"SAN ANTONIO -- The Force is definitely in the cards for local artist Cat Staggs.
Besides wielding pencils and markers the way most Jedi wield lightsabers, Staggs wields quite a reputation as a "Star Wars" artist, illustrating numerous trading cards and other works for the sci-fi franchise.
Staggs channels the Force of her talents yet again with 75 original sketch cards and a full-painted base card for the new "Star Wars" Galaxy set, a trading card series now in stores.
For Staggs, 36, that galaxy far, far away has been one she's drawn from since she was a kid. "As soon as that Star Destroyer flew over my head. ..," Staggs says of the opening to "Star Wars: Episode IV _ A New Hope."
That passion shows in her many "Star Wars" sketch cards, each an original work of art she crafts right on the card.
A sketch card is a very rare and therefore very collectible hand-illustrated card, a one-of-a-kind catch in the sea of mass-produced trading cards for a series. Prices vary on the secondary market, though some sketch cards sell on eBay for hundreds of dollars apiece.
Of Staggs' 75 Galaxy sketch cards done in marker, 25 of them are in packs exclusive to Target stores. (The Target exclusive sketch cards are all red and all bad guys such as Darth Vader and Darth Maul.) The other sketch cards, which feature "Star Wars" heroes such as Han Solo and Luke Skywalker, are in packs you'd find in comic and hobby shops.
David Waldeck, entertainment/licensing editor at Topps, says the odds of picking a Staggs' sketch card from the Galaxy set are 1 in 5,300. Rare treats, indeed."