1973-74 Topps Basketball Cards

1973-74 Topps Basketball Cards

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Something of an afterthought, 1973-74 Topps Basketball is held back by a lack of key rookies and a more muted design.

Still, the vintage set is jam-packed with ABA and NBA legends, including many Hall of Famers.

1973-74 Topps Basketball Set Details

Compared to the basketball sets that Topps had issued before it, the design of the 1973-74 Topps Basketball may seem like it was toned down. Card fronts show a player picture. Some cards show game action, while others were simply posed in front of a wall. In the lower-left corner is an image of a basketball floating over a hoop that notes the player's position. Also at the bottom is the player's name and team.

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Once again, there was a small problem due to two teams called the Rockets, so Houston was added to the NBA's franchise.

Backs were once again given a vertical format, and a cartoon was placed at the top of the card. The card number appears below that in a little graphic basketball, along with a name and position. A red box contains some vitals, and a green box has a write-up about the player's career. Year-by-year stats appear below that, and a copyright line specific to the player's league runs across the bottom.

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For the first time, All-Star players were not given a subset. Instead, the distinction appears on their regular card, which is given a different design. For some reason, each of those players also has a white inset photo with a floating headshot.

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The NBA/ABA split is the same as the previous year's set, with NBA players appearing on cards #1-176 and ABA players showing up on #177-264. The subsets are also split by leagues: NBA statistical leaders are featured on #153-158, while the ABA leaders took up cards #234-239. The playoffs are also recapped, with the NBA postseason chronicled on cards #62-68 and the ABA on cards #202-208.

The main rookie cards in the set include Bob McAdoo, Paul Westphal and Chris Ford.

Key 1973-74 Topps Basketball Cards:

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Set Checklist

1973-74 Topps Basketball Checklist

Base Set Checklist

264 cards.
Key: AS=All-Stars.
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1 Nate Archibald - Kansas City Kings AS
2 Steve Kuberski - Boston Celtics
3 John Mengelt - Detroit Pistons
4 Jim McMillian - Los Angeles Lakers
5 Nate Thurmond - Golden State Warriors
6 Dave Wohl - Buffalo Braves
7 John Brisker - Seattle SuperSonics
8 Charlie Davis - Portland Trail Blazers
9 Lamar Green - Phoenix Suns
10 Walt Frazier - New York Knicks AS
11 Bob Christian - Atlanta Hawks
12 Cornell Warner - Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Calvin Murphy - Houston Rockets
14 Dave Sorenson - Philadelphia 76ers
15 Archie Clark - Capital Bullets
16 Clifford Ray - Chicago Bulls
17 Terry Driscoll - Milwaukee Bucks
18 Matt Guokas - Kansas City Kings
19 Elmore Smith - Buffalo Braves
20 John Havlicek - Boston Celtics AS
21 Pat Riley - Los Angeles Lakers
22 George Trapp - Detroit Pistons
23 Ron Williams - Golden State Warriors
24 Jim Fox - Seattle SuperSonics
25 Dick Van Arsdale - Phoenix Suns
26 John Tresvant - Capital Bullets
27 Rick Adelman - Portland Trail Blazers
28 Eddie Mast - Atlanta Hawks
29 Jim Cleamons - Cleveland Cavaliers
30 Dave Debusschere - New York Knicks AS
31 Norm Van Lier - Chicago Bulls
32 Stan McKenzie - Houston Rockets
33 Bob Dandridge - Milwaukee Bucks
34 Leroy Ellis - Philadelphia 76ers
35 Mike Riordan - Capital Bullets
36 Fred Hilton - Buffalo Braves
37 Toby Kimball - Kansas City Kings
38 Jim Price - Los Angeles Lakers
39 Willie Norwood - Detroit Pistons
40 Dave Cowens - Boston Celtics AS
41 Cazzie Russell - Golden State Warriors
42 Lee Winfield - Seattle SuperSonics
43 Connie Hawkins - Phoenix Suns
44 Mike Newlin - Houston Rockets
45 Chet Walker - Chicago Bulls
46 Walt Bellamy - Atlanta Hawks
47 John Johnson - Portland Trail Blazers
48 Henry Bibby - New York Knicks RC
49 Bobby Smith - Cleveland Cavaliers
50 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Milwaukee Bucks AS
51 Mike Price - Philadelphia 76ers
52 John Hummer - Buffalo Braves
53 Kevin Porter - Capital Bullets RC
54 Nate Williams - Kansas City Kings
55 Gail Goodrich - Los Angeles Lakers
56 Fred Foster - Detroit Pistons
57 Don Chaney - Boston Celtics
58 Bud Stallworth - Seattle SuperSonics
59 Clem Haskins - Phoenix Suns
60 Bob Love - Chicago Bulls AS
61 Jimmy Walker - Houston Rockets
62 NBA Eastern Semis - Knicks vs Bullets
63 NBA Eastern Semis - Celtics vs Hawks
64 Western Semis - Lakers vs Bulls
65 NBA Western Semis - Warriors vs Bucks
66 Eastern Finals - Knicks vs Celtics
67 NBA Western Finals - Lakers vs Warriors
68 Knicks Champs - New York Knicks
69 Larry Steele - Portland Trail Blazers
70 Oscar Robertson - Milwaukee Bucks
71 Phil Jackson - New York Knicks
72 John Wetzel - Atlanta Hawks
73 Steve Patterson - Cleveland Cavaliers RC
74 Manny Leaks - Philadelphia 76ers
75 Jeff Mullins - Golden State Warriors
76 Stan Love - Capital Bullets
77 Dick Garrett - Buffalo Braves
78 Don Nelson - Boston Celtics
79 Chris Ford - Detroit Pistons RC
80 Wilt Chamberlain - Los Angeles Lakers
81 Dennis Layton - Phoenix Suns
82 Bill Bradley - New York Knicks
83 Jerry Sloan - Chicago Bulls
84 Cliff Meely - Houston Rockets
85 Sam Lacey - Kansas City Kings
86 Dick Snyder - Seattle SuperSonics
87 Jim Washington - Atlanta Hawks
88 Lucius Allen - Milwaukee Bucks
89 Larue Martin - Portland Trail Blazers
90 Rick Barry - Golden State Warriors
91 Fred Boyd - Philadelphia 76ers
92 Barry Clemens - Cleveland Cavaliers
93 Dean Meminger - New York Knicks
94 Henry Finkel - Boston Celtics
95 Elvin Hayes - Capital Bullets
96 Stu Lantz - Detroit Pistons
97 Bill Hewitt - Buffalo Braves
98 Neal Walk - Phoenix Suns
99 Garfield Heard - Chicago Bulls
100 Jerry West - Los Angeles Lakers AS
101 Otto Moore - Houston Rockets
102 Don Kojis - Kansas City Kings
103 Fred Brown - Seattle SuperSonics RC
104 Dwight Davis - Cleveland Cavaliers
105 Willis Reed - New York Knicks
106 Herm Gilliam - Atlanta Hawks
107 Mickey Davis - Milwaukee Bucks
108 Jim Barnett - Golden State Warriors
109 Ollie Johnson - Portland Trail Blazers
110 Bob Lanier - Detroit Pistons
111 Fred Carter - Philadelphia 76ers
112 Paul Silas - Boston Celtics
113 Phil Chenier - Capital Bullets
114 Dennis Awtrey - Chicago Bulls
115 Austin Carr - Cleveland Cavaliers
116 Bob Kauffman - Buffalo Braves
117 Keith Erickson - Los Angeles Lakers
118 Walt Wesley - Phoenix Suns
119 Steve Bracey - Atlanta Hawks
120 Spencer Haywood - Seattle SuperSonics AS
121 NBA Checklist (#1-176)
122 Jack Marin - Houston Rockets
123 Jon McGlocklin - Milwaukee Bucks
124 Johnny Green - Kansas City Kings
125 Jerry Lucas - New York Knicks
126 Paul Westphal - Boston Celtics RC
127 Curtis Rowe - Detroit Pistons
128 Mahdi Abdul-Rahman - Seattle SuperSonics
129 Lloyd Neal - Portland Trail Blazers RC
