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2001 Topps Star Wars Evolution Trading Cards

2001 Topps Star Wars Evolution Trading Cards

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With a storyline as epic and sweeping as Star Wars, there's a lot of changes. That's the theme of 2001 Topps Star Wars Evolution, which documents the transformations of key characters over the course of the first four films. While the concept was interesting enough to revisit a few years later, perhaps the bigger draw of the set is the first autographed Star Wars trading cards, at least when it comes to actors.

The 2001 Topps Star Wars Evolution base set has 90 cards, all of which are character-focused. The right side has the main image, a portrait. On the left, somewhat faded out, is a second shot. Backs offer a character description. Like all the cards in the release, they're done with foil card stock.

Two basic inserts are essentially an extension of the base set. Evolution A (12 cards, 1:6 packs) and Evolution B (eight cards, 1:12 packs) take key characters and show how they changed over the course of the first four films. They have the same general design as the main set.

2001 Star Wars Evolution is significant for offering the franchise's first actor autographs. While the early Star Wars Galaxy sets had redemptions for artist autographs, these aren't as iconic as landing a Carrie Fisher or James Earl Jones signature.

Autographs combine to land 1:36 packs or one per box. However, there are several tiers of short prints. Many of the biggest names, like Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3P0) and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), are among the toughest to pull. This also leads to higher prices on the secondary market. The set has a total of 25 autographs. Done at a time before stickers, they're all signed on-card.

Topps revisited the Star Wars Evolution concept with an Update set in 2006.

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2001 Topps Star Wars Evolution Checklist

Base Set Checklist

1 4-LOM
2 Adi Gallia
3 Admiral Ackbar
4 Admiral Piett
5 Anakin Skywalker
6 Aurra Sing
7 Ben Quadinaros
8 Beru Lars
9 Bib Fortuna
10 Biggs Darklighter
11 Boba Fett
12 Boss Nass
13 Bossk
14 C-3PO
15 Captain Needa
16 Captain Panaka
17 Captain Tarpals
18 Chancellor Valorum
19 Chewbacca
20 Darth Maul
21 Darth Vader
22 Dengar
23 Depa Billaba
24 Eeth Koth
25 Even Piell
26 Figrin D'an
27 Fode and Beed
28 General Carlist Rieekan
29 General Crix Madine
30 General Dan Dodonna
31 General Maxmillian Veers
32 Grand Moff Tarkin
33 Greedo
34 Han Solo
35 IG-88
36 Jabba the Hutt
37 Jar Jar Binks
38 Jawa
39 Ki-Adi-Mundi
40 Klaatu
41 Lak Sivrak
42 Lando Calrissian
43 Lobot
44 Logray
45 Luke Skywalker
46 Mace Windu
47 Max Rebo
48 Moff Jerjerrod
49 Momaw Nadon
50 Mon Mothma
51 Muftak
52 Nien Nunb
53 Nute Gunray
54 Obi-Wan Kenobi
55 Oola
56 OOM-9
57 Oppa Rancisis
58 Owen Lars
59 Padmé Amidala
60 Plo Koon
61 Ponda Baba
62 Princess Leia
63 Qui-Gon Jinn
64 R2-D2
65 R5-D4
66 Rancor
67 Ric Olié
68 Royal Guard
69 Rune Haaku
70 Saesee Tiin
71 Salacious Crumb
72 Sebulba
73 Senator Palpatine
74 Shmi Skywalker
75 Sio Bibble
76 Stormtrooper
77 Sy Snootles
78 Tessek
79 Tusken Raider
80 Wald
81 Wampa
82 Watto
83 Wedge Antilles
84 Wicket
85 Wuher
86 Yaddle
87 Yarael Poof
88 Yoda
89 Zuckuss
90 Zutton
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3 cards.

C1 Anakin, Shmi Skywalker
C2 Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader
C3 Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia

Evolution A Checklist

12 cards. Inserted 1:6 packs.

1A Anakin Skywalker
2A Beru Lars
3A C-3PO
4A Han Solo
5A Lando Calrissian
6A Luke Skywalker
7A Obi-Wan Kenobi
8A Owen Lars
9A Padme Amidala
10A Princess Leia
11A Qui-Gon Jinn
12A Yoda
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Evolution B Checklist

8 cards. Inserted 1:12 packs.

1B Anakin Skywalker
2B C-3PO
3B Han Solo
4B Lando Calrissian
5B Luke Skywalker
6B Obi-Wan Kenobi
7B Padme Amidala
8B Princess Leia
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Autographs Checklist

25 cards. Inserted 1:36 packs.

Insertion Rates: Level A - 1:37 packs, Level B - 1:919 packs, Level C - 1:2,452 packs, Level D - 1:3,577 packs.

Kenny Baker as R2-D2 A
Paul Blake as Greedo A
Caroline Blakiston as Mon Mothma A
Michonne Bourriague as Aurra Sing A
Phil Brown as Owen Lars A
Jeremy Bulloch as Boba Fett A
Dalyn Chew as Lyn Me A
Kenneth Colley as Admiral Piett A
Dermot Crowley as General Crix Madine A
Michael Culver as Captain Needa A
Anthony Daniels as C-3PO D
Warwick Davis as Wicket W. Warrick A
Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa D
James Earl Jones as Darth Vader A
Lewis Macleod as Sebulba A
Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca B
Ian McDiarmid as Senator Palpatine B
Mercedes Ngoh as Rystall A
Mike Quinn as Nien Nunb A
Michael Pennington as Mott Jerjerrod A
Tim Rose as Admiral Ackbar A
Andrew Secombe as Watto A
Michael Sheard as Admiral Ozzel A
Femi Taylor as Oola A
Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian C
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Promo Card Checklist

P1 Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor)
P2 Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guiness)
P3 Nien Nunb - Alpha Con (PR: 3,000)
P4 Anakin Skywalker - San Diego Comic-Con
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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.

User Reviews

Joseph Hiatt
Joseph Hiatt

Love this set! The landscape design works very well with these cards. There is a very appropriate and nice chine in the background behind the closeup picture of the character; and again a design element on the front of the card that works very well. On the back of the card there is good background paragraph about the particular character. With the 3rd photo of the character on the card the manufacturer uses the “old wives tale” of repeat something 3x and you will remember it.

** !!– Kudos to Topps for this tremendous product, suitable for all ages and knowledge levels of the Star Wars universe. –!! **

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