1969-70 Topps Basketball Cards

1969-70 Topps Basketball Cards

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Topps' first basketball card set in over a decade is a 99-card set that is known to collectors as tall boys due to the fact that they were made much taller than standard cards. They were still 2 ½ inches wide, but were 4 11/16 inches tall (the same size as 1964-'65 Topps hockey and 1965 Topps football). The taller format actually served the basketball players well.

Cards showed a player inside an oval-shaped frame, with his head occasionally peeking out over the top of the line. Each corner was given a basketball icon in black ink. The player's name appeared in red along the top, along with his position in black ink. His team city was listed at the bottom in red ink. The border around the player was white. Backs feature a blue circle with the card number inside, along with the player's name and vital statistics at the top. A short write-up and year-by-year career statistics follow on a salmon-colored field. Below that, a circle that appears to be dropping into a hoop contains a cartoon.

As the first nationally-issued basketball set in several years, it contains a lot of first-time players. The biggest name among these rookies is Lew Alcindor (later to be named Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). Other big-name rookies include Bill Bradley, Dave Bing, John Havlicek, Earl Monroe, Willis Reed, Don Nelson, Wes Unseld, Nate Thurmond and Walt Frazier. Another first-time Hall of Famer would be Dave DeBusschere, if not for some baseball cards during the 1960s when he pitched for the Chicago White Sox.

The set was issued in one series, and all 99 cards were printed together on one sheet. It has been determined that the checklist card was on the lower right corner and therefore more prone to damage from the process or printing and packaging than others. As a result, it is a tough card to find in decent shape, even considering the normal issues they have with being marked up.

Key 1969-70 Topps Basketball Cards:


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Set Checklist

1969-70 Topps Basketball Card Checklist

Card #Player Name
1Wilt Chamberlain
2Gail Goodrich RC
3Cazzie Russell RC
4Darrall Imhoff RC
5Bailey Howell
6Lucius Allen RC
7Tom Boerwinkle RC
8Jimmy Walker RC
9John Block RC
10Nate Thurmond RC
11Gary Gregor
12Gus Johnson RC
13Luther Rackley
14Jon McGlocklin RC
15Connie Hawkins RC
16Johnny Egan
17Jim Washington
18Dick Barnett RC
19Tom Meschery
20John Havlicek RC
21Eddie Miles
22Walt Wesley
23Rick Adelman RC
24Al Attles
25Lew Alcindor RC
26Jack Marin RC
27Walt Hazzard RC
28Connie Dierking
29Keith Erickson RC
30Bob Rule RC
31Dick Van Arsdale RC
32Archie Clark RC
33Terry Dischinger RC
34Henry Finkel RC
35Elgin Baylor
36Ron Williams
37Loy Petersen
38Guy Rodgers
39Toby Kimball
40Billy Cunningham RC
41Joe Caldwell RC
42Leroy Ellis RC
43Bill Bradley RC
44Len Wilkens Error
45Jerry Lucas RC
46Neal Walk RC
47Emmette Bryant RC
48Bob Kauffman RC
49Mel Counts RC
50Oscar Robertson
51Jim Barnett RC
52Don Smith
53Jim Davis
54Wali Jones RC
55Dave Bing RC
56Wes Unseld RC
57Joe Ellis
58John Tresvant
59Larry Siegfried RC
60Willis Reed RC
61Paul Silas RC
62Bob Weiss RC
63Willie McCarter
64Don Kojis RC
65Lou Hudson RC
66Jim King
67Luke Jackson RC
68Len Chappell RC
69Ray Scott
70Jeff Mullins RC
71Howie Komives
72Tomnders RC
73Dick Snyder
74Dave Stallworth RC
75Elvin Hayes RC
76Art Harris
77Don Ohl
78Bob Love RC
79Tom Van Arsdale RC
80Earl Monroe RC
81Greg Smith
82Don Nelson RC
83Happy Hairston RC
84Hal Greer
85Dave DeBusschere RC
86Bill Bridges RC
87Herm Gilliam RC
88Jim Fox
89Bob Boozer
90Jerry West
91Chet Walker RC
92Flynn Robinson RC
93Clyde Lee
94Kevin Loughery RC
95Walt Bellamy
96Art Williams
97Adrian Smith RC
98Walt Frazier RC
99Checklist 1-99

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