1971-72 Topps Basketball Cards

1971-72 Topps Basketball Cards

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After two years of using a taller-sized card, Topps reverted to the 2 ½ inches by 3 ½ inches standard when they printed the 1971-'72 basketball set. As they expanded the set, it probably made more sense for the company to make that switch in order to better fit the set onto its printing sheets.

Card fronts showed a player photo against a solid-colored block background. The player's head is designed to peek out of the top of the block. At the top, the team city is listed in a font that just screams 1971. The bottom uses both black and red ink. The player's name features his initials in red, and then his team's nickname appears in black, with his position in red. The backs feature a card number, player name and position at the top, with that blue box continuing down the right side and containing vital stats and a cartoon trivia question. A yellow box to the left contains a write-up and career statistics.

The set was broken into two series. Cards #1-144 featured NBA players, and #145-233 had ABA players. Two printing sheets were used to print the set, with 31 of the NBA players being double printed to fill out the second sheet. Again, a checklist card (#144) features two design variations.

Subsets include a review of the NBA playoffs on cards 133-137, the NBA statistical leaders on cards 138-143 and the ABA statistical leaders on cards 146-151. Bob Lanier, Rick Barry, Nate Archibald, Larry Brown, Dan Issel and Rudy Tomjanovich are the most prominent rookies in the set.

Key 1971-72 Topps Basketball Cards:

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NM MT 1971-72 TOPPS #81 JERRY LUCAS -KNICKS
$6.00
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1971-72 Topps DAVE COWENS (rc) *HOF* #47 Vg Vg+ CELTICS !
$18.00
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1971-72 Topps RUDY TOMAJANOVICH (rc) #91 Exmt Exmt+ ROCKETS !
$18.00
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1971-72 Topps ELVIN HAYES #120 Exmt Nrmt HOUSTON ROCKETS !!
$10.00
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1971 72 topps Rudy Tomjanovich (Rookie Card) #91 Graded
$10.00
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1971-72 Topps BILL BRADLEY *HOF* #2 Ex+ Exmt N.Y. KNICKS !
$18.00
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1971 72 Topps John Havlicek #35 Graded Beckett Basketball Card
$10.00
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Jimmy Walker Don May Archie C.1971 72 Topps Basketball StickersTrios (Card) #16
$6.99



