1969-70 Topps Basketball Cards

1969-70 Topps Basketball Cards

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1969-70 Topps Basketball proves that bigger can be better, especially when covering the giants of the hardcourt. It also helps that the vintage NBA set has one of the most popular basketball rookie cards in history.

Topps' first basketball card set in over a decade is a 99-card set that is known to collectors as tallboys due to the fact that they were made much larger than standard cards. Although still 2 ½ inches wide, the cards were 4 11/16 inches tall. This is the same size as 1964-65 Topps Hockey and 1965 Topps Football.

1969-70 Topps Basketball Set Details

The white-border 1969-70 Topps Basketball cards show a player inside an oval-shaped frame, with his head occasionally peeking out over the top of the line. Each corner is given a basketball player silhouette in black ink. The subject's name appears in red along the top, with his position in black ink below that. Finally, the team is listed at the bottom in red ink.

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Backs feature a blue circle with the card number inside, along with the player's name and vital statistics at the top. A short write-up and year-by-year career statistics follow on a salmon-colored field. Below that, a circle that appears to be dropping into a hoop contains a cartoon.

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As the first nationally-issued basketball set in several years, 1969-70 Topps Basketball contains a lot of first-time players. The biggest name among these rookies is Lew Alcindor (later to be known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). Other big-name rookies include Bill Bradley, Dave Bing, John Havlicek, Earl Monroe, Willis Reed, Don Nelson, Wes Unseld, Nate Thurmond and Walt Frazier. Another first-time card for a Hall of Famer would be Dave DeBusschere, if not for some baseball cards during the 1960s when he pitched for the Chicago White Sox.

The set was issued in one series and all 99 cards were printed together on one sheet. It has been determined that the checklist card was on the lower-right corner and therefore more prone to damage from the process or printing and packaging than others. As a result, it is a tough card to find in decent shape, even considering the normal issues they have with being marked up.

As far as inserts go, the 10-card packs each include an oversized Topps Ruler. These have cartoon images of top players and fold open to reach nearly 10 inches in height.

Key 1969-70 Topps Basketball Cards:

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Set Checklist

1969-70 Topps Basketball Checklist

Base Set Checklist

99 cards.
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1 Wilt Chamberlain - Los Angeles Lakers
2 Gail Goodrich - Phoenix Suns RC
3 Cazzie Russell - New York Knicks RC
4 Darrall Imhoff - Philadelphia 76ers RC
5 Bailey Howell - Boston Celtics
6 Lucius Allen - Seattle SuperSonics RC
7 Tom Boerwinkle - Chicago Bulls RC
8 Jimmy Walker - Detroit Pistons RC
9 John Block - San Diego Rockets RC
10 Nate Thurmond - San Francisco Warriors RC
11 Gary Gregor - Atlanta Hawks
12 Gus Johnson - Baltimore Bullets RC
13 Luther Rackley - Cincinnati Royals
14 Jon McGlocklin - Milwaukee Bucks RC
15 Connie Hawkins - Phoenix Suns RC
16 Johnny Egan - Los Angeles Lakers
17 Jim Washington - Philadelphia 76ers
18 Dick Barnett - New York Knicks RC
19 Tom Meschery - Seattle SuperSonics
20 John Havlicek - Boston Celtics RC
21 Eddie Miles - Detroit Pistons
22 Walt Wesley - Chicago Bulls
23 Rick Adelman - San Diego Rockets RC
24 Al Attles - San Francisco Warriors
25 Lew Alcindor - Milwaukee Bucks RC
26 Jack Marin - Baltimore Bullets RC
27 Walt Hazzard - Atlanta Hawks RC
28 Connie Dierking - Cincinnati Royals
29 Keith Erickson - Los Angeles Lakers RC
30 Bob Rule - Seattle SuperSonics RC
31 Dick Van Arsdale - Phoenix Suns RC
32 Archie Clark - Philadelphia 76ers RC
33 Terry Dischinger - Detroit Pistons RC
34 Henry Finkel - Boston Celtics RC
35 Elgin Baylor - Los Angeles Lakers
36 Ron Williams - San Francisco Warriors
37 Loy Petersen - Chicago Bulls
38 Guy Rodgers - Milwaukee Bucks
39 Toby Kimball - San Diego Rockets
40 Billy Cunningham - Philadelphia 76ers RC
41 Joe Caldwell - Atlanta Hawks RC
42 Leroy Ellis - Baltimore Bullets RC
43 Bill Bradley - New York Knicks RC
44 Len Wilkens - Seattle SuperSonics
45 Jerry Lucas - San Francisco Warriors RC
46 Neal Walk - Phoenix Suns RC
47 Emmette Bryant - Boston Celtics RC
48 Bob Kauffman - Chicago Bulls RC
49 Mel Counts - Los Angeles Lakers RC
50 Oscar Robertson - Cincinnati Royals
51 Jim Barnett - San Diego Rockets RC
52 Don Smith - Milwaukee Bucks
53 Jim Davis - Atlanta Hawks
54 Wally Jones - Philadelphia 76ers RC
55 Dave Bing - Detroit Pistons RC
56 Wes Unseld - Baltimore Bullets RC
57 Joe Ellis - San Francisco Warriors
58 John Tresvant - Seattle SuperSonics
59 Larry Siegfried - Boston Celtics RC
60 Willis Reed - New York Knicks RC
61 Paul Silas - Phoenix Suns RC
62 Bob Weiss - Chicago Bulls RC
63 Willie McCarter - Los Angeles Lakers RC
64 Don Kojis - San Diego Rockets RC
65 Lou Hudson - Atlanta Hawks RC
66 Jim King - Cincinnati Royals
67 Luke Jackson - Philadelphia 76ers RC
68 Len Chappell - Milwaukee Bucks RC
69 Ray Scott - Baltimore Bullets
70 Jeff Mullins - San Francisco Warriors RC
71 Howie Komives - Detroit Pistons
72 Tom Sanders - Boston Celtics RC
73 Dick Snyder - Seattle SuperSonics
74 Dave Stallworth - New York Knicks RC
75 Elvin Hayes - San Diego Rockets RC
76 Art Harris - Phoenix Suns
77 Don Ohl - Atlanta Hawks
78 Bob Love - Chicago Bulls RC
79 Tom Van Arsdale - Cincinnati Royals RC
80 Earl Monroe - Baltimore Bullets RC
81 Greg Smith - Milwaukee Bucks
82 Don Nelson - Boston Celtics RC
83 Happy Hairston - Detroit Pistons RC
84 Hal Greer - Philadelphia 76ers
85 Dave DeBusschere - New York Knicks RC
86 Bill Bridges - Atlanta Hawks RC
87 Herm Gilliam - Cincinnati Royals RC
88 Jim Fox - Phoenix Suns
89 Bob Boozer - Seattle SuperSonics
90 Jerry West - Los Angeles Lakers
91 Chet Walker - Chicago Bulls RC
92 Flynn Robinson - Milwaukee Bucks RC
93 Clyde Lee - San Francisco Warriors
94 Kevin Loughery - Baltimore Bullets RC
95 Walt Bellamy - Detroit Pistons
96 Art Williams - San Diego Rockets
97 Adrian Smith - Cincinnati Royals RC
98 Walt Frazier - New York Knicks RC
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Rulers Set Checklist

23 cards. 1 per pack. There is no #5 ruler.
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1 Walt Bellamy - Detroit Pistons
2 Jerry West - Los Angeles Lakers
3 Bailey Howell - Boston Celtics
4 Elvin Hayes - San Diego Rockets
6 Bob Rule - Seattle SuperSonics
7 Gail Goodrich - Los Angeles Lakers
8 Jeff Mullins - San Francisco Warriors
9 John Havlicek - Boston Celtics
10 Lew Alcindor - Milwaukee Bucks
11 Wilt Chamberlain - Los Angeles Lakers
12 Nate Thurmond - San Francisco Warriors
13 Hal Greer - Philadelphia 76ers
14 Lou Hudson - Atlanta Hawks
15 Jerry Lucas - Cincinnati Royals
16 Dave Bing - Detroit Pistons
17 Walt Frazier - New York Knicks
18 Gus Johnson - Baltimore Bullets
19 Willis Reed - New York Knicks
20 Earl Monroe - Baltimore Bullets
21 Billy Cunningham - Philadelphia 76ers
22 Wes Unseld - Baltimore Bullets
23 Bob Boozer - Chicago Bulls
24 Oscar Robertson - Cincinnati Royals

 

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  1. IV been collection sports Cards for over 20 year’s
    And one of my favorite set is the 1969-70 Topps tallboy great design for it’s time

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