1972-73 Topps Basketball Cards

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In some ways, the design of 1972-73 Topps Basketball was an improvement over the previous year's set. While many of the subsets and the NBA/ABA separation remain from the earlier set, these cards seem to have been given an improved splash of color.

Among the 1970s Topps basketball sets, this may have been the most aesthetically pleasing.

1972-73 Topps Basketball Set Details

1972-73 Topps Basketball fronts feature a player photo. Most cards have a brightly-colored solid background, but a few do have game-action shots. The team name is rendered as a diagonal shape, with each successive letter being larger than the one before it. The only deviation from the format was with the two franchises called Rockets. There is a small box for those two teams with either Houston or Denver inside. The player's name and position appear at the bottom, inside the white border area.

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Card backs feature a card number, name and position inside a blue box. The orange box below that contains vital stats, and another box has a short write-up about the player. A cartoon about the player appears underneath along with career statistics. The copyright line at the bottom is different, depending on the league where the subject played.

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The 1972-73 Topps Basketball checklist was split into two parts and the NBA once again had the larger part. Cards #1-176 focused on the NBA, while ABA players showed up on cards #177-264. The subsets were also broken down among the leagues. NBA All-Stars appear on cards #161-170, while ABA All-Stars can be found on cards #259-264. Yearly NBA statistical leaders come in trio form on cards #171-176. ABA leaders also have three players to a card, and they run from card #259-264. For the third year in a row, cards replaying the championship series were included in the set, but this time, both leagues were included. NBA championship cards are #154-159, while cards #241-247 recap the ABA championship.

Of course, the top option in 1972-73 Topps Basketball is the Julius Erving rookie card, but he also has an ABA All-Stars card, as well. Other important rookies in the set include Artis Gilmore and Phil Jackson.

Key 1972-73 Topps Basketball Cards:

