Many traders in Star Wars Card Trader are trying to acquire 100 (or 101) of Season 3 white base cards since Topps introduced the gold meld/shred in February 2016.
Edit: Topps changed the requirements for the gold meld as Season 3 concluded, and the base cards are now in Season 4. Months later, this post is just a historical slice of life in the app.
A new “shred” in the Smuggler’s Den was introduced in February 2016: for a 24-hour window only, 100 white base cards of the announced character could be exchanged for a gold base variant.
This has significantly changed the way that players value white cards. Many traders are trying to acquire either 100 or 101 (so that they have one white card left too) of every character, so that they are prepared for the next shred.
Kylo Ren was the last gold variant, released on March 3rd. It has now been two weeks since a gold shred. Remember, there are no guarantees that the other characters will be released as gold base variants, nor that 100 white cards will still be what is required if they are.
The following cards have already had a gold meld, and some traders view them as worth less than cards than have not been melded:
- Bail Organa
- Eeth Koth
- Ezra Bridger
- Kylo Ren*
- Lor San Tekka
- Mas Amedda (Revenge of the Sith)
- Qui Gon Jinn
- Sarco Plank
- Tusken Raider
Last updated 3/17/2016, to check on individual releases search for “gold” in All Cards.
*Kylo Ren was at the end of a week-long chase in which you had to meld all of the gold cards released or pay a higher rate. Traders trying to collect 100 of every card are anticipating that Topps will repeat this format.
Edit, April 2016: Gold cards were released for Rey, BB-8, and Leia that required cards of each color in addition to the whites. It looks like the mechanic has indeed changed going forward.