The story of the most infamous Star Wars card ever made – 1977 Topps Star Wars #207

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The most interesting collectibles, whether it’s trading cards or something else, are those that have a story. It adds a layer of myth and intrigue. Sometimes it’s infamy. And that’s exactly the case with 1977 Topps Star Wars #207, the most notorious Star Wars trading card of all-time.

1977 Topps Star Wars Series 4 Wrapper header

It was supposed to be another regular character-based card in the fourth series of Topps’ smash line. “C-3PO (Anthony Daniels)” is about a mundane caption as you can get.

To those working on the set at Topps and the licensor, nothing seemed to stand out.

Once the cards were out there, it didn’t take long for people to notice that something definitely was.

1977 Topps Star Wars 207 C-3PO Obscene

The Story Behind the Obscene 1977 Topps Star Wars #207 Trading Card

In a book detailing (and picturing) the entire 1977 Topps Star Wars trading cards, author Gary Gerani discusses what happened. He was in the trenches at Topps, a key figure in creating the series.

The story, according to Gerani, is that there appears to have been some shenanigans on the set during filming. C-3PO was given something a little extra and a picture was taken. Today, images get spread quickly thanks to phones and social media. But back then, it wasn’t so easy. There was actually film involved.

Given the nature of the “error,” a new run of cards was required. The offending bits were airbrushed out and a new card was created.

1977 Topps Star Wars 207 C-3PO Corrected

If you’re dealing in raw vintage Star Wars trading cards, you’re usually only spending a couple of dollars each. The obscene¬†1977 Topps Star Wars #207 is much, much more. Why? The card has a story. It’s like the 1989 Fleer Billy Ripken of non-sport cards. Juvenile or not, it’s a piece of pop culture history.

But here’s the kicker. If you’ve tried putting together a 1977 Topps Star Wars set from scratch over the years, you likely had an easier time tracking down the uncensored #207. It’s more common than the corrected one. Both command a premium over other singles from the set, but it’s the more common one that sells for significantly more.

That’s the price of a story. And a bit of toilet humor.

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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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1 comment

  1. Mike Selby 21 May, 2020 at 06:46

    I have seen some of these with double asterisks (as seen on the bottom left next to the copy right circle) and others with just one. What did these mean?

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