130 Pete Maravich - Atlanta Hawks AS
131 Don May - Philadelphia 76ers
132 Bob Weiss - Chicago Bulls
133 Dave Stallworth - Capital Bullets
134 Dick Cunningham - Milwaukee Bucks
135 Bob McAdoo - Buffalo Braves RC
136 Butch Beard - Golden State Warriors
137 Happy Hairston - Los Angeles Lakers
138 Bob Rule - Cleveland Cavaliers
139 Don Adams - Detroit Pistons
140 Charlie Scott - Phoenix Suns
141 Ron Riley - Kansas City Kings
142 Earl Monroe - New York Knicks
143 Clyde Lee - Golden State Warriors
144 Rick Roberson - Portland Trail Blazers
145 Rudy Tomjanovich - Houston Rockets
146 Tom Van Arsdale - Philadelphia 76ers
147 Art Williams - Boston Celtics
148 Curtis Perry - Milwaukee Bucks
149 Rich Rinaldi - Capital Bullets
150 Lou Hudson - Atlanta Hawks
151 Mel Counts - Los Angeles Lakers
152 Jim McDaniels - Seattle SuperSonics
153 1972-73 NBA Scoring Leaders
154 1972-73 NBA Scoring Avg Leaders
155 1972-73 NBA Field Goal Pct Leaders
156 1972-73 NBA Free Throw Pct Leaders
157 1972-73 NBA Rebounds Leaders
158 1972-73 NBA Assists Leaders
159 Don Smith - Houston Rockets
160 Sidney Wicks - Portland Trail Blazers
161 Howie Komives - Buffalo Braves
162 John Gianelli - New York Knicks
163 Jeff Halliburton - Philadelphia 76ers
164 Kennedy McIntosh - Seattle SuperSonics
165 Lenny Wilkens - Cleveland Cavaliers
166 Corky Calhoun - Phoenix Suns
167 Howard Porter - Chicago Bulls
168 Jo Jo White - Boston Celtics
169 John Block - Kansas City Kings
170 Dave Bing - Detroit Pistons
171 Joe Ellis - Golden State Warriors
172 Chuck Terry - Milwaukee Bucks
173 Randy Smith - Buffalo Braves
174 Bill Bridges - Los Angeles Lakers
175 Geoff Petrie - Portland Trail Blazers
176 Wes Unseld - Capital Bullets
177 Skeeter Swift - San Antonio Spurs
178 Jim Eakins - Virginia Squires
179 Steve Jones - Carolina Cougars
180 George McGinnis - Indiana Pacers AS
181 Al Smith - Denver Rockets
182 Tom Washington - New York Nets
183 Louie Dampier - Kentucky Colonels
184 Simmie Hill - San Diego Conquistadors
185 George Thompson - Memphis Tams
186 Cincy Powell - Utah Stars
187 Larry Jones - San Antonio Spurs
188 Neil Johnson - Virginia Squires
189 Tom Owens - Carolina Cougars
190 Ralph Simpson - Denver Rockets AS
191 George Carter - Virginia Squires
192 Rick Mount - Kentucky Colonels
193 Red Robbins - San Diego Conquistadors
194 George Lehmann - Memphis Tams
195 Mel Daniels - Indiana Pacers AS
196 Bob Warren - Utah Stars
197 Gene Kennedy - San Antonio Spurs
198 Mike Barr - Virginia Squires
199 Dave Robisch - Denver Rockets
200 Billy Cunningham - Carolina Cougars AS
201 John Roche - New York Nets
202 ABA Western Semis - Pacers vs Rockets
203 ABA Western Semis - Stars vs Conquistadors
204 ABA Eastern Semis - Colonels vs Squires
205 ABA Eastern Semis - Cougars vs Nets
206 ABA Western Finals - Pacers vs Stars
207 Eastern Finals - Colonels vs Cougars
208 ABA Championship - Pacers vs Colonels
209 Glen Combs - Utah Stars
210 Dan Issel - Kentucky Colonels AS
211 Randy Denton - Memphis Tams
212 Freddie Lewis - Indiana Pacers
213 Stew Johnson - San Diego Conquistadors
214 Roland Taylor - Virginia Squires
215 Rich Jones - San Antonio Spurs
216 Billy Paultz - New York Nets
217 Ron Boone - Utah Stars
218 Walt Simon - Kentucky Colonels
219 Mike Lewis - Carolina Cougars
220 Warren Jabali - Denver Rockets AS
221 Wilbert Jones - Memphis Tams
222 Don Buse - Indiana Pacers RC
223 Gene Moore - San Diego Conquistadors
224 Joe Hamilton - San Antonio Spurs
225 Zelmo Beaty - Utah Stars
226 Brian Taylor - New York Nets RC
227 Julius Keye - Denver Rockets
228 Mike Gale - Kentucky Colonels RC
229 Warren Davis - Memphis Tams
230 Mack Calvin - Carolina Cougars AS
231 Roger Brown - Indiana Pacers
232 Chuck Williams - San Diego Conquistadors
233 Gerald Govan - Utah Stars
234 1972-73 ABA Scoring Average Leaders
235 1972-73 ABA 2-Pt Field Goal Pct Leaders
236 1972-73 ABA 3-Pt Field Goal Pct Leaders
237 1972-73 ABA Free Throw Pct Leaders
238 1972-73 ABA Rebounds Leaders
239 1972-73 ABA Assits Leaders
240 Julius Erving - Virginia Squires AS
241 Jimmy O'Brien - Kentucky Colonels
242 ABA Checklist (#177-264)
243 Johnny Neumann - Memphis Tams
244 Darnell Hillman - Indiana Pacers
245 Willie Wise - Utah Stars
246 Collis Jones - San Antonio Spurs
247 Ted McClain - Carolina Cougars
248 George Irvine - Virginia Squires RC
249 Bill Melchionni - New York Nets
250 Artis Gilmore - Kentucky Colonels AS
251 Willie Long - Denver Rockets
252 Larry Miller - San Diego Conquistadors
253 Lee Davis - Memphis Tams
254 Donnie Freeman - Indiana Pacers
255 Joe Caldwell - Carolina Cougars
256 Bob Netolicky - San Antonio Spurs
257 Bernie Williams - Virginia Squires
258 Byron Beck - Denver Rockets
259 Jim Chones - New York Nets RC
260 James Jones - Utah Stars AS
261 Wendell Ladner - Kentucky Colonels
262 Ollie Taylor - San Diego Conquistadors
263 Les Hunter - Memphis Tams
264 Billy Keller - Indiana Pacers

