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ESB to RoTJ Transition Cards

Postby Leemcl » Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:14 pm

I have just picked up a Cloud Car Pilot “Transition” cardback / open Figure ESB to RotJ Card with sticker over Logo from eBay member forestcutter10 (Paul who is great as a seller by the way - his collection of card backs are immense )

While I await the arrival of the figure / cardback - can anyone give me some background on the Transition cardbacks, what shops did they hit. How rare are they overall how desired are they ?

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Re: ESB to RoTJ Transition Cards

Postby wrighty » Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:11 am

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Re: ESB to RoTJ Transition Cards

Postby Cardbackkid » Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:31 am

I believe they are Canadian .

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Re: ESB to RoTJ Transition Cards

Postby Caswellbot » Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:38 am

Get in touch with Scott Bradley.

Basically overstock esb figures re-marketed as jedi wave through the use of the sticker to cover the esb logo. The Canadian market was a bit behind the US and so these filled shelves nicely until genuine Canadian jedi carded figures were released.

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Re: ESB to RoTJ Transition Cards

Postby subzero » Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:35 am

Wow, another type of cardback I didn't know existed, you learn something new every day.
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Re: ESB to RoTJ Transition Cards

Postby Mr-shifter » Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:46 am

If you guys want to see, imho, one of the freakiest cardbacks out there then look for the sears vacuformed figures with the transitional stickers. Super rare and very odd to look at.
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Re: ESB to RoTJ Transition Cards

Postby Mr-shifter » Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:47 am

And Chris, it’s great to see you still around.

I remember the ccp you had fo sale. Almost perfect in every way. How I’m kicking myself now. £300 if I remember right.
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Re: ESB to RoTJ Transition Cards

Postby Michael Sith » Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:03 am

Mr-shifter wrote:If you guys want to see, imho, one of the freakiest cardbacks out there then look for the sears vacuformed figures with the transitional stickers. Super rare and very odd to look at.


You mean the Canadian ones, with no pic on the front and blank card on the back, think there was 7 " exclusive" figures, they do look strange but awesome at the same time.
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Re: ESB to RoTJ Transition Cards

Postby Robstyley » Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:34 am

I think I've seen these, interesting. Stick some photos up when it arrives! :)

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Re: ESB to RoTJ Transition Cards

Postby subzero » Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:13 pm

Mr-shifter wrote:If you guys want to see, imho, one of the freakiest cardbacks out there then look for the sears vacuformed figures with the transitional stickers. Super rare and very odd to look at.


OMG what a shocker, looks like a bootleg, at least there'd never be the problem of bubble damage though. :lol:

I bet there's still a roll of unused transition stickers out there somewhere hidden in the wild, what an interesting and ultra rare find that would be.

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Re: ESB to RoTJ Transition Cards

Postby Commander Clint » Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:08 pm

Kenner Canada was re-using old ESB stock. You can find a variety of card backs with the stickers on them. 47, 45, 41's, etc... The theory is, you should be able to find any ESB figure with a Tranny sticker on it.

I don't think they ordered any ESB figures in ROTJ packaging. I've only seen the first 20 ANH characters in ROTJ 65A & B, or 77 backs, like DV, Chewy, LXW, C-3PO RL, etc... Removable Limbs C-3PO being the exception. They stopped producing regular C-3PO's at that point in procuction.

Congrats on the CCP. I was watching that one myself. I've dealt with Paul recently as well. Great seller.

The cards are not that common, but do turn up fairly often. I have one card back, complete with all the stickers, in my collection. But I won't pay some of the silly money they go for.

As far as hard to find Canadian card backs, I would say the Sears vac formed, Walking R2, & 20 back Boba Fett's are way harder to find, and worth the premium prices.

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Re: ESB to RoTJ Transition Cards

Postby robpmarsh » Fri Nov 24, 2017 1:07 pm

Here's a few pics of my LH Canadian card......apparently they aren't easy to find.

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Re: ESB to RoTJ Transition Cards

Postby darth_daddius » Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:23 am

Some are easier than others, but a very cool variant. I've seen a Fett, and I have one of the only two Vaders I've heard of. I think ESB characters were easier than the first 21 as a rule of thumb - mind you, 'easier' still means tough.

It was a very clever (and very cheap) way for Kenner canada to change the ESB cards to suit the new movie. Classic!

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Re: ESB to RoTJ Transition Cards

Postby Leemcl » Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:11 pm

Received today.

Not great around the base of the bubble and edge. I fear an element of resealing might actually be necessary to display this one. Not that I have any f ing idea how to do that !

Bit disappointed if I am honest. Card back is excellent but it’s still easy to remove the figure :-(

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