1970-71 Topps Basketball Cards

1970-71 Topps Basketball Cards

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Marking the first back-t0-back Topps pro basketball release, 1970-71 Topps Basketball is best known for the Pete Maranich rookie card.

Just like in 1969-70, 1970-71 Topps Basketball went with a tallboy format. However, Topps expanded the number of cards and made a second series for the first time ever.

1970-71 Topps Basketball Set Details

Card fronts feature a picture of a player, either posed or a close-up headshot. A large basketball in the lower corner contains the player's name, team city and position, while a white border surrounds the card with rounded inner corners.

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Backs are horizontal with the player's name, position and vital stats at the top in a red-colored box. The card number appears inside a white circle to the left. A written biography and career stats appear, with a cartoon off to the right.

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As mentioned, there were two 1970-71 Topps Basketball series issued. The first series consisted of cards #1-110 and 22 of the cards were short-printed. The second series included cards #111-175, with the second series checklist (card #101) being continued to the second series printing sheet. As a result, that checklist card can be found with two color variations in its design.

Another first, Topps included subsets for 1970-71 Topps Basketball. Cards #1-6 feature the top three leaders in various statistical categories from the previous season. Cards #106-115 feature the All-Star teams. Finally, the last eight cards in the set (#168-175) recap the championship series between the Lakers and Knicks. The final card shows the New York Knicks celebrating their victory.

For the RC fans, top 1970-71 Topps Basketball rookies include Pete Maravich, Pat Riley and Calvin Murphy.

