1973-74 Topps Basketball Cards

1973-74 Topps Basketball Cards


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Compared to the basketball sets that Topps had issued before it, the design of the 1973-'74 set may seem like it was toned down.

Card fronts show a player picture. Some cards show game action, while others were simply poses in front of a wall. In the lower left corner is an image of a basketball floating over a hoop. Inside that basketball is the player's position, with his team and name placed to the right. Once again, there was a small problem due to two teams called the Rockets, so Houston was added to the NBA's franchise. Backs were once again given a vertical format, and a cartoon was placed at the top of the card. The card number appears below that in a little graphic basketball, along with a name and position. A red box contains some vitals, and a green box has a write-up about the player's career. The year-by-year stats appear below that, and a copyright line specific to the player's league runs across the bottom.

For the first time, All-Star players are not given a subset. Instead, the distinction is appears on their regular card, which is given a different design. For some reason, each of those players also gets a white inset photo with a floating head shot.

The NBA/ABA split is the same as the previous year's set, with NBA players appearing on cards #1-176 and ABA players showing up on #177-264. The subsets are also split by leagues: NBA statistical leaders are featured on #153-158, while the ABA leaders took up cards #234-239. The playoffs are also recapped, with the NBA postseason chronicled on cards #62-68 and the ABA on cards #202-208.

The main rookie cards in the set feature Bob McAdoo, Paul Westphal and Chris Ford.

Key 1973-74 Topps Basketball Cards:


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1973-74 Topps #82 Bill Bradley
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1973-74 Topps #70 Oscar Robertson Basketball Card
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1973-74 Topps #82 Bill Bradley Basketball Card
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1973-74 Topps #100 Jerry West All-star Basketball Card
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Set Checklist

