Just Rip It pulled The Holy Grail of Star Wars cards -a pack-fresh 1977 Topps C-3PO ummm “error” card. Yeah, we’ll call it the “error” card. See makes this card so unique and valuable enough to make The Greatest Pulls of All-Time.
The 1977 Topps Star Wars cards are incredibly cool to collect; we’re talking about the greatest movie of all-time here. When the movie dropped on May 25th, 1977, lives were changed. You were already into collecting Topps sports cards so the marriage here was perfect: Topps and Star Wars cards. When the first series was released in June of 1977, you admired every card pulled from your packs as you saw Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan, Princess Leia, and – wait – what is going on with C-3PO?! Ah, the C-3PO ummm “error” card.
During filming of the movie there apparently was a little goofing off and Anthony Daniels, the actor that played C-3PO, had an extra part on the costume. That extra part isn’t exactly G-Rated. This picture made its way into 1977 Topps Star Wars Series 1 pack as card number 207. After the cards were released a new card was released with the “extra part” airbrushed out.
Today the error card is pretty valuable and like the Billy Ripken F Face, collectors everywhere wanted to own one. The last PSA 10 copy sold for $4,999. That’s why when Just Rip It pulled the error card, they got a little …excited.
Checking the PSA Pop report, there are just 5 of the C-3PO error cards graded PSA 10, and 83 (34 of which have qualifiers) PSA 9. You’re never guaranteed a high-grade on a card but pack-fresh has to be the best chance!
What we love about vintage pulls is that you truly have no idea how many of the desired cards are still in the wild. With modern, high-end products, the big hits are numbered. With social media and the massive following our hobby has we pretty much know when “the chase cards” have been pulled. Is this the last C-3PO error card we will ever see pulled from a pack? How many sealed 1977 Topps Series 1 Star Wars packs are still sealed? Only time will tell! If you hit a C-3PO error card in your next 1977 Topps Star Wars pack break we’d love to hear from you! Reach out any time at firstname.lastname@example.org or any of our socials.