 

Team Emblem Sticker Duals Set Checklist

33 cards. 1 per pack.

Atlanta Hawks / Boston Celtics
Atlanta Hawks / Seattle SuperSonics
Boston Celtics / Buffalo Braves
Boston Celtics / Philadelphia 76ers
Buffalo Braves / Los Angeles Lakers
Buffalo Braves / Portland Trail Blazers
Capital Bullets / New York Knicks
Carolina Cougars / Utah Stars
Chicago Bulls / Detroit Pistons
Cleveland Cavaliers / Atlanta Hawks
Denver Rockets / San Antonio Spurs
Detroit Pistons / Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors / Kansas City Kings
Golden State Warriors / Milwaukee Bucks
Houston Rockets / Buffalo Braves
Indiana Pacers / Virginia Squires
KC-Omaha Kings / Los Angeles Lakers
Kentucky Colonels / Memphis Tams
Los Angeles Lakers / Boston Celtics
Los Angeles Lakers / Capital Bullets
Memphis Tams / Carolina Cougars
Milwaukee Bucks / New York Knicks
New York Knicks / Chicago Bulls
New York Knicks / Golden State Warriors
New York Nets / San Diego Conquistadors
Philadelphia 76ers / Atlanta Hawks
Phoenix Suns / Cleveland Cavaliers
Portland Trail Blazers / Houston Rockets
San Antonio Spurs / New York Nets
San Diego Conquistadors / Indiana Pacers
Seattle Supersonics / Phoenix Suns
Utah Stars / Kentucky Colonels
Virginia Squires / Denver Rockets

 

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