• The vintage (but digital) Star Wars trading cards you’ve been looking for


    http://mashable.com/2015/03/12/vintage-star-wars-trading-cards/?utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29&utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_medium=feed&utm_source=feedburnerStar Wars trading cards are back in digital form, at least. For almost as long as Star Wars movies have existed, there have been Star Wars Topps trading cards. The vintage sets from 1977 are coveted items that bring back fond memories of buying the packs at the corner store praying, as you unwrapped the waxy packaging, that a rare one was hidden among the small stack of brightly colored cards.

    These days, teens who may have collected the cards are now busy staring at screens only slightly larger than trading cards. But like everything else, trading cards have slowly but surely made the transition to digital.

    Topps sold 50 million digital packs last year, according to the company, most of which were sports-related, which works out to as many as 10 packs per second. These digital packs have not had the vintage feel and focus of yesteryear, however — until now.

    In December, when Star Wars revealed the names of key characters for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens film (all of whom appeared in the blockbuster trailer), the images arrived on 1977 vintage-style Star Wars trading cards.

    That launched a wave a nostalgia, but no collector thought it would lead to anything more.

    Then, on Thursday, Topps launched a new Star Wars Trader Card App. It will feature, in digital form, every single Star Wars trading card ever released by Topps. Read more…