1973-74 Topps Basketball Card Checklist

Card #Player Name
1Nate Archibald
2Steve Kuberski
3John Mengelt
4Jim McMillian
5Nate Thurmond
6Dave Wohl
7John Brisker
8Charlie Davis
9Lamar Green
10Walt Frazier
11Bob Christian
12Cornell Warner
13Calvin Murphy
14Dave Sorenson
15Archie Clark
16Clifford Ray
17Terry Driscoll
18Matt Guokas
19Elmore Smith
20John Havlicek
21Pat Riley
22George Trapp
23Ron Williams
24Jim Fox
25Dick Van Arsdale
26John Tresvant
27Rick Adelman
28Eddie Mast
29Jim Cleamons
30Dave DeBusschere
31Norm Van Lier
32Stan McKenzie
33Bob Dandridge
34Leroy Ellis
35Mike Riordan
36Fred Hilton
37Toby Kimball
38Jim Price
39Willie Norwood
40Dave Cowens
41Cazzie Russell
42Lee Winfield
43Connie Hawkins
44Mike Newlin
45Chet Walker
46Walt Bellamy
47John Johnson
48Henry Bibby RC
49Bobby Smith
50Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
51Mike Price
52John Hummer
53Kevin Porter RC
54Nate Williams
55Gail Goodrich
56Fred Foster
57Don Chaney
58Bud Stallworth
59Clem Haskins
60Bob Love
61Jimmy Walker
62NBA Eastern Semis
63NBA Eastern Semis
64Western Semis / Wilt
65NBA Western Semis
66Eastern Finals / Reed
67NBA Western Finals
68Knicks Champs / Frazier
69Larry Steele
70Oscar Robertson
71Phil Jackson
72John Wetzel
73Steve Patterson RC
74Manny Leaks
75Jeff Mullins
76Stan Love
77Dick Garrett
78Don Nelson
79Chris Ford RC
80Wilt Chamberlain
81Dennis Layton
82Bill Bradley
83Jerry Sloan
84Cliff Meely
85Sam Lacey
86Dick Snyder
87Jim Washington
88Lucius Allen
89LaRue Martin
90Rick Barry
91Fred Boyd
92Barry Clemens
93Dean Meminger
94Henry Finkel
95Elvin Hayes
96Stu Lantz
97Bill Hewitt
98Neal Walk
99Garfield Heard
100Jerry West
101Otto Moore
102Don Kojis
103Fred Brown RC
104Dwight Davis
105Willis Reed
106Herm Gilliam
107Mickey Davis
108Jim Barnett
109Ollie Johnson
110Bob Lanier
111Fred Carter
112Paul Silas
113Phil Chenier
114Dennis Awtrey
115Austin Carr
116Bob Kauffman
117Keith Erickson
118Walt Wesley
119Steve Bracey
120Spencer Haywood
121NBA Checklist 1-176
122Jack Marin
123Jon McGlocklin
124Johnny Green
125Jerry Lucas
126Paul Westphal RC
127Curtis Rowe
128Mahdi Abdul-Rahman
129Lloyd Neal RC
130Pete Maravich
131Don May
132Bob Weiss
133Dave Stallworth
134Dick Cunningham
135Bob McAdoo RC
136Butch Beard
137Happy Hairston
138Bob Rule
139Don Adams
140Charlie Scott
141Ron Riley
142Earl Monroe
143Clyde Lee
144Rick Roberson
145Rudy Tomjanovich
146Tom Van Arsdale
147Art Williams
148Curtis Perry
149Rich Rinaldi
150Lou Hudson
151Mel Counts
152Jim McDaniels
153Arch / Jabbar / Hayw League Leaders
154Arch / Jabbar / Hayw League Leaders
155Wilt / Guokas / Jabbar League Leaders
156Barry / Murphy / Newlin League Leaders
157Wilt / Thurm / Cowens League Leaders
158Arch / Wilkens / Bing League Leaders
159Don Smith
160Sidney Wicks
161Howie Komives
162John Gianelli
163Jeff Halliburton
164Kennedy McIntosh
165Len Wilkens
166Corky Calhoun
167Howard Porter
168Jo Jo White
169John Block
170Dave Bing
171Joe Ellis
172Chuck Terry
173Randy Smith
174Bill Bridges
175Geoff Petrie
176Wes Unseld
177Skeeter Swift
178Jim Eakins
179Steve Jones
180George McGinnis
181Al Smith
182Tom Washington
183Louie Dampier
184Simmie Hill
185George Thompson
186Cincy Powell
187Larry Jones
188Neil Johnson
189Tom Owens
190Ralph Simpson All-Star2
191George Carter
192Rick Mount
193Red Robbins
194George Lehmann
195Mel Daniels
196Bob Warren
197Gene Kennedy
198Mike Barr
199Dave Robisch
200Billy Cunningham
201John Roche
202ABA Western Semis
203ABA Western Semis
204ABA Eastern Semis
205ABA Eastern Semis
206ABA Western Finals
207Eastern Finals / Gilmore
208ABA Championship
209Glen Combs
210Dan Issel
211Randy Denton
212Freddie Lewis
213Stew Johnson
214Roland Taylor
215Rich Jones
216Billy Paultz
217Ron Boone
218Walt Simon
219Mike Lewis
220Warren Jabali All-Star1
221Wilbert Jones
222Don Buse RC
223Gene Moore
224Joe Hamilton
225Zelmo Beaty
226Brian Taylor RC
227Julius Keye
228Mike Gale RC
229Warren Davis
230Mack Calvin
231Roger Brown
232Chuck Williams
233Gerald Govan
234Erving / McG / Issel League Leaders
235ABA 2 Pt. Pct.
236ABA 3 Pt. Pct.
237ABA F.T. Pct. Leaders
238Gilmore / Daniels / Paultz League Leaders
239ABA Assist Leaders
240Julius Erving
241Jimmy O'Brien
242ABA Checklist 177-264
243Johnny Neumann
244Darnell Hillman
245Willie Wise
246Collis Jones
247Ted McClain
248George Irvine RC
249Bill Melchionni
250Artis Gilmore
251Willie Long
252Larry Miller
253Lee Davis
254Donnie Freeman
255Joe Caldwell
256Bob Netolicky
257Bernie Williams
258Byron Beck
259Jim Chones RC
260James Jones All-Star1
261Wendell Ladner
262Ollie Taylor
263Les Hunter
264Billy Keller

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