1974-75 Topps Basketball Cards

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Although it has the rookie cards for Hall of Famers Bill Walton and George Gervin, 1974-75 Topps Basketball is perhaps most notable for the shift in the design.

In its earlier basketball sets, Topps placed most of its players in front of solid-colored backgrounds. In the '74-75 set, the company mixed it up significantly.

1974-75 Topps Basketball Set Details

As usual, the 1974-75 Topps Basketball player photos were of two varieties: posed or action shots. The game photos are presented as they were taken, but posed shots were given a heavily-tinted background image that has nothing to do with the player. Using bright text colors, the team name runs vertically down the right side of the card. At the bottom, a pennant shape contains the player's name and a basketball icon indicates his position.

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Card backs are horizontally oriented, with the card number, name and position across the top. The rest of the card is broken into two parts. The box on the left has a cartoon about the player, and a list of vital stats appears below it. On the right side, a short written biography is followed by year-by-year statistics and a copyright line.

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All-Stars are again noted with a banner on the regular cards, but there are no other design differences. In addition, an interesting problem appears in the 1974-75 Topps Basketball checklist because of a name change. In previous seasons, there were two franchises called the Rockets: an NBA club in Houston and an ABA team in Denver. Before the season, Denver's team sensed a looming merger and changed their name to the Nuggets. However, Topps was obviously preparing to once again differentiate the two teams. Both teams have a small banner added with the city name on it, but the Denver players are correctly called Nuggets.

For the third straight year, NBA players appear on cards #1-176 and ABA players show up on cards #177-264. A new subset features the team leaders in four statistical categories. These subsets are broken down by the two leagues.

Headling the vintage 1974-75 Topps Basketball product, Bill Walton, George Gervin and Doug Collins are the top rookies to collect.

Key 1974-75 Topps Basketball Cards:

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Set Checklist

1974-75 Topps Basketball Checklist

Base Set Checklist

264 cards.
Key: AS=All-Stars.
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1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Milwaukee Bucks AS
2 Don May - Philadelphia 76ers
3 Bernie Fryer - Portland Trail Blazers RC
4 Don Adams - Detroit Pistons
5 Herm Gilliam - Atlanta Hawks
6 Jim Chones - Cleveland Cavaliers
7 Rick Adelman - Chicago Bulls
8 Randy Smith - Buffalo Braves
9 Paul Silas - Boston Celtics
10 Pete Maravich - New Orleans Jazz
11 Ron Behagen - Kansas City Kings
12 Kevin Porter - Washington Bullets
13 Bill Bridges - Los Angeles Lakers
14 Charles Johnson - Golden State Warriors RC
15 Bob Love - Chicago Bulls
16 Henry Bibby - New York Knicks
17 Neal Walk - Phoenix Suns
18 John Brisker - Seattle SuperSonics
19 Lucius Allen - Milwaukee Bucks
20 Tom Van Arsdale - Philadelphia 76ers
21 Larry Steele - Portland Trail Blazers
22 Curtis Rowe - Detroit Pistons
23 Dean Meminger - Atlanta Hawks
24 Steve Patterson - Cleveland Cavaliers
25 Earl Monroe - New York Knicks
26 Jack Marin - Buffalo Braves
27 Jo Jo White - Boston Celtics
28 Rudy Tomjanovich - Houston Rockets
29 Otto Moore - Kansas City Kings
30 Elvin Hayes - Washington Bullets AS
31 Pat Riley - Los Angeles Lakers
32 Clyde Lee - Golden State Warriors
33 Bob Weiss - Chicago Bulls
34 Jim Fox - Seattle SuperSonics
35 Charlie Scott - Phoenix Suns
36 Cliff Meely - Houston Rockets
37 Jon McGