Card of the Day: Doc Rivers 1984-85 Star #84

Product Highlight: 1991 Star Pics Football

For the short time that Star Pics was around they made quite an impact.  Star Pics, Inc. produced card sets for football, basketball, hockey, and various entertainment properties from 1990 to about 1992.  During this time in the hobby overproduction was in full swing, and cards limited into the thousands were considered rare.  Many of the key Star Pics signed cards continue to sell well today.  This is something that many flash in the pan card manufacturers would have killed for.

One of the most memorable Star Pics release has to be their football set from 1991.  Their 1991 football set consists of (112) cards.  Boxes and card borders are covered in footballs.  There are so many footballs in one area it reminds me of those magic eye pictures.  If you stare long enough at the footballs, you’ll probably start to see some hidden image.  The card that gets the most attention from the base set is Brett Favre #65.

Star Pics issued their 1991 football product in factory sets.  Randomly inserted within their factory sets were autographed cards.  The autographs look just like the base, except they have a signature on the front or back, and contain a gold authenticity sticker.  Stars such as Barry Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Brett Favre, and Troy Aikman all have autographs.  It should be noted that the Star Pics autographs have been victims of counterfeits.  Since the autographs look exactly like the base cards, it wouldn’t be that difficult to take a base card of Brett Favre, forge his signature, and place an authenticity sticker on it which has been removed from a legit autograph of a less valuable player.

Card of the Day: Lucas Giolito 2016 Topps Five Star Auto

Card of the Day: 1977 Topps Star Wars – A Pair Of Jawas #257

Card of the Day: Billy Wagner 1996 Topps Future Star #212

Card of the Day: 2018 Topps Star Wars Masterwork Porg #79

Card of the Day: 2019 Topps Star Wars Chrome Legacy – Ian McDiarmid as Emperor Palpatine – Orange Refractor Auto

2019 Topps Star Wars Holiday Shopping Guide

Topps and Star Wars go together like peanut butter and jelly.  Its been that way since 1977.  Today’s Star Wars products made by Topps bring you closer than ever to your favorite characters, moments, and iconic scenes that have become so ingrained into pop-culture.

I’ve been a fan of Star Wars since I was little.  Its the first movie franchise I can remember watching where one film depended on another.  I had a bunch of Star Wars trading cards from the 90’s.  Most of them came packaged with those bendable action figures made by JusToys.  As a kid I fondly, remember those rubber figures taking a beating on the school playground.  I played with them a lot.

The Skywalker family story looks to be wrapping-up with December 20th’s release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.  Star Wars merchandise is always a popular holiday item.  Its even more popular when a new film is released right at the height of the holiday season.

These are my top Topps Star Wars products any aspiring Jedi or Sith Lord would enjoy ripping into.  Runner-up products include 2019 Topps Star Wars Black & White: The Empire Strikes Back2019 Topps Star Wars Journey to Episode 9, and 2019 Topps Star Wars Resistance Surprise PacksDave & Adam’s Card World, Blowout Cards, Steel City Collectibles, Chicagoland Sports Cards, and Topps.com is where I’d shop.

The Mandalorian Topps NOW Cards & Photos

With the launch of the Disney+ streaming service Star Wars fans get to enjoy a new show called The Mandalorian.  The show takes place after Return of the Jedi, and 25 years before The Force Awakens.  It follows a Bounty Hunter who gets into all kinds of trouble.

After each episode a series of Topps NOW cards will be sold for a limited time over at Topps.com.  Each card set will highlight important parts of that episode.  Topps has already issued cards like this for The Mandalorian when it comes to Poster Cards and Trailer Sets.

Star Wars Authentics is where you can pickup both signed and unsigned photos from the show’s cast.  Autographed photos will start to appear on November 13th.  More will be added throughout the season.

Collector Type: Autograph/Set

2019 Topps Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

How could I not have this one on the list?  Due out the same day as the film, 2019 Topps Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker features a 100-card set.  Artwork, scenes, and characters from the film are the main subjects.

A Hobby box should yield (2) hits.  One is guaranteed to be an autograph or sketch card.  Autograph subjects include actors from the film.

(24) packs come in a Hobby box.  Every pack will have (1) parallel – Blue, Green (1:2 packs), Purple (1:4), Orange #’ed/99, Gold #’ed/25, Printing Plates #’ed 1/1, and Black #’ed 1/1.  Orange and Printing Plates are only in hobby packs.

Costume Relics make for some interesting pulls.  For the first time ever, relic cards of the Millennium Falcon can be pulled.  That’s correct.  Now you can own a piece of the ship that made the Kessel Run is less than twelve parsecs.

