The Top 15 Most Valuable Star Wars Trading Cards

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So you're wondering what the most valuable Star Wars trading cards ever sold were? Let's get in to it!

Star Wars is one of the most popular and culturally relevant movie franchises of all time, coming in at #2 with total box office earnings($10.31 billion) just 1 spot behind Marvel ($25.56 billion).

The original Star Wars movie, Episode IV — A New Hope, was released on May 25th, 1977. It was followed up by two more films released in 1980 and 1983, completing a trilogy that wouldn’t resume until 1999.

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In 1999, Episode 1 (a prequel to the originally released trilogy) hit theaters followed by Episode 2 (2002) and Episode 3 (2005). And finally, a sequel trilogy (Episodes VII, VIII, IX) was released in December 2015, 2017, and 2019 respectively, featuring some of the most epic fight scenes in cinematic history. For a breakdown of each movie, check out our article ranking the best Star Wars films in order!

The movies have spanned decades attracting different generations to their universe, setting the foundation for a highly collectible market – whether it is VHS tapes, collectible toys, comics, movie memorabilia, or trading cards. Today, we’re going to focus on the latter.

Let’s dive into the top 15 most valuable Star Wars trading cards of all time!

15. C-3PO 1977 Star Wars #207 (Anthony Daniels) Error Card PSA 10 — $4,999

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Kicking off our most valuable Star Wars trading cards is perhaps one of the most awkward cards to ever grace our lists. This C-3PO error card (just 5 copies in a PSA 10) looks like he's "excited" but it's actually just an unfortunate angle and a "wardrobe malfunction". This sale sale of $4,999 took place on May 11th, 2020. 

14. Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi 1977 Star Wars Topps Series 1 #6 PSA 10 — $6,150

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This 1977 Obi-Wan Kenobi card has just 15 copies in a PSA 10 and was sold for $6,150 on 1/29/2021. 

Obi-Wan is another OG character from the original Star Wars trilogy and his character shows up again (this time played by Ewan McGregor) in Star Wars Episodes 1 through 3. 

There’s also a TV series about the character, called “Obi-Wan Kenobi” keeping the character relevant for collectors. 

This card previously sold for $817 in 2019, representing a 652% increase in just 2 years.

13. Han Solo Space Pirate 1977 Topps Series 1 #4 PSA 10 — $6,335

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This 1977 Topps Series 1 Han Solo was sold via eBay in February 2021 for $6,335. 

Harrison Ford played Han Solo in the original Star Wars trilogy and reprised his role for a short cameo in The Rise of Skywalker (2019). 

There are just 10 copies of this card in a PSA 10 grade. 

It previously sold for $350 in August 2017, appreciating 1,710% since that sale. 

12. Luke Skywalker 1977 Star Wars Wonder Bread #1 PSA 10 — $7,000

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There were multiple copies of this Wonder Bread Luke Skywalker 1977 Star Wars trading card that sold for multiple thousands of dollars, but at a $7,000 sale in March 2021, this is the record. 

Wonder Bread distributed 1 of these trading cards per loaf of bread and what might have been a marketing tactic at first has now become a bonafide collectible in the Star Wars universe. 

There are 66 copies of this card in a PSA 10 grade. 

11. Darth Vader 1977 Star Wars Wonder Bread #5 PSA 10 — $8,000

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Darth Vader is the main villain in the Star Wars universe and is a highly popular character. The Wonder Bread Star Wars set released in 1977 is viewed as an “alternative rookie” to these characters. 

This example sold for a record-high $8,000 in March 2021 and there are just 29 copies graded in a PSA 10. 

A copy of this card sold for $431 in December 2020, appreciating 1,756% in just a few months. 

10. 1977 Topps Star Wars Princess Leia Organa PSA 10 – $10,500

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Heritage Auctions

Here we have undeniably one of the most iconic characters in Star Wars lore. Princess Leia is one of the first people we meet in Lucas’ original film, and she quickly became a key player in the big-hearted Rebel Alliance. Leia’s first trading card only has 12 PSA 10s, and the one shown above recently ended at just over $10,000.

9. Mark Hamill 2015 Topps Star Wars Masterwork Autograph PSA 10 – $13,000

Mark Hamill 2015 Topps Star Wars Masterwork Auto

Next up, we have a sharp on-card autograph of legendary actor Mark Hamill. Hamill has had a prolific career both on stage and as an acclaimed voice actor. But his most famous role is his iconic performance as Luke Skywalker, the protagonist of the franchise’s first trilogy. This autograph from 2015 Topps Star Wars Masterworks received a flawless Gem Mint 10 grade, and it sold for $13,000 on eBay in August 2023.

