Battlestar Galactica was supposed to be a television blockbuster. Following in the space wake of a little movie called Star Wars, the hope was that it would be a similar success on the small screen. There were high hopes on the commercial end. And while the show failed to live up to expectations, it has aged well with plenty of fans today. The same can be said for 1978 Topps Battlestar Galactica trading cards, a moderately affordable and somewhat challenging set to complete.
1978 Topps Battlestar Galactica is a fairly large set, at least by the standard set for television shows. It clocks in at 132 base cards. It's joined by another 22 stickers.
Base cards focus on the characters, action from the show and the pricey special effects. The large checklist allows for lead characters like Starbuck and Apollo to get on plenty of cards. The same can be said for the various spaceships, aliens and Cylons. Card fronts are arranged vertically and horizontally. A white border surrounds a large photo. The Battlestar Galactica title overlaps the photo. The bottom part of the border also has a caption and copyright data.
1978 Topps Battlestar Galactica backs have a mix of text and puzzles. Themes for cards with write-ups include Character Profile, TV Facts and Story Summary.
Stickers are inserted one per pack. Focusing on characters, they have a space background and the familiar thick border that was common on most Topps stickers. Sticker backs are blank.
Produced at a time when most other single-series sets had less than 100 cards, 1978 Topps Battlestar Galactica is a little tougher to build. And while it's not tough to find, it's also not as common as some other series from around the same period.
Battlestar Galactica didn't last long on TV during its original run, but it maintained its popularity very well. Both Rittenhouse Archives and Dart Flipcards have made cards based on the original series since the show ran its course. Rittenhouse also made several sets for the reimagined version of the show.
1978 Topps Battlestar Galactica Checklist
Base Set Checklist
2 Dirk Benedict Is Lt. Starbuck
3 Richard Hatch Is Captain Apollo
4 Lew Ayres Is the Colony President
5 A Day of Peace...Or Betrayal?
6 Preparing to Blast a Battlestar!
7 For the Love of Gold Cubits!
8 Sneak Attack!
9 President Adar Endangered!
10 Blasting the Planet Caprica!
11 A World in Flames!
12 "They're Bombing the City!"
13 Adar's Final Moments!
14 The President's Council - Destroyed!
15 Panic in Caprica Mall
16 Doomsday on Caprica
17 Blasted By the Cylon Warships!
18 Caught in the Middle of a Star Battle
19 Annihilation of the Human Colonies
20 The Cylon Centurions
21 The Imperious Leader
22 Fate of the Traitor Baltar
23 Serina Survives the Onslaught!
24 Leveling a Planet
25 The Escape Plan
26 Adama's Dream
27 The Colonial Battlestars
28 Charting the Exodus
29 Laurette Spang Is Cassiopea
30 Fleet of Colonial Vipers
31 Adama and Col. Tigh
32 Galactica Under Fire!
33 The Commander and His Daughter, Athena
34 Muffit 2, the Cybernetic Daggit!
35 Boxley's New Daggit!
36 Boosting Boxey's Morale!
37 Destination: Earth
38 Deep Inside the Planet Carillon
39 Speeding Toward Carillon
40 Starbuck's Landram
41 The Big Bash on Carillon
42 Pig-Faced Tourist!
43 Chamber of the Imperious Leader
44 At the Gambling Casino
45 Carillon - A Nice Place to Visit!
46 Intergalactic Gambler
47 Bizarre Wonderland
48 Boxey Attacked By Alien Creatures!
49 Behold…the Ovion Insectoids!
50 Ovion Guards Escort Boxey!
51 Boxey and Muffit Are Reunited!
52 Captured By Ovion Warriors
53 One of Lotay's Musicians
54 Lotay, Queen of the Ovions
55 Conferring with Seetol
56 The Colonists and the Insectoids
57 Escape from Fiery Death!
58 Bridge of the Galactica
59 An Ovion Warrior
60 Profile of an Ovion
61 An Elaborate Party for the Colonists
62 The Space Supremes
63 Trio of Tucanas
64 Where the Elite Meet!
65 Jane Seymore Is Serina
66 Serina Arrives at the Carillon Bash
68 Flamboyant Lovers: Starbuck and Cassiopea
69 The War of the Wiles
70 Hitting Outrageously High Notes!
71 The Lord of Galactica
72 Galacticans Discuss Their Dilemma
73 Lotay and Her Centurion Allies
74 Nourishment for Newborn Ovions!
75 Brood of the Insectoids!
76 Starbuck and Boxey...to the Rescue!
77 Lt. Starbuck Posed for Action!
78 Metallic Monster
79 Attack of the Cylons!
80 Shoot-Out in the Ovion Catacombs!
81 "My Blaster Is Quick..."
82 Inside the Chosen Chamber
83 Creatures of Destruction
84 A Narrow Escape!
85 Covered By Lt. Boomer!
86 The Human Exterminators
87 Army of Evil
88 Destroying the Human Refuse!
89 Unstoppable Invaders!
90 Night of the Metal Monsters
91 Clipped By a Laser Blast!
92 Seetol's Fate
93 The Colonists' Counterattack!
94 Don't Mess with Starbuck!
95 Centurions on the March
96 The Cylon War Machine
97 The Destructors
98 Emissaries of Hate
99 Attacking Our Heroes!
100 "Destroy the Human Vermin!"
101 A Planet in Peril!
102 Fantastic Weapons of the Cylons
103 Holding the Enemy at Bay!
104 Man of Destiny
105 Everything's A-OK!
106 Flight to Oblivion!
107 Preparing the Colonial Ships
108 The Moment of Truth!
109 Colonial Star Pilots
110 Facing Incredible Odds
111 The Cylon Supreme Star Force
112 Blasted By the Enemy!
113 The Destroying Ray!
114 The Fate of Humankind Before Them!
115 Cylon Warships Closing In!
116 A Direct Hit!
117 Athena on Galactica
118 The Battlestar Quakes!
119 Monitoring the Battle
120 Athena in Action!
121 Troubled Colonial Elder (Wilfred Hyde-White)
122 A Day of Deliverance!
123 Landrams to the Rescue!
124 The Battle Is Ours!
125 Picking Up the Last Stranded Colonists
126 The Odyssey of Battlestar Galactica
127 Stars Dirk Benedict and Richard Hatch
128 Dirk Benedict Portrait Shot
129 A Boy and His...Err...Daggit?
130 Self-Reliant Athena (Maren Jensen)
131 Lovely Jane Seymour Takes a Breather
132 Photographing a Colonial Viper
2 Lt. Starbuck
3 Captain Apollo
4 Lt. Boomer
6 An Ovion Warrior
7 The Imperious Leader
8 Casino Patron
9 President Adar
11 Android Sister
13 Survivor of Carillon
14 Alien Warrior
16 Cylon Centurion
17 Starbuck (Dirk Benedict)
18 Galactican Warrior
20 Space Warrior
21 Galactican Warrior
22 Spirit Of Salvation