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Vintage Return of the Jedi Stickers and Album by Topps

August 25, 2012

My memories of it are a little hazy, but I’m pretty sure I had one of these albums as a kid. I recall pasting stickers in my album and opening the packs trying to find the particular ones that I was missing. I’m positive I never came close to completing the album, though. Many of the spaces in the album are multi-part images composed of 4, 6 or even 9 stickers, which I’m sure made people even more eager to buy more stickers.

The stickers were sold in boxes like this for 25 cents a pack. The album was also only 25 cents, which seems cheap, but of course it was basically a plot to rope kids into collecting the stickers. 😉 The back of the box admits as much, with this coy little note to “Mr. Dealer.” Check out the look on this kid’s face.

There were 5 stickers in each pack, and you needed 180 stickers to complete the album. I got a couple of mostly full boxes of stickers from ebay and decided to work with my 7-year-old son to finally complete an album. We must’ve opened close to 100 packs (although technically they were already open, as the glue holding the packs together had dried out long ago). Below, you can see the stack of all 180 stickers — the fruit of a couple of hours of opening and sorting. Toward the end in particular, we would only find one new sticker for every few packs, and I was getting a little worried that we might not have a complete set even with so many packs (that’s what happened when I tried to get a full set for the Jabba’s Palace Customizable Card Game set). But in the end, we were able to find them all.

The duplicates are below. It’s hard to tell from the photo, but there are quite a lot here. It’s probably half an inch thick.

Of course the idea was that you would trade with your friends to try and complete your album, but even then it would’ve been hard to get all of them. Back in the day, Topps recognized this problem. In the back of the album was a form that let kids order 10 stickers of their choice for $1 (plus a stamped envelope), so if you ended up with a few that you just couldn’t find, there was still a way to complete the album.

Here are a few sample pages. The glue on the stickers themselves had also weakened quite a bit, so we had to use glue sticks to affix the stickers to the album. Some of the multi-part images were a little difficult to complete since the stickers were sometimes not cut so they would fit together perfectly.

I’ve put together a PDF of the entire completed album, which you can download here. It’s kind of big at around 10MB, since I used full resolution images. That should allow you to zoom in and read the text if you like.

I’ll have to say, I really enjoyed putting this together.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jim Word permalink
    September 14, 2012 12:04 am

    Hey, That’s fantastic. I remember these stickers. I’m not sure what they thought a kid’s disposable income was back then, but not nearly enough to complete the album!

  2. April 20, 2018 5:11 pm

    Hi. We had this album in Brazil too. But our version was a quit different. There was a bunch of stickers showing concepts arts.

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