12 Most Valuable Vintage Star Wars Trading Cards to Collect

In a galaxy not so far away, when people were falling in love with the fiction of Star Wars in 1977, Topps trading cards allowed fans to hold that epic sci-fi saga in the palm of their hand. Each of these cards was a cherished portal into the adventures of Luke, Leia, Han, and many other iconic characters!

Finding the value of Star Wars card values in this fictional galaxy can be tricky for those who don’t know what to look for. This guide will tell you about the factors like condition, release year, series, and other features that make these cards precious galactic gems with some fetching mind-boggling price tags!

A Brief History of Star Wars Cards

Themed on the globally popular “Star Wars” movies and shows, the Star Wars cards are a series of non-sports trading cards released by the Topps Company in 1977. These cards feature the characters and scenes from the screen as well as Star Wars-themed original art.

Since 1977, Topps has released many Star Wars card series. All 1977 Topps series had 66 cards and 11 stickers. Later on, the company released many other series, like The Empire Strikes Back series (with 132 cards and 11 stickers in the first two series, and 88 cards and 22 stickers in the third series) and Return of the Jedi Series.

Topps continues making Star Wars trading even after the ’90s. But the earliest cards have turned into precious paper gems that could be worth thousands, today!

How to Determine the Value of Star Wars Trading Cards

The value of vintage Star Wars trading cards ranges from $100 to $500, with rare cards featuring vibrant illustrations of key characters and scenes from the film can be worth $1,000 to $5,000 or even more.

To know how much an individual Star Wars card can be worth, assessing the following factors is crucial!


The value of vintage Topps Star Wars cards largely depends on their condition. Naturally, cards in pristine or near-mint condition are worth way more than those with damages like scratches, creases, rips, tears, holes, discoloration, and manual writing.

While you can assess the condition of these by closely examining them, professional grading services are also available for it. In fact, professionally graded Star Wars cards by SGC (Sportscard Guaranty Corporation), PSA (Professional Sports Authenticator), or BGS (Beckett Grading Services) will be more valuable.

Popularity of the Characters

Cards featuring iconic Star Wars characters, such as Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, or Princess Leia, are highly desirable and often command higher values. For example, the first Star Wars card from the 1977 series, the Luke Skywalker Topps Rookie Card, is currently the most popular Star Wars Card.

A grade-10 Luke Skywalker card was auctioned for a mind-boggling price of $55,000 in 2021, according to PSA. Similarly, cards with memorable scenes from the Star Wars films tend to be more popular and valuable than cards featuring less significant scenes.

Printing Errors

Occasionally, some Star Wars cards may display printing visual errors, such as wrong spellings and missing text. Such errors can make these cards quite special for collectors, fetching hefty amounts from them. 

Some common errors found on vintage Star Wars cards are: 

  • Image or Color Errors (incorrect images or colors due to printing mistakes)
  • Misspellings & Typographical Errors (incorrect punctuation)
  • Double or Partial Printing of Images
  • Blank Backs or Missing Text on the Backs
  • Off-centers (the printed image shifted to either)

An example of this is the C-3PO card from the 1977 series, which displays a phallic image of the Star Wars character, C-3PO. Although it’s not a printing error, the image it features was not supposed to be there in the first place. 

Collectors are crazy for this notorious card, like this one who bought an SGC grade-8 C-3PO Goldenrod error card for $500 on eBay!

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Source: eBay – corvette3836

Promotional and Chase Cards

The 1977 Topps Star Wars series included a set of 11 sticker cards that were only available as box toppers. Due to lesser production compared to the Star Wars cards, the Star Wars stickers are rarer and more valuable. These Star Wars sticker cards in mint state with 9+ grades can sell for hundreds or even thousands of dollars.


Star Wars cards autographed by the artists and actors can be extremely valuable, fetching up to $1,000 – $5,000 or even more for pristine condition. I found a 1977 Topps Star Wars ‘Han Solo Harrison Ford’ card #58 with Harrison Ford’s autograph that sold for $2,000

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Most Valuable Star Wars Trading Cards

Depending on the above factors, some Star Wars trading cards have sold for unexpectedly high prices! Based on those sales and auctions, here are the 12 most valuable Star Wars cards to look for!

1. 1977 Luke Skywalker #1 Rookie Card (Sold for $7,601)

The value of this card in mint or near-mint condition ranges from $4,000 to $8,000, with one card with a 9.5+ grade being auctioned for a whopping $7,600 in March. Previously, a Gem Mint PSA-10 Luke Skywalker Rookie Card was reportedly sold for $78,000, making it the most expensive Star Wars card ever sold!

