Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume Three by Gary Gerani
Reviewed by Mike Kenny
Concluding the galactic adventures of George Lucas’ original trilogy, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume Three by Gary Gerani continues the comprehensive cataloging of the pocket-sized collectibles celebrating the epic finale between both sides of the Force. Introduced by and offering additional commentary throughout, former Topps Company wiz Gerani recounts the excitement of reading the film’s screenplay far ahead of release and the incredible transformation of working hand in hand with small upstart company Lucasfilm during the original film to the awe-inspiring enterprise it became by the franchise’s third chapter. In just several short pages, Gerani’s vivid memories and contagious excitement are expressed in such detail that allows readers to fully appreciate the creative thought process behind Topps’ followup to their successful Empire Strikes Back line.
Presenting the complete set of both series consisting of a whopping 220 cards and 55 stickers, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume Three once again displays the storytelling snapshots of action and adventure in crisp color with additional photos of unopened trading card wraps, vintage display boxes and nostalgic advertisement sheets also included. As bittersweet as its cinematic counterpart, Topps’ final two series capped off several years of exciting collecting for fans with Gerani’s latest work standing as a fitting farewell and warm companion piece for those yearning to have their commonly bent and damaged vintage cards beautifully honored in one lavish hardcover. Sending readers off with four limited-edition trading cards exclusively created by Abrams ComicArts, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume Three is another must-have for rebels across the galaxy.