2018 Topps Star Wars Galactic Files Variation Short Prints Gallery and Guide

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2018 Topps Star Wars Galactic Files Variations take a bit of a different approach. They’re actually new, short print versions of base cards from 2017 Galactic Files Reborn (at least all are that have been confirmed thus far).

2018 Topps Star Wars Galactic Files Variations

The idea behind the cards is that they offer different images. Also, the longer odds and smaller print runs add for something of a chase.

Variations are common in Topps’ baseball sets. While this isn’t the first time for Star Wars, they’re not used nearly as often. But what really makes these ones different is the fact that the SSP cards come from a separate release. For the most part, this should make spotting them easier.

Topps did not include the variation short prints on the 2018 Star Wars Galactic Files checklist. This is normal as they usually prefer to use them as a surprise sort of element. As a result, the exact number of SSP cards still isn’t known.

Confirming If You Have a 2018 Topps Star Wars Galactic Files Variation Short Print

Without memorizing the checklist and what’s in 2018 Galactic Files and 2017 Galactic Files Reborn, there is an easy way on the back to know if you have a variation. The small copyright info on the back has a code at the end. This is intended for production, but it does identify different types of cards.

For 2018 Topps Star Wars Galactic Files Variations, you’re looking for the code to end in 826. Base cards end in 808. But because variants cover cards from the previous set, it’s helpful to know that code, too. 2017 Galactic Files Reborn base cards end in 443.

Code Cheat Sheet:

  • 2018 Base – 808
  • 2017 Base – 443
  • Variations – 826

2018 Topps Star Wars Galactic Files Variations Checklist

Here’s a quick look at the confirmed variation short prints. The gallery follows, offering up easy comparisons. This list will grow as more 2018 Topps Star Wars Galactic Files variations are uncovered.


ACW-1 Ahsoka Tano
ACW-6 Asajj Ventress
ANH-3 Imperial Stormtrooper
ANH-5 Princess Leia
ANH-6 Darth Vader
ANH-10 Luke Skywalker
ANH-14 Grand Moff Tarkin
AOTC-2 Mace Windu
ESB-1 Boba Fett
ESB-3 Lando Calrissian
REB-1 Kanan Jarrus
REB-2 Hera Syndulla
REB-6 Ezra Bridger


REB-7 The Grand Inquisitor
ROTJ-3 Wicket W. Warrick
ROTS-1 Anakin Skywalker
ROTS-5 Yoda
TFA-1 Rey
TFA-2 Finn
TFA-3 Kylo Ren
TFA-7 Poe Dameron
TFA-8 Han Solo
TFA-11 Chewbacca
TPM-2 Obi-Wan Kenobi
TPM-4 Darth Maul


2018 Topps Star Wars Galactic Files Variations Gallery

ACW-1 Ahsoka Tano


2018 Topps Star Wars Galactic Files Variations ACW-1 Ahsoka Tano

Variation – lightsaber pointing away from left hand


2017 Base – lightsaber pointing toward left hand


ACW-6 Asajj Ventress


Variation – one hand on lightsaber


2017 Base – two hands on lightsaber


ANH-3 Imperial Stormtrooper


Variation – holding blaster


2017 Base – not holding blaster


ANH-5 Princess Leia


Variation – blaster in two hands, “Princess Leia”


2017 Base – blaster in one hand, “Princess Leia Organa”


ANH-6 Darth Vader


Variation – open hand raised


2017 Base – pointing


ANH-10 Luke Skywalker


Variation – wearing hat


2017 Base – no hat


ANH-14 Grand Moff Tarkin


Variation – finger tips on right hand visible


2017 Base – finger tips on right hand not visible


AOTC-2 Mace Windu


Variation – two hands on lightsaber


2017 Base – on hand on lightsaber


ESB-1 Boba Fett


Variation – cape in back


2017 Base – cape in front


ESB-3 Lando Calrissian


Variation – inside of cape visible over left shoulder


2017 Base – inside of cape visible over right shoulder


REB-1 Kanan Jarrus


Variation – wearing visor


2017 Base – holding lightsaber


REB-2 Hera Syndulla


Variation – arms crossed


2017 Base – hand on goggles


REB-6 Ezra Bridger


Variation – holding lightsaber


2017 Base – holding helmet


REB-7 The Grand Inquisitor


Variation – running, lightsaber to side


2017 Base – standing upright, lightsaber pointing up


ROTJ-3 Wicket W. Warrick


Variation – no spear, turned to side


2017 Base – holding spear


ROTS-1 Anakin Skywalker


Variation – one hand on lightsaber, blade behind head


2017 Base – two hands on lightsaber, blade in front of body


ROTS-5 Yoda


Variation – holding lightsaber


2017 Base – sitting


TFA-1 Rey


Variation – lightsaber pointing up


2017 Base – lightsaber out to side


TFA-2 Finn


Variation – holding blaster


2017 Base – holding lightsaber


TFA-3 Kylo Ren


Variation – lightsaber in one hand


2017 Base – lightsaber in two hands


TFA-7 Poe Dameron


Variation – wearing brown jacket


2017 Base – wearing orange X-Wing suit


TFA-8 Han Solo


Variation – looking to side


2017 Base – looking forward


TFA-11 Chewbacca


Variation – arms raised over head


2017 Base – blaster in front


TPM-2 Obi-Wan Kenobi


Variation – hands inside gown


2017 Base – holding lightsaber


TPM-4 Darth Maul


2018 Topps Star Wars Galactic Files Variations TPM-4 Darth Maul

Variation – no lightsaber


2017 Base – holding lightsaber


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