2016 Topps Star Wars High Tek Pattern Variations Gallery and Cheat Sheet

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2016 Topps Star Wars High Tek pattern variations make for a chase that goes beyond traditional parallels or photo variations. All of the set’s 112 base cards come with several different foil backgrounds. It’s the same character with the same photo and the same number but a slightly different card.

And it can be a little confusing until you’ve got it all figured out, kind of like a trading card riddle or code that needs to be solved. So join us as we do just that.

The 112-card 2016 Topps Star Wars High Tek checklist is divided into two parts. Each has their own set of patterns. Unlike 2016 Topps High Tek Baseball, which is numbered using initials, this set of Star Wars trading cards uses numbers. This makes breaking the two groups apart much easier as the first half of the set (#1-56) get one group of patterns. The latter part (#57-112) gets the other patterns. One final way of knowing the Form is whether the character is from The Force Awakens. These cards are Form 2.

Identifying Patterns and Their Rarity

Using the parallels and autographs as a starting point, the most common 2016 Topps Star Wars High Tek pattern variations are easy to spot. These are considered the base. For Form 1, the first half of the set, Pattern 1 has repeating rods in the background that resemble fluorescent tube lighting. Form 2 Pattern 1 looks like a ship door.

That said, the form and pattern numbers are probably the easiest way to go here. In High Tek Baseball, the patterns repeat themselves. Although abstract, names can be descriptive. Like last year, the 2016 Topps Star Wars High Tek pattern variations are mostly close-ups of things that aren’t instantly recognizable.

Not all of the 2016 Topps Star Wars High Tek pattern variations are available in equal numbers. As mentioned, Pattern 1 cards are the most common. Pattern 2 are still fairly easy to pull, but not quite as much. Pattern 3 could be considered uncommon while Patterns 4 and 5 are rare and scarce.

Based on observations from several case breaks, including some from Rich Smolen of Rich’s Cards, each 12-box case should have about six or seven total Pattern 3 cards. That drops down to about three Pattern 4 cards per case. As for Pattern 5, they look to be a case hit. With 112 cards in the set, that works out to 1:1,344 boxes for any particular card.

Some of the pattern variations are the same as 2015 but not necessarily the rarity. Those names stay the same. Some of the patterns are new so, at this point, they are trickier to name beyond their pattern number.

As if the patterns weren’t enough, 2016 Topps Star Wars High Tek does have some parallels like Diffractors. They’re listed on the main checklist. These are done with either colors, repeating Diffractor patterns on top of the foil patterns or both.

A look at the patterns are below. It may take us a little time to work things out so bookmark this page and check back often. For your convenience, we’ve included a checklist at the bottom with the characters and the Forms they belong to. If you’re busting any 2016 Topps Star Wars High Tek and can offer any observations on rarity or new patterns, please feel free to drop us an email.

2016 Topps Star Wars High Tek Pattern Variations

As we fill in the gallery, we’ll be replacing with better images. However, these still make it clear what the patterns are. We’re also fairly certain about the pattern rarities, but they may change as more of the product is broken.

