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Old 11-06-2016, 08:02 PM   #1
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Oddly enough I can't find a thread on here for this set. I'm guessing it was nested in the "X number of Topps Star Wars sets in 2016" megathread haha.

2016 Topps Star Wars High Tek Hobby Box - $64.95 : Blowout Cards - Sports Cards and Trading Cards Wholesale Online Store

Configuration: 1 pack per box. 8 cards per pack.

The Fan-Favorite Topps High Tek Star Wars returns to hobby stores in November!

Look for: new foil patterns, new short prints, on-card autographs featuring favorite characters from across the Star Wars universe!


PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

BASE CARDS
Phenomenal base cards feature the most iconic names throughout the galaxy with diverse foil patterns and colors.
- Blue Rainbow Foil-Numbered to 99
- Gold Rainbow Foil-Numbered to 50
- Orange MAGMA Diffractor-Numbered to 25
- Green Cube Diffractor-Numbered to 10
- Red Orbit Diffractor-Numbered to 5
- Black Galactic Diffractor-Numbered 1/1
- Printing Proofs-Numbered 1/1


INSERT CARDS
The Force Awakens within 3 different insert card sets

Living Tek
Showcasing the technologically advanced characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- Sequentially numbered to 50

Armor Tek
Die-cut cards featuring armor worn in Star Wars:The Force Awakens.
- Sequentially numbered to 50.

Pilots and Vehicles
Amazing vehicles and the talented characters that pilot them.
- Sequentially numbered to 50

AUTOGRAPH CARDS

Hi-Tek ON-CARD Autographs
Highlighting actors from the entire Star Wars galaxy, featuring on-card autographs

Parallels

Parallels
- Blue Rainbow Parallel-Sequentially #'d to 75.
- Gold Rainbow Parallel-Sequentially #'d to 50.
- Orange MAGMA Diffractor Parallel-Sequentially #'d to 25.
- Green Cube Diffractor Parallel-Sequentially #'d to 10.
- Red Orbit Diffractor Parallel-Sequentially #'d to 5.
- Black Galactic Diffractor Parallel-Numbered 1/1.
- Printing Proofs-Numbered 1/1.

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Old 11-06-2016, 08:05 PM   #2
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Wanted to break this out from the main post, but Topps said on FB that they'd talk about stickers vs on-card for this set in their Q&A tomorrow. I feel with the releases so closely together that it'll be stickers again for the main cast who have stickers in Masterwork.


And on another note, I reached out to iFish to see about a box draft versus hit draft for this set. Personally I think this is better busted by a box at once versus hits since some slots may not appear (like Pattern 5 parallels) so it's safer and boxes are pretty cheap too.
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Old 11-06-2016, 08:13 PM   #3
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I didn't buy any of this set, and I'm trying to figure out why it was so popular. Doesn't seem much different from, say, 2016 MW or getting a hobby box of nearly any other set. You still only get one auto of a minor character for a large price and only a few base cards. Can someone explain

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Old 11-06-2016, 08:35 PM   #4
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I didn't buy any of this set, and I'm trying to figure out why it was so popular. Doesn't seem much different from, say, 2016 MW or getting a hobby box of nearly any other set. You still only get one auto of a minor character for a large price and only a few base cards. Can someone explain
I think the first High Tek was good because we had full body shots of the characters instead of movie stills and on card autos is always a win.

However, after the events of MW I fear for sketches and on card being in this set like we'd assume.

I also am curious if the release date is pushed back again or not.
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Old 11-06-2016, 08:58 PM   #5
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It topps didn't get on card autos of the A names in Masterwork, why would this have them? That would make no sense because of how close they are in release dates.
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Old 11-06-2016, 09:28 PM   #6
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I didn't buy any of this set, and I'm trying to figure out why it was so popular. Doesn't seem much different from, say, 2016 MW or getting a hobby box of nearly any other set. You still only get one auto of a minor character for a large price and only a few base cards. Can someone explain

High Tek cards are clear; see-through. IMO, that is a big part of the appeal
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Old 11-06-2016, 10:24 PM   #7
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I realy loved the look of last years cards. but surfaces were horrible ........ scratches galore.
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Old 11-07-2016, 09:01 AM   #8
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It topps didn't get on card autos of the A names in Masterwork, why would this have them? That would make no sense because of how close they are in release dates.
Yeah that's what I said in my 2nd post. Unless for some reason masterwork was signed before high tek and not together, because MW was pushed back a month or two.
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Old 11-07-2016, 11:06 PM   #9
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Last years offering was awesome, really hope sticker autos aren't part of this set.
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Old 11-08-2016, 07:23 AM   #10
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This just ruins Tek for me....

