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Sorting Out the Star Wars Universe

More and more people are playing the Star Wars CCG, but getting started can be a little daunting with all of the sets available. The difference between Star Wars and other CCGs like Magic is that most of the cards in the game are fairly readily available through good print runs of the original editions and reprints of older cards. In all cases, the original runs were black bordered while those that have been reprinted (Original, A New Hope, Hoth) are white bordered. The following charts attempt to sort out this vast universe of cards.

Standard Sets

Set/Release Date Size Status Comments/High Demand Cards
December 1995 (Limited)
February 1996 (Unlimited)
324 Out-of-Print (Limited)
Available (Unlimited)
Based on the first part of A New Hope, these cards continue to be the foundation for a beginning Star Wars player.

Darth Vader
Grand Moff Tarkin
Han Solo
Leia Organa
Luke Skywalker
Millennium Falcon
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Vader's Custom Tie
A New Hope
July 1996 (Limited)
September 1998 (Unlimited)
162 Out-of-Print (Limited)
Available (Unlimited)
Once again, based on A New Hope, this set expanded the universe with new concepts like creatures and epic events.

Death Star
Red 5
Tantive IV
Wedge Antilles
November 1996 (Limited)
October 1998 (Unlimited)
162 Out-of-Print (Limited)
Available (Unlimited)
Hoth covers the first third of The Empire Strikes Back, focusing on the battle on the Ice Planet.

Anakin's Lightsaber
Blizzard 1
Commander Luke Skywalker Rogue 1
April 1997 (Limited)
Soon (Unlimited)
180 Out-of-Print (Limited)
Coming Soon (Unlimited)
Dagobah covers the middle of The Empire Strikes Back and is divided between two story lines. In the first, Luke travels to Dagobah to learn from the Jedi Master, Yoda. Tests that improve character skills are added to the card mix. In the other story line, the Millenium Falcon is pursued through an asteroid field. This was the first set to be sold in nine card boosters instead of the standard fifteen.

Son of Skywalker
Cloud City
November 1997
180 Available The Empire Strikes Back concludes in the skys with Cloud City. This set marks the first apperance for Boba Fett and the first character with both a light and dark side version, Lando Calrissian.

Boba Fett
Captain Han Solo
Lando Calrissian
Princess Leia
Slave 1
Jabba's Palace
April 1998
180 Available The first third of Return of the Jedi is explored with Jabba's Palace. You are able to disguise yourself and try to sneak into the Palace to save those that are imprisioned.

Jabba the Hutt
Jabba's Sail Barge
Princess Leia Organa
Tamtel Skreej
Special Edition
November 1998
324 Available The first large-scale release since Premire, this edition adds scenes and concepts from the Special Edition films along with numerous other cards that were "missed" the first time through. The set is sold in packs and in Starter Decks that contain one of the best rulebooks and glossaries made for any CCG.

Ben Kenobi
Boba Fett
Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith
Death Squadron Star Destroyer
Death Star (Light Side)
Princess Organa
May 1999
- Not Available -
Death Star II
Late 1999
- Not Available -

Special Releases

Set/Release Date Size Status Comments/High Demand Cards
Premire Two-Player Introductory Set
February 1996
6 Available Produced by Parker Brothers, this game includs two set decks (one Light and one Dark) and one 15-card Premire pack. The main characters in the set are of very little use in tournament play due to restrictions.

Rebel Leader Cards
Summer 1996
2 Available Given out by Decipher representatives and in mail-in offers, these cards gave players an easy way to get decent starfighters in play early in the game.

Red Leader in Red 1
Gold Leader in Gold 1
Jedi Pack
October 1996
11 Available Decipher's "present" to the Star Wars players, this pack was a way to get some hard-to-find main characters and other cards into everyones hands. The versions of characters such as Leia and Han were not as powerful as the regular versions but were none-the-less, appreciated by the fans.

Luke's T-16 Skyhopper
Empire Strikes Back Introductory Two-Player Game
March 1997
7 Available Like the first two-player game, Parker Brothers released a number of new cards in this set based on Hoth. Once again, the main characters were much weaker than the standard counterparts.

Imperial Walker
Lone Rogue
First Anthology
May 1997
6 Available Decipher gave new players a way to get a good variety of cards along with a storage box with this anthology. Inside are two packs each from Premire (unlimited), A New Hope and Hoth, a Jedi Pack (see above) and six white-border preview cards.

Boba Fett
Commander Wedge Antilles
Death Star Assault Squadron
Hit and Run
Jabba's Influence
X-Wing Assault Squadron
Official Tournament Sealed Deck
May 1998
18 Available These were Decipher's attempt at making Star Wars playable in a sealed deck environment. The collectors box contains an 18-card fixed pack that is supposed to even the playing field along with four Premire packs (unlimited) and one A New Hope pack.
Second Anthology
July 1998
6 Available Like the First Anthology, the storage box comes with two Dagobah packs, two Cloud City packs and eight white-border Premire packs, along with six new white-border preview cards.

Flagship Operations
Mon Calamari Star Cruiser
Mon Mothma
Rapid Deployment
Enhanced Premire Packs
November 1998
6 Available These packs contain four Premire Packs (Unlimited) along with one of the six new main character cards. These cards have not only a major Star Wars character, but a build in weapon, making them some of the most powerful cards in the game. The box contains a front cut-out so that you can choose from among the main characters.

Boba Fett with Blaster Rifle
Darth Vader with Lightsaber
Han with Heavy Blaster Pistol
Leia with Blaster Pistol
Luke with Lightsaber
Obi-Wan with Lightsaber

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