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Set Checklist

1972-73 Topps Basketball Cards Checklist

Base Set Checklist

264 cards.
Key: AS=All-Stars.
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1 Wilt Chamberlain - Los Angeles Lakers
2 Stan Love - Baltimore Bullets
3 Geoff Petrie - Portland Trail Blazers
4 Curtis Perry - Milwaukee Bucks RC
5 Pete Maravich - Atlanta Hawks
6 Gus Johnson - Phoenix Suns
7 Dave Cowens - Boston Celtics
8 Randy Smith - Buffalo Braves RC
9 Matt Guokas - Kansas City Kings
10 Spencer Haywood - Seattle SuperSonics
11 Jerry Sloan - Chicago Bulls
12 Dave Sorenson - Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Howie Komives - Detroit Pistons
14 Joe Ellis - Golden State Warriors
15 Jerry Lucas - New York Knicks
16 Stu Lantz - Detroit Pistons
17 Bill Bridges - Philadelphia 76ers
18 Leroy Ellis - Los Angeles Lakers
19 Art Williams - Boston Celtics
20 Sidney Wicks - Portland Trail Blazers RC
21 Wes Unseld - Baltimore Bullets
22 Jim Washington - Atlanta Hawks
23 Fred Hilton - Buffalo Braves
24 Curtis Rowe - Detroit Pistons RC
25 Oscar Robertson - Milwaukee Bucks
26 Larry Steele - Portland Trail Blazers RC
27 Charlie Davis - Cleveland Cavaliers
28 Nate Thurmond - Golden State Warriors
29 Fred Carter - Philadelphia 76ers
30 Connie Hawkins - Phoenix Suns
31 Calvin Murphy - Houston Rockets
32 Phil Jackson - New York Knicks RC
33 Lee Winfield - Seattle SuperSonics
34 Jim Fox - Seattle SuperSonics
35 Dave Bing - Detroit Pistons
36 Gary Gregor - Portland Trail Blazers
37 Mike Riordan - Baltimore Bullets
38 George Trapp - Atlanta Hawks
39 Mike Davis - Buffalo Braves
40 Bob Rule - Philadelphia 76ers
41 John Block - Philadelphia 76ers
42 Bob Dandridge - Milwaukee Bucks
43 John Johnson - Cleveland Cavaliers
44 Rick Barry - Golden State Warriors
45 Jo Jo White - Boston Celtics
46 Cliff Meely - Houston Rockets
47 Charlie Scott - Phoenix Suns
48 Johnny Green - Kansas City Kings
49 Pete Cross - Kansas City Kings
50 Gail Goodrich - Los Angeles Lakers
51 Jim Davis - Detroit Pistons
52 Dick Barnett - New York Knicks
53 Bob Christian - Atlanta Hawks
54 Jon McGlocklin - Milwaukee Bucks
55 Paul Silas - Boston Celtics
56 Hal Greer - Philadelphia 76ers
57 Barry Clemens - Seattle SuperSonics
58 Nick Jones - Golden State Warriors
59 Cornell Warner - Buffalo Braves
60 Walt Frazier - New York Knicks
61 Dorie Murrey - Baltimore Bullets
62 Dick Cunningham - Houston Rockets
63 Sam Lacey - Kansas City Kings
64 John Warren - Cleveland Cavaliers
65 Tom Boerwinkle - Chicago Bulls
66 Fred Foster - Detroit Pistons
67 Mel Counts - Phoenix Suns
68 Toby Kimball - Milwaukee Bucks
69 Dale Schlueter - Portland Trail Blazers
70 Jack Marin - Houston Rockets
71 Jim Barnett - Golden State Warriors
72 Clem Haskins - Phoenix Suns
73 Earl Monroe - New York Knicks
74 Tom Sanders - Boston Celtics
75 Jerry West - Los Angeles Lakers
76 Elmore Smith - Buffalo Braves RC
77 Don Adams - Atlanta Hawks
78 Wally Jones - Milwaukee Bucks
79 Tom Van Arsdale - Kansas City Kings
80 Bob Lanier - Detroit Pistons
81 Lenny Wilkens - Seattle SuperSonics
82 Neal Walk - Phoenix Suns
83 Kevin Loughery - Philadelphia 76ers
84 Stan McKenzie - Portland Trail Blazers
85 Jeff Mullins - Golden State Warriors
86 Otto Moore - Houston Rockets
87 John Tresvant - Baltimore Bullets
88 Dean Meminger - New York Knicks RC
89 Jim McMillian - Los Angeles Lakers
90 Austin Carr - Cleveland Cavaliers RC
91 Clifford Ray - Chicago Bulls RC
92 Don Nelson - Boston Celtics
93 Mahdi Abdul-Rahman - Buffalo Braves
