2022 Topps Finest Stars Wars Is Back For Just The 3rd Time In 31 Years

It’s a good time to be a Star Wars fans as they have been served with various exciting shows (The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, etc.) over the last few years.

2022 is also turning out to be a big year for Star Wars collectors as Topps has a rich lineup of series set to showcase these shows.

While 2022 releases have included Topps Star Wars Signatures (February 2022), Topps Now Star Wars (June 2022), and Topps Chrome Star Wars Mandalorian (August 2022) have their appeal, Topps Finest Star Wars is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated of the year.

It’s the third installment in Topps Finest Star Wars series after its 1996 and 2018 Topps Finest Star Wars releases. While collectors didn’t have to wait for twenty-six years for a new series as they waited for the 2018 Topps Finest Star Wars, five years is still a long time to wait for one of Star Wars’ most popular trading card series.

There have been a lot of changes in the galaxy far, far away since the last Topps Finest Star Wars was released in 2018. Several stories have been told, new stories have begun, and Lucas Film has shed more light on various uncompleted stories. The Force is especially strong with the 2022 Topps Finest Star Wars with so many shows to highlight.

We shall discuss everything you need to know about the 2022 Topps Finest Star Wars release.

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History of Topps Finest Star Wars

Topps’s relationship with Star Wars began about 50 years ago (1977), and they’ve remained as the official Star Wars card producer since then. The journey started with Star Wars Series 1, which – like the movie – opened to great success.

The demand for Star Wars cards has always been massive, and Topps has a whole galaxy to represent. Sticking with a particular series would get boring, so Topps mixed things up and provided fans with various Star Wars series.

The Finest series was brought to the Star Wars collectible universe in 1996 when Topps released1996 Topps Star Wars Finest. It successfully introduced the already popular chromium treatment to Star Wars cards. It was a set heavy with artwork and focused entirely on characters.

Star Wars collectors had to wait for twenty-six years before getting another Topps Finest Star Wars series in 2018. It was a reboot of the 1996 set but with a twist. It introduced Refractors and other shiny designs to the Finest Star Wars set and showcased characters from the first eight Star Wars movies.

The galaxy has rapidly expanded, and the popular chromium brand is getting another release with the 2022 Topps Finest Star Wars.

Topps Finest Star Wars 1976

Star Wars Finest release date

The 2022 Topps Finest Star Wars was released in July 2022.

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What is popular with 2022 Topps Finest Star Wars?

While the 1977 Star Wars set remains the most iconic Star Wars card set, few sets can rival the Finest Series aesthetically. Just as its very first release, which implemented the latest in card technologies to Star Wars cards, each Topps Finest Star Wars release tries to top the previous one. Finest is known for Refractors, and Topps holds nothing back with the Star Wars edition.

With chromium and embossed cards as well as an extensive array of parallels, the value of chase cards from the Topps Finest Star Wars series has held incredibly well. While there haven’t been that many new on-card features since 2018, when the last Topps Finest Star Wars was released, the galaxy far, far away has expanded greatly.

This release would feature actor autographs from Star Wars’ most iconic and cherished characters, and its inserts cover the latest Star Wars Disney+ shows.

The popularity of the Star Wars franchise has always been massive; however, it seems to be growing some more thanks to its latest shows. This series would showcase these new shows on chromium cards and the ultra-beautiful finest design.

Asides from looking beautiful, the potential value of these cards has made the 2022 Topps Finest Star Wars series a particularly popular series. With two hits – one autograph/sketch card guaranteed in every Master Hobby box, Topps offers immense value for the money paid.

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What isn’t popular with 2022 Topps Finest Star Wars

While some collectors complain of the long wait between every Topps Finest Star Wars release, we feel this is one of those times where less is more. This drought, without a doubt, plays a part in this series holding value well.

Star Wars Topps Finest 2022 Release Formats

With the expected release date still so far away, information concerning this set is constantly being updated. However, we can confirm two release formats – Hobby boxes and Master boxes.

