Thursday, May 04, 2017

2016 Topps Star Wars Rogue One Series 1


Hope everyone is doing well.  As most of you know, May 4th is considered to be Star Wars Day.  One would think the APTBNL writers would be having lighsaber duels in the spacious APTBNL offices to see who gets to post a Star Wars pack on this day, but in reality, this day appears to be no more special than other days.

There was no post last year, and while our resident Jedi posted in 2015 and 2014, you had to go back to 2011 to get a Star Wars post, and that was made on May 5th.  No Star Wars posts were made in 2010 or 2009.

So, unless the Jedi uses the Force to move this post to some time in June 2050, I shall pick up the slack and give you a pack of 2016 Topps Star Wars Rogue One Series 1!
Series 2 recently started appearing on shelves, to coincide with the DVD/Blu-Ray release.  If they followed the playbook for their The Force Awakens release, then Series 1 will be light on details, leaving those duties for Series 2.  How light?  Keep reading.  Here's what I got:

#66 - A Meeting Of Krennic And Erso
#53 - Confrontation With The Assault Tank

You get a half border (otherwise how can you tell if you got a parallel) along the bottom, with the card title in foil.  You also get a logo at the bottom right corner, Imperial in this case.

#48 - Rushing To Respond
#23 - The Death Trooper And Destruction

As you can see, nice images, and no plot points given away (SPOILER ALERT:  There are stormtroopers in the movie!).

#87 - The Alliance Confers Before Battle (Green Parallel)
#HR-13 - L-1 Droid (Heroes Of The Rebel Alliance)

The green parallel comes 1 in every 2 packs.  Notice the Rebel Alliance logo now appears in place of the Imperial logo since this is a Rebel-centric card.  The Heroes insert appears 1 in every 2 packs as well.

Here are the backs.  Remember what I said about light on details?  I have a bad feeling about this:

Yep, there's nothing on the back.  This could have very well been a sticker set.  6 cards for 2 bucks, folks.

Anyway, that's the pack.  This release is really for the collector who must have all the Star Wars (i.e. me 20ish years ago).  Topps should make these Series 1 sets a buck, like Opening Day.  I'm sure Series 2 will be much more enjoyable (and if there's a Chrome, watch out).

Thanks for reading, and May the Fourth be with you!

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