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2018 Topps Star Wars A New Hope Black and White Trading Cards

2018 Topps Star Wars A New Hope Black and White Trading Cards

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Going back to the very beginning, 2018 Topps Star Wars A New Hope Black and White uses full-bleed photography to great effect. Each box of the hobby-only set includes one autograph or hand-drawn sketch card.

Known simply as Star Wars when it released in 1977, the initial film in the mega-franchise is now called Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. The black-and-white images take us to the early days, well before the classic franchise became the blockbuster brand it is today.

Topps Star Wars A New Hope Black and White Base / Inserts

Featuring 140 cards utilizing black-and-white photography from the film, the minimalist base design lets the iconic scenes do the talking. Mixing things up, parallels add a color tint to the entire card. The choices include Sepia (1:2 packs), Blue Hue Shift (1:4 packs), Green Hue Shift (#/99), Purple Hue Shift (#/25), Red Hue Shift (#/10), and Metal (1/1).

Topps Star Wars A New Hope Black and White

There are also four chase inserts in the 2018 Topps Star Wars: A New Hope Black and White checklist that combine to average one per pack. Behind the Scenes gets away from the standard movie shots for a little background on the process, and Concept Art goes back to the drawing board. In addition, Iconic Characters highlights key names from Episode IV, while Poster cards naturally showcase the various film posters.

Topps Star Wars A New Hope Black and White Autographs / Sketch

Providing just two main hit options, with one guaranteed per box, 2018 Topps Star Wars: A New Hope Black and White offers autographs and sketch cards. The main Autograph set features base versions, plus Blue (#/99), Green (#/25), Purple (#/10) and Red (1/1) Hue Shift parallels. Much more limited are the Dual Autograph and Triple Autograph cards. And the rarest of the bunch is the one-of-one 6-Person Autograph card featuring six true legends from Star Wars.

Topps Star Wars A New Hope Black

Release Date: 02/14/2018
Product Configuration: 8 cards per pack, 7 packs per box, 12 boxes per case

2018 Topps Star Wars A New Hope Black and White Box Break

  • 1 Autograph or Sketch
  • 7 Inserts
  • 7+ Base Parallels


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Set Checklist

2018 Topps Star Wars A New Hope Black and White Checklist

Base Set Checklist

PARALLEL CARDS: Sepia (1:2 packs), Blue (1:4 packs), Green #/99, Purple #/25, Red #/10, Metal 1/1.
Topps Star Wars A New Hope Black and White

