1974-75 Topps Basketball Cards

1974-75 Topps Basketball Cards

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In its earlier basketball sets, Topps placed most of its players in front of solid-colored backgrounds before keeping the natural backgrounds. In the 1974-'75 set, the company mixed it up significantly.

As usual, the player photos were of two varieties. They were either posed or game-action shots. The game photos were presented as they were taken, but the posed shots were given a heavily-tinted generic game-action shot that has nothing to do with the player. His team name runs vertically down the right side of the card. At the bottom, a pennant shape contains his name and a basketball icon has his position. Card backs are horizontally oriented, with a card number, name and position across the top. The rest of the card is broken into two parts. The box on the left has a cartoon about the player, and a list of vital stats appears below it. On the right side, a short written biography is followed by year-by-year statistics and a copyright line.

All-Stars are given a banner on their regular cards, but no other design changes are made to their cards. An interesting problem appears because of a name change. In previous seasons, there were two franchises called the Rockets, an NBA club in Houston and an ABA team in Denver. Before this season, Denver's team sensed a looming merger and changed their name to the Nuggets. However, Topps was obviously preparing to once again differentiate the two teams. Both teams have a small banner added with the city name on it, but the Denver players are correctly called Nuggets.

For the third straight year, NBA players appear on cards #1-176 and ABA players show up on cards #177-264. A new subset features the team leaders in four statistical categories. Once again, the subsets are broken apart by leagues. They are: NBA Team Leaders (81-96), NBA Statistical leaders (144-149), NBA Playoffs (161-164), ABA Statistical Leaders (207-212), ABA Team Leaders (221-230) and ABA Playoffs (246-249).

Bill Walton, George Gervin and Doug Collins are the top rookies in this set.

Key 1974-75 Topps Basketball Cards:

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1974-75 Topps #145 McAdoo Pete Maravich Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - NM Beauty See Pics
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Set Checklist