- Blue Rainbow Foil-Numbered to 99
- Gold Rainbow Foil-Numbered to 50
- Orange MAGMA Diffractor-Numbered to 25
- Green Cube Diffractor-Numbered to 10

- Red Orbit Diffractor-Numbered to 5
- Black Galactic Diffractor-Numbered 1/1

Some color is fine.... this many colors is just overkill. I LOVED the Cloud Diffractors /25... why ruin it with Orange MAGMA being /25? And add Green Cube? I'm not a fan... and after seeing the main cast autos in Masterwork being sticker autos... if that happens in Tek.... it will totally destroy the product. Unless I missed it... I don't think I've ever seen a Tek card with a sticker auto.
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Old 11-08-2016, 08:02 AM   #11
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This just ruins Tek for me....

- Blue Rainbow Foil-Numbered to 99
- Gold Rainbow Foil-Numbered to 50
- Orange MAGMA Diffractor-Numbered to 25
- Green Cube Diffractor-Numbered to 10

- Red Orbit Diffractor-Numbered to 5
- Black Galactic Diffractor-Numbered 1/1

Some color is fine.... this many colors is just overkill. I LOVED the Cloud Diffractors /25... why ruin it with Orange MAGMA being /25? And add Green Cube? I'm not a fan... and after seeing the main cast autos in Masterwork being sticker autos... if that happens in Tek.... it will totally destroy the product. Unless I missed it... I don't think I've ever seen a Tek card with a sticker auto.
A lot will depend if these are single variations (like the Clouds in Tek last year) or all pattern variations (like the Red / Black ones). I suspect the greens may be the same as the reds, but all the others will be singles.

Hopefully we'll know in advance too.

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Old 11-09-2016, 06:04 AM   #12
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and after seeing the main cast autos in Masterwork being sticker autos... if that happens in Tek.... it will totally destroy the product. Unless I missed it... I don't think I've ever seen a Tek card with a sticker auto.
and it happens

Autographs from Star Wars’ top stars – Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Jon Boyega, Anthony Daniels, Andy Serkis and Freddie Prinze Jr. – are also included as sticker autographs.

https://www.topps.com/blog/swhightek16/
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and it happens

Autographs from Star Wars’ top stars – Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Jon Boyega, Anthony Daniels, Andy Serkis and Freddie Prinze Jr. – are also included as sticker autographs.

https://www.topps.com/blog/swhightek16/
Unbelievable. Stickers on acetate cards. It's official, Topps has lost their minds.
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Sell sheet clearly states on card and shows 2 of the signers who are now stickers.

Topps should be ashamed.

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Old 11-09-2016, 07:33 AM   #15
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The thing that amazes me is the lack of accountability, after the Masterwork fiasco and now High Tek stickers, add to this the sketch card issue for the Walking Dead. If I received that many complaints about the products I am in charge of at my place of work I am pretty sure that I would be out if a job by now!


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There is nothing to be held accountable for as long as there is a profit. The true decision makers don't care as long as the cards sell.

I urge everyone to sit this release out. Changes will only happen if we hit them where it counts.
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Wow
That's too bad .. that cards looks great. Would rather have redemptions then a sticker on a acetate card
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Sell sheet clearly states on card and shows 2 of the signers who are now stickers.

Topps should be ashamed.

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Key words on there "subject to change" they can fall behind that all they want. Shady as hell but they said it.

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The thing that amazes me is the lack of accountability, after the Masterwork fiasco and now High Tek stickers, add to this the sketch card issue for the Walking Dead. If I received that many complaints about the products I am in charge of at my place of work I am pretty sure that I would be out if a job by now!


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Walking dead has on card single autos at least! And that's not even a premium set!

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There is nothing to be held accountable for as long as there is a profit. The true decision makers don't care as long as the cards sell.

I urge everyone to sit this release out. Changes will only happen if we hit them where it counts.
Great idea but sadly it will never happen. These releases mainly sell to rippers and flippers who don't care about quality, just making a profit.

If everyone stopped buying from them on ebay for a few releases then you might see some change when they make big losses, go looking for something else to make money on and Topps suddenly finds it's pre-orders down by 50%.
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So all these will be sticker autos :
Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Jon Boyega, Anthony Daniels, Andy Serkis and Freddie Prinze Jr.
The common autos will be on card + Daisy & Driver.
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I'm going to go to work today and guarantee everyone of my clients a 20% annual investment return on all their assets for the next twenty years.*


*subject to change.
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I'm going to go to work today and guarantee everyone of my clients a 20% annual investment return on all their assets for the next twenty years.*


*subject to change.
Trust me, I hate that, but legally they can get away with these kind of changes by stating that, and it's bs.