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Source: eBay – Probstein123

2. 1977 Luke Walker Sticker MBA Gold Diamond (Sold for $57,600)

‘Luke Skywalker’ is the first Topps Star Wars sticker from the 1977 Series 1, which makes one of the rarest and most expensive Star Wars stickers. Finding this one in mint state is a big luck! That’s why a PSA-certified ‘Luke Skywalker’ sticker with MBA Gold Diamond seal sold at a sky-high price of $57,600 at Heritage Auctions.

3. Princess Leia Organa #5 (Sold for $$7,700)

Portrayed by the talented American actress Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia Organa is a huge and popular character in the Star Wars franchise from planet Alderaan. The Gem Mint grade-10 card featuring Princess Leia Organa sold for $7,700 in an auction in April.

4. 1977 Han Solo Harrison Ford (Sold for $6,500)

Harrison Ford’s Star Wars character, Han Solo, is hailed as one of cinema’s greatest superheroes, which makes the ‘Harrison Ford as Han Solo” a super popular card, too. I found a Gem Mint 10-grade Han Solo card sold for $6,500 on eBay.

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5. Space Pirate Han Solo (Sold for $6,335)

The fourth card from the 1977 Star Wars Series, this card shows the Space Pirate, Han Solo, posting with a gun in his hands. This card holds great significance, with one Gem Mint card selling for a whopping $6,335 in an eBay auction.

6. Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi (Sold for $6,150)

This Star Wars trading card featuring the legendary Jedi Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, is one of the most popular Star Wars cards, with one selling for $6,150 on eBay, according to PSA. Low-grade Ben Kenobi card sells for around $1,000 or less.

7. Jawas Wonder Bread (Sold for $4,250)

Wonder Bread company distributed Star Wars cards with their bread loaves, which are highly sought after today. One of these Wonder Bread cards, the 1977 Star Wars #10 featuring Jawas, the native of Tatooine, sold for $4,250 on eBay in February. 

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8. George Lucas Directs His Counterpart “Luke” (Sold for $3,245)

One of the 66 cards from the 1997 Star Wars Series 5, this card features American filmmaker George Lucas instructing actor Mark Hamill, playing Luke Skywalker. A highly rare 1977 Star Wars card to find, one in grade-9 mint state, sold for $3,245 in an eBay auction.

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Source: eBay – Forest Moon Collectables

9. Mark Hamill ‘Luke In Disguise’ Card Autographed (Sold for $3,000)

This card shows a scene when Luke Skywalker disguised himself as a stormtrooper in the film, “Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.” Hamill’s autographed “Luke In Disguise” card in mint state PSA certified sold for a high price of almost $3,000 on eBay.

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10. Luke Skywalker Wonder Bread (Sold for $2,475)

This rare Star Wars trading card shows Luke in a Karate Gi holding a weapon in a deserted place. While it’s not extremely rare, a Gem Mint grade-10 card released by Wonder Bread surprisingly sold for $2,475 in March.

11. The Villainous Darth Vader (Sold for $2,225)

After Luke Skywalker, Darth Lord Vader is the next most popular character in fictional cinema! Played by David Prowse, this character appeared as an antagonist in the original Star Wars trilogy and as a protagonist in the prequel trilogy. This PSA-certified grade-9 card featuring ‘the villainous Darth Vader’ sold for $2,225!

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Source: eBay – greenbowman

12. Star Wars Yoda Rookie Card (Sold for $800)

This special Star Wars trading card featuring the great teacher, philosopher, and master of the Force, Yoda, was included in the 1980 Star Wars series. Being highly collectible, an SGC-certified grade 9 mint card sold for almost $800 on eBay in February.

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Source: eBay – Junk Wax Bombs

Vintage Star Wars cards have become a collectible obsession today, which justifies their high value and demand among collectors. So, if you’re a Star Wars fan, get going for your own special Star Wars card collection using this value guide and list! Vintage Garbage Pail Kids cards are also quite precious collectibles with high monetary value!

Judith Miller
Judith Miller

Judith is an antique expert with nearly 20 years of experience in the field of antique identification and valuation. She has reviewed over 30 thousand vintage items and has worked with numerous antique shops. She enjoys seeing new places, attending antique shows and events, and sharing her knowledge with people! Know more about me

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