1970-1979 Baseball Cards
1970s baseball cards are largely considered to be the last of the vintage baseball cards. During the 1970s, more people were starting to recognize a collectible value in baseball cards. For most, though, it was still about having fun and connecting with their favorite players and teams, with little regard for the financial value of the cards themselves. Today, there are many valuable 1970s baseball cards, including a large selection of Hall of Famer rookie cards. Among the many Hall of Famers who made their cardboard debuts during the 1970s are Ozzie Smith, Mike Schmidt, George Brett, Robin Yount, Carlton Fisk, Dennis Eckersley, Dave Winfield and Paul Molitor.
In addition to the abundance of key rookie cards, condition is also a factor in determining value. Some sets hold up better than others. And then there’s 1971 Topps – easily one of the most condition sensitive sets in the history of the hobby. Although the black borders look great, they don’t hold up well. This has led to big premiums for cards that have sharp corners and edges. Another factor which contributes to the value of 1970′s baseball cards is that up until 1974, Topps issued several different series over the course of a season. This led to many short prints that carry a premium still today.
Browse our database of 1970s Baseball Card Set Information. Each product profile features set checklists, product info, expert analysis, and great deals on singles.
An oddball classic, 1970 Kellogg’s Baseball was the first full baseball card set from the cereal maker. Still popular today, the cards have a distinct 3-D look. The 75-card checklist includes Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente and a second-year Reggie Jackson.
1970 Topps Baseball Card Price Comparisons, Set Details, Checklist, and Auction Tracker.
1971 Topps Baseball Card Price Comparisons, Set Details, Checklist, and Auction Tracker.
1971 Topps Greatest Moments Baseball is one of the most popular — and expensive — oddball issues of the modern era. The 55-card set is rare and extremely condition sensitive.
1972 Topps Baseball Card Price Comparisons, Set Details, Checklist, and Auction Tracker.
The 1973 Topps Baseball Card set might feature a bland design and lack the cult following of some of the other 70′s Topps sets, but the stacked checklist and condition sensitive nature of the set combine to give it serious staying power among rookie card and set collectors.
1974 Topps Baseball Card Price Comparisons, Set Details, Checklist, and Auction Tracker.
1975 Topps Baseball Card Price Comparisons, Set Details, Checklist, and Auction Tracker.
What began as a cost-cutting experiment has become a beloved hobby classic. 1975 Topps Mini Baseball is a rare set that went from a hobby oddball to a mainstream vintage set. Get an in-depth breakdown of the set, including background information, key cards and analysis.
1976 Topps Baseball Card Price Comparisons, Set Details, Checklist, and Auction Tracker.
1977 Topps Baseball doesn’t have a huge rookie card to anchor its value but it does have several second-tier stars, including Andre Dawson, Dale Murphy and Bruce Sutter. Definitely one of the quieter sets of the decade, in terms of both design and impact.
1978 Topps Baseball is anchored by a pair of Hall of Fame rookies: Eddie Murray and Paul Molitor (who shares a card with Alan Trammell). While it’s one of the more subtle sets of the decade, it’s still widely respected among collectors.
A comprehensive profile of the 1978 Topps Burger King New York Yankees baseball card set. Includes price comparisons, set information, and a checklist.
1979 Topps Baseball is largely about the Ozzie Smith rookie card. An otherwise weak rookie checklist and somewhat plain design make the set easy to overlook when compared to other sets from the era.