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‘Star Wars Widevision’ book reproduces movie trilogy’s trading cards

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The new book "Star Wars Widevision" reproduces a set of 120 trading cards tied to the original trilogy of "Star Wars" movies made between 1977 and 1983. Credit: Abrams

A long time ago — specifically 1995 — in a galaxy not that far, far away, Topps issued a set of 120 trading cards tied to the original trilogy of “Star Wars” movies made between 1977 and 1983.

Now all of those cards have been reproduced in the book “Star Wars Widevision” (Abrams ComicArts, $24.95), which comes out on Tuesday, April 18. The Widevision cards, in case you weren’t a collector, featured panoramic images from the movies. They were the same height as the standard Topps trading cards but twice as long so that the front could emulate the widescreen format of the films.

The book also includes the backs of each card, which are filled with scene descriptions, behind-the-scenes notes, quotes from the filmmakers and storyboards. An introduction by Gary Gerani, the original editor of the Star Wars Topps series, delves into the inspiration for the card set.

As a bonus, a packet of four new cards featuring Princess Leia and other iconic characters as well as the Millennium Falcon has been created exclusively for the book. That’s something even Darth Vader would like.

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