1996 Topps Star Wars Finest Trading Cards

1996 Topps Star Wars Finest Trading Cards

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When you're a movie franchise that's had trading cards for multiple decades, it's safe to expect a little experimentation. 1996 Topps Star Wars Finest took the popular chromium brand to a galaxy far, far away. Although it appears the higher price tag for the time may have scared many collectors off when it first came out, it doesn't stop the art-based set from being one of the most attractive Star Wars releases Topps has done.

1996 Topps Star Wars Finest 82 217x300 ImageThe 90-card base set focuses entirely on characters. Not only are there familiar names from the original trilogy, but new faces from the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Following a title card, the rest of the breaks down into ten different subsets, each focusing on a specific theme and a different artist doing the artwork on the front:

  • Rebel Alliance - Russell Walks #2-9
  • Rebels & Affiliates - Juda Tverski #10-18
  • Imperial Command - Chris Moeller #19-27
  • Imperials & Affiliates - Mark Harrison #28-36
  • Force Users - Joe Phillips #37-45
  • Spies, Smugglers & Rogues - Lou Harrison #46-54
  • Indigenous Life Forms - Marc Sasso #55-63
  • Mos Eisley Cantina - Tony Harris #64-72
  • Jabba's Palace - Joe Chiodo #73-81
  • Droids - Den Beauvais #82-90

What would a Finest set be without Refractors? These rainbow-finish parallels cover the entire base set, landing 1:12 packs. In the years since the release, these have remained especially popular with collectors looking to build a set. Besides the rainbow background on the front, Refractors can also be identified by the back of the card. Regular base cards have a silver illustration on the back. Refractors are gold.

1996 Topps Star Wars Finest 73 Back 217x300 Image 1996 Topps Star Wars Finest Refractor 82 Back 214x300 Image

1996 Topps Star Wars Finest has two additional insert sets, neither of which are exceptionally tough to collect, nor are they very expensive. Six Embossed Foil cards (1:9 packs) fit together to form a puzzle. It's fairly standard technology with the embossing adding a little extra texture. Four Matrix inserts (1:12 packs) spotlight high-profile characters with a different type of foil.

For completists, there is also a 1996 Topps Star Wars Finest binder that came with an exclusive card.

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Star Wars Finest Refractor #33 - Biker Scouts *MINT* (004)
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Star Wars Finest Refractor #31 - TIE Fighter Pilots *MINT* (005)
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Star Wars Finest Mastervisions Redemption Card *MINT*
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Star Wars Finest Shrink-Wrapped Gum Card Box
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Topps 1994 Star Wars Galaxy Magazine Finest Chromium Promo Card Set, SWGM1-SWGM4
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1996 Star Wars Finest complete 90 card set
$20.00
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1996 Star Wars Finest Refractor - #56 Banthas
$10.99
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1996 Star Wars Finest Refractor - #24 Captain Pellaeon - Rare
$10.99
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1996 Star Wars Finest Refractor - #6 Jan Dodonna - Rare
$10.99
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1996 Star Wars Finest Refractor - #70 Kabe & Muftak
$10.99
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1996 Star Wars Finest Refractor - #18 Qwi Xux
$10.99
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1996 Star Wars Finest Refractor - #81 Tessek
$10.99
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1996 Star Wars Finest Refractor - #37 Obi-Wan Kenobi
$10.99
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1996 Star Wars Finest Refractor - #69 Feltipern Trevagg
$10.99
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1996 Star Wars Finest Refractor - #59 Noghri - Rare
$10.99
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1996 Star Wars Finest Refractor - #36 Bossk
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Set Checklist

1996 Topps Star Wars Finest Checklist

Base Set Checklist

90 cards. Shop for base sets on eBay.

