2021 Topps Star Wars Bounty Hunters Offers a Different Sort of Hunt

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Trading card collectors have a lot in common with the various bounty hunters in the Star Wars universe. We’re all looking for something and that chase often leads to some unexpected adventures and exciting rewards. Of course, things don’t normally take a violent turn in the card collecting community and there aren’t jet packs (yet). 2021 Topps Star Wars Bounty Hunters provides some double meaning. The product revolves around the mercenaries that inhabit the various films and television shows. But there are also those chase elements aimed at getting collectors hunting.

Hobby boxes promise two hits, one of which is an autograph. Parallels and inserts are also abundant.

2021 Topps Star Wars Bounty Hunters Checklist Overview

The base set is done differently from most. At its most basic, there are 100 cards that, according to Topps, highlight “the most sought-after characters and creatures spanning the Star Wars Galaxy.”

Here’s where it takes a turn, though. All 100 cards have three different versions — Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 cards. In each instance, one of the images changes and the layout is slightly different. There’s also a matter of rarity. Level 1 are the most common and are essentially the base version. Level 2 and Level 3 are progressively tougher short prints.

For longtime Star Wars card collectors, it may be reminiscent of the early Evolution sets in a sense. A more direct comparison is Topps’ current Gold Label Baseball line, which has multiple tiers of repeating base cards.

On top of this, each level also has five different parallels:

  • Blue: Level 1 – 1:2 packs, Level 2 – 1:12 packs, Level 3 – 1:24 packs
  • Green – Level 1 – /150, Level 2 – /99, Level 3 – /50
  • Purple – Level 1 – /99, Level 2 – /75, Level 3 – /35
  • Red – Level 1 – /75, Level 2 – /50, Level 3 – /25
  • Black – Level 1 – 1/1, Level 2 – 1/1, Level 3 – 1/1

Autographs and Inserts

Hobby boxes promise one autograph. Signers case a broad net, covering movies and TV shows.

2021 Topps Star Wars Bounty Hunters Autograph

Parallels include Blue (/99), Green (/75), Purple (/50), Gold (/25), Red (/10), Printing Plates (1/1) and Black (1/1).

Dual Autographs (/25 or less) and Triple Autographs (/5 or less) can also be found.

Sketch cards, one of the possible second hobby box hits, come in both traditional and Triptych formats.

Bounty Commemorative Patch Cards are exclusive to hobby. The theme on these are bounties from the films and shows. Patch parallels are available in Green (/99), Purple (/50), Gold (/25), Red (/5) and Black (1/1).

Feared Mercenaries is a large 50-card insert set that focuses solely on the franchise’s biggest bounty hunters: The Mandalorian, Jango Fett (1:4 packs), Boba Fett (1:4 packs), Aurra Sing (1:6 packs), and Cad Bane (1:12 packs).

2021 Topps Star Wars Bounty Hunters Feared Mercenaries

There’s also the five-card Feared Mercenaries Die-Cuts (1:12 packs) that spotlights the bounty hunters of The Empire Strikes Back.

Buyback Bounty

2021 Topps Star Wars Bounty Hunters has a built-in bounty program of its own. 1977 Topps Star Wars buyback cards are randomly inserted in packs. These are original cards that now have a special stamp on them noting they were included in this set. It’s similar to cards from the Star Wars 30th and 40th Anniversary sets.

Those who manage to collect 25 buybacks qualify for an exclusive one-of-one Ultimate Bounty Autograph.

2021 Topps Star Wars Bounty Hunters at a glance:

Release date (subject to change): August 18, 2021
Cards per pack: Hobby – 8
Packs per box: Hobby – 24
Boxes per case: Hobby – 12
Set size: 100 cards

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Autographs – 1
  • Sketch Cards or Manufactured Patch Cards – 1
  • Feared Mercenaries – 18
  • Feared Mercenaries Die-Cuts – 2
  • Blue Parallels – 15

The full 2021 Topps Star Wars Bounty Hunters checklist will be up as soon as it’s available, likely shortly before the set comes out.

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