Seeing all the 1977 Topps Star Wars Stickers bring the memories rushing back

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When it comes to Star Wars trading cards, for most it goes all the way back to where it began. Even if you didn’t collect them when they first came out, 1977 Topps Star Wars is still a landmark release. When it comes to movie cards, it ranks up there with the most important sets of all-time. For many, it might very well be the biggest entertainment release ever. And while the iconic star field borders of the base set bring lots of nostalgia, the stickers are fantastic as well and worthy of every bit of attention.

Collectors have a total of 55 1977 Topps Star Wars Stickers to track down. They were found one per pack. Each of the five series has 11 stickers with numbering carrying on from where the last left off. That means #1-11 are in Series 1, #12-22 in Series 2 and so forth.

The first couple groups of stickers came with a memorable design that has the standard die-cut, thick-bordered look that was in virtually every Topps entertainment set at the time. The background brings in the space theme with stars and planets. Most of these low-number Star Wars Stickers focus on specific characters and include their name. That said, the second half of the Series 2 stickers shift more towards scenes with thick borders.

The design shifted starting in Series 3. Rather than the space theme and dark backgrounds, film scenes are shown inside more generic celluloid-looking frames. And while not nearly as dramatic from a design standpoint, most of the images are so ingrained in the memories of Star Wars fans that it’s tough not to feel a twinge of nostalgia.

There are a couple of signs that these helped kick off the onslaught of Star Wars merchandising. First off, everyone looks so young. But that’s the case with most everything from the original film. More obvious are the spellings of names on the stickers. Today, we know R2-D2 and C-3PO primarily by their short names. Here, they’re spelled out — Artoo-Deetoo and See-Threepio.

1977 Topps Star Wars Stickers aren’t that tough to find today. However, condition does play a major factor. The dark borders of the early stickers are a bit of a nightmare to keep crisp. Back then, the printing process wasn’t as precise as it is now. That means lots of stickers are noticeably off center and have other defects like marks.

The saving grace of sorts is the fact that the line was so popular. That means that millions of the stickers were produced. While a good chunk of those have been used, played with and otherwise destroyed, there’s still a decent amount of them out there. As a result, raw copies aren’t too expensive.

Below is a full gallery of all 55 of the 1977 Topps Star Wars Stickers. They’re arranged and sorted by series. If you’re looking to add to your collection, the Beckett Marketplace is a great place to start.

1977 Topps Star Wars Stickers Gallery

Series 1

1 Luke Skywalker

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2 Princess Leia Organa

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3 Han Solo

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4 Chewbacca the Wookiee

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5 See-Threepio

6 Artoo-Detoo

7 Lord Darth Vader

8 Grand Moff Tarkin

9 Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi

10 Tusken Raider

11 TIE Fighter, X-Wing

Series 2

12 Han and Chewbacca

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13 Alec Guiness as Ben

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14 The Tusken Raider

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15 See-Threepio

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16 Chewbacca

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17 Tusken Raider, Luke Skywaler

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18 X-Wing Bay

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19 Chewbacca

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20 R2-D2 and C-3PO

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21 Millennium Falcon

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22 X-Wing, TIE Fighter

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Series 3

23 Darth Vader

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24 C-3PO and R2-D2

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25 Escape Pod

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26 C-3PO

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27 Jawa

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28 Grand Moff Tarkin

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29 Han Solo

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30 Stormtroopers

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31 Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker

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32 X-Wings

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33 Han Solo

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Series 4

34 Chewbacca and Han Solo

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35 Han Solo

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36 Luke Skywalker

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37 C-3PO

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38 R2-D2

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39 Tusken Raider

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40 Darth Vader

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41 Jawas

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42 Luke Skywalker

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43 Stormtrooper

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44 Princess Leia

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Series 5

45 Luke Skywalker

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46 Chewbacca

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47 C-3PO and R2-D2

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48 C-3PO, R2-D2 and Droids

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49 Luke Skywalker

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50 Greedo and George Lucas

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51 C-3PO and Crew

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52 Jawas

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53 George Lucas hanging in the Cantina

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54 Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia

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55 Chewbacca getting a touch-up

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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