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Set Checklist

1970-71 Topps Basketball Cards Checklist

Base Set Checklist

175 cards.
Key: LL=League Leaders, AS=All-Star.
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1 Lew Alcindor / Jerry West / Elvin Hayes LL
2 Jerry West / Lew Alcindor / Elvin Hayes LL
3 Johnny Green / Darrall Imhoff / Lou Hudson LL
4 Flynn Robinson / Chet Walker / Jeff Mullins LL
5 Elvin Hayes / Wes Unseld / Lew Alcindor LL
6 Lenny Wilkens / Walt Frazier / Clem Haskins LL
7 Bill Bradley - New York Knicks
8 Ron Williams - San Francisco Warriors
9 Otto Moore - Detroit Pistons
10 John Havlicek - Boston Celtics SP
11 George Wilson - Buffalo Braves RC
12 John Trapp - San Diego Rockets
13 Pat Riley - Portland Trail Blazers RC
14 Jim Washington - Philadelphia 76ers
15 Bob Rule - Seattle SuperSonics
16 Bob Weiss - Chicago Bulls
17 Neil Johnson - Phoenix Suns
18 Walt Bellamy - Atlanta Hawks
19 McCoy McLemore - Cleveland Cavaliers
20 Earl Monroe - Baltimore Bullets
21 Wally Anderzunas - Cincinnati Royals
22 Guy Rodgers - Milwaukee Bucks
23 Rick Roberson - Los Angeles Lakers
24 Checklist 1-110
25 Jimmy Walker - Detroit Pistons
26 Mike Riordan - New York Knicks RC
27 Henry Finkel - Boston Celtics
28 Joe Ellis - San Francisco Warriors
29 Mike Davis - Buffalo Braves
30 Lou Hudson - Atlanta Hawks
31 Lucius Allen - Seattle SuperSonics SP
32 Toby Kimball - San Diego Rockets SP
33 Luke Jackson - Philadelphia 76ers SP
34 Johnny Egan - Cleveland Cavaliers
35 Leroy Ellis - Portland Trail Blazers SP
36 Jack Marin - Baltimore Bullets SP
37 Joe Caldwell - Atlanta Hawks SP
38 Keith Erickson - Los Angeles Lakers
39 Don Smith - Milwaukee Bucks
40 Flynn Robinson - Cincinnati Royals
41 Bob Boozer - Seattle SuperSonics
42 Howie Komives - Detroit Pistons
43 Dick Barnett - New York Knicks
44 Stu Lantz - San Diego Rockets RC
45 Dick Van Arsdale - Phoenix Suns
46 Jerry Lucas - San Francisco Warriors
47 Don Chaney - Boston Celtics RC
48 Ray Scott - Buffalo Braves
49 Dick Cunningham - Milwaukee Bucks SP
50 Wilt Chamberlain - Los Angeles Lakers
51 Kevin Loughery - Baltimore Bullets
52 Stan McKenzie - Portland Trail Blazers
53 Fred Foster - Cincinnati Royals
54 Jim Davis - Atlanta Hawks
55 Walt Wesley - Cleveland Cavaliers
56 Bill Hewitt - Detroit Pistons
57 Darrall Imhoff - Philadelphia 76ers
58 John Block - San Diego Rockets
59 Al Attles - San Francisco Warriors
60 Chet Walker - Chicago Bulls
61 Luther Rackley - Cleveland Cavaliers
62 Jerry Chambers - Atlanta Hawks RC SP
63 Bob Dandridge - Milwaukee Bucks RC
64 Dick Snyder - Seattle SuperSonics
65 Elgin Baylor - Los Angeles Lakers
66 Connie Dierking - Cincinnati Royals
67 Steve Kuberski - Boston Celtics RC
68 Tom Boerwinkle - Chicago Bulls
69 Paul Silas - Phoenix Suns
70 Elvin Hayes - San Diego Rockets
71 Bill Bridges - Atlanta Hawks
72 Wes Unseld - Baltimore Bullets
73 Herm Gilliam - Buffalo Braves
74 Bobby Smith - Cleveland Cavaliers RC SP
75 Lew Alcindor - Milwaukee Bucks
76 Jeff Mullins - San Francisco Warriors
77 Happy Hairston - Los Angeles Lakers
78 Dave Stallworth - New York Knicks SP
79 Fred Hetzel - Portland Trail Blazers
80 Lenny Wilkens - Seattle SuperSonics SP
81 Johnny Green - Cincinnati Royals RC
82 Erwin Mueller - Detroit Pistons
83 Wally Jones - Philadelphia 76ers
84 Bob Love - Chicago Bulls
85 Dick Garrett - Buffalo Braves RC
86 Don Nelson - Boston Celtics SP
87 Neal Walk - Phoenix Suns SP
88 Larry Siegfried - San Diego Rockets
89 Gary Gregor - Portland Trail Blazers
90 Nate Thurmond - San Francisco Warriors
91 John Warren - Cleveland Cavaliers
92 Gus Johnson - Baltimore Bullets
93 Gail Goodrich - Los Angeles Lakers
94 Dorie Murrey - Portland Trail Blazers
95 Cazzie Russell - New York Knicks SP
96 Terry Dischinger - Detroit Pistons
97 Norm Van Lier - Cincinnati Royals RC SP
98 Jim Fox - Chicago Bulls
99 Tom Meschery - Seattle SuperSonics
100 Oscar Robertson - Milwaukee Bucks
101 Checklist (111-175)
102 Rich Johnson - Boston Celtics
103 Mel Counts - Phoenix Suns
104 Bill Hosket - Buffalo Braves RC SP
105 Archie Clark - Philadelphia 76ers
106 Walt Frazier - New York Knicks AS
107 Jerry West - Los Angeles Lakers AS
108 Billy Cunningham - Philadelphia 76ers AS SP
109 Connie Hawkins - Phoenix Suns AS
110 Willis Reed - New York Knicks AS
111 Nate Thurmond - San Francisco Warriors AS
112 John Havlicek - Boston Celtics AS
113 Elgin Baylor - Los Angeles Lakers AS
114 Oscar Robertson - Milwaukee Bucks AS
115 Lou Hudson - Atlanta Hawks AS
116 Emmette Bryant - Buffalo Braves
117 Greg Howard - Phoenix Suns
118 Rick Adelman - Portland Trail Blazers
119 Barry Clemens - Seattle SuperSonics
120 Walt Frazier - New York Knicks
121 Jim Barnes - Boston Celtics RC
122 Bernie Williams - San Diego Rockets
123 Pete Maravich - Atlanta Hawks RC
124 Matt Guokas - Philadelphia 76ers RC
125 Dave Bing - Detroit Pistons
126 John Tresvant - Los Angeles Lakers
127 Shaler Halimon - Chicago Bulls
128 Don Ohl - Cleveland Cavaliers
129 Fred Carter - Baltimore Bullets RC
130 Connie Hawkins - Phoenix Suns
131 Jim King - Cincinnati Royals
132 Ed Manning - Portland Trail Blazers RC
133 Adrian Smith - San Francisco Warriors
134 Walt Hazzard - Atlanta Hawks
135 Dave DeBusschere - New York Knicks
136 Don Kojis - Seattle SuperSonics
137 Calvin Murphy - San Diego Rockets RC
138 Nate Bowman - Buffalo Braves
139 Jon McGlocklin - Milwaukee Bucks
140 Billy Cunningham - Philadelphia 76ers
141 Willie McCarter - Los Angeles Lakers
142 Jim Barnett - Portland Trail Blazers
143 Jo Jo White - Boston Celtics RC
144 Clyde Lee - San Francisco Warriors
145 Tom Van Arsdale - Cincinnati Royals
146 Len Chappell - Cleveland Cavaliers
147 Lee Winfield - Seattle SuperSonics
148 Jerry Sloan - Chicago Bulls RC
149 Art Harris - Phoenix Suns
150 Willis Reed - New York Knicks
151 Art Williams - San Diego Rockets
152 Don May - Buffalo Braves
153 Loy Petersen - Cleveland Cavaliers
154 Dave Gambee - San Francisco Warriors
155 Hal Greer - Philadelphia 76ers
156 Dave Newmark - Atlanta Hawks
157 Jimmy Collins - Chicago Bulls RC
158 Bill Turner - Cincinnati Royals
159 Eddie Miles - Baltimore Bullets
160 Jerry West - Los Angeles Lakers
161 Bob Quick - Detroit Pistons
162 Fred Crawford - Buffalo Braves
163 Tom Sanders - Boston Celtics
164 Dale Schlueter - Portland Trail Blazers
165 Clem Haskins - Phoenix Suns RC
166 Greg Smith - Milwaukee Bucks
167 Rod Thorn - Seattle SuperSonics RC
1969-70 NBA Championship
168 Game 1 - Lakers v Knicks
169 Game 2 - Lakers v Knicks
170 Game 3 - Lakers v Knicks
171 Game 4 - Lakers v Knicks
172 Game 5 - Lakers v Knicks
173 Game 6 - Lakers v Knicks
174 Game 7 - Lakers v Knicks
175 Final - New York Knicks