1 Battle on the Tantive IV
2 Crossing through Blaster Fire
3 Darth Vader's Arrival
4 Storming the Tantive IV
5 Darth Vader's Fury
6 Searching the Ship
7 Princess Leia Takes Aim
8 The Distress Signal
9 Stranded in the Desert
10 Next to the Krayt Dragon
11 The Sandtrooper Detachment
12 Dewback Riders
13 The Escape Pod Found
14 Artoo Alone
15 The Counterparts Reunited
16 Aboard the Sandcrawler
17 Out to Meet the Jawas
18 Practical Selections
19 Calming Down Artoo
20 Flicking the Switch
21 A Jawa Gathering
22 Threepio's Coveted Oil Bath
23 Young Luke Skywalker
24 In the Lars Garage
25 Droids on the Farm
26 The Tusken Raider
27 Assault on Luke Skywalker
28 Ben Kenobi: Just in time
29 On the Move
30 Jedi Master Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
31 Tales of the Past
32 A Gift for Luke
33 Testing the Lightsaber
34 Luke's difficult decision
35 The Imperial Conference
36 Admiral Motti
37 Motti's Arrogance
38 Frightful Agents of the Emperor
39 Darth Vader
40 The Empire's Quarry
41 Back at the Homestead
42 Overlooking the Spaceport
43 The Mos Eisley Cantina
44 A Popular Spot
45 Served by Wuher
46 Luke and The Doctor
47 Obi-Wan Steps in
48 Taking Action
49 Grabbed by Greedo
50 Han Solo Grips his Blaster
51 Greedo Prattles on
52 The Streets of Mos Eisley
53 Selling the Landspeeder
54 The Droid's Clever Ruse
55 Rushing to the Millennium Falcon
56 The Empire's Informant
57 Meeting Chewbacca
58 The Passengers Arrive
59 The Imperial Navy Commander
60 Locking in on Alderaan
61 An Abrasive Meeting
62 Princess Leia's Pleas
63 The Captain's Cynicism
64 Han at the Helm
65 Luke's Training Begins
66 A Brand-New View
67 Luke's Bright Future
68 News of the Dantooine Base
69 The Imperial Stormtroopers
70 Vader's Familiar Feeling
71 Han Solo Incognito
72 The Princess is Here
73 Escorting the Prisoner
74 March of the Stormtroopers
75 The Death Star Droid
76 Darth Vader Makes his Rounds
77 The Wookiee is Loose!
78 A Slight Weapons Malfunction
79 Imperial Defense
80 Cell Number 2187
81 Awaiting The Empire's Company
82 The Princess Awaits her Rescue
83 Disturbance at Princess Leia's Cell
84 Back-up Arrives!
85 Han Returns Fire
86 Looking for an Escape
87 Into the Garbage Chute
88 Stuck in the Trash Compactor
89 The Walls Close in
90 Droids to the Rescue
91 In the Nick of Time
92 Obi-Wan's Mission
93 Killing the Tractor Beam
94 Searching for the Rebels
95 A Sly Escape
96 Han's Foolish Bravery
97 The Two-Man Assault
98 Stormtroopers set the trap
99 Luke and Leia's wrong turn
100 In Hot Pursuit
101 "Locking" the Door
102 Safe for a Moment
103 Stromtroopers Breaking through!
104 Luke Skywalker's Bold Plan
105 Swing to Safety
106 Obi-Wan Prepares for a Fight
107 Master Vs. Master
108 Obi-Wan Holds his own
109 The Duel Continues
110 To the End!
111 Drawing an Audience
112 Obi-Wan's Sacrifice
113 Darth Vader: Victorious
114 Defending the Escape
115 Mourning a Mentor
116 To the Turrets!
117 Extinguishing the Flames
118 All Mixed Up
119 General Dodonna Explains the Plan
120 The General's Eager Audience
121 Luke and Wedge
122 Fast Friends and Allies
123 Leia Looks On
124 Pre-Flight Prep
125 About Han…
126 Luke Skywalker Climbs in
127 Red Five: Ready to Launch
128 Darth Vader and Chief Bast
129 Red Leader: Garven Dreis
130 Red Two: Wedge Antilles
131 Red Three: Biggs Darklighter
132 Red Four: John D. Branon
133 Red Five: Luke Skywalker
134 Red Six: Jek Porkins
135 Gold Leader: Jon "Dutch" Vander
136 The Fearsome Darth Vader In-Flight
137 The Imperial TIE Fighter Pilot
138 Celebration & Threepio's Generous Offer
139 Presented by Princess Leia
140 A Grand Celebration


Autographs Set Checklist

PARALLEL CARDS: Blue #/99, Green #/25, Purple #/10, Red 1/1.
Topps Star Wars A New Hope Black

Black and White Autographs
Al Lampert as Commander Daine Jir
Angus MacInnes as Jon "Dutch" Vander
Annette Jones as Mosep Binneed
Anthony Daniels as C-3PO
Anthony Forrest as Fixer
Anthony Forrest as Sandtrooper
Barbara Frankland as Saurin
Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa
David Ankrum, Voice of Wedge Antilles
Denis Lawson as Wedge Antilles
Garrick Hagon as Biggs Darklighter
George Roubicek as Commander Praji
Harrison Ford as Han Solo
Jack Klaff as John D. Branon
Kenny Baker as R2-D2
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker
Pam Rose as Leesub Sirln
Paul Blake as Greedo
Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca
Rusty Goffe as Jawa
Short Print Color Autographs
Angus MacInnes as Jon "Dutch" Vander
Anthony Daniels as C-3PO
Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa
David Ankrum, Voice of Wedge Antilles
Denis Lawson as Wedge Antilles
Garrick Hagon as Biggs Darklighter
Harrison Ford as Han Solo
Kenny Baker as R2-D2
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker
Paul Blake as Greedo
Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca


Dual Autographs Set Checklist

6 cards.

Topps Star Wars A New Hope Black and White

Al Lampert as Commander Daine Jir / George Roubicek as Commander Praji
Angus MacInnes as Jon "Dutch" Vander / Garrick Hagon as Biggs Darklighter
Denis Lawson as Wedge Antilles / David Ankrum, Voice of Wedge Antilles
Harrison Ford as Han Solo / Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca
Jack Klaff as John D. Branon / Angus MacInnes as Jon "Dutch" Vander
Kenny Baker as R2-D2 /Anthony Daniels as C-3PO


Triple Autographs Set Checklist

4 cards.