Collector Type: Set

2019 Topps Star Wars Authentics Autographs Series 1 & 2

Great photographs!  That’s the big draw when it comes to these two products.  Both Series 1 and Series 2 were released separately, but are configured similarly.

Packaged inside each blind pack is (1) autographed 8 x 10 photo, and (1) card.  Series 1 signed photos cover actors from the Classic Trilogy and Prequels, New Trilogy, Solo, Rogue One, The Clone Wars, and Star Wars Rebels.  You can also find some Multi-Signed photos.  Cards will be serial numbered to (75) or less.

Series 2 autographed photo subjects come from the Classic Saga, Prequels, New Trilogy, Resistance, Rogue One, The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and Solo & Battlefront.  Multi-Signed photos are available in here too.  Cards are serial numbered to (99) or less.

If you don’t feel like taking the gamble, you can buy signed photos directly from Star Wars Authentics.

Collector Type: Autograph/Risk taker

2019 Topps Star Wars Chrome Legacy

Star Wars fans get to enjoy their cards get the chrome-treatment.

(200) cards make-up the base set.  Shiny parallels include Refractor, Blue #’ed/99, Green #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Black #’ed/10, Red #’ed/5, and Superfractor #’ed 1/1.

A Hobby box consists of (2) mini-boxes.  Inside a full box you should find (2) hits.  One is guaranteed to be an autograph or sketch card.  Commemorative Medallions also count as hits.

Marvel Comic Book Covers, Posters, and Concept Art highlight the inserts.  I really like the Concept Art cards.

Collector Type: Chrome fan/Set

2019 Topps Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

This 100-card recap set covers the films and various shows.  Centering mainly on the Skywalker family and the surrounding characters.

A Hobby box should come with (2) hits.  One of those hits is guaranteed to be an autograph.

The Commemorative Blueprints cards are what catch my eye.  These feature famous vehicles from the Star Wars universe printed on see-thru acetate card stock.  Like an actual blueprint, the card points out lots of intricate details about that vehicle.  Very cool!  Best looking cards in the product!

Collector Type: Set

2019 Topps Star Wars Masterwork

Masterwork is configured just like the Museum Collection brand Topps uses for some of their sports products.  We’re now stepping away from the set collector stuff, and entering a higher-end realm.

(4) packs come in a Hobby box.  You’re guaranteed (2) autographs and (2) more additional hits that could be autographs, relics, Film Cel or Medallion Cards.

Printed on 72 pt. stock you have a 100-card set to put together.  Parallels include Blue, Green #’ed/99, Purple #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/10, Black #’ed/5, Printing Plates #’ed 1/1, and Gold #’ed 1/1.

New signers include Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), and Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo).  Ahmed Best (Jar Jar Binks) also makes a return.

Collector Type: High-end/Autograph/Relic seeker

2019 Topps Star Wars Stellar Signatures

For the ultimate Star Wars fan with deep pockets.  Stellar Signatures is the Transcendent of the Star Wars world.  A single box will run around $7,500.

What do you get with a product that carries that kind of price tag?  Well here you go:

  • (36) Autographs
  • (4) Dual Autographs
  • (1) Over-Sized Sketch Card
  • (1) 100-Card Sketch Card Reproduction Set

Because of the high price, a full box probably isn’t an option for everybody.  I’d check eBay for some single cards people are selling.  Purchasing one of those with another Star Wars box would make an excellent gift.

Collector Type: Ultra-premium/Autograph/You’re probably George Lucas

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Final Trailer

How To Spot A Fake Michael Jordan 1984-85 Star ROY #288

Michael Jordan cards have been counterfeited for decades.  His 1986-87 Fleer rookie is atop the list of most forged cards in the hobby.  Outside of that card we have a large amount of Star issued cards.  Some collectors won’t even touch Star cards of popular players such as Michael Jordan because they have been counterfeited so much.  Authentic Michael Jordan Star cards can be worth a lot of money if they’re the real deal.

Mr. Jordan has multiple cards made by Star.  His 1984-85 Star ROY #288 is one of the easiest to spot a counterfeit/reprint:

  • Border Spacing – Perfect centering is almost unheard of when it comes to this card.  Most authentic examples show little border on the right side and a fat chunk on the left.  Having this reversed and/or the card being dead-centered in many cases is a red flag of a counterfeit/reprint.
  • Coloring – On the back of the card there should be a slight color bleed along the edge of the card from the front.  The color clarity is softer and unique to original issued Star products, the counterfeits/reprints have bolder colors and out of registry text, bleeding or feathering are good terms to describe the counterfeits/reprints.

Authentic front

Authentic back

Counterfeit front

Counterfeit/reprint front

Counterfeit/reprint back