First Look: 2015 Star Wars Illustrated Empire

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Star Wars collectors will be drawn to this one.

Topps revealed its plans for its first Force-fueled release of 2015 on Wednesday, and it will be 2015 Star Wars Illustrated Empire Strikes Back, an art-driven product that’s focused on The Empire Strikes Back and is slated to arrive on April 8.

Each 24-pack box will include a selection from the 100-card base set  with two hits per box — a mix of cards from three sketch-based sets, film Relics, printing plates and artist autographs. Each six-card pack will carry a suggested retail price of $3.99.

Each base card will have three types of parallels — Purple, Bronze and Gold — while there will be four types of inserts. They are One Year Earlier (story precursors), Movie Poster Artist Reinterpretations, The Mission: Capture Skywalker and Embossed Carbonite character cards. The One Year cards will be found in every other pack, while the Poster cards will be eight per box the Carbonite cards will be two per box and the Mission cards will be eight per box.

Among the hits will be Panorama sketch cards — aka sketch booklets — as well as Film Cell Relics with a piece from a print, printing plates, Sketchagraphs signed by the actors shown and artist autos that parallel the base set. According to the company, there will be approximately 5,700 total Panorama sketches, 2,000 regular sketches, 3,000 Relics, 800 Sketchagraphs and 5,000 artist autos in the product.

The parallel cards will be found eight per box for Purple, two per box for Bronze and there will be just 10 copies of each Gold card made.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

 

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