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.
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