Monday, February 19, 2018

REVIEW:2018 Topps Stars Wars Black&White

"Welcome to the Black And White Side."

Topps recently released it's latest Star Wars product this time without any color. Ever wonder what it would have been like if your grandparents had watched Star Wars on TV when they were kids? Well, worry no more! Let's just say I feel like we would have missed out. The black and white version is pretty stinkin' cool.
Every box of 2018 Star Wars Black&White A New Hope come with 7 packs of 8 cards each. Each pack will come with a base card parallel, one insert and each box has one hit. That hit is either a sketch or autograph card. Boxes are currently $65 and under. So not a bad price.

The base set is 150 cards and features base cine-photography from A New Hope. Even though A New Hope has seen plenty of exposure on cards over the years, you haven't seen anything like this base set that focuses on images you don't see too often in black and white. 
The black and white really brings out the full bleed photos and gives you a feel like no other. Some of them even might bring shivers down your spine. It's quite amazing.

One of the card backs here to give you an idea,
The base set also has some parallels that add an even newer dimension to the cards.

This is sepia parallel, the most common one to find, that falls 1:2 packs.
This is the blue hue shift parallel that falls 1:4 packs
And this is a green hue shift parallel that is /99 and falls 1:7 packs or one per box. There is just something about this photo with that touch of green that just gives you a whole new feel and appreciation of the film. Do you not agree?
 
Other parallels include,
• Purple Hue Shift that's /25 and falls 1:27 packs
• Red Hue Shift that's /10 and falls 1:67 packs
• Metal, these have gotta look cool, are 1/1 and fall 1:655 packs

Now onto the inserts.

Behind The Scenes takes a look at just that. I always appreciate looking at what happens before and during filming. These fall 1:2 packs and there is 41 of them to collect.

Iconic Characters has 12 of the most important ones from A New Hope. None of which are as important as my Obi-Wan find. These are 1:12 pack finds. So one in almost two boxes.
Concept Art checklist. Takes a look at the art side of Star Wars. There are 12 in the set to collect and they fall 1:4 packs.
Posters. I feel I got the best one.  These fall one per box or 1:6 packs.
And the hit.....

A sketch card. These fall 1:17 packs while autographs fall 1:18. I love the details of the Storm Troopers on the card. Many of the sketches are very impressive.
Card is signed by the artist on the back
 
You can also find autographed cards with single and multiple autographs and die cut sketch cards too.
OVERALL: I like the overall appeal of the product. I actually like the fact it's either a 1/1 sketch or an autograph as your hits choices instead of having a manu relic. I feel the box prices are not to shabby for the offerings within as well. The autograph checklist is pretty impressive with all of the big names including Fisher.
This includes, Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and Kenny Baker (R2-D2) among many others.
Please take a minute out to thank Topps for providing the box to review. Some of the cards you see above will be included in the Fantasy Baseball contest! Follow Topps on all social media sites and check out their website HERE for cards and more!  

6 comments:

  1. Thanks to Topps for the cards and to you for the review! How are the card backs? Anything interesting writeups or are they plain or nonexistent like the backs of the new movie sets?

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    1. I will add one to this post. Check back in later :)

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  2. I love Star Wars and I love B&W photography, but this product isn't for me. Although if I find any of the sketch cards that I like in the $5 to $10 range, I'd probably grab them.

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    1. The base set would be a really fun build. The black and white photos add an extra factor

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