What: 2017 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D Widevision trading cards
Arrives: June 6 ($99.99)
Box basics: One 44-card set and two autographs per box
What’s buzz-worthy: The 40th anniversary of Star Wars continues on cardboard with a boxed set that offers an expanded look at the most-recent film with a chance at some big autographs.
Keep reading for more as well as a gallery of images.
The 40th anniversary of Star Wars’ arrival back in 1977 officially hits us on Thursday but a magazine that sci-fi fans might not typically check out has a new look back at the franchise and a new look at The Last Jedi coming in December.
It’s Vanity Fair and it’s got four covers for fans to pick up if they want to collect ’em all.
You can find the autographs from the stars of Star Wars in packs of Topps cards but now you can find them on photographs and more from the newest official source of authentic ink for the legendary sci-fi franchise.
It’s Star Wars Authentics and Topps launched the division and its website, starwarsauthentics.com, on Wednesday to everyone who’s not in a galaxy far, far away.
“We identified a hole in the entertainment industry — a need for certified authentic pieces for the Star Wars brand — and with this collaboration we are able to meet consumer demand,” said David Leiner, Topps’ GM and VP of the North American Sports & Entertainment division. “Topps excels in visual arts and printing technologies and we are thrilled to bring our expertise to Star Wars, building upon our trading card and Major League Baseball memorabilia business.”
Rogue One isn’t the only Star Wars arrival next week as Topps has one of its higher-end brands for the sci-fi franchise ready to go on Wednesday.
It’s 2016 Topps Star Wars High Tek and the checklist for this one arrived on Thursday.
Topps‘ biggest Star Wars release of the year arrived this past week and some of the biggest cards in the Star Wars universe have already been discovered inside packs.
It’s 2016 Topps Star Wars Masterwork and it’s got the first ink from Adam Driver along with Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and many others who have helped bring the intergalactic saga to life.
Asking prices on the top autographs are steep but so are the sales for key cards from this one. Keep reading to see our massive gallery of cards pulled so far.
We’re 11 days away from the release of Topps‘ newest high-end Star Wars trading card brand and the company has announced one autograph inclusion that raises the high-dollar possibilities to an 11 as well.
The ink? No, it’s nothing from Spinal Tap, it’s the first Star Wars ink for Kylo Ren himself, Adam Driver.
His autographs will first be found inside boxes of 2016 Topps Star Wars Masterwork trading cards, which is a high-end brand that examines the entire Star Wars galaxy.
Today’s the day that Topps‘ second series of Star Wars: The Force Awakens trading cards officially arrive and some of the inclusions are quite rare and also quite deluxe for what is a very affordable brand.
Here’s a sampling of some of the cards found by collectors so far along with some of the images teased by Topps in advance of the release.
There was an awakening and it’s been felt on eBay as well as the box office.
Another Mystery Redemption from 2015 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens Series 1 has sold for big bucks on eBay, going for $1,700 on Sunday. (Spoiler alert: It’s for an autograph of Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey.) Four other copies have sold for $1,200 or more on eBay since the product’s release 11 days ago, while a fifth sale came in at $900 to set the low mark.
Asking prices for the card in current auctions have gotten steeper, though.
Will it sell? That’s the simplest question as the first certified autograph of Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ John Boyega has hit eBay.
Click here to see its price — if it’s not gone already.
Boyega plays Finn in the film, which opens today and this card is from 2015 Topps Star Wars High Tek, which includes one autograph or sketch card in every box. He’s the only signer for the new cast members in the product and it’s his first run at a certified autograph.
Update (Aug. 8, 2016): After a long wait, Ridley has been confirmed as being the mystery auto by Topps.
Topps has released the checklist for 2015 Topps Star Wars The Force Awakens Series 1, and it includes a Mystery Redemption on the autograph checklist.
But there’s no mystery — it’s Daisy Ridley. (It says so right on the checklist.)
>> Click here to view the 2015 Topps Star Wars The Force Awakens Series 1 checklist as released by Topps
Among the signers, only Ridley and John Boyega are the only signers among the new cast. The rest are notable names from the past films who’ll apparently appear in The Force Awakens. Among them are Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Kenny Baker and Peter Mayhew.
Keep reading for a full autograph checklist and more details.
The awakening will be felt by many starting tomorrow but there still could be a sleeper set out there when it comes to Topps‘ newest Star Wars trading cards.
Two types of 2015 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens Series 1 boxes have been made for hobby distribution atop its retail presence. The standard hobby box will have all the hits and things collectors have come to expect — expect a checklist to arrive on those in the next 24 hours — but there’s also a Hobby Special Edition version of the product that has a cheaper box price.
And these boxes have an added bonus not found anywhere else.
Less than two days away from the arrival of The Force Awakens and the newest Star Wars card sets, Topps solved one of the mysteries about its forthcoming releases.
John Boyega, who plays Finn in The Force Awakens, will appear on the autograph checklists for both 2015 Topps Star Wars High Tek and 2015 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens Series 1.
“We are very excited to have John Boyega join the Topps family,” said brand manager Mark Von Ohlen. “He’s such an important part of the movie and having him in the product was pivotal for us. We know all the fans out are going to love opening packs of cards knowing they can potentially find a John Boyega autograph.”
>> Click here to view the 2015 Topps Star Wars High Tek checklist
We’re less than two days away from the arrival of The Force Awakens and the newest Star Wars card set from Topps — and both have carry plenty of mystery.
Why? We don’t have a checklist yet because even it could contain potential spoilers.
The checklist for 2015 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens Series 1 is coming as early as tomorrow and it’s likely to include the first autographs of the new generation of Star Wars stars — the likes of Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver, who haven’t had certified autographs before.
And that got Buzz thinking about the possibilities.
There will be an awakening in less than a month and we’ve all felt it in some form or fashion as collectors.
The latest example of that might be Empire magazine’s newest issue, which arrives this week with not one, not two, but six different covers for stars of Star Wars: The Force Awakens arriving on Dec. 18.
Each cover arrives with a 3D look delivered via lenticular plastic — you know, like the old school Kellogg’s and Sporflics cards … but just more intergalactic and stuff.