1974-75 Topps Basketball Card Checklist

Card #Player Name
1Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
2Don May
3Bernie Fryer RC
4Don Adams
5Herm Gilliam
6Jim Chones
7Rick Adelman
8Randy Smith
9Paul Silas
10Pete Maravich
11Ron Behagen
12Kevin Porter
13Bill Bridges
14Charles Johnson RC
15Bob Love
16Henry Bibby
17Neal Walk
18John Brisker
19Lucius Allen
20Tom Van Arsdale
21Larry Steele
22Curtis Rowe
23Dean Meminger
24Steve Patterson
25Earl Monroe
26Jack Marin
27Jo Jo White
28Rudy Tomjanovich
29Otto Moore
30Elvin Hayes
31Pat Riley
32Clyde Lee
33Bob Weiss
34Jim Fox
35Charlie Scott
36Cliff Meely
37Jon McGlocklin
38Jim McMillian
39Bill Walton RC
40Dave Bing
41Jim Washington
42Jim Cleamons
43Mel Davis
44Garfield Heard
45Jimmy Walker
46Don Nelson
47Jim Barnett
48Manny Leaks
49Elmore Smith
50Rick Barry
51Jerry Sloan
52John Hummer
53Keith Erickson
54George E. Johnson
55Oscar Robertson
56Steve Mix RC
57Rick Roberson
58John Mengelt
59Dwight Jones RC
60Austin Carr
61Nick Weatherspoon RC
62Clem Haskins
63Don Kojis
64Paul Westphal
65Walt Bellamy
66John Johnson
67Butch Beard
68Happy Hairston
69Tom Boerwinkle
70Spencer Haywood
71Gary Melchionni
72Ed Ratleff RC
73Mickey Davis
74Dennis Awtrey
75Fred Carter
76George Trapp
77John Wetzel
78Bobby Smith
79John Gianelli
80Bob McAdoo
81Hawks Team Leaders / Maravich / Bell
82Celtics Team Leaders / Havlicek
83Buffalo Braves Team Leaders
84Bulls Team Leaders / Love / Walker
85Cleveland Cavs Team Leaders
86Detroit Pistons Team Leaders
87Warriors Team Leaders / Barry
88Houston Rockets Team Leaders
89Kansas City Omaha Team Leaders
90Lakers Team Leaders / Goodrich
91Bucks Team Leaders / Jabbar / Oscar
92New Orleans Jazz
93Knicks Team Leaders / Fraz / Brad / Deb
94Philadelphia 76ers Team Leaders
95Phoenix Suns Team Leaders
96Trail Blazers Team Leaders
97Seattle Supersonics Team Leaders
98Capitol Bullets Team Leaders
99Sam Lacey
100John Havlicek
101Stu Lantz
102Mike Riordan
103Larry Jones
104Connie Hawkins
105Nate Thurmond
106Dick Gibbs
107Corky Calhoun
108Dave Wohl
109Cornell Warner
110Geoff Petrie
111Leroy Ellis
112Chris Ford
113Bill Bradley
114Clifford Ray
115Dick Snyder
116Nate Williams
117Matt Guokas
118Henry Finkel
119Curtis Perry
120Gail Goodrich
121Wes Unseld
122Howard Porter
123Jeff Mullins
124Mike Bantom RC
125Fred Brown
126Bob Dandridge
127Mike Newlin
128Greg Smith
129Doug Collins RC
130Lou Hudson
131Bob Lanier
132Phil Jackson
133Don Chaney
134Jim Brewer RC
135Ernie DiGregorio RC
136Steve Kuberski
137Jim Price
138Mike D'Antoni
139John Brown
140Norm Van Lier
141NBA Checklist 1-176
142Slick Watts RC
143Walt Wesley
144McAd / Jabbar / Marav League Leaders
145McAd / Marav / Jabbar League Leaders
146McAd / Jabbar / Tomjan League Leaders
147NBA F.T. Pct. Leaders
148Hayes / Cowens / McAd League Leaders
149NBA Assist Leaders
150Walt Frazier
151Cazzie Russell
152Calvin Murphy
153Bob Kauffman
154Fred Boyd
155Dave Cowens
156Willie Norwood
157Lee Winfield
158Dwight Davis
159George T. Johnson
160Dick Van Arsdale
161NBA Eastern Semis
162NBA Western Semis
163NBA Div. Finals
164NBA Championship
165Phil Chenier
166Kermit Washington RC
167Dale Schlueter
168John Block
169Don Smith
170Nate Archibald
171Chet Walker
172Archie Clark
173Kennedy McIntosh
174George Thompson
175Sidney Wicks
176Jerry West
177Dwight Lamar
178George Carter
179Wil Robinson
180Artis Gilmore
181Brian Taylor
182Darnell Hillman
183Dave Robisch
184Gene Littles RC
185Willie Wise All-Star
186James Silas RC
187Caldwell Jones RC
188Roland Taylor
189Randy Denton
190Dan Issel
191Mike Gale
192Mel Daniels
193Steve Jones
194Marv Roberts
195Ron Boone All-Star2
196George Gervin RC
197Flynn Robinson
198Cincy Powell
199Glen Combs
200Julius Erving Error
201Billy Keller
202Willie Long
203ABA Checklist 177-264
204Joe Caldwell
205Swen Nater RC
206Rick Mount
207Erving / McG / Issel League Leaders
208ABA Two-Point Field
209ABA Three-Point Field
210ABA Free Throw
211Gil / McGinn / Jones League Leaders
212ABA Assist Leaders
213Larry Miller
214Stew Johnson
215Larry Finch RC
216Larry Kenon RC
217Joe Hamilton
218Gerald Govan
219Ralph Simpson
220George McGinnis
221Carolina Cougars Team Leaders
222Denver Nuggets Team Leaders
223Indiana Pacers Team Leaders
224Colonels Team Leaders / Issel
225Memphis Sounds Team Leaders
226Nets Team Leaders / Erving
227Spurs Team Leaders / Gervin
228San Diego Conq. Team Leaders
229Utah Stars Team Leaders
230Virginia Squires Team Leaders
231Bird Averitt
232John Roche
233George Irvine
234John Williamson RC
235Billy Cunningham
236Jimmy O'Brien
237Wilbert Jones
238Johnny Neumann
239Al Smith
240Roger Brown
241Chuck Williams
242Rich Jones
243Dave Twardzik RC
244Wendell Ladner
245Mack Calvin
246ABA Eastern Semis
247ABA Western Semis
248ABA Div. Finals
249ABA Championships / Dr.J.
250Wilt Chamberlain
251Ron Robinson
252Zelmo Beaty
253Donnie Freeman
254Mike Green
255Louie Dampier All-Star2
256Tom Owens
257George Karl RC
258Jim Eakins
259Travis Grant
260James Jones All-Star
261Mike Jackson
262Billy Paultz
263Freddie Lewis
264Byron Beck

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