In 1980, following the success of Star Wars (1977) and five tie-in trading card series based on the blockbuster film, Topps released three new series of collectible bubble gum cards to coincide with the release of The Empire Strikes Back. Now, for the first time, all 352 cards and 88 stickers are reprinted in a single deluxe volume. Reproducing the fronts and backs of each card, this collection includes character profiles, story cards, movie facts, quotes, trivia, and puzzles featuring beloved characters and scenes from The Empire Strikes Back. Also included are four bonus trading cards, the Photo Card series, rare promotional images, and an introduction and commentary by Gary Gerani, the original editor of Topps’s Star Wars series.
Images courtesy of the Robert V. Conte Collection. Also available from Topps: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Volume Three; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Volume Three, The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume Two; and Star Wars Galaxy: The Original Topps Trading Card Series.
About the Author
Gary Gerani is the creator, editor, and writer of hundreds of Topps trading card sets and the author of Topps’s Star Wars series. He lives in Los Angeles.
The Topps Company, Inc., founded in 1938, is the preeminent creator and brand marketer of sports cards, entertainment products, and distinctive confectionery. Gary Gerani is the creator, editor, and writer of hundreds of Topps trading card sets and the author of multiple titles in our Topps trading card series. He lives in Los Angeles. Chip Kidd is an award-winning graphic designer, writer, and editor-at-large at Pantheon. His books on comics include Only What’s Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts and Shazam! The Golden Age of the World’s Mightiest Mortal. He lives in New York City.