1979 Star Trek Trading Cards (Topps)

With licensing from Paramount, Topps released the 1979 Star Trek trading cards as a compliment to the first Star Trek movie. The set is officially titled 1979 Star Trek The Motion Picture. While not as popular as the 1967 Star Trek or 1976 Star Trek cards, I personally find many of the images to be more appealing than found in earlier sets. Of course, this is just an opinion. These Star Trek cards were distributed to the United States and UK.

The 1979 Topps Star Trek card set consists a total of 88 cards and 22 stickers (just like the 1976 set). The cards and stickers were 2.5″ x 3.5″ in size. Each box contained 36 packs and each pack contained 10 movie photo cards, 1 sticker, and a stick of gum. Although the 1979 Star Trek trading cards are a little better centered than the 1976 set, gum and wax stains are still common.

A Deeper Look at the Cards

So what to the 1979 Star Trek trading cards look like? Let’s start with the front. Each card featured an image from the movie (or a behind the scenes image) and had a thin border around it in either yellow, red, or blue. Surrounding that, the main border is white. At the top of the card, in yellow (or red if the border was yellow), was the title of the card. And each card’s number is found in the top, right hand side. At the very bottom of the card, in small print, you’ll find the copyright info.

The back of the card featured either character or actor information, a synopsis of part of the movie, or a puzzle piece. There were a total of three puzzles made up by the card set.

What About the Stickers?

Each sticker featured a blue background with an image of a character or ship. Many of the main characters are surrounded by a pinkish colored border, while the ships and mostly secondary characters are surrounded by a blue viewscreen, of sorts. With the exception of card number 12, they all have puzzle-backs, which make up a fourth puzzle for the set. Card #12 gives you a small version of what the puzzle will look like.

If you’re interested, Topps released Star Trek stickers in 1976 as well. You might also want to take a look at 1979 Star Trek stickers by Paul’s Ice Cream.

Wax Packs

The wax packs are purple with a yellow stencil-styled image of Captain James T Kirk and Science Officer Spock. The logo for the set appears at the top in yellow, which says, “Star Trek The Motion Picture”. Underneath this, you’ll find copyright and trademark information. In the lower right hand side of the pack, it also lets you know that each pack includes “10 movie photo cards, 1 sticker, 1 stick of bubble gum”. At the bottom of the pack, in small print, you’ll find the licensing information.

List of 1979 Star Trek Trading Cards and Stickers

Below is a list of the 88 1979 Star Trek trading cards and 22 stickers from this set.

1979 Cards

  1. The Motion Picture
  2. Toward The Unknown
  3. Space Intruder
  4. Fate Of The Klingons
  5. Warning From Space
  6. “Our Starcrafts—Annihilated!”
  7. Enterprise In Drydock
  8. Rebuilding The Enterprise
  9. Filming ‘Drydock’ Sequence
  10. James T.Kirk
  11. Captain Kirk’s Mission
  12. Dr.’Bones’ Mccoy
  13. Executive Officer Decker
  14. Navigator Ilia
  15. Uhura
  16. Helmsman Sulu
  17. Engineer Scott
  18. Sec. Chief Chekov
  19. Dr. Christine Chapel
  20. Janice Rand
  21. The Vulcan Mr. Spock
  22. Spock On Planet Vulcan
  23. The Ufp Assembled
  24. Being From Beyond
  25. The Face Of Terror
  26. Lizard-Like Diplomat
  27. Not Of This Earth
  28. Alien Insectoid
  29. The Unearthly
  30. The Andorians
  31. Advanced Life Form
  32. Betel’s Attendant
  33. Andorian-Close-Up
  34. The U.S.S. Enterprise
  35. Back In Operation!
  36. Refurbished Starship
  37. Enterprise-Rear View
  38. Return To The Bridge
  39. The Senior Officers
  40. View From The Bridge
  41. Scotty’s Domain
  42. Fantastic New Devices
  43. The Engineering Deck
  44. Investigating A Malfunction
  45. Heart Of The Starship
  46. Incredible Explosion!
  47. Starship Under Attack!
  48. Assault On Chekov!
  49. Half Human
  50. Spock’s Fight For Life
  51. Into The Nameless Void
  52. Terror In The Transporter Room
  53. The Surak Craft
  54. Transporter Malfunction
  55. Zero Gravity Adventure
  56. Symbol Of Her People
  57. Exotically Beautiful Ilia
  58. Spock’s Discovery
  59. The Phaser Battle!
  60. Ilia In Sick Bay
  61. Stamina Of The Alien
  62. Filming The Shuttlecraft
  63. Star Explorer
  64. Alien Menace
  65. Star Challengers
  66. “Beam Me Down, Scotty”
  67. The Landing Party
  68. Portrait Of Vulcan
  69. Beyond Infinity
  70. The Encounter
  71. Its Secret Revealed
  72. On Spock’s Native World
  73. Spectacular Starship
  74. Welcoming Dr. Mccoy Aboard
  75. Kirk’s Last Stand
  76. Landscape Of Vulcan
  77. Klingon Warship-Rear View
  78. The Final Frontiersmen
  79. Klingon Warship
  80. Vulcan Starship-Overhead View
  81. Pride Of The Starfleet
  82. Duo For Danger
  83. The Unearthly Mr. Spock
  84. Woman From Planet Delta
  85. New Starfleet Uniforms
  86. Men With A Mission
  87. The Deltan Beauty
  88. Klingon Commander

1979 Stickers

  1. Engineer Scott
  2. Janice Rand
  3. Spock
  4. Chief Chekov
  5. Navigator Ilia
  6. Helmsman Sulu
  7. Star Explorer
  8. Dr.Christine Chapel
  9. Mr. Spock
  10. Dr. “Bones” Mccoy
  11. Uhura
  12. The Deltan Beauty
  13. The Face Of Terror
  14. Being From Beyond
  15. Advanced Life Form
  16. Exec.Officer Decker
  17. Betel’s Attendant
  18. Lizard-Like Diplomat
  19. Pride Of The Starfleet
  20. Klingon Warship
  21. The Surak Craft
  22. Spectacular Starship

Value of 1979 Star Trek Trading Cards

You can usually pick up a complete set for around $25 without the stickers and $35 with the stickers. Individual cards typically run around $0.50 to $1.00. For professionally graded cards, you’ll pay a premium of about $6.00 for MINT, or $20 for GEM MINT. You’ll find the stickers value out slightly more.

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