I should add that to my ebay listings. Mark Von Ohlen (SW Brand Manager @ Topps) bought a Piett auto from me, I could've pulled that on him then and ripped off the sticker and put it onto a card I drew of Piett. A fan made sketchograph hahaha
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Star Wars High Tek 2016 - Star Wars Saga

David Acord - Galactic Republic - GH-7 Medical Droid
Amy Allen - Jedi Order - Aayla Secura
Dee Bradley Baker - Galactic Republic - Clone Trooper
Dave Barclay - Hutt Organization - Jabba the Hutt
Jerome Blake - Jedi Order - Oppo Rancisis
Paul Blake - Underworld - Greedo
Michonne Bourriague - Underworld - Aurra Sing
Jeremy Bulloch - Underworld - Boba Fett
Scott Capurro - Star Wars Saga - Beed
Silas Carson - Separatist - Lott Dod (First time signing as this character)
Christina da Silva - Galactic Republic - Rabe - First time signer
Mark Dodson - Hutt Organization - Salacious Crumb
Julie Dolan - Star Wars Rebels - Princess Leia Organa (First time signer)
Mike Edmonds - Rebel Alliance - Logray
Ashley Eckstein - Star Wars Rebels - Ahsoka Tano
Nick Gillard - Jedi Order - Cin Drallig
Taylor Gray - Star Wars Rebels - Ezra Bridger
Tom Kane - Clone Wars - Yoda
Phil Lamarr - Clone Wars - Bail Organa
Denis Lawson - Rebel Alliance - Wedge Antilles
Jett Lucas - Jedi Order - Zett Jucasta
Rena Owen - Galactic Republic - Taun We
Mary Oyaya - Jedi Order - Luminara Unduli
Ray Park - Sith - Darth Maul
Freddie Prinze Jr. - Star Wars Rebels - Kanan Jarrus (Sticker autograph)
Hugh Quarshie - Galactic Republic - Captain Panaka
Alan Ruscoe - Hutt Organization - Bib Fortuna (First time signing as this character)
Alan Ruscoe - Jedi Order - Plo Koon (First time signing as this character)
Marc Silk - Galactic Republic - Aks Moe (First-time signer)
Tiya Sircar - Star Wars Rebels - Sabine Wren
Paul Springer - Hutt Organization - Gamorrean Guard
Stephen Stanton - Star Wars Rebels - Grand Moff Tarkin
Catherine Taber - Clone Wars - Padmé Amidala
Billy Dee Williams - Rebel Alliance - Lando Calrissian
Corey Dee Williams - Hutt Organization - Klaatu
Sam Witwer - Clone Wars - Darth Sidious (First time signing as this character)

Star Wars High Tek 2016 - Star Wars: The Force Awakens

David Acord - The Force Awakens - Guavian Death Gang Enforcer )First time signing as this character)
Sebastian Armesto - The First Order - Lieutenant Mitaka
John Boyega - The Resistance - Finn (Sticker autograph)
Anna Brewster - The Force Awakens - Bazine Metal
Tosin Cole - The Resistance - Lieutenant Bastian (First-time signer)
Aidan Cook - The Force Awakens - Bobbajo
Aidan Cook - The Force Awakens - Strono "Cookie" Tuggs (First time signing as this character)
Anthony Daniels - The Resistance - C-3PO (Sticker autograph)
Warwick Davis - The Force Awaken - Wollivan
Mark Dodson - The Force Awakens - Prashee
Adam Driver - The First Order - Kylo Ren
Emun Elliott - The Resistance - Major Brance
Carrie Fisher - The Resistance - General Leia Organa (Sticker autograph)
Harrison Ford - The Resistance - Han Solo (Sticker autograph)
Greg Grunberg - The Resistance - Snap Wexley
Mark Hamill - The Resistance - Luke Skywalker (Sticker autograph)
Rocky Marshall - The First Order - Colonel Datoo
Mike Quinn - The Resistance - Nien Nunb
Daisy Ridley - The Resistance - Rey
Yayan Ruhian - The Force Awakens - Tasu Leech
Tim Rose - The Resistance - Admiral Ackbar
Andy Serkis - The First Order - Supreme Leader Snoke (Sticker autograph)
Kiran Shah - The Force Awakens - Teedo
Brian Vernel - The Force Awakens - Bala-Tik
Harriet Walter - The Resistance - Doctor Kalonia
Paul Warren - The Force Awakens - Hassk Triplet


So out of all of this we have only THREE new signers!

A lot of the "First Time as this Character" autos are bs. Cool if you collect based on character and not signer, but if Adien Cook is signing as Stronto don't also have Bobbajo autos again in this set! And do we really need another person who was a Guavian Death Gang member who had no speaking lines? Hell, we have about 1,000+ people who could sign as Stormtroopers then or random aliens from background scenes.

Also, I'm seeing a lot of repeat signers as well. Greedo, Aurra Sing, tons of Jedi, Ackbar, not good.

Lastly, how can Serkis and Prinze Jr. sign MW2 on card but not High Tek 2? Makes no sense with how close these releases are!
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Old 11-09-2016, 10:39 AM   #25
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So High Tek #1 got to prices over $100 a box at its peak, obviously series 2 will not get anywhere close to this high, in fact the price should only drop.

High Tek Football went under $30 a box, now Star Wars won't go that low because there will be still be big hits to be had, but I could easily see this go down to $50 a box.

The Current price of $65 is certainly too high for a product that only yields 1 hit that is most likely to be a lower tier signer and even if it's a big name, it will be on sticker!
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