 

Giant Action Posters Set Checklist

24 posters. 1 per pack.

1 Walt Frazier - New York Knicks
2 Joe Caldwell - Atlanta Hawks
3 Willis Reed - New York Knicks
4 Elvin Hayes - San Diego Rockets
5 Jeff Mullins - San Francisco Warriors
6 Oscar Robertson - Cincinnati Royals
7 Dave Bing - Detroit Pistons
8 Jerry Sloan - Chicago Bulls
9 Leroy Ellis - Baltimore Bullets
10 Hal Greer - Philadelphia 76ers
11 Emmette Bryant - Boston Celtics
12 Bob Rule - Seattle SuperSonics
13 Lew Alcindor - Milwaukee Bucks
14 Chet Walker - Chicago Bulls
15 Jerry West - Los Angeles Lakers
16 Billy Cunningham - Philadelphia 76ers
17 Wilt Chamberlain - Los Angeles Lakers
18 John Havlicek - Boston Celtics
19 Lou Hudson - Atlanta Hawks
20 Earl Monroe - Baltimore Bullets
21 Wes Unseld - Baltimore Bullets
22 Connie Hawkins - Phoenix Suns
23 Tom Van Arsdale - Cincinnati Royals
24 Len Chappell - Milwaukee Bucks

 

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  1. Very attractive and colorful set done in the “tall boy” style. Maravich is the big rookie. Lots of stars in this set make it a winner. First cards of the Buffalo Braves and Cleveland Cavaliers.

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