Pattern 1 – Most Common


2016 SWHT Form 1 Pattern 1

Form 1 Pattern 1


2016 SWHT Form 2 Pattern 1

Form 2 Pattern 1


Pattern 2


2016 SWHT Form 1 Pattern 2

Form 1 Pattern 2 – Star Destroyer


2016 Topps Star Wars High Tek Form 2 Pattern 2

Form 2 Pattern 2


Pattern 3


2016 Topps Star Wars High Tek Form 1 Pattern 3

Form 1 Pattern 3 – Second Death Star Reactor Core


2016 Topps Star Wars High Tek Form 2 Pattern 3

Form 2 Pattern 3


Pattern 4


2016 Topps Star Wars High Tek Form 1 Pattern 4

Form 1 Pattern 4 – Millennium Falcon


2016 Topps Star Wars High Tek Form 2 Pattern 4

Form 2 Pattern 4


Pattern 5 – Rarest


2016 SWHT Form 1 Pattern 5

Form 1 Pattern 5 – Rebel Alliance Hoth Tactical Screen


2016 SWHT Form 2 Pattern 5

Form 2 Pattern 5


2016 Topps Star Wars High Tek Base Set Checklist


Form 1

SW-1 Boba Fett
SW-2 Darth Vader
SW-3 Yoda
SW-4 Lando Calrissian
SW-5 Admiral Ackbar
SW-6 Wedge Antilles
SW-7 Jabba the Hutt
SW-8 Salacious B. Crumb
SW-9 Sergeant Jyn Erso
SW-10 Gamorrean Guard
SW-11 Logray
SW-12 Widdle Warrick
SW-13 Darth Sidious
SW-14 Anakin Skywalker
SW-15 Sabine Wren
SW-16 Mace Windu
SW-17 Darth Maul
SW-18 Mon Mothma
SW-19 Tarfful
SW-20 Padmé Amidala
SW-21 Taun We
SW-22 Beed
SW-23 Lott Dod
SW-24 Battle Droid
SW-25 Jango Fett
SW-26 Bib Fortuna
SW-27 Captain Panaka
SW-28 Qui-Gon Jinn
SW-29 Zett Jukassa
SW-30 Luminara Unduli
SW-31 Oppo Rancisis
SW-32 Cin Drallig
SW-33 Plo Koon
SW-34 Mas Amedda
SW-35 Clone Trooper
SW-36 Ahsoka Tano
SW-37 Yoda
SW-38 Kanan Jarrus
SW-39 Darth Sidious
SW-40 Grand Moff Tarkin
SW-41 Padmé Amidala
SW-42 Aayla Secura
SW-43 Aurra Sing
SW-44 Dengar
SW-45 Ezra Bridger
SW-46 Greedo
SW-47 Klaatu
SW-48 Death Trooper
SW-49 Count Dooku
SW-50 Aks Moe
SW-51 Rabé
SW-52 Yané
SW-53 Captain Typho
SW-54 Princess Leia Organa
SW-55 Bail Organa
SW-56 GH-7


Form 2

SW-57 Constable Zuvio
SW-58 Grummgar
SW-59 Jashco Phurus
SW-60 Kylo Ren
SW-61 Bobbajo
SW-62 Strono “Cookie” Tuggs
SW-63 First Order Riot Control Stormtrooper
SW-64 Major Ematt
SW-65 Supreme Leader Snoke
SW-66 Bazine Netal
SW-67 C-3PO
SW-68 Gwellis Bagnoro
SW-69 Kaydel Ko Connix
SW-70 BB-8
SW-71 Bala-Tik
SW-72 General Leia Organa
SW-73 Sidon Ithano
SW-75 Rey
SW-76 First Order Stormtrooper
SW-77 Guavian Death Gang Enforcer
SW-78 Chancellor Villecham
SW-79 General Hux
SW-80 Major Brance
SW-81 Snap Wexley
SW-82 Captain Phasma
SW-83 Doctor Kalonia
SW-84 Han Solo
SW-85 Razoo Qin-Fee
SW-86 Jess “Testor” Pava
SW-87 Finn
SW-88 Chewbacca
SW-89 Chief Petty Officer Unamo
SW-90 Goss Toowers
SW-91 Admiral Statura
SW-92 R2-D2
SW-93 Teedo
SW-94 Maz Kanata
SW-95 Prashee
SW-96 Luke Skywalker
SW-97 Ello Asty
SW-98 Lor San Tekka
SW-99 Nien Nunb
SW-100 Poe Dameron
SW-101 Hassk Triplet
SW-102 Praster Ommlen
SW-103 Colonel Datoo
SW-104 Quiggold
SW-105 Lieutenant Mitaka
SW-106 Unkar Plutt
SW-107 Petty Officer Thanisson
SW-108 Admiral Ackbar
SW-109 Sarco Plank
SW-110 Lieutenant Bastian
SW-111 Tasu Leech
SW-112 Wollivan


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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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1 comment

  1. IamNotARobot 14 December, 2016 at 08:43

    Can Topps make it any more confusing? I don’t mind the different patterns, but trying to figure out the rarity is no fun. And this hobby is supposed to me fun. 0 out of 4 stars.

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