2018 Topps Finest Star Wars sees the Force branching beyond just Chrome for things like Refractors and other shiny designs. It also marks the return of a line that hasn’t been used as a standalone set for the franchise since 1996.
This is a different era, though. So while the focus is still on chromium-style cards, there are elements like autographs and sketch cards that weren’t in the original release. The checklist also has a much broader focus, drawing from all of the films including Rogue One and Solo.
Each 2018 Topps Finest Star Wars hobby box, which is divided into a pair of six-pack mini boxes, comes with an autograph plus one additional premium inserts.
2018 Topps Finest Star Wars Base Set Overview
The original 1996 Star Wars Finest set was a mix of original artwork and chromium card stock. For the reboot, the shiny stylings are still there, but base cards use photos instead.
A few Topps Chrome sets have been done in recent years for the franchise but those are, for the most part, largely a shiny spin on a traditional story-based release. 2018 Topps Finest Star Wars goes in a similar direction as the brand uses in sports, honing in on bold designs.
The main base set has 100 cards. The checklist here covers the main films from The Phantom Menace through to The Last Jedi.
Another big change for this set versus the 1996 release is the number of Refractors. The original had base cards and Refractor parallels. That’s it. But things have changed. 2018 Topps Finest Star Wars takes a rainbow approach with its parallels. They come in:
- Refractors (1:3 packs)
- Blue Refractors (/150)
- Green Refractors (/99)
- Gold Refractors (/50)
- Orange Refractors (/25)
- Black Refractors (/10)
- Red Refractors (/5)
- Superfractors (1/1)
There’s also 20 Extended Base Set cards that offer up a different card for a key character in the base set. Parallels for these are limited to Gold Refractors (/50), Red Refractors (/5) and Superfractors (1/1).
2018 Topps Finest Star Wars has three different autograph inserts. Finest Autographs are the main ones. These take the base design and tweak it only slightly to highlight the signatures.
Refractor parallels include Green (/99), Gold (/50), Orange (/25), Black (/10), Red (/5) and Superfractors (1/1).
Rogue One Autographs use a different design and are signed by actors from that particular film. Parallels come in the same levels and quantities as the Finest Autographs.
Rounding out the 2018 Topps Finest Star Wars Autographs portion of the checklist are Prime Autographs, which come with a separate look as well. Refractors are limited to Black (/10), Red (/5) and Superfractors (1/1).
Confirmed to have autographs in 2018 Topps Finest Star Wars (quantities are not known) are: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels and Andy Serkis.
Although the spinoff Rogue One and Solo films aren’t part of the base set, both have their own insert sets along with Gold (/50), Red (/5) and Superfractor (1/1) parallels.
Droids & Vehicles inserts highlight tech from the eight central movies. Parallels here match with the Rogue One and Solo Refractors.
Besides autographs, 2018 Topps Finest Star Wars has a couple of other premium inserts. Sketch cards come with both a traditional card layout and shaped versions that are die-cut to resemble c-3PO’s head.
Lightsaber Hilt Commemorative Medallions are also available. Parallels for these come in Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Black Refractors (/10), Red Refractors (/5) and Superfractors (1/1).
2018 Topps Finest Star Wars at a glance:
Cards per pack: 5
Packs per box: 12 (two 6-pack mini boxes)
Boxes per case: 8
Set size: 100 cards
Release date: December 5, 2018
What to expect in a hobby box:
- Autographs – 1
- Additional Autographs, Sketch Cards or Medallion Cards – 1