Star Wars trading card
Card #10 from the original 1977 set:
"Princess Leias Captured!"
|Genre(s)||Non-sports trading card|
|Tie-in||Star Wars films and associated media|
Star Wars trading card usually refers to a non-sport card themed after a Star Wars movie or television show. However a common colloquial reference to trading card can also include reference to stickers, wrappers, or caps (pog) often produced along the same theme. Usually produced as either promotional or collectible memorabilia relating to Star Wars, the cards can depict anything from screen still imagery to original art. In addition, there have been various companies that have issued promotional Star Wars trading cards that include reference to or information about that corresponding company.
An avid collecting and trading community of these cards and sets exists worldwide. New cards released commercially are available through most major retailers and wholesalers, however some cards are specially issued as exclusive and only available though a specific source. A thriving secondary market also exists on eBay in various categories. Star Wars trading cards are different from the various Star Wars collectible card game cards.
Star Wars trading cards were first produced and released by Topps in 1977 to coincide with the first Star Wars movie, and they have remained the official producer of Star Wars trading cards in the United States ever since. Various manufacturers handle the property around the rest of the world.
In 1977, a photograph appeared on a Topps Star Wars trading card in which C-3PO appeared to have a prominent phallus. In 2007, the official Star Wars website hypothesized that this was caused by a part of the suit that had fallen into place just as the photograph was taken. However, in 2019 Daniels clarified that the costume had become compromised during C-3PO's oil bath in the film; the warm liquid had caused the costume to separate, leading to "an over-exposure of plastic in that region".
In 2015, Topps created the Star Wars Card Trader app for iPhone, iPad and Android. This app allows users to open packs, collect digital cards, and trade them with other users right in the app.
All series are shown, but not necessarily all the cards in each series. For example, not all promos and mail-away cards are listed:
- Star Wars, Series 1 (1977) - Blue border with white stars. 66 cards and 11 stickers (space with green, yellow or red interior border) (Cards 1-66 Stickers 1-11).
- Star Wars, Series 2 (1977) - Red border. 66 cards and 11 stickers (black or space with red interior border) (Cards 67-132 Stickers 12-22).
- Star Wars, Series 3 (1977) - Yellow border. 66 cards and 11 stickers (black film cell border) (Cards 133-198 Stickers 23-33).
- Star Wars, Series 4 (1977) - Green border. 66 cards and 11 stickers (red film cell border) (Cards 199-264 Stickers 34-44).
- Star Wars, Series 5 (1977) - Orange border. 66 cards and 11 stickers (orange film cell border) (Cards 265-330 Stickers 45-55).
- Topps Sugar-Free Gum Wrappers (1977/78) - 56 wrappers.
- The Empire Strikes Back, Series 1 (1980) - Red border. 132 cards and 33 stickers.
- The Empire Strikes Back, Series 2 (1980) - Blue border. 132 cards and 33 stickers.
- The Empire Strikes Back, Series 3 (1980) - Yellow border. 88 cards and 22 stickers.
- The Empire Strikes Back Giant Photo Cards (1980) - 30 5x7 cards.
- Return of the Jedi, Series 1 (1983) - Red border. 132 cards and 33 stickers.
- Return of the Jedi, Series 2 (1983) - Blue border. 88 cards and 22 stickers.
- Star Wars Galaxy, Series I (1993) - 140 base and 6 etched foil cards, plus separate 140 silver stamped base, 6 refractor foil, and one holographic card from the Millennium Falcon Factory set.
- Star Wars Galaxy, Series II (1994) - 135 base and 6 etched foil cards, plus separate 135 silver stamped base, 6 refractor foil, and one holographic card from the Factory Tin.
- Star Wars Galaxy, Series III (1995) - 90 base, 90 first-day, 12 Lucas art, 6 etched foil, and 6 clearzone cards.
- Star Wars Widevision (1995) - 120 base and 10 finest cards.
- Star Wars Widevision Metal (1995) - 6 steel cards.
- The Empire Strikes Back Widevision (1995) - 144 base, 10 chromium, and 6 poster cards
- The Empire Strikes Back Widevision Metal (1995) - 6 steel cards.
- Return of the Jedi Widevision (1996) - 144 base, 10 finest, 6 poster cards, plus 1 3d case-topper card.
- Topps Star Wars Caps (1995) - 70 base, 10 galaxy, and 24 slammer caps.
- Star Wars Master Visions (1995) - 36 oversized cards.
- Star Wars Finest (1996) - 90 base, 4 matrix, 6 embossed, and 90 refractor cards.
- Star Wars 3Di (1996) - 63 base and 1 motion card, all widevision.
- Star Wars Shadows of the Empire (1996) - 80 base, 6 foil, and 4 embossed cards.
- Star Wars Vehicles (1997) - 72 base, 4 cut-away, and 2 3d cards.
- Star Wars Trilogy: The Complete Story, Retail (1997) - 72 base and 6 laser cards, all widevision.
- Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition, Hobby (1997) - 72 base, 6 laser, 2 hologram, and 1 3Di cards, all widevision.
- Star Wars Chrome Archives (1999) - 90 base, 9 chrome, and 4 clear cards.
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Widevision, Series I (1999) - 80 base, 40 expansion, 8 chrome, 10 foil cards, and 16 stickers. Also 5 oversized foil cards exist from tin sets.
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Widevision, Series II (1999) - 80 base, 6 embossed (retail), 6 embossed (hobby), 4 chromium (retail), 4 chromium (hobby), and 3 box topper cards.
- Star Wars: Episode I 3D (2000) - 46 base and 2 multi-motion cards, all widevision. 1 promotional card.
- Star Wars Evolution (2001) - 93 base, 12 A, 8 B, and autograph cards. 4 promotional cards.
- Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) - 100 base, 10 silver foil, 8 prismatic, and 5 panoramic cards. 5 promotional cards.
- Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Widevision (2002) - 80 base and 26 autograph cards. 7 promotional cards.
- Star Wars: Clone Wars (2004) - 90 base, 10 battle motion, and 14 artists' sketch cards, and 10 stickers. 3 promotional cards.
- Star Wars Heritage (2004) - 120 base, 12 etched foil, autograph, and sketch cards, and 30 stickers. 6 promotional cards.
- Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005) - 90 base, 6 etched foil (hobby/retail), 4 morphing (hobby/retail), 3 holograms, 10 tattoo, 10 embossed foil, 10 stickers, and 1 morphing case-topper. 5 promotional cards.
- Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith Widevision (2005) - 80 base, 10 chrome (retail), 10 chrome (hobby), 10 flix-pix, and 5 autograph cards. 2 promotional cards.
- Star Wars Evolution Update (2006) - 90 base, 20 A, 15 B, sequentially numbered C (100 each of 1C and 2C), 1D redemption card, 10 Galaxy Crystal (retail), 6 foil, autograph cards. Two promotional cards.
- Star Wars 30th Anniversary (August 2007) - 120 base, 120 red/120 blue/120 gold parallel (gold parallels numbered to 30), 27 triptych puzzle, autograph, sketch, 330 different foil stamped box loaders, 9 animation cel, 9 magnet cards, and 3 retail bonus cards. Six promotional cards.
- Clone Wars (July 2008) - 90 base, 90 gold-stamped foil parallel, 10 animation cel, 10 foil, 5 motion, 5 Target red animation cel, 5 Wal-Mart blue animation cel cards. Two promotional cards.
- Clone Wars Trading Card Stickers (October 2008) - 90 base, 10 foil stickers, 10 die cut pop ups, 10 temporary tattoos, ~10 magnet cards.
- Star Wars Holiday Special (2008) - 11 cards.
- Star Wars Galaxy, Series IV (2009)
- Clone Wars Widevision, Season I (November 2009) - 80 base, 8 Series 2 Preview cards, 80 Silver Foil stamped parallel cards (500 sequentially numbered of each card), 80 Gold Foil stamped 1/1 parallel cards, 20 foil character cards, 10 animation clear cel cards, 5 flex pix cards, sketch cards, animator sketch cards, 13 autograph cards
- Star Wars Galaxy, Series V (2010)
- The Empire Strikes Back 3D Widevision (2010) - 48 base cards. One promotional card. Sketch Cards. 8 Autograph Cards
- Clone Wars Rise of the Bounty Hunters, Season II (2010)
- Clone Wars Dog Tags Trading Cards (November 2010) - 24 cards and matching dog tags.
- Star Wars Galaxy, Series VI (2011)
- Star Wars Dog Tags Trading Cards (August 2011) - 24 cards and matching dog tags.
- Star Wars Galaxy, Series VII (2012)
- Star Wars Galactic Files (2012)
- Star Wars Jedi Legacy (2013)
- Star Wars Galactic Files, Series II (2013)
- Star Wars Illustrated (2013)
- Return of the Jedi 3D Widevision (2014) - 44 base cards. Limited to 2000 sets offered directly by Topps.
- Star Wars Chrome Perspectives Jedi Vs. Sith - 100 base cards, lots of others
- Star Wars Wonder Bread (1977) - 16 card set.
- Star Wars (Panini European, 1978) - 256 stickers.
- Star Wars (ADPAC for General Mills Breakfast Cereals, 1977-9)
- Star Wars / Empire Strikes Back (Burger King & Coca-Cola, 1981) - 36 cards.
- Return of the Jedi (Panini, 1983) - 180 2 1/8"x3" album stickers
- Star Wars (Metallic Images, 1994) - 20 metal cards
- Star Wars Art of Ralph McQuarrie (Metallic Images, 1996) - 20 metal cards
- Star Wars Bounty Hunters (Metallic Images, 1998) - 6 metal cards
- Star Wars Dark Empire (Metallic Images, 1995-6) - two 6 series of metal cards
- Star Wars Jedi Knights (Metallic Images, 1998) - 6 metal cards
- Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (Metallic Images, 1997) - 6 metal cards
- The Empire Strikes Back (Metallic Images, 1995) - 20 metal cards
- Return of the Jedi (Metallic Images, 1995) - 20 metal cards
- Star Wars (Panini European, 1997) - 216 stickers.
- Star Wars (Panini American, 1997) - 66 stickers.
- Star Wars, Special Edition, Trilogy (Merlin, 1997) - 125 cards
- Non-Sport Update magazine, Harrisburg, PA, ISSN 1059-8383
- Star Wars Galaxy Magazine, #10, p. 53, Winter 1997, New York, NY, ISSN 1081-1362
- Rossen, Jake (10 September 2019). "Anthony Daniels Finally Explains the Mystery of That Obscene C-3PO Trading Card". Mental Floss. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
- Star Wars Super Collector's Wish Book Identification and Values, Geoffrey T. Carlton, Collector Books, Paducah, KY, ISBN 1-57432-289-3
- www.starwarscards.net - Popular site for checklists of, trading, and discussing Star Wars trading cards
- www.starwarssketchcards.com - Checklists and scans of most official Star Wars sketch cards
- Star Wars Sketch Cards page at SketchCards.com - Lists Star Wars trading card sets with sketch cards, sketch card artists on those sets, artist bios and current auctions.
- Non Sport Update (NSU) magazine - Magazine with card price estimates and stories
- Topps, Inc. - Often has information about their new card series
- Paul's Lists - Checklists and scans of many global vintage Star Wars cards and wrappers
- 1st, 2nd, & 3rd original series card scans