5 Shades of Rey: 2015 Topps Star Wars High Tek Pattern Variations Gallery

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Not to anyone’s surprise, 2015 Topps Star Wars High Tek is very similar to the brand’s baseball and football counterparts in the last couple of months. At least in overall look, feel and configuration. But instead of athletes, there’s heroes, villains and scum from all corners of a galaxy far, far away. The cornerstone combination of acetate and foil remain but the 2015 Topps Star Wars High Tek pattern variations are very different.

Gone are the spirals, dots, circuit boards and other abstract designs. They’re replaced with almost equally abstract patterns taken directly from the Star Wars universe. There’s close ups on ships and overhead views of other places. With the fictional world filled with technology, it makes perfect sense. The only problem is, matching them up with the names Topps provided on the checklist isn’t so easy.

We’ve done much of the decoding for all ten patterns available in the product as well as determined what we believe to be the rarity of each design (like baseball and football, not all patterns were made in the same quantities).

The base set checklist is divided into two halves. Topps refers to the first half (#1-56) as Form 1. The second half (#57-112) is Form 2. Each form has its own set of five different patterns. The first pattern for each is the easiest to pull while the fifth is the toughest.

And once you’ve got the patterns down, ten cards also have variation short prints — some have two.

We’ve outlined the 2015 Topps Star Wars High Tek patterns below, named the ones we know based on Topps’ checklist. Finally, we’ve arranged them based on what we believe to be their rarity starting with the commons.

2015 Topps Star Wars High Tek Pattern Variations Gallery

Pattern 1 (Most Common)


2015 SW High Tek 1A Emperors Throne

Form 1 Pattern 1 – Emperor’s Throne Room Window


2015 SW High Tek 2A

Form 2 Pattern 1 – Carbon Freezing Chamber


Pattern 2


2015 SW High Tek 1C

Form 1 Pattern 2 – Star Destroyer


2015 SW High Tek 2B

Form 2 Pattern 2 – Millennium Falcon


Pattern 3


2015 SW High Tek 1B Hoth Tactical Screen

Form 1 Pattern 3 – Rebel Alliance Hoth Tactical Screen


2015 SW High Tek 2C

Form 2 Pattern 3 – Second Death Star Reactor Core


Pattern 4


2015 SW High Tek 1D

Form 1 Pattern 4 – Vader’s TIE Fighter


2015 SW High Tek 2D

Form 2 Pattern 4 – TIE Fighter Front


Pattern 5 (Most Rare)


2015 SW High Tek 1E

Form 1 Pattern 5 – Second Death Star Exterior


2015 SW High Tek 2E TIE Fighter Wing

Form 2 Pattern 5 – TIE Fighter Wing


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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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3 comments

  1. Jamie 21 December, 2015 at 21:15

    Ryan,

    The first three patterns for FORM 1 are incorrect (based on rarity). We have been tracking rarity closely over at Blowoutcards and a chart was put together based on a single 10-case break. I had a smaller 3-case break that followed the same pattern.

    Here is a link to the thread. Everything you need to know is pictured.
    http://www.blowoutcards.com/forums/non-sports/950259-star-wars-high-tek-parallel-variation-reference.html

    We did have some debate over pattern names, but the pattern rarities were much easier to figure out.

    It is important that this be corrected ASAP, as myself and many other sellers have had our eBay listings up since Friday and those listings now conflict with the information you published today (which I am 100% certain is incorrect, no offense). The thread I linked above should provide clarity though. Thanks in advance.

  2. Jamie 22 December, 2015 at 15:26

    Just following up again on my comment from last night. Looks like both parties were partially wrong. On your list, patterns #2 and #3 should be switched for Form 1. Pattern #1 (Emperor’s Throne Window) does seem to be correct after all. But the Hoth Tactical Screen should be Pattern 3 and Star Destroyer is Pattern 2.

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