1983 Topps Star Wars Return of the Jedi Series 1 Trading Cards

1983 Topps Star Wars Return of the Jedi Series 1 Trading Cards

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1983 Topps Star Wars Return of the Jedi Series 1 kicks off the final installment of the original trilogy for the popular movie card series.

Following successful multi-series sets for both Star Wars (A New Hope) and The Empire Strike Back, it was likely a foregone conclusion that Topps would make trading cards for the final film of the original trilogy.

1983 Topps Star Wars Return of the Jedi Series 1 Set Details

Offering a 132-card base set, 1983 Topps Star Wars Return of the Jedi Series 1 is also complemented by a set of 33 stickers (or 66, depending on how much of a completist you are).

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Looking at the design, the base cards have red borders, providing a contrast to the blue Series 2 cards. The red borders give way to a small black and yellow inner border that holds both an image and a caption. Following a title card with an image of the film's poster, there are 12 character cards. Cards #14 to #130 recap the film and the final two spots are for checklists.

The card backs are, perhaps, the greatest strength of 1983 Topps Star Wars Return of the Jedi Series 1. Besides a large amount of text, each card has a full-body drawing of one of the film's key characters.

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Like earlier sets from the franchise, Stickers are inserted one per pack with 33 making up a set. Each sticker has a character cropped to fit inside a shape. Stickers have a background that is either red, yellow, purple, blue, or green. Although there are 33 spots on the checklist, each sticker comes in two colors, making a master set of 66 cards.

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As with the other original Star Wars trading cards, sealed boxes and high-graded cards carry a premium.

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Set Checklist

1983 Topps Star Wars Return of the Jedi Series 1 Checklist



Base Set Checklist

1 Title Card
2 Luke Skywalker
3 Darth Vader
4 Han Solo
5 Princess Leia Organa
6 Lando Calrissian
7 Chewbacca
8 C-3PO and R2-D2
9 The New Death Star
10 The Inspection
11 Toward the Desert Palace
12 Bib Fortuna
13 Court of Evil
14 Jabba the Hutt
15 Intergalactic Gangster
16 Salacious Crumb
17 A Message for Jabba the Hutt
18 Dungeons of Jabba the Hutt
19 Beedo and a Jawa
20 Sy Snootles and the Rebo Band
21 Droopy McCool
22 Sny Snootles
23 Watched by Boba Fett
24 Boushh's Captive
25 The Bounty Hunter Boushh
26 The Villains Confer
27 Han Solo's Plight
28 The Rescuer
29 Decarbonized!
30 Princess Leia to the Rescue!
31 Heroes in Disguise
32 The Princess Enslaved
33 Luke Skywalker Arrives
34 The Young Jedi
35 The Court in Chaos!
36 The Rancor Pit
37 Facing Jabba the Hutt
38 The Sail Barge and the Desert Skiff
39 Jabba the Hutt's New Dancing Girl
40 On the Sail Barge
41 A Monstrous Fate!
42 The Battle Begins
43 Lando Calrissian's Fight
44 Fury of the Jedi
45 Princess Leia Strikes Back!
46 The Demise of Jabba the Hutt
47 Boba Fett's Last Stand
48 The Rescue
49 Gamorrean Guard
50 The Deadly Cannon
51 The Raging Battle
52 Princess Leia Swings Into Action!
53 Swing to Safety
54 On the Death Star
55 Guards of the Emperor
56 The Deciders
57 The Emperor
58 Yoda, the Jedi Master
59 A Word with Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
60 The Allies Meet
61 A New Challenge
62 Pondering the Raid
63 Mission: Destroy the Death Star!
64 Mon Mothma
65 The Friends Depart
66 Benevolent Creature
67 The Plan Begins
68 Forest of Endor
69 Droids on the Move
70 Blasting a Speeder Bike
71 Approaching the Princess
72 A New Found Friend
73 Princess Leia's Smile
74 Under Attack!
75 Imperial Scout Peril!
76 Entering the Throne Room
77 The Skywalker Factor
78 Captured by the Ewoks
79 The Netted Droid
80 All Hail See-Threepio!
81 Royal Treatment
82 Sitting with Royalty
83 Levitated by Luke
84 The Ewok Leaders
85 Logray and Chief Chirpa
86 Help from Princess Leia
87 Will Han Solo Be Dinner?
88 The Baby Ewok
89 The Forest Creatures
90 The Droid and the Ewok
91 R2-D2 Meets Wicket
92 Unexpected Allies
93 Serious Situation
94 Luke Skywalker's Destiny
95 Quiet, See-Threepio!
96 Imperial Biker Scout
97 Biker Scout and the Battlefield
98 Han Solo's Approach
99 The Ultimate Mission
100 Ready for Action!
101 Ambushed by the Empire
102 Observed by the Ewoks
103 The Courageous Ewoks
104 Prisoners!
105 Revising Their Plan
106 AT-ST (All Terrain Scout Transport)
107 The Forest Fighters
108 Break for Freedom!
109 Artoo-Deetoo Hit
110 Chewbacca Triumphant!
111 Ewoks to the Rescue!
112 Battle in the Forest
113 Stormtrooper Attack!
114 The Victorious Rebels
115 Time Out for Love
116 Facing the Emperor
117 Master of Terror
118 The Emperor's Offer
119 Battle of the Jedi
120 Lightsaber Battle
121 Darth Vader Is Down!
122 The Confrontation
123 The Death Star Raid
124 Military Leader Admiral Ackbar
125 Within the Death Star
126 Victory Celebration!
127 Congratulating Wedge
128 The Triumphant Trio
129 The Heroic Droids
130 Toward Brighter Tomorrows
131 Checklist
132 Checklist


Stickers Set Checklist

33 cards with two different border colors. 66 total cards.

1 Yoda
2 Logray
3 Droopy McCool
4 Jabba
5 Ree-Yees
6 Admiral Ackbar
7 Boushh
8 Han Solo
9 Leia
10 Luke
11 Han Solo
12 C-3P0
13 Chewbacca
14 Sy Snootles
15 Baby Ewok
16 Nien Nunb
17 Lando Calrissian
18 R2-D2
19 Obi-Wan Kenobi
20 Luke Skywalker
21 Luke Skywalker
22 Gamorrean Guard
23 Salacious Crumb
24 Ewok
25 Boba Fett
26 Ewok
27 Jabba
28 Lando in Skiff Disguise
29 Max Rebo
30 Leia
31 Leia
32 Han Solo
33 Biker Scout


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