As we have all come to experience over the last few weeks, there are three cards that will likely hold continuous monumental value throughout the course of the first 30 weeks. Vintage Han, Widevision Help Me Obi Wan, and Connections Sith Lords. This value could continue permanently depending on the structure of the app post week 30, but that is a long way off. So, the question is, how do you get a copy if you dont already have one of these?
NOTE: Blind trades from the main screen or master card sheet for these cards is NOT RECOMMENDED AT ALL. You will either get yourself ignored or pull up a list of accounts that own the card, but are no longer active in the game. The Fan Feed is your best bet, and even then its going to be tough.
Vintage Han in the Millennium Falcon (1500 copies)
This is the holy grail of Star Wars Card Trader, and for good reason. Like the Honus Wagner T206, circulation is greatly impacting the value, as there are far less than 1500 to trade for. As the app gets older, fewer will be available, especially as the award approaches. With so many people looking to complete their sets, or hoard extra copies in case things get nuts, the value is approaching its peak.
Bottom line, all three of these cards will take hours of work to acquire, unless you are going to pay the crazy money to get one from eBay. Han is the most extreme, and its almost better to bear down and try your best now before things get out of hand. Funny enough, its likely going to take 9 cards to get this in hand, and those 9 cards are likely going to need to include the other two in this post.
If you can put together a 9 card offer, with the Connections Sith, Obi Widevision and some other very nice inserts like Nightbrothers, Duel of the Fates WV, or multiple other Vintage cards, you might get lucky. You just need to find someone who has a dupe. I have also seen the 250 copy Sepia Film quote get some looks when combined with some serious firepower, but those are becoming increasingly difficult to get on their own.
I have owned 3 of the Vintage Han cards, stupidly trading away 2 of them for the flavor of the month before the true value of the card was uncovered. If you only have one, I would definitely think twice about trading it away. Right now it will create a huge headache trying to reacquire it, and its not a good idea unless you get some really, REALLY nice cards in return.
Widevision “Help Me Obi Wan Kenobi…” (1500 copies)
Like Vintage Han, this card is just as much about circulation as it is about anything else. As Hoarders work to stock up their enormous collections, fewer will be available than there already are. This card is almost more difficult to find than Vintage Han, as fewer people advertise that they have one for trade. Because the economy is almost iconic for Han, more people try to trade them for the ransom of their choosing. Obi wan, not so much.
As we are seeing with this holy trinity of SWCT inserts, the eBay prices are getting quite insane. That means that everyone and their mother is aware of how valuable these cards really are. I have offered 9 cards, including 3 vintage, a duel of the fates WV, and 5 other low count inserts and gotten denied on multiple occasions for this card. You almost need a Sith Connections card in your back pocket just to ensure that you can get one. I think the best option for any of these three is to find someone that is willing to trade their copy, and send them a 1:1 same card trade with a message. Tell them you are in the market, and let them go shopping. It will take quite a few of these messages to finally get a bite, but as long as you have the cards, you can likely find a suitor.
If you dont have the cards, its time to fire up the old credit card and buy some packs, or trade your collection away piece by piece to get what you need. The best option isnt always the most attractive, but most of the later releases are easily replaceable if you are hard pressed. These cards, once in your collection are not replaceable in the slightest.
Connections Sith Lords Maul and Sidious (2000 copies)
This card is one of my favorites in the game, and I am not surprised at how popular it is. The scary thing is, there is a huge gap between it and the next card in line, so you will have to find someone that is okay with losing load bearing wall for 9 support beams.
I spent about 5 hours yesterday trying to track one down for the purposes of this article, and was able to make it work with a combination of Tarkin Vintage, Nightbrothers, and Quotes with 5 other inserts to seal the deal. It was overpaying, but having given up my copy to get Vintage Han weeks ago, this was a necessary replacement.
This is a hard card to locate in the fan feed at the moment, as the release of Topps Choice and Fan’s Choice with the same character has clouded search results. The best way to search is to type in Sidious or Connections and sort through the junk.
Now, I realize that I am putting these cards on a pedestal, but my experience in trying to get them has led me to this viewpoint. I have a collection score over 80, with a huge focus on weekly inserts and sets. I have lots of insert firepower to trade away, and I still had a very difficult time. There are people out there who are working at the same speed trying to hoard as many copies of these three cards as possible, and their firepower grows mightier with each passing day. This isnt the most urgent of situations at the moment, but it will be soon as the first marathon awards come due.
Honorable Mention: Jek Porkins Topps Choice (2000 copies)
Although I have always expected Topps Choice to be a marathon set, I guess the articles never mentioned it up until yesterday with the release of Darth Maul. Because people pay attention better than I do, the value on this card has skyrocketed ever since the article was published. A word to the wise, this is now a top valued card, and its crazy how quickly things can change. I wish I had the foresight to see this coming before trading away my dupes.
If you have the whole set besides the big three (or four), its time to get on the horse. You will thank me later.