94 Willie Norwood - Detroit Pistons
95 Dick Van Arsdale - Phoenix Suns
96 Don May - Atlanta Hawks
97 Walt Bellamy - Atlanta Hawks
98 Garfield Heard - Seattle SuperSonics RC
99 Dave Wohl - Philadelphia 76ers
100 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Milwaukee Bucks
101 Ron Knight - Portland Trail Blazers
102 Phil Chenier - Baltimore Bullets RC
103 Rudy Tomjanovich - Houston Rockets
104 Flynn Robinson - Los Angeles Lakers
105 Dave Debusschere - New York Knicks
106 Dennis Layton - Phoenix Suns
107 Bill Hewitt - Detroit Pistons
108 Dick Garrett - Buffalo Braves
109 Walt Wesley - Cleveland Cavaliers
110 John Havlicek - Boston Celtics
111 Norm Van Lier - Chicago Bulls
112 Cazzie Russell - Golden State Warriors
113 Herm Gilliam - Atlanta Hawks
114 Greg Smith - Houston Rockets
115 Nate Archibald - Kansas City Kings
116 Don Kojis - Kansas City Kings
117 Rick Adelman - Portland Trail Blazers
118 Luke Jackson - Philadelphia 76ers
119 Lamar Green - Phoenix Suns
120 Archie Clark - Baltimore Bullets
121 Happy Hairston - Los Angeles Lakers
122 Bill Bradley - New York Knicks
123 Ron Williams - Golden State Warriors
124 Jimmy Walker - Houston Rockets
125 Bob Kauffman - Buffalo Braves
126 Rick Roberson - Cleveland Cavaliers
127 Howard Porter - Chicago Bulls RC
128 Mike Newlin - Houston Rockets RC
129 Willis Reed - New York Knicks
130 Lou Hudson - Atlanta Hawks
131 Don Chaney - Boston Celtics
132 Dave Stallworth - Baltimore Bullets
133 Charlie Yelverton - Portland Trail Blazers
134 Ken Durrett - Kansas City Kings
135 John Brisker - Seattle SuperSonics
136 Dick Snyder - Seattle SuperSonics
137 Jim McDaniels - Seattle SuperSonics
138 Clyde Lee - Golden State Warriors
139 Dennis Awtrey - Philadelphia 76ers
140 Keith Erickson - Los Angeles Lakers
141 Bob Weiss - Chicago Bulls
142 Butch Beard - Cleveland Cavaliers RC
143 Terry Dischinger - Portland Trail Blazers
144 Pat Riley - Los Angeles Lakers
145 Lucius Allen - Milwaukee Bucks
146 John Mengelt - Kansas City Kings RC
147 John Hummer - Buffalo Braves
148 Bob Love - Chicago Bulls
149 Bobby Smith - Cleveland Cavaliers
150 Elvin Hayes - Baltimore Bullets
151 Nate Williams - Kansas City Kings
152 Chet Walker - Chicago Bulls
153 Steve Kuberski - Boston Celtics
154 NBA Championship Game 1 - Knicks vs. Lakers
155 NBA Championship Game 2 - Knicks vs. Lakers
156 NBA Championship Game 3 - Knicks vs. Lakers
157 NBA Championship Game 4 - Knicks vs. Lakers
158 NBA Championship Game 5 - Knicks vs. Lakers
159 NBA Champs: LA Lakers
160 NBA Checklist
161 John Havlicek - Boston Celtics AS
162 Spencer Haywood - Seattle SuperSonics AS
163 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Milwaukee Bucks AS
164 Jerry West - Los Angeles Lakers AS
165 Walt Frazier - New York Knicks AS
166 Bob Love - Chicago Bulls AS
167 Billy Cunningham - Philadelphia 76ers AS
168 Wilt Chamberlain - Los Angeles Lakers AS
169 Nate Archibald - Kansas City Kings AS
170 Archie Clark - Baltimore Bullets AS
171 NBA Scoring Leaders
172 NBA Scoring Average Leaders
173 NBA Field Goal Pct Leaders
174 NBA Free Throw Pct Leaders
175 NBA Rebounds Leaders
176 NBA Assists Leaders
177 Roland Taylor - Virginia Squires
178 Art Becker - San Diego Conquistadors
179 Mack Calvin - Carolina Cougars
180 Artis Gilmore - Kentucky Colonels RC
181 Collis Jones - Dallas Chaparrals
182 John Roche - New York Nets RC
183 George McGinnis - Indiana Pacers RC
184 Johnny Neumann - Memphis Tams
185 Willie Wise - Utah Stars
186 Bernie Williams - Virginia Squires
187 Byron Beck - Denver Rockets
188 Larry Miller - San Diego Conquistadors
