Most of the Facebook groups that are oriented towards vintage Star Wars collecting have a community project called x of the week. Often x will be a specific figure, vehicle or license, but sometimes it can be something different such as miscards.
In my second article on Jedi News I included my one and only miscard when discussing variations.
However, there are some collectors who have a whole load of them. Here is a group shot from fellow collector David DeMarchis.
Although some miscards may be attributed to simple error, there are far too many of the same combination for this to be true for most. Many miscards were clearly intentional and were created when the packing factories were either running out of cardbacks or figures. Many of these miscards can be sort of justified such as different versions of Luke on an incorrect Luke cardback. This one makes a lot of sense and many kids would not have known or cared about the error.
But as you can see from the R5/Biker Scout combo and many of David’s collection it was clearly a case of pack them up and ship them out. This is even more apparent when you realise that the majority of miscards are found on the trilogo run where numerous errors occurred such as figures with incorrect weapons, figures with no weapons, figures with multiple weapons… There are very few miscards in the Star Wars or Empire runs and these command a high premium when they turn up on the market.
Gary Smith recently updated his collection to show us these gems.
Many of these again make sense as you have incorrectly packaged droids with different droids cardbacks, I could even buy Yoda on a Ewok or Jawa on Ugnaught! But again, notice R5-D4 and Biker Scout? And Admiral Ackbar as a Sandperson is too much of a stretch.
Looking at David’s collection again you will see some cards have been sealed upside like this one
I don’t think anybody can claim these are intentional and several of these have turned up over the years.
A word of caution when buying miscards however. The bubbles are very brittle and are the most prone to damage. I would always advise meeting collectors and dealing face to face rather than trusting to shipping. Many of the ones for sale on eBay will have cracks or holes. Collectors are correct to be wary when buying them as there has been evidence of some miscards created by unscrupulous people attempting to deceive, as ever, education is key. I wonder what the most bizarre miscard is? Can anything beat the R5-D4 combo as being the most whacky?
Photos © Richard Hutchinson, David DeMarchis, Gary Smith, Thorsten Lafos