The Empire Strikes Back Trading Cards and Collecting Box (Topps, 1980)



First time I’ve seen this particular package and the “collecting box.” What’s wrong with a rubber band or a shoebox?

For many consecutive weekends in 1980 a neighbor girl and I would walk to the local liquor store and buy as many of the ESB packs as we could afford. During the week I would comb the house and the car for loose change, squirrel away what I was supposed to be using for milk at school, rake through hundreds of pay phone slots, try to sell old football cards. I had most of series one (red border) and series two (blue border), but I don’t think I had any of series three (yellow border).

You can see all the series one cards, as well as a whole bunch of classic card and geek ephemera, at jeffliebig‘s Flickr.

(Images via eBay)

1 Response to “<em>The Empire Strikes Back</em> Trading Cards and Collecting Box (Topps, 1980)”

  1. 1 Fractalbat August 6, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    I still have a good number of these. I used to love going through them and reading the blurbs on the back.

    I may still have a few Star Wars cards too. I remember the backs on some made a puzzle, where you could assemble a poster from the movie.

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