PARALLEL CARDS: Refractors 1:12 packs

1 Title Card
2 Luke Skywalker
3 Princess Leia
4 Mon Mothma
5 Admiral Ackbar
6 Jan Dodonna
7 Han Solo
8 Chewbacca
9 Lando Calrissian
10 Crix Madine
11 Garm Bel Iblis
12 Borsk Fey'lya
13 Wedge Antilles
14 Biggs Darklighter
15 Nien Nunb
16 Winter
17 Wicket W. Warrick
18 Qwi Xux
19 Emperor Palpatine
20 Darth Vader
21 Moff Tarkin
22 Joruus C'Baoth
23 Admiral Thrawn
24 Gilad Pellaeon
25 Admiral Piett
26 Admiral Daala
27 General Veers
28 Emperor's Royal Guard
29 Death Star Gunners
30 Stormtroopers
31 TIE Fighter Pilots
32 AT-AT Walker Pilots
33 Biker Scouts
34 Boba Fett
35 Dengar
36 Bossk
37 Obi-Wan Kenobi
38 Yoda
39 Callista
40 Jacen Solo
41 Anakin Solo
42 Jaina Solo
43 Kyp Durron
44 Kirani Ti
45 Tionne
46 Mara Jade
47 Talon Karrde
48 Salla Zend
49 Zuckuss
50 Lobot
51 Gallandro
52 Moruth Doole
53 Garindan
54 Lady Valarian
55 Tusken Raiders
56 Bantha
57 Jawa
58 Ugnaught
59 Noghri
60 Ssi-Ruuk
61 Wampa
62 TaunTaun
63 Sarlacc
64 Greedo
65 Cantina Band
66 Labria
67 Dr. Evazan
68 Ponda Baba
69 Feltipern Trevagg
70 Kabe and Muftak
71 Momaw Nadon
72 Wuher and Chalmun
73 Jabba The Hutt
74 Bib Fortuna
75 Salacious Crumb
76 Max Rebo Band
77 Oola
78 Rancor
79 Gamorrean Guard
80 Weequay
81 Tessek
82 C-3P0
83 R2-D2
84 2-1B
85 R5-D4
86 4-LOM
87 Blue Max and Bullux
88 EV-9D9
89 IG-88
90 Probot
1996 Topps Star Wars Finest Base Card Image

Embossed Foil Checklist

6 cards. Inserted 1:9 packs.

F1 Darth Vader
F2 Luke Skywalker
F3 Obi-Wan Kenobi
F4 Jalina Solo
F5 Princess Leia Organa
F6 Jacen Solo
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Matrix Checklist

4 cards. Inserted 1:12 packs.

M1 Han Solo and Chewbacca
M2 C-3PO and R2-D2
M3 Emperor Palpatine
M4 Boba Fett
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Album Card Checklist

Exclusive to binder.

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Promo Cards Checklist

SWF1 Boba Fett - Star Wars Galaxy Magazine
SWF2 Old Republic City - Star Wars Galaxy Magazine
SWF3 Jedi Council Chamber - Non-Sport Update
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Star Wars Finest Refractor #33 - Biker Scouts *MINT* (004)
$19.99
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Star Wars Finest Refractor #31 - TIE Fighter Pilots *MINT* (005)
$19.99
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1996 Star Wars Finest Refractor - #56 Banthas
$10.99
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1996 Star Wars Finest Refractor - #24 Captain Pellaeon - Rare
$10.99
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1996 Star Wars Finest Refractor - #6 Jan Dodonna - Rare
$10.99
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1996 Star Wars Finest Refractor - #70 Kabe & Muftak
$10.99
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1996 Star Wars Finest Refractor - #18 Qwi Xux
$10.99
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1996 Star Wars Finest Refractor - #81 Tessek
$10.99
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1996 Star Wars Finest Refractor - #37 Obi-Wan Kenobi
$10.99
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1996 Star Wars Finest Refractor - #69 Feltipern Trevagg
$10.99
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1996 Star Wars Finest Refractor - #59 Noghri - Rare
$10.99
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1996 Star Wars Finest Refractor - #36 Bossk
$10.99
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Star Wars Finest Rare Oversize Chrome Foil Promo Card Sheet Topps Non-Refractor
$14.99
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Topps Star Wars Finest Refractor Parallel Gold Card #21 Grand Moff Tarkin
$5.50
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Star Wars Finest Rare Oversize Chrome Foil Promo Card Sheet Topps Non-Refractor
$19.95
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Star Wars Topps Finest Gold Refractor Card Set + Chrome Binder Promo #1-90 1996
$1,099.00
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Ryan's collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

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