1993 Topps Star Wars Galaxy might not be one of the most valuable trading card sets in the franchise's storied history, but it is one of the most important. Not only did it bring Star Wars back to the hobby, it brought a new artistic angle that went far beyond the film stills and behind-the-scenes shots that made up the original sets.
The entire 1993 Topps Star Wars Galaxy set is dedicated to art. Some of it's original, some of it showcasing existing art from various corners of the Star Wars Universe. Clocking in at 140 cards, it's one of the most diverse Star Wars trading card sets. Besides a title card and a checklist at the start and end, the set is divided into four main sections. "Personality" looks at the main characters of the original franchise. Card fronts feature painted portraits by Joe Smith. "The Design of Star Wars" explores early concept art, demonstrating how characters and sets evolved. "The Art of Star Wars" reprints artwork used on various products and promotional items over the years. Write-ups also offer a nice background on the featured pieces. For Star Wars collectors whose collections go beyond cards, there's some great information on many rare pieces. Finally, "New Visions" presents all-new artwork from many top illustrators and comic book artists. They all have their own distinct style and present characters in varied lights. This subset became a cornerstone for the line, which has had seven total sets now.
1993 Topps Star Wars Galaxy has just one insert set. Six Etched Foil cards fit together to form a puzzle. Cards are inserted 1:18 packs.
Redemption cards are randomly inserted in packs good for a random artist autograph. The cards are signed base cards with no other distinguishing marks. Because it's so easy to get similar autographs at conventions or through the mail, these signed cards don't carry a lot of value. Today, the redemption cards are much more desired by collectors.
Topps also issued 10,000 factory sets. Each came packaged inside a container shaped like the Millennium Falcon. The 140-card base set is slightly different, boasting foil hints. The Etched Foil cards are replaced by six similar Holofoil cards. Other extras include an exclusive Darth Vader Hologram and promo card 0. Each set also has a random artist autograph.