Published Set: stoney417 - All PSA 9 Set

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In the early months of 1977, specially marked loaves of Wonder Bread contained free Star Wars trading cards as a promotion. One card could be found sliding around in each loaf of bread. A mail-away offer enabled you to get a complete set of mint cards along with a special holder. The complete Wonder Bread set contains just 16 trading cards with images on the fronts and descriptions on the backs. The front of each card has a fragile black border and the back of each one is white. Because of this, any chip on the front of the card or discoloration on the back is easier to see. These factors make each card condition sensitive. The cards are copyrighted by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation. I remember going through countless loaves of bread at the grocery store searching for the different cards in an attempt to make a complete set. I was nine years old at the time. The promotion only lasted a little over a month and I was not successful in getting all 16 cards. If you pressed down on the thin bread wrapper, usually on the side or bottom of the loaf, you could see which card was inside. When you took the card out of the loaf, it smelled like bread and was kind of oily. The cards in this set were never inserted into loaves of bread. Most of these graded cards came from a group of over 2,700 near mint to gem mint condition Wonder Bread cards that I purchased from a non-sports card dealer in 2005 for $900. When I purchased the cards, I found them sorted into 170 sets and each set of 16 cards was stored in its own 25-count hinged plastic card container for protection. Since these cards do not come in packs or boxes like other trading card sets, this preservation measure kept the cards in pristine condition despite being previously handled. Some collectors refer to the Wonder Bread cards as "the rookie set" for the Star Wars line of trading cards since it came out before the familiar Topps set of 330 cards and 55 stickers in 1977. Further indication of this is that only one character, alien, droid or spaceship is featured on each card. These were probably the first Star Wars trading cards that people started collecting and they just might be the most valuable. All of the cards in this set have a PSA 9 Mint grade. There are 6 autographed cards in this set and they are highlighted with blue borders. The autographs are from the following actors: Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) on card #1, Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) on card #3, James Earl Jones (voice of Darth Vader) on card #5, Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) on card #7 and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) on cards #9 and #13. Vintage promotional store displays and Wonder Bread bags are shown at the end of this set. Dedicated to my little Katrina.
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