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Set Checklist

1971-72 Topps Basketball Card Checklist

Card #Player Name
1Oscar Robertson
2Bill Bradley
3Jim Fox
4John Johnson RC
5Luke Jackson
6Don May Double Print
7Kevin Loughery
8Terry Dischinger
9Neal Walk
10Elgin Baylor
11Rick Adelman
12Clyde Lee
13Jerry Chambers
14Fred Carter
15Tom Boerwinkle Double Print
16John Block
17Dick Barnett
18Henry Finkel
19Norm Van Lier
20Spencer Haywood RC
21George Johnson
22Bobby Lewis
23Bill Hewitt
24Walt Hazzard
25Happy Hairston
26George Wilson
27Lucius Allen
28Jim Washington
29Nate Archibald RC
30Willis Reed
31Erwin Mueller
32Art Harris
33Pete Cross
34Geoff Petrie RC
35John Havlicek
36Larry Siegfried
37John Tresvant Double Print
38Ron Williams
39Lamar Green Double Print
40Bob Rule Double Print
41Jim McMillian RC
42Wally Jones
43Bob Boozer
44Eddie Miles
45Bob Love Double Print
46Claude English
47Dave Cowens RC
48Emmette Bryant
49Dave Stallworth
50Jerry West
51Joe Ellis
52Walt Wesley Double Print
53Howie Komives
54Paul Silas
55Pete Maravich Double Print
56Gary Gregor
57Sam Lacey RC
58Calvin Murphy Double Print
59Bob Dandridge
60Hal Greer
61Keith Erickson
62Joe Cooke
63Bob Lanier RC
64Don Kojis
65Walt Frazier
66Chet Walker Double Print
67Dick Garrett
68John Trapp
69Jo Jo White
70Wilt Chamberlain
71Dave Sorenson
72Jim King
73Cazzie Russell
74Jon McGlocklin
75Tom Van Arsdale
76Dale Schlueter
77Gus Johnson Double Print
78Dave Bing
79Billy Cunningham
80Len Wilkens
81Jerry Lucas Double Print
82Don Chaney
83McCoy McLemore
84Bob Kauffman Double Print
85Dick Van Arsdale
86Johnny Green
87Jerry Sloan
88Luther Rackley Double Print
89Shaler Halimon
90Jimmy Walker
91Rudy Tomjanovich RC
92Levi Fontaine
93Bobby Smith
94Bob Arnzen
95Wes Unseld Double Print
96Clem Haskins Double Print
97Jim Davis
98Steve Kuberski
99Mike Davis Double Print
100Lew Alcindor
101Willie McCarter
102Charlie Paulk
103Lee Winfield
104Jim Barnett
105Connie Hawkins Double Print
106Archie Clark Double Print
107Dave DeBusschere
108Stu Lantz Double Print
109Don Smith
110Lou Hudson
111Leroy Ellis
112Jack Marin
113Matt Guokas
114Don Nelson
115Jeff Mullins Double Print
116Walt Bellamy
117Bob Quick
118John Warren
119Barry Clemens
120Elvin Hayes Double Print
121Gail Goodrich
122Ed Manning
123Herm Gilliam Double Print
124Dennis Awtrey RC
125John Hummer Double Print
126Mike Riordan
127Mel Counts
128Bob Weiss Double Print
129Greg Smith Double Print
130Earl Monroe
131Nate Thurmond Double Print
132Bill Bridges Double Print
133Playoffs G1 / Alcindor
134NBA Playoffs G2
135NBA Playoffs G3
136Playoffs G4 / Oscar
137NBA Champs / Oscar
138Alcind / Hayes / Havl League Leaders
139Alcind / Havl / Hayes League Leaders
140Green / Alcind / Wilt League Leaders
141Walker / Oscar / Williams League Leaders
142Wilt / Hayes / Alcind League Leaders
143Van Lier / Oscar / West League Leaders
144BASENBA Checklist 1-144
144NBA Checklist 1-144
145ABA Checklist 145-233
146Issel / Brisker / Scott League Leaders
147Issel / Barry / Brisker League Leaders
148ABA 2pt FG Pct Leaders
149Barry / Carrier / Keller League Leaders
150ABA Rebound Leaders
151ABA Assist Leaders
152Larry Brown RC
153Bob Bedell
154Merv Jackson
155Joe Caldwell
156Billy Paultz RC
157Les Hunter
158Charlie Williams
159Stew Johnson
160Mack Calvin RC
161Don Sidle
162Mike Barrett
163Tom Workman
164Joe Hamilton
165Zelmo Beaty RC
166Dan Hester
167Bob Verga
168Wilbert Jones
169Skeeter Swift
170Rick Barry RC
171Billy Keller RC
172Ron Franz
173Roland Taylor RC
174Julian Hammond
175Steve Jones RC
176Gerald Govan
177Darrell Carrier RC
178Ron Boone RC
179George Peeples
180John Brisker
181Doug Moe RC
182Ollie Taylor
183Bob Netolicky RC
184Sam Robinson
185James Jones
186Julius Keye
187Wayne Hightower
188Warren Armstrong RC
189Mike Lewis
190Charlie Scott RC
191Jim Ard
192George Lehmann
193Ira Harge
194Willie Wise RC
195Mel Daniels RC
196Larry Cannon
197Jim Eakins
198Rich Jones
199Bill Melchionni RC
200Dan Issel RC
201George Stone
202George Thompson
203Craig Raymond
204Freddie Lewis RC
205George Carter
206Lonnie Wright
207Cincy Powell
208Larry Miller
209Sonny Dove
210Byron Beck RC
211John Beasley
212Lee Davis
213Rick Mount RC
214Walt Simon
215Glen Combs
216Neil Johnson
217Manny Leaks
218Chuck Williams
219Warren Davis
220Donnie Freeman RC
221Randy Mahaffey
222John Barnhill
223Al Cueto
224Louie Dampier RC
225Roger Brown RC
226Joe DePre
227Ray Scott
228Arvesta Kelly
229Vann Williford
230Larry Jones
231Gene Moore
232Ralph Simpson RC
233Red Robbins RC

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