*Note: This post was written in 2015 and I finally am getting around to posting it.
This month’s Art Gallery display comes from Scott Zambelli, a freelance illustrator who has been working with Lucasfilm on a couple of Star Wars projects as well as Topps and Breygent for various sketch card sets. This card is from one of the more recent Topps Star Wars releases, 2015 Topps Star Wars Chrome Perspectives.
Since the announcement for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens in 2015 companies connected to the franchise went in to overdrive. Disney released two animated television shows, Hasbro released new toys and Topps continued their set releases plus add a digital app and Funko made a new line of vinyl figures.
I enjoy both Disney shows, Rebels and Droid Tales (which morphed in to Star Wars The Freemaker Adventures), but I really dig Rebels. The show is set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Anakin has become Darth Vader and people are beginning to rebel trying to throw off the shackles of the Emperor. A small group of rebels led by Jedi Knight Kanan pick up an orphan boy, Ezra, who turns out to be force sensitive and Kanan begins Ezra’s training.
Topps released 2015 Topps Star Wars Rebels that year and with the show being a hit the product sold like crazy. Even now even base cards are selling for close to $2 each and a complete 100- card base set, not counting stickers or tattoos, will run you $30 still and a box will set you back $100 and there are no guaranteed hits (sketch cards).
As expected the sketch cards, which it is rumored that there were 500 sketch cards made for the product, are the target of all collectors. When you can find them they are running well over $100, even for a very basic sketch card, so when I came across this card from the Chrome Perspectives release I jumped on it. The seller had mistakenly listed the card as “Storm Trooper”, the card is actually Ezra in his Imperial Academy helmet.
I know I probably will not be buying any sketch cards from the Topps Rebels release but I had a chance picking up a cool sketch card of one of the main characters from the show for just a couple of bucks and I couldn’t resist.