1972-73 Topps Basketball Cards

1972-73 Topps Basketball Cards


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In some ways, the design of the 1972-'73 Topps basketball set was an improvement over the previous year's set. While many of the subsets and the NBA/ABA separation remain from the earlier set, these cards seem to have been given an improved splash of color. Among the 1970s Topps basketball sets, this may have been the most aesthetically pleasing.

Card fronts feature a player photo. Most cards have a brightly-colored solid background, but a few do have game-action shots. The team name is rendered as a diagonal shape, with each successive letter being larger than the one before it. The only deviation from the format was with the two franchises called Rockets: a small box on those two teams contains either Houston or Denver inside. The player's name and position appear at the bottom, inside the white border area. Card backs feature a card number, name and position inside a blue box. An orange box below that contains vital stats, and another box has a short write-up about the player. A cartoon about the player appears below that, along with his career statistics. The copyright line at the bottom is different, depending on the league the player belonged.

Again, the set was split into two parts, and he NBA once again had the larger part. Cards #1-176 focused on the NBA, and ABA players showed up on cards #177-264. The subsets also broke down among the leagues. NBA All-Stars appear on cards #161-170, while ABA All-Stars can be found on cards #259-264. Yearly NBA statistical leaders appear three to a card on cards #171-176; ABA leaders also have three to a card, and they run from card #259-264. For the third year in a row, cards replaying the playoff games are included in the set, but this time, both leagues are included. NBA playoff cards are #154-159, while #241-247 recap the ABA playoffs.

The key card is Julius (Dr. J) Erving's rookie card, but he also has an ABA All-Star card as well. Other important rookies in the set include Artis Gilmore and Phil Jackson.

Key 1972-73 Topps Basketball Cards:

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Set Checklist

1972-73 Topps Basketball Card Checklist

Card #Player Name
1Wilt Chamberlain
2Stan Love
3Geoff Petrie
4Curtis Perry RC
5Pete Maravich
6Gus Johnson
7Dave Cowens
8Randy Smith RC
9Matt Guokas
10Spencer Haywood
11Jerry Sloan
12Dave Sorenson
13Howie Komives
14Joe Ellis
15Jerry Lucas
16Stu Lantz
17Bill Bridges
18Leroy Ellis
19Art Williams
20Sidney Wicks RC
21Wes Unseld
22Jim Washington
23Fred Hilton
24Curtis Rowe RC
25Oscar Robertson
26Larry Steele RC
27Charlie Davis
28Nate Thurmond
29Fred Carter
30Connie Hawkins
31Calvin Murphy
32Phil Jackson RC
33Lee Winfield
34Jim Fox
35Dave Bing
36Gary Gregor
37Mike Riordan
38George Trapp
39Mike Davis
40Bob Rule
41John Block
42Bob Dandridge
43John Johnson
44Rick Barry
45Jo Jo White
46Cliff Meely
47Charlie Scott
48Johnny Green
49Pete Cross
50Gail Goodrich
51Jim Davis
52Dick Barnett
53Bob Christian
54Jon McGlocklin
55Paul Silas
56Hal Greer
57Barry Clemens
58Nick Jones
59Cornell Warner
60Walt Frazier
61Dorie Murrey
62Dick Cunningham
63Sam Lacey
64John Warren
65Tom Boerwinkle
66Fred Foster
67Mel Counts
68Toby Kimball
69Dale Schlueter
70Jack Marin
71Jim Barnett
72Clem Haskins
73Earl Monroe
75Jerry West
76Elmore Smith RC
77Don Adams
78Wally Jones
79Tom Van Arsdale
80Bob Lanier
81Len Wilkens
82Neal Walk
83Kevin Loughery
84Stan McKenzie
85Jeff Mullins
86Otto Moore
87John Tresvant
88Dean Meminger RC
89Jim McMillian
90Austin Carr RC
91Clifford Ray RC
92Don Nelson
93Mahdi Abdul-Rahman
94Willie Norwood
95Dick Van Arsdale
96Don May
97Walt Bellamy
98Garfield Heard RC
99Dave Wohl
100Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
101Ron Knight
102Phil Chenier RC
103Rudy Tomjanovich
104Flynn Robinson
105Dave DeBusschere
106Dennis Layton
107Bill Hewitt
108Dick Garrett
109Walt Wesley
110John Havlicek
111Norm Van Lier
112Cazzie Russell
113Herm Gilliam
114Greg Smith
115Nate Archibald
116Don Kojis
117Rick Adelman
118Luke Jackson
119Lamar Green
120Archie Clark
121Happy Hairston
122Bill Bradley
123Ron Williams
124Jimmy Walker
125Bob Kauffman
126Rick Roberson
127Howard Porter RC
128Mike Newlin RC
129Willis Reed
130Lou Hudson
131Don Chaney
132Dave Stallworth
133Charlie Yelverton
134Ken Durrett
135John Brisker
136Dick Snyder
137Jim McDaniels
138Clyde Lee
139Dennis Awtrey Error
140Keith Erickson
141Bob Weiss
142Butch Beard RC
143Terry Dischinger
144Pat Riley
145Lucius Allen
146John Mengelt RC
147John Hummer
148Bob Love
149Bobby Smith
150Elvin Hayes
151Nate Williams
152Chet Walker
153Steve Kuberski
154Playoffs G1 / Monroe
155NBA Playoffs G2
156NBA Playoffs G3
157NBA Playoffs G4
158Playoffs G5 / J.West
159Champs Lakers / Wilt
160NBA Checklist 1-176
161John Havlicek All-Star
162Spencer Haywood All-Star
163Kareem Abdul-Jabbar All-Star
164Jerry West All-Star
165Walt Frazier All-Star
166Bob Love All-Star
167Billy Cunningham All-Star
168Wilt Chamberlain All-Star
169Nate Archibald All-Star
170Archie Clark All-Star
171Jabbar / Havl / Arch League Leaders
172Jabbar / Arch / Havl League Leaders
173Wilt / Jabbar / Bell League Leaders
174Marin / Murphy / Goodr League Leaders
175Wilt / Jabbar / Unseld League Leaders
176Wilkens / West / Arch League Leaders
177Roland Taylor
178Art Becker
179Mack Calvin
180Artis Gilmore RC
181Collis Jones
182John Roche RC
183George McGinnis RC
184Johnny Neumann
185Willie Wise
186Bernie Williams
187Byron Beck
188Larry Miller
189Cincy Powell
190Donnie Freeman
191John Baum
192Billy Keller
193Wilbert Jones
194Glen Combs
195Julius Erving RC
196Al Smith
197George Carter
198Louie Dampier
199Rich Jones
200Mel Daniels
201Gene Moore
202Randy Denton
203Larry Jones
204Jim Ligon
205Warren Jabali
206Joe Caldwell
207Darrell Carrier
208Gene Kennedy
209Ollie Taylor
210Roger Brown
211George Lehmann
212Red Robbins
213Jim Eakins
214Willie Long
215Billy Cunningham
216Steve Jones
217Les Hunter
218Billy Paultz
219Freddie Lewis
220Zelmo Beaty
221George Thompson
222Neil Johnson
223Dave Robisch RC
224Walt Simon
225Bill Melchionni
226Wendell Ladner RC
227Joe Hamilton
228Bob Netolicky
229James Jones
230Dan Issel
231Charlie Williams
232Willie Sojourner
233Merv Jackson
234Mike Lewis
235Ralph Simpson
236Darnell Hillman
237Rick Mount
238Gerald Govan
239Ron Boone
240Tom Washington
241ABA Playoffs G1
242Playoffs G2 / Barry
243Playoffs G3 / McGinnis
244Playoffs G4 / Barry
245ABA Playoffs G5
246ABA Playoffs G6
247ABA Champs: Pacers
248ABA Checklist 177-264
249Dan Issel All-Star
250Rick Barry All-Star
251Artis Gilmore All-Star
252Donnie Freeman All-Star
253Bill Melchionni All-Star
254Willie Wise All-Star
255Julius Erving All-Star
256Zelmo Beaty All-Star
257Ralph Simpson All-Star
258Charlie Scott All-Star
259Scott / Barry / Issel League Leaders
260Gilmore / Wash / Jones League Leaders
261ABA 3pt FG Pct.
262Barry / Calvin / Jones League Leaders
263Gilmore / Erving / Dan League Leaders
264Melch / Brown / Damp League Leaders

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User Reviews

  1. As the author stated, this is a very colorful set indeed. An interesting side note should be added, and that is that while nearly all of the NBA teams had 9 players, most of the ABA teams averaged 6, with the Carolina Cougars inexplicably managing only 4 players deemed worthy of a card. Part of the confusion can be attributed to the constant player movement in the old ABA, as well as the folding of two franchises along with the creation of a new team at the time, the San Diego Conquistadors. A few glaring examples of players who should have had a card would be Larry Brown and Julius Keye- who both posted very decent numbers, and actually were among leaders in assists and rebounds, respectively.

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