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1971-72 Topps Hockey Cards

1971-72 Topps Hockey Cards

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One of the accusations launched at Topps during its years as a monopoly card maker is that many of its set designs are pedestrian and generic. While that may have been true some of the time, there was the occasional set that came out whose design was exceptional. 1971-72 Topps Hockey is one of them.

1971-72 Topps Hockey card fronts have a player picture superimposed in front of a solid-colored background and inset into a circular frame. His team name appears in a wilder font than Topps usually featured, with a curved effect that had the letters get larger on each end. Below the picture was a team logo, the player's name and position. 1971-72 Topps Hockey card backs are laid out in a vertical format. The card number appears in an orange-colored box, with the player's name, team city and position in a green area beside it. Two boxes appear blow that, with vital stats on the left and a cartoon to the right. A biography follows, as well as a year-by-year statistical review, the first time a Topps hockey set ever used those.

The first six cards in 1971-72 Topps Hockey feature the previous season's three league leaders in several statistical categories. Also, one checklist card appears in the set.

Interestingly, the leaders cards are not featured in the 1971-72 O-Pee-Chee Hockey set. This is an unusual occurrence where Topps featured its own subset.

One key card of the set features Gordie Howe, who has a base card in the Topps set but not in OPC. The only notable rookie card in 1971-72 Topps Hockey features Ken Dryden.

Key 1971-72 Topps Hockey Cards:

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Set Checklist

1971-72 Topps Hockey Cards Set Checklist

132 cards.

1 Bobby Hull Goal Leaders
2 Johnny Bucyk Assist Leaders
3 Johnny Bucyk Scoring Leaders
4 Ed Giacomin Goalies Win Leaders
5 Cesare Maniago Shutouts Leaders
6 Tony Esposito Goals Against Average Leaders
7 Fred Stanfield
8 Mike Robitaille RC
9 Vic Hadfield
10 Jacques Plante
11 Bill White
12 Andre Boudrias
13 Jim Lorentz
14 Arnie Brown
15 Yvan Cournoyer
16 Bryan Hextall
17 Gary Croteau
18 Gilles Villemure
19 Serge Bernier RC
20 Phil Esposito
21 Charlie Burns
22 Doug Barrie RC
23 Eddie Joyal
24 Rosaire Paiement
25 Pat Stapleton
26 Garry Unger
27 Al Smith
28 Bob Woytowich
29 Marc Tardif
30 Norm Ullman
31 Tom Williams
32 Ted Harris
33 Andre Lacroix
34 Mike Byers
35 Johnny Bucyk
36 Roger Crozier
37 Alex Delvecchio
38 Frank St. Marseille
39 Hubert "Pit" Martin
40 Brad Park
41 Greg Polis RC
42 Orland Kurtenbach
43 Jim McKenny RC
44 Bob Nevin
45 Ken Dryden RC
46 Carol Vadnais
47 Bill Flett
48 Jim Johnson
49 Al Hamilton
50 Bobby Hull
51 Chris Bordeleau RC
52 Tim Ecclestone
53 Rod Seiling
54 Gerry Cheevers
55 Bill Goldsworthy
56 Ron Schock
57 Jim Dorey
58 Wayne Maki
59 Terry Harper
60 Gilbert Perreault
61 Ernie Hicke RC
62 Wayne Hillman
63 Denis DeJordy
64 Ken Schinkel
65 Derek Sanderson
66 Barclay Plager
67 Paul Henderson
68 Jude Drouin
69 Keith Magnuson
70 Gordie Howe
71 Jacques Lemaire
72 Doug Favell
73 Bert Marshall
74 Gerry Meehan
75 Walt Tkaczuk
76 Bob Berry RC
77 Syl Apps RC
78 Tom Webster
79 Danny Grant
80 Dave Keon
81 Ernie Wakely
82 John McKenzie
83 Doug Roberts
84 Pete Mahovlich
85 Dennis Hull
86 Juha Widing RC
87 Gary Doak
88 Phil Goyette
89 Gary Dornhoefer
90 Ed Giacomin
91 Gordon "Red" Berenson
92 Mike Pelyk
93 Gary Jarrett
94 Bob Pulford
95 Dale Tallon
96 Eddie Shack
97 Jean Ratelle
98 Jim Pappin
99 Roy Edwards
100 Bobby Orr
101 Ted Hampson
102 Mickey Redmond
103 Bob Plager
104 Bruce Gamble
105 Frank Mahovlich
106 Tony Featherstone RC
107 Tracy Pratt
108 Ralph Backstrom
109 Murray Hall
110 Tony Esposito
111 Checklist
112 Jim Neilson
113 Ron Ellis
114 Bobby Clarke
115 Ken Hodge
116 Jim Roberts
117 Cesare Maniago
118 Jean Pronovost
119 Gary Bergman
120 Henri Richard
121 Ross Lonsberry
122 Pat Quinn
123 Rod Gilbert
124 Gary Smith
125 Stan Mikita
126 Ed Van Impe
127 Wayne Connelly
128 Dennis Hextall
129 Wayne Cashman
130 J.C. Tremblay
131 Bernie Parent
132 Dunc McCallum RC
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