2017 Topps Star Wars High Tek Pattern Variations Gallery, Guide

The 2017 Topps Star Wars High Tek pattern variations are one of the big draws of the product. They’re also something of a puzzle.

Every base card has a handful of different foil backgrounds. Not only that, but some of these patterns are more common than others. Beyond the tiers, the checklist is also divided in half. The first half of the checklist has one group of patterns. They’re all different for the second half.

Sound confusing? It’s a lot clearer with visuals.

Making Sense of the 2017 Topps Star Wars High Tek Patterns

Explaining the 2017 Topps Star Wars High Tek patterns makes things sound a lot more chaotic than it actually is. Let’s start with the checklist divide. It’s actually easy to sort these. ‘Form 1’ cards are numbers 1-56.

Even without looking at the number, they’re easy to spot based on the characters. Those from the main films (Episodes I-VII) are Form 1.

Cards 57-112, the remainder of the base set, all have characters from Rogue One. These have a different set of backgrounds.

Pattern 1 is the base pattern. These are the most common cards. Pattern 1A (for cards #1-56) have the targeting computer from an X-Wing. Pattern 1B (#57-112) has the schematics for what appears to be the Death Star Superlaser.

Patterns 1A and 1B are used for most of the parallels like the foil and Diffractors. They’re also the backdrop for the set’s main autographs.

Each of the previous Star Wars High Tek set, 2015 and 2016, used a similar approach, albeit with different pattern mixes.

As far as scarcity goes, the range is big. Each box has multiple Pattern 1 cards. On the other extreme, all Pattern 4 cards are 1:4 packs. Pattern 5 cards are a case hit, landing 1:12 packs. With perfect collation, it would take 112 cases to build a full set of Pattern 5 and that less than 15 of each individual card exist.

Parallels?

2017 Topps Star Wars High Tek does have traditional parallels. These are based primarily on the color of the foil such as orange, green and red. Most also have a reflective background called Diffractors.

These parallels appear to be only for Pattern 1 cards, the base versions. Rarer patterns do not seem to have parallels.

2017 Topps Star Wars High Tek Patterns Gallery

This gallery is for the main background patterns, not the foil and Diffractor parallels.

Pattern 1 – Base (most common)

2-3 total per box


Pattern 1A Targeting Computer


Pattern 1B Death Star Superlaser


Pattern 2 – Uncommon

2 total per box


Pattern 2A TIE Fighter Tile


Pattern 2B Hyperspace Jump


Pattern 3 – Limited

1 total per box


Pattern 3A – Schematic Circles and Arrows


Pattern 3B – Death Star Exhaust Portals


Pattern 4 – Rare (1:4 packs)


Pattern 4A – Tiled Wall


Pattern 4B – Ship Window


Pattern 5 – Scarce (1:12 packs)


Pattern 5A – Burst


Pattern 5B – Triangle Top


2017 Topps Star Wars High Tek Base Set Checklist

Use these lists to tell if a card has the ‘A’ patterns (Form 1 – #1-56) or ‘B’ patterns (Form 2 – #57-112).


Form 1

1 Anakin Skywalker
2 Darth Sidious
3 General Grievous
4 Mortis Father
5 Mortis Son
6 Mortis Daughter
7 Rey
8 Kanan Jarrus
9 Captain Rex
10 Greedo
11 Barriss Offee
12 Ahsoka Tano
13 Grand Admiral Thrawn
14 Han Solo
15 Luke Skywalker
16 Princess Leia Organa
17 Jabba the Hutt
18 Lando Calrissian
19 Biggs Darklighter
20 Jango Fett
21 Rune Haako
22 Ki-Adi-Mundi
23 Chewbacca
24 C-3PO
25 R2-D2
26 Nien Nunb
27 Finn
28 Bib Fortuna
29 Luminara Unduli
30 Padmé Amidala
31 Qui-Gon Jinn
32 Duchess Satine Kryze
33 Obi-Wan Kenobi
34 Fixer
35 Sy Snootles
36 Boba Fett
37 Bossk
38 Darth Maul
39 BB-8
40 Governor Arihnda Pryce
41 Wald
42 Jon “Dutch” Vander
43 Wedge Antilles
44 Poe Dameron
45 Commander Daine Jir
46 Commander Praji
47 Lieutenant Endicott
48 Ezra Bridger
49 Captain Phasma
50 Derek “Hobbie” Klivian
51 Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
52 Jawa
53 Kylo Ren
54 4-LOM
55 Zuckuss
56 Yoda


Form 2

57 Jyn Erso
58 Director Krennic
59 Captain Cassian Andor
60 Saw Gerrera
61 Mon Mothma
62 Chirrut Îmwe
63 Baze Malbus
64 Bodhi Rook
65 Pao
66 Bistan
67 K-2SO
68 Darth Vader
69 Edrio Two Tubes
70 Benthic Two Tubes
71 General Merrick
72 General Draven
73 Death Trooper
74 Royal Guard
75 General Jan Dodonna
76 Sergeant Melshi
77 Corporal Tonc
78 Tivik
79 Lyra Erso
80 Shollan
81 Caitken
82 Ralo Surrel
83 Harb Binli
84 Lt. Zal Dinnes
85 General Hurst Romodi
86 Farns Monsbee
87 Pedrin Gaul
88 Oolin Musters
89 Rebel Sentry
90 General Ramda
91 Barion Raner
92 Toshdor Ni
93 Nesta Term
94 Moroff
95 Shoretrooper
96 Laren Joma
97 Galen Erso
98 Vaneé
99 Admiral Raddus
100 SE-2″Essie”WorkerDroid
101 Killi Gimm
102 Bail Organa
103 Captain Pterro
104 Weeteef Cyu-Bee
105 Lieutenant Sefla
106 K-OHN
107 Corporal Ansin Thobel
108 Sandtrooper
109 Senator Vaspar
110 Senator Pamlo
111 Jaldine Gerams
112 Grand Moff Tarkin


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