1976-77 Topps Basketball Cards

1976-77 Topps Basketball Cards

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After five years of standard-sized card sets, Topps once again used a large-format card for its basketball set. However, instead of using the same size they used to make the tall boys of 1969-'70 and 1970-'71, they made these cards even larger. They measured 3 1/8 inches by 5 ¼ inches, larger than any regular Topps card in any sport. The larger size was appealing to collectors and popular with autograph seekers as well.

The cards featured player photos that were seemingly larger than life, with very little distraction. A team name was spelled out vertically to the left, along with graphic circles that gave the illusion of a basketball dropping into a hoop. The player's name and position were given in the white border below the photo. The giant-size backs were broken down into blocks. The first one contained a card number, name, team, position and vital statistics. In a first for Topps, the player's college statistics are included in the second box. A short write-up follows that, and then the professional year-by year stats. Finally, a box at the bottom explains a basketball term with a cartoon.

Since the ABA had dissolved before the season, there were fewer teams. As a result, Topps printed up fewer cards in its complete basketball set. There were 144 cards in all, and the set was evenly distributed over two printing sheets. The checklist card is hard to find in top condition, while card #1 of Julius Erving is hard to find centered.

After increasing numbers of subsets with the past several years, there was only one in this set: the All-Stars (cards #126-135). Some of the All-Stars had regular base cards, while others didn't. An All-Star banner is added to the top border of the cards in the subset, with the team info removed from the left side.

Key rookies include David Thompson, Lloyd Free (who later changed his name to World B. Free), Alvin Adams and Gus Williams.

Key 1976-77 Topps Basketball Cards:

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1976 77 Topps Basketball Starter Set (129 Different) Avg Ex to Ex Mt BV -$702
$149.99
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1976-77 Topps #97 Jim Chones Vintage BGS BVG 8.5 POP 2 none Higher Jumbo
$12.00
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1976-77 Topps #93 Cazzie Russell Vintage BGS BVG 8.5 POP 2 1 Higher Jumbo Lakers
$15.00
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1976-77 Topps #95 Ron Boone Vintage BGS BVG 8.5 POP 3 none Higher Jumbo
$18.00
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1976-77 Topps #16 Keith Wilkes Vintage BGS BVG 8.5 POP 3 None Higher Jumbo
$12.00
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1976-77 Topps #118 Curtis Rowe Vintage BGS BVG 8 POP 1 3 Higher Jumbo Pistons
$16.00
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1976-77 Topps #76 Dave Bing Vintage BGS BVG 8.5 POP 2 none Higher Jumbo
$14.00
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1976-77 Topps #72 Jack Marin Vintage BGS BVG 8.5 POP 1 None Higher Jumbo
$11.00



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Set Checklist

1976-77 Topps Basketball Card Checklist

Card #Player Name
1Julius Erving
2Dick Snyder
3Paul Silas
4Keith Erickson
5Wes Unseld
6Butch Beard
7Lloyd Neal
8Tom Henderson
9Jim McMillian
10Bob Lanier
11Junior Bridgeman RC
12Corky Calhoun
13Billy Keller
14Mickey Johnson RC
15Fred Brown
16Keith Wilkes
17Louie Nelson
18Ed Ratleff
19Billy Paultz
20Nate Archibald
21Steve Mix
22Ralph Simpson
23Campy Russell
24Charlie Scott
25Artis Gilmore
26Dick Van Arsdale
27Phil Chenier
28Spencer Haywood
29Chris Ford
30Dave Cowens
31Sidney Wicks
32Jim Price
33Dwight Jones
34Lucius Allen
35Marvin Barnes
36Henry Bibby
37Joe C.Meriweather RC
38Doug Collins
39Garfield Heard
40Randy Smith
41Tom Burleson
42Dave Twardzik
43Bill Bradley
44Calvin Murphy
45Bob Love
46Brian Winters
47Glenn McDonald
48Checklist 1-144
49Bird Averitt
50Rick Barry
51Ticky Burden
52Rich Jones
53Austin Carr
54Steve Kuberski
55Paul Westphal
56Mike Riordan
57Bill Walton
58Eric Money RC
59John Drew
60Pete Maravich
61John Shumate RC
62Mack Calvin
63Bruce Seals
64Walt Frazier
65Elmore Smith
66Rudy Tomjanovich
67Sam Lacey
68George Gervin
69Gus Williams RC
70George McGinnis
71Len Elmore
72Jack Marin
73Brian Taylor
74Jim Brewer
75Alvan Adams RC
76Dave Bing
77Phil Jackson
78Geoff Petrie
79Mike Sojourner
80James Silas
81Bob Dandridge
82Ernie DiGregorio
83Cazzie Russell
84Kevin Porter
85Tom Boerwinkle
86Darnell Hillman
87Herm Gilliam
88Nate Williams
89Phil Smith
90John Havlicek
91Kevin Kunnert
92Jimmy Walker
93Billy Cunningham
94Dan Issel
95Ron Boone
96Lou Hudson
97Jim Chones
98Earl Monroe
99Tom Van Arsdale
100Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
101Moses Malone
102Ricky Sobers RC
103Swen Nater
104Leonard Robinson
105Don Watts
106Otto Moore
107Maurice Lucas
108Norm Van Lier
109Clifford Ray
110David Thompson RC
111Fred Carter
112Caldwell Jones
113John Williamson
114Bobby Smith
115Jo Jo White
116Curtis Perry
117John Gianelli
118Curtis Rowe
119Lionel Hollins RC
120Elvin Hayes
121Ken Charles
122Dave Meyers RC
123Jerry Sloan
124Billy Knight
125Gail Goodrich
126K. Abdul-Jabbar All-Star
127Julius Erving All-Star
128George McGinnis All-Star
129Nate Archibald All-Star
130Pete Maravich All-Star
131Dave Cowens All-Star
132Rick Barry All-Star
133Elvin Hayes All-Star
134James Silas All-Star
135Randy Smith All-Star
136Leonard Gray
137Charles Johnson
138Ron Behagen
139Mike Newlin
140Bob McAdoo
141Mike Gale
142Scott Wedman
143Lloyd Free RC
144Bobby Jones

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