Al Lampert as Commander Daine Jir / Anthony Forest as Sandtrooper / George Roubicek as Commander Praji
Garrick Hagon as Biggs Darklighter / Jack Klaff as John D. Branon / Angus MacInnes as Jon "Dutch" Vander
Kenny Baker as R2-D2 / Rusty Goffe as Jawa / Anthony Daniels as C-3PO
Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca / Kenny Baker as R2-D2 / Anthony Daniels as C-3PO


Six-Person Autograph Set Checklist

1 double-sided card. Serial numbered 1/1.

Topps Star Wars A New Hope Black and White

Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels


Behind the Scenes Set Checklist

41 cards. 1:2 packs.
Topps Star Wars A New Hope Black and White

BTS-1 Cantina Break
BTS-2 Making Evazan
BTS-3 Mark and Peter
BTS-4 X-wing Interior
BTS-5 Working with the Dianoga
BTS-6 Mark and Alec
BTS-7 Downtime on the Death Star
BTS-8 Aboard the Millennium Falcon
BTS-9 Setting up Greedo
BTS-10 Kenny Inside
BTS-11 Small Spaces, Big Personalities
BTS-12 A Funny Resting Place
BTS-13 Another Evil Rodian
BTS-14 Droids and Fires
BTS-15 A Welcome Break
BTS-16 Harrison Ford
BTS-17 Carrie Takes a Breather
BTS-18 Creatures and Patrons
BTS-19 Break in the Action
BTS-20 Desert Troopers
BTS-21 The Landspeeder
BTS-22 Assembling C-3PO
BTS-23 The Heart of R2-D2
BTS-24 Anthony in the Shade
BTS-25 Dressing the Rebellion
BTS-26 The Compactor
BTS-27 Han and Chewie
BTS-28 A New Perspective for Anthony
BTS-29 Mark in Tunisia
BTS-30 R2-D2 in Pieces
BTS-31 Creature Construction
BTS-32 Building the Creature Frame
BTS-33 Fine Details
BTS-34 Prepping the hall
BTS-35 Making Leesub
BTS-36 The Birth of Dr. Evazan
BTS-37 Greedo on the Spot
BTS-38 Touching Greedo Up
BTS-39 Ready for Han Solo
BTS-40 Stormtroopers Take a Break
BTS-41 Ben Between Takes


Concept Art Set Checklist

12 cards. 1:4 packs.
Topps Star Wars A New Hope Black and White

CA-1 Darth Vader
CA-2 X-wing Fighter
CA-3 Y-wing Fighter
CA-4 Momaw Nadon
CA-5 Escape Pod
CA-6 TIE Fighter
CA-7 X-wing Fighter
CA-8 Rebel Blockade Runner
CA-9 Millennium Falcon Cockpit
CA-10 Y-wing (Long Version)
CA-11 Boarding Ramp Detail
CA-12 X-wing (Attack Position)


Iconic Characters Set Checklist

12 cards. 1:12 packs.
Topps Star Wars A New Hope Black and White

IC-1 Luke Skywalker
IC-2 Han Solo
IC-3 Princess Leia Organa
IC-4 Chewbacca
IC-5 Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
IC-6 C-3PO
IC-7 R2-D2
IC-8 Darth Vader
IC-9 Grand Moff Tarkin
IC-10 Stormtroopers
IC-11 Jawa
IC-12 Tusken Raider


Poster Cards Set Checklist

12 cards. 1:6 packs.
Topps Star Wars A New Hope Black and White

PO-1 Star Wars Coming Soon!
PO-2 Battle in Space
PO-3 Star Wars!
PO-4 Poster Concept 3
PO-5 Poster Concept 2
PO-6 Over the Death Star
PO-7 C-3PO, Human/Cyborg Relations
PO-8 Luke and Leia
PO-9 The Evil Darth Vader
PO-10 Darth Vader in Person!
PO-11 The First Ten Years
PO-12 Star Wars


Sketch Cards Set Checklist

Topps Star Wars A New Hope Black and White

Regular Sketch
Die-Cut Sketch
Panorama Sketch



2018 Topps Star Wars A New Hope Black and White Review

Reviewed by Trey Treutel

Good: Crisp black-and-white photos; nice take on a well-known film; Color SP autographs add impressive element.