8. 1977 Star Wars Jawas Wonder Bread PSA 10 – $13,500

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Our #8 spot actually didn’t come out of a pack, but rather a loaf of bread. The ‘77 Wonder Bread set is up there on the list of popular alternative trading cards, and the black border on them makes the condition extremely sensitive. Therefore, seeing a PSA 10 copy brings in a four to five-figure sum, just like the Jawa we see here.

7. 2020 Topps Star Wars Masterwork Ultra Autograph Booklet 1/1 – $15,677

2020 Topps Star Wars Masterwork Ultra Autograph Booklet
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We weren’t able to access the actual sold card from 2022, but this booklet shown above includes all of the autographs from the 2020 Topps Masterwork set. In addition to the names shown above, Ian McDiarmid, Caroline Blakiston, Jeremy Bulloch, and Denis Lawson all have a signature on the elusive 10-autograph booklet. This comprises many of the iconic characters from the original trilogy, and it’s card we likely won’t see pop up anytime soon.

6. 2014 Star Wars James Earl Jones Chrome Perspectives Superfractor Autograph 1/1 BGS 9.5 – $19,260

2014 Star Wars James Earl Jones Chrome Perspectives Superfractor Auto

James Earl Jones is one of the most distinguished actors of the 20th century, and he also provided the iconic voice of Darth Vader. This set from 2014 Topps Chrome Star Wars Perspectives features a limited autograph checklist of the series’ most beloved actors. The 1/1 copy for Jones, shown above, sold for just shy of $20,000 this year.

5. 2022 Topps Star Wars Chrome Galaxy Darth Vader Superfractor 1/1 PSA 9 – $24,600

2022 Star Wars Galaxy Darth Vader Superfractor

Vader is one of the most notorious and recognizable villains in all of fiction, so it makes sense for him to have a collectibles market. This card is the only one stemming from the Star Wars Galaxy set, which has become a fan favorite for collectors in recent years. The PSA 9 slab shown above is Vader’s 1/1 superfractor from the set. It last sold for $24,600 in June 2023.

4. 2015 Star Wars Mark Hamill Chrome Perspectives Superfractor Autograph 1/1 BGS 9 – $32,100

2015 Star Wars Mark Hamill Chrome Perspectives Superfractor Auto

Here is Hamill’s second signature on this list, but this one is a 1/1 parallel. It also features a snapshot from Luke’s iconic Jedi training montage from The Empire Strikes Back. The card comes from the Jedi vs. Sith set, juxtaposing nicely with the James Earl Jones autograph we looked at earlier.

3. 1977 Topps Star Wars Darth Vader MBA Gold PSA 10 – $48,000

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Heritage Auctions

This is the first trading card appearance of Lord Vader, showing him talking with a Death Star admiral. Vader’s origin story as young Anakin Skywalker would later be dramatized during the Star Wars prequels in the early 2000s. Couple that with his iconic scene presence, and you have a character that is beloved across generations.

2. 1977 Topps Star Wars Luke Skywalker Sticker MBA Gold PSA 10 – $57,600

1977 Star Wars Sticker Luke Skywalker
Heritage Auctions

As rare as some of the superfractors shown earlier were, this Skywalker sticker from the original Topps series is a true diamond in the rough. The card is a pop 1 as a PSA 10, as many of these stickers were peeled off or damaged during production. It also received the desired MBA gold stamp.  As a result, it’s no surprise why this stunner sold for over $57,000.

1. 1977 Topps Star Wars Luke Skywalker MBA Gold PSA 10 – $78,000

1977 Star Wars Luke Skywalker

This 1977 card comes from the Topps Series 1 Star Wars set and is Skywalker’s first appearance in trading cards. These cards are over 45 years old, but the colorful blue border and crisp design has been replicated in various sets over the years. Although 2,600 of these Skywalker cards have been graded by PSA, only NINE have received the coveted Gem Mint 10. This one is distinguished by its MBA certification, which notes it as one of the highest-quality PSA 10s in existence. It sold for $78,000 just a few weeks back, shattering the record for the most expensive Star Wars card of all time.

Which of the cards on our list of most valuable Star Wars cards would be your favorite? Shoot us a tweet @137pm and let us know!

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