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1978 Topps Star Wars Series 5 Trading Cards

1978 Topps Star Wars Series 5 Trading Cards

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1978 Topps Star Wars Series 5 marked the end of the initial run of trading cards for the blockbuster franchise. Really, though, it was just the beginning. After several decades, Topps is still producing sets and collectors are still scooping them up.

What's interesting about this set is that several cards go behind the scenes. While this may not make for the most action-packed or visualy pleasing trading cards, for movie fans, they're fascinating. Star Wars used a ton of groundbreaking effects. DVDs weren't around back then to regularly pull the curtain back.

The 1978 Topps Star Wars Series 5 base cards run from numbers 265 to 330. They keep the same design as the previous four series, only this time with an orange border.

Stickers also continue. Falling one per pack, they are numbered 45 to 55. They also have an orange border for the film strip.

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Set Checklist

1978 Topps Star Wars Series 5 Set Checklist

66 cards.

265 Anxious Moments for the Rebels
266 Threepio and Leia Monitor the Battle
267 No-Nonsense Privateer Han Solo!
268 Ben Prepares to Turn Off the Tractor Beam
269 Droids on the Run!
270 Luke: Farmboy Turned Warrior!
271 "Do You Think They'll Melt Us Down, Artoo?"
272 Corridors of the Death Star
273 "This is All Your Fault Artoo!"
274 Droids Trick the Stormtroopers!
275 Guarding the Millennium Falcon
276 It's Not Wise to Upset a Wookiee!
277 Bizarre Inhabitants of the Cantina
278 a Narrow Escape!
279 Awaiting the Imperial Attack
280 "Remember Luke, the Force Will Be With You"
281 A Monstrous Thirst!
282 "Hurry Up, Luke We're Gonna Have Company!"
283 The Cantina Musicians
284 Distracted by Solo's Assault
285 Spiffed Up for the Awards Ceremony
286 Cantina Denizens
287 Han and Chewie Ready for Action!
288 Blasting the Enemy!
289 The Rebel Fighters Take Off!
290 Chewie Aims for Danger!
291 Lord Vader Senses the Force
292 The Stormtroopers Assemble
293 A Friendly Chat Among Alien Friends!
294 Droids Make Their Way to the Escape Pod
295 Han and the Rebel Pilots
296 Artoo-Detoo is Abducted by Jawas!
297 Inside the Sandcrawler
298 Chewie Gets Riled!
299 Leia Wishes Luke Good Luck!
300 Luke, the Star Warrior!
301 A Crucial Moment for Luke Skywalker
302 Threepio and Artoo
303 Various Droids Collected by the Jawas
304 The Jawas Ready Their Merchandise
305 Director George Lucas and "Greedo"
306 Technicians Ready C-3P0 for the Cameras
307 A Touch-Up for Chewbacca!
308 Directing the Cantina Creatures
309 The Birthday Celebration for Sir Alec Guinness
310 Filming the Awards Ceremony
311 The Model Builders Proudly Display Their Work
312 Using the "Blue Screen" Process for X-Wings
313 The Birth of a Droid
314 Shooting in Tunisia
315 Inside the Millennium Falcon
316 Photographing the Miniature Explosions
317 Filming Explosions on the Death Star
318 "Make-up" for the Bantha
319 Dave Prowse and Alex Guinness Rehearse
320 Flight of the Falcon
321 George Lucas Directs his Counterpart "Luke"
322 Constructing the Star Destroyer
323 Aboard the Millennium Falcon
324 Chewie Takes a Breather Between Scenes
325 The Princess Gets the Brush!
326 Animating the "Chessboard" Creatures
327 Filming the Sandcrawler
328 X-Wings Positioned for the Cameras
329 Sir Alec Guinness and George Lucas
330 Filming Luke and Threepio in Tunisia
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1978 Topps Star Wars Series 5 Set Checklist

11 stickers.

45 A Crucial Moment for Luke Skywalker
46 Chewie Gets Riled!
47 Threepio and Artoo
48 Various Droids Collected by the Jawas
49 Luke, Star Warrior!
50 Director George Lucas and Greedo
51 Technicians Ready C-3P0 for the Cameras
52 The Jawas Ready Their New Merchandise
53 Directing the Cantina Creatures
54 Leia Wishes Luke Good Luck
55 A Touch-up For Chewbacca!
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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His 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.

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Bob Miller
Bob Miller

I have just one cardboard card.
Star Wars #274
Droids Trick the Stormtroopers!
1977 20th century fox film corporation

Is any one interested in this one card?


I have found the Orange series has an abundant amount of cards that are cut 1/8 of an inch short. Was this something common? I have a huge collection of 1977 duplicates and as I was going through the Orange I found some cards (specific numbers) were cut short, but not all numbers.

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