These 2022 Topps Chrome Sapphire Star Wars Cards Aren’t Like Their 1977 Originals

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Star Wars is no stranger to tweaks and tinkering. It’s happened multiple times over the years as new versions have been released. That’s carrying over to cards as well. 2022 Topps Chrome Sapphire Star Wars might be heavily based on the first 132 cards of the iconic 1977 release, but there are more changes than just the chromium stock.

Like the Special Editions of the movies, some of the changes are subtle to the point that you probably wouldn’t notice them unless you spent a lot of time moving your head back and fourth tennis style between sets. Other cards, though, make significant changes. Maybe not “Greedo shot first” level, but enough that they make for a very different card. Most, though, are somewhere in between.

A couple of things to consider:

1) All Sapphire cards have the same blue border. That means for #66-132, the red borders were abandoned.
2) The vast majority of cards have changes as to how the text is laid out. More words are capitalized and how they stretch out across the card — the kerning — is different.

Neither of these changes were taken into account in the breakdown below.

Even still, there are nearly 40 cards that we’ve noticed other changes to.

It’s important to note that these aren’t variations. 2022 Topps Chrome Sapphire Star Wars and 1977 Topps Star Wars are two different sets. Here, we’re merely looking at some of the big changes and comparing the two.

2022 Topps Chrome Sapphire Star Wars Changes

2 See-Threepio and Artoo-Detoo

Sapphire – more of C-3PO’s hand visible
1977

4 Space Pirate Han Solo

Sapphire – top of head cut off slightly
1977

13 A Sale on Droids

Sapphire – hand not visible on Jawa
1977

18 Artoo-Detoo is Missing!

Sapphire – C-3PO close up
1977

20 Hunted by the Sandpeople!

Sapphire – no Tusken Raider
1977

26 A Horrified Luke Sees His Family Killed

Sapphire – not wearing blanket
1977

29 Stopped by Stormtroopers

Sapphire – two Stormtroopers visible
1977

34 See-Threepio Diverts the Guards

Sapphire – more of Stormtroopers visible
1977

36 Blast of the Laser Rifle!

Sapphire – no space before exclamation point
1977

37 Cornered in the Labyrinth

Sapphire – laser blast added
1977

40 Droids Rescue Their Masters!

Sapphire – image flipped
1977

45 The Lightsaber

Sapphire – lightsabers glow, caption changed from “The light sabre” to “The Lightsaber”
1977

46 A Desperate Moment for Ben

Sapphire – different image
1977

47 Luke Prepares for the Battle

Sapphire – image flipped
1977

53 Battle in Outer Space!

Sapphire – second X-Wing visible, green laser
1977

62 Lord Vader’s Stormtroopers

Sapphire – panel on side not visible
1977

71 The Incredible See-Threepio

Sapphire – no pink on horizon
1977

76 Artoo-Detoo on the Rebel Starship!

Sapphire – R2-D2’s front wheel more visible, more pink glow
1977

78 Droids to the Rescue

Sapphire – more of C-3PO visible
1977

84 Rebel Pilot Prepares for the Raid!

Sapphire – hose loop visible in background
1977

86 A Mighty Explosion!

Sapphire – pink explosion
1977

88 Stormtroopers Guard Solo’s Ship

Sapphire – white stripe on floor
1977

92 Advance of the Tusken Raider

Sapphire – sky in background
1977

94 Interrogated by Stormtroopers

Sapphire – more room behind Stormtrooper on side
1977

96 The Droids on Tatooine

Sapphire – C-3PO looking up
1977

99 Ben with the Lightsaber!

Sapphire – “light sabre” changed the “Lightsaber”
1977

101 The Wookiee Chewbacca

Sapphire – no gun
1977

103 Stormtroopers Attack Our Heroes

Sapphire – no exclamation point
1977

104 Luke’s Aunt and Uncle

Sapphire – less space behind Owen’s head
1977

105 Imperial Soldiers Burn Through the Starship!

Sapphire – pink highlights added
1977

108 Princess Leia Observes the Battle

Sapphire – no exclamation point
1977

110 Threepio Fools the Guards!

Sapphire – image flipped
1977

112 Threatened by Sand People!

Sapphire – “Sandpeople” changed to “Sand People”
1977

117 Chewbacca Poses as a Prisoner

Sapphire – end of gun out of frame, no exclamation point
1977

122 The Millennium Falcon Speeds Through Space!

Sapphire – no glow around planet
1977

124 Threepio Searches for R2-D2

Sapphire – background added
1977

126 A Quizzical Threepio!

Sapphire – more items visible in background
1977

129 May the Force be With You!

Sapphire – no ‘TM’
1977

132 Lord Vader and a Soldier

Sapphire – more visible in background
1977

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