Hobby Box Configuration

  • 5 cards per pack
  • 12 packs per box
  • 8 boxes per case
  • 1 sketch or autograph card

While the 2022 Topps Finest Star Wars checklist has been released, Topps has not released its manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP). We’ll update this article once we have new information.

Master Box Configuration

  • 5 cards per pack
  • 6 packs per mini-box
  • 2 mini-boxes per master box
  • 8 master boxes per case

2 hits per master box, with one autograph or sketch card guaranteed!

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While the 2022 Topps Finest Star Wars checklist has been released, Topps has not released its manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP). We’ll update this article once we have new information.

Parallels

There are eight different parallels in the base set:

  • Refractors
  • Blue Refractors /150
  • Green Refractors /99
  • Gold Refractors /50
  • Orange Refractors /25
  • Black Refractors /10
  • Red Refractors /5
  • Superfractor 1/1

In addition, the extended base set includes 20 short prints, of which there are three different parallels:

  • Gold /50
  • Red /5
  • Superfractors 1/1

Star Wars Topps Finest 2022 autographs

Topps Finest autographs from stars of the Star Wars movies and TV shows include a variety of parallels:

  • Blue
  • Purple /299
  • Aqua /199
  • Green /99
  • Gold /50
  • Orange /25
  • Blue /10
  • Red /5
  • Superfractors 1/1

Star Wars Topps Finest 2022 Topps inserts

The 2022 Star Wars Topps Finest set includes four different inserts including a set from the Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett and The Bad Batch and a High Republic Concept Art subset.

These four sets have parallels as well:

  • Gold /50
  • Red /5
  • Superfractors 1/1

Some Mandalorian and Book of Boba Fett cards from these sets will feature autographs with a variety of parallels:

  • Gold /50
  • Orange /25
  • Black /10
  • Red /5
  • Superfractors 1/1

Star Wars Topps Finest value

While no one can argue how aesthetically pleasing the Topps Finest Star Wars series is, does this beauty translate to value? Let’s see just how well the previous Topps Finest Star Wars series have held up regarding value.

Wax Value

1996 Topps Finest Star Wars$499
2018 Topps Finest Star Wars$399

While both boxes sold for less than $100 at release, their current prices represent less than a 400% increase which is frankly poor compared to other series. Clearly, this isn’t the way to go if you decide to invest in Star Wars cards. You’d be better served chasing hit cards and autographs.

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Key Singles Value

2018 Topps Finest Star Wars Rogue One Auto: Donnie Yen $406.33
2018 Star Wars Finest Red [5] Autograph Mads Mikkelsen As Galen Erso$1,684
2018 Star Wars Finest 2018 Red [5] Autograph Card Jeremy Bulloch As Boba Fett$828
1996 Star Wars Finest Refractors #36 Bossk Ao3 206 BGS 9.5$250
1996 Topps Star Wars Finest #34 Boba Fett Refractor Gold$300

The value of top single cards from both series has made it apparent that autographs of key characters are the way to go if you really must invest in this series.

While these cards are without a doubt beautiful to see, this hasn’t translated to an increased value. Star Wars fans looking to get cards that showcase their favorite characters in the show would be pleased with this series.

However, for collectors looking to get a substantial ROI, it might be better to consider another Topps franchise. You wouldn’t go wrong with any of the big sports cards.

Indeed, unless you’re investing in the first Star Wars Series (1-5), you might be better served looking elsewhere if your goal is an ROI.

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Final thoughts on 2022 Topps Finest Star Wars

Topps Star Wars cards are truly special as they represent the history of the biggest cinematic universe. The Star Wars Series 1 set was released along with the first Star Wars movie. The cards show us the franchise’s history. Hence, every set is valuable for true fans.

While this value doesn’t necessarily translate to monetary value for most series, this ensures that each set is important.

Asides from every set being important, Topps Finest Star Wars, with its chromium treatment and the overabundance of parallels, is an especially well-designed set. However, if you’re not a fan of Star Wars (how do you even exist?) or looking for an ROI, you should look elsewhere.

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Craig Klinski


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