2018-19 Topps Star Wars Galactic Moments Offers Marathon Countdown to Episode IX


2018-19 Topps Star Wars Galactic Moments: Countdown to Episode IX isn’t the first set of trading cards to breakdown the franchise. However, its approach is different. Available as an online-exclusive, it’s taking a marathon approach with three new cards each week and a run that’ll last an entire year. The culminating point? The release of Episode IX, which hits the big screen on December 20, 2019.

2018-19 Topps Star Wars Galactic Moments 1 Darth Vader

2018-19 Topps Star Wars Galactic Moments Overview

The set draws from the main films, centering its focus on the arc of the Skywalker family. When all is done and the checklist wraps, that means nine total films will be represented.

2018-19 Topps Star Wars Galactic Moments spotlights key characters and moments. While 150-plus cards may seem like a lot, there are a lot of films to draw from. And with that comes lots of characters, plot points and lightsaber fights.

As with virtually all Topps online offerings, production is limited to what’s ordered each week. Once the initial sales window runs out, that’s it. This means that print runs will vary for individual cards.

Collectors have a few options for purchasing. Individual cards are available both as singles and discounted bulk lots for five, ten and 20 copies of the same card. Each week also has a bundle of all three cards that’s cheaper than buying them on their own.

2018-19 Topps Star Wars Galactic Moments is an international release that’s being sold on multiple Topps sites throughout the world. Not only is the main US-based Topps.com offering it, but the company’s UK and German sites are, too. This should make shipping easier and more affordable for collectors in these areas.

Cards can also be found on eBay. For those looking for just one copy of a particular card, it’s often at a discounted rate during the initial sales period. These sellers buy in bulk and typically offer pre-sales at lower rates versus buying them direct.

Topps has done online-only “countdown” sets before, most recently for Solo: A Star Wars Story. However, these have been released in the weeks leading up to the film’s release, not a year in advance like Galactic Moments.

2018-19 Topps Star Wars Galactic Moments: Countdown to Episode IX trading cards at a glance:

Set size: TBA (3 new cards released each week)
Release date: December 20, 2018

2018-19 Topps Star Wars Galactic Moments: Countdown to Episode IX Checklist

This checklist will expand as new cards are released each week. Print runs will be noted when they’re announced.

Click on the links for buy specific cards on eBay.

Star Wars: A New Hope

December 20-27

1 Darth Vader – 556
2 R2-D2’s Encounter with the Jawas – 516
3 A Gift for Luke – 516

December 27-January 3

4 Grand Moff Tarkin – 313
5 Princess Leia’s Plea – 312
6 Admiral Motti’s Lack of Faith – 312

January 3-10

7 Princess Leia – 528
8 The Binary Sunset – 480
9 Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes – 471

January 10-17

10 Luke Skywalker – 400
11 Han and Greedo – 430
12 The Fate of Alderaan – 416

January 17-24

13 R2-D2 – 366
14 Trash Compactor Escape – 358
15 Duel on the Death Star – 369

January 24-31

16 Obi-Wan Kenobi – 414
17 Luke Destroys Death Star – 401
18 Award Ceremony – 402

The Empire Strikes Back

January 31-February 7

19 Han Solo – 476
20 In the Wampa Lair – 461
21 Battle on Hoth – 453

February 7-14

22 Boba Fett
23 Storming Echo Base
24 Aboard the Millennium Falcon

February 14-21

25 Lando Calrissian
26 Meeting the Master
27 Space Slug

February 21-28

28 Chewbacca – 461
29 Han and Lando Reunite – 430
30 Briefing the Bounty Hunters – 439

February 28-March 7

31 Yoda – 416
32 C-3PO’s Unusual Escape – 383
33 “I Know” – 389

March 7-14

34 Stormtrooper – 394
35 Loading Up Slave I – 395
36 Darth Vader’s Revelation – 401

Return of the Jedi

March 14-21

37 Jabba the Hutt – 403
38 The Droids Arrive – 386
39 Setting Han Free – 389

March 21-27

40 C-3PO – 366
41 Yoda’s Final Lesson – 344
42 Speaking with Ben – 348

March 27-April 4

43 Emperor Palpatine – 367
44 Leia Meets Wicket – 363
45 The Golden God – 359

April 4-11

46 Wicket W. Warrick
47 “It’s a Trap!”
48 Quirky Co-Pilots


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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