189 Cincy Powell - Kentucky Colonels
190 Donnie Freeman - Dallas Chaparrals
191 John Baum - New York Nets
192 Billy Keller - Indiana Pacers
193 Wilbert Jones - Memphis Tams
194 Glen Combs - Utah Stars
195 Julius Erving - Virginia Squires RC
196 Al Smith - Denver Rockets
197 George Carter - New York Nets
198 Louie Dampier - Kentucky Colonels
199 Rich Jones - Dallas Chaparrals
200 Mel Daniels - Indiana Pacers
201 Gene Moore - San Diego Conquistadors
202 Randy Denton - Memphis Tams
203 Larry Jones - Utah Stars
204 Jim Ligon - Virginia Squires
205 Warren Jabali - Denver Rockets
206 Joe Caldwell - Carolina Cougars
207 Darel Carrier - Kentucky Colonels
208 Gene Kennedy - Dallas Chaparrals
209 Ollie Taylor - San Diego Conquistadors
210 Roger Brown - Indiana Pacers
211 George Lehmann - Memphis Tams
212 Red Robbins - San Diego Conquistadors
213 Jim Eakins - Virginia Squires
214 Willie Long - Denver Rockets
215 Billy Cunningham - Carolina Cougars
216 Steve Jones - Dallas Chaparrals
217 Les Hunter - San Diego Conquistadors
218 Billy Paultz - New York Nets
219 Freddie Lewis - Indiana Pacers
220 Zelmo Beaty - Utah Stars
221 George Thompson - Memphis Tams
222 Neil Johnson - Virginia Squires
223 Dave Robisch - Denver Rockets RC
224 Walt Simon - Kentucky Colonels
225 Bill Melchionni - New York Nets
226 Wendell Ladner - Memphis Tams RC
227 Joe Hamilton - Dallas Chaparrals
228 Bob Netolicky - Dallas Chaparrals
229 James Jones - Utah Stars
230 Dan Issel - Kentucky Colonels
231 Charlie Williams - San Diego Conquistadors
232 Willie Sojourner - Virginia Squires
233 Merv Jackson - Utah Stars
234 Mike Lewis - Carolina Cougars
235 Ralph Simpson - Denver Rockets
236 Darnell Hillman - Indiana Pacers
237 Rick Mount - Kentucky Colonels
238 Gerald Govan - Memphis Tams
239 Ron Boone - Utah Stars
240 Tom Washington - New York Nets
241 ABA Championship Game 1 - Nets vs Pacers
242 ABA Championship Game 2 - Nets vs Pacers
243 ABA Championship Game 3 - Nets vs Pacers
244 ABA Championship Game 4 - Nets vs Pacers
245 ABA Championship Game 5 - Nets vs Pacers
246 ABA Championship Game 6 - Nets vs Pacers
247 ABA Champs: Indiana Pacers
248 ABA Checklist
249 Dan Issel - Kentucky Colonels AS
250 Rick Barry - New York Nets AS
251 Artis Gilmore - Kentucky Colonels AS
252 Donnie Freeman - Dallas Chaparrals AS
253 Bill Melchionni - New York Nets AS
254 Willie Wise - Utah Stars AS
255 Julius Erving - Virginia Squires AS
256 Zelmo Beaty - Utah Stars AS
257 Ralph Simpson - Denver Rockets AS
258 Charlie Scott - Virginia Squires AS
259 ABA Scoring Average Leaders
260 ABA 2 Point FG Pct Leaders
261 ABA 3 Point FG Pct Leaders
262 ABA Free Throw Pct Leaders
263 ABA Rebounds Leaders
264 ABA Assist Leaders

 

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  1. As the author stated, this is a very colorful set indeed. An interesting side note should be added, and that is that while nearly all of the NBA teams had 9 players, most of the ABA teams averaged 6, with the Carolina Cougars inexplicably managing only 4 players deemed worthy of a card. Part of the confusion can be attributed to the constant player movement in the old ABA, as well as the folding of two franchises along with the creation of a new team at the time, the San Diego Conquistadors. A few glaring examples of players who should have had a card would be Larry Brown and Julius Keye- who both posted very decent numbers, and actually were among leaders in assists and rebounds, respectively.

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