
 24
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 192
Base set completion: 
110 of 110 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 32

 

Insert cards: 47 (see all and some base in gallery below)
Sketch cards (1) – Bobby Blakey sketch
Green (8) – Hope for The Resistance, Infiltrating Starkiller Base, The Second Death Star, Aboard the Tontine IV, Invasion of The First Order, Rey’s Solitude, General Leia Organa, Younglings on Ilum
Black (8) – Hunting the Assassin, Finn Steps Up, Obi-Wan’s Teachings, Ezra Undercover, Returning the Droids, The Resistance Takes Flight, Rey and Her Lightsaber, Destroying Starkiller Base
Silver (4) – The First Order’s Threat, Back to Mandalore, The Rebel Assault, The Rescue of Han Solo
Orange (1) – Luminary and Barriss (/50)
White (3) – The Resistance, Recruiting General Kenobi, Invasion of the First Order (/199)
Blueprints (2) – Heavy bomber, Ski speeder, A-Wing, Millennium Falcon
Illustrated Characters (8) – Luke Skywalker, BB-8, Captain Phasma, Rey, Rose, Poe Dameron, Porgs, Praetorian Guard
Darkness Rises (6) – full set
Rey Continuity (2) – Rey (Nos. 2 and 4)
Retro Style Stickers (2) – Kylo Ren, Han Solo
Characters (2) – General Hux, Luke Skywalker

Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Autographs (1) 
Clive Revill, voice of The Emperor

What’s Buzz-worthy: The biggest difference with hobby for this one? It’s not as heavy on parallels as retail with just one parallel and one insert per pack. (Retail packs include a rainbow of parallels in every pack with some being exclusives.) But either way, this one 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 — these 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 included an auto and a sketch, which is a plus. There was a full set here but fewer parallels, which means you might try blasters if you’re trying to complete sets quickly after a hobby box or two. This one’s oldschool and allows it to be collected on the cheap. All in all, I like it — but there’s plenty more to come.

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

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