Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Star Wars Masterwork trading cards

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The box: 2017 Topps Star Wars Masterwork (hobby box)
Where to buy:

Packs per box:
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 20
Base set completion: 
6 of 75 (8 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards — Obi-wan Kenobi, Princess Leia, Ezra Bridger, Baze Malbus, Admiral Statura, Sabine Wren

Insert cards: 10 (see every card from box in gallery below)
Hall of Heroes (2) – Luke Skywalker, Han Solo
Green parallel (1) – Bib Fortuna (/99)
Blue parallel (3) – Tusken Raider, Captain Ithano, Jyn Erso
Adventures of R2-D2 (1) – In Service to the Queen
Adventures of R2-D2 Canvas parallel (1) – In Service to the Queen (/99)
Evolution of the Rebel Alliance (1) – Fulcrum’s Crucial Role
Evolution of the Rebel Alliance Canvas parallel (1) – Against The First Order (/99)

Autographs/Memorabilia: 4
Droid Medallion Card (1) – Luke Skywalker (/150; Manufactured Relic)
Film Cel Relic (1) –
Return of the Jedi Endor Battle
Autographs (2) – Clive Revill (voice of The Emperor), David Acord (voice of Edrio Two Tubes)

What’s Buzz-worthy: If you’re a diehard Star Wars fans, you’re ripping pretty much everything you can get your hands on and this has routinely been the biggest release of them all — the high-end stuff — until the arrival of Stellar Signatures this year. This one isn’t $10,000 a box, but it can still deliver pretty well with a deep array of signers, a good amount of variety in its non-ink hits and a look at all directions of the franchise. Ultimately this is probably closer to an average box, but a pair of Canvas parallels (one in 45 packs apiece) helped this one grade out better than it could have. The ink was a pair of voice actors (something I don’t prefer but Star Wars fans clearly want anyone involved) and then it included some of the franchise’s biggest names across the inserts and base cards. The Medallion cards are impressive — and super-heavy — while the film cels are something that I like because it’s more like traditional memorabilia and it’s something more than a standard card. This was my first time busting a full Masterwork box (anybody else wonder why it’s not called Masterworks?) and it wasn’t super-flashy — but it was an experience where I’ll keep my eye on prices for any year of this one because the print quality and the rip quality was there. It makes me want to dig in again.

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

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