Bad: Sticker autographs not ideal; price might be a little high for one sketch or autograph per hobby box.

The Bottom Line: While Topps does have a tendency to overdo the retro-inspired sets, 2018 Topps Star Wars A New Hope Black and White brings a fresh feel to an old classic. It is hard not to recommend this set to fans of the original film.

Staff Rating:
4.1 / 5.0

Card Design: 4.0/5.0

There really is no design for the main 2018 Topps Star Wars A New Hope Black and White cards. The full-bleed, black-and-white images are adorned with a small Star Wars logo and nothing more. This is clearly a case where "less is more" works quite well. While everything is not completely done in black and white, the parallels add subtle changes that succeed in mixing up the (lack of) color to a small extent, but without killing the vibe of the set.

The inserts offer some design aspects but mostly just enough to make it clear what's not a base card. None are truly memorable but serve their purpose solidly.

Because the autographs feature stickers, the simplicity of the base design is lost somewhat to make room for a box to house the signature. This is the main design negative for me as I can't help but think how amazing on-card silver or gold autographs would look on the primary design. Even with the stickers, the short-printed color autograph cards are very striking.

Checklist: 4.0/5.0

With 140 cards, the base set provides a decent summary of the film. However, because the boxes deliver only 56 cards, collectors will need multiple boxes to complete the set. It would be nice if the full set could be built in one box, but it will take three or more, and that can get expensive.

When it comes to the signers, 2018 Topps Star Wars A New Hope Black and White has nearly everyone of note, at least among those still available to sign. Darth Vader appears to be the biggest omission, and a David Prowse / James Earl Jones dual autograph would have been amazing. Of course, we have no idea of the rarity of Carrie Fisher or Harrison Ford, but on paper, the original Star Wars stars are nearly all here.

Value: 3.75/5.0

I go back and forth on value. While prices have come down since release, boxes still sell in the $55-70 range. Remember that you are getting 55 base/insert/parallel cards and one autograph or sketch for that amount. This is an instance where I prefer more base cards in a box for that price, especially since most of the monetary value rides on one card.

The Fun Factor: 4.5/5.0

Topps understands the market for nostalgia better than most and this set taps into that feeling with gusto. To be honest, there is not much "newness" here, but it certainly doesn't feel stale despite being based on a movie from 1977. The set is both simple and refined, with a lot to offer fans of the Jedi. My personal fun with this box was also helped by the sweet C-3PO sketch from David Day.

I hope they continue the black-and-white format for the other films from the original trilogy.

2018 Topps Star Wars A New Hope Black and White Hit Gallery / Pack Odds, NPN Info

The box used for this review was provided by Topps.

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2018 Topps Star Wars A New Hope Black and White Trading Cards, reviewed by Trey Treutel on 2018-03-08T14:20:36+00:00 rating 4.1 out of 5

Trey Treutel  |  E-Mail Author
Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute or Google+.

User Comments

  1. Just curious, was there a card that was planned but not printed or is one missing from the checklis? It says 140 cards in the set but only 139 are listed.

  2. Thanks! There are 140. I added the last card.

  3. Where is the Sketch Card checklist found?

  4. It was not provided by Topps.

  5. Bummer

  6. Are the sketch cards a 1/1 with the artist auto on the back of card?

  7. Yep, the sketch cards are original 1-of-1 drawings or paintings signed by the artist.

  8. What is the difference between the inserted and the redemption of George Roubicek as Commander Praji?

  9. There doesn’t appear to be any difference other than the supply of live autographs not being enough.

  10. Thank you that’s great.

  11. I don’t collect cards that often, so please pardon my naivete. Do you find these cards thicker than average cards?

    I bought the 140 card set and can’t fit them in a 150 card Ultra Pro. I’m going to try the 200 card Ultra Pro next. 120 seems to fit nice in the 150 container. You may be able to fit 125-130 in there if you push it.

    Is this normal? Is there a way to find out ahead of time how thick the set is? I Now have 4 empty containers and would love to know where to check for such things ahead of time. :)

  12. Only the manufacturers can provide the card stock thickness ahead of time and I only recall that being the case for very thick cards.

    I don’t personally find the stock to be especially thick in comparison to other base cards. It appears to be right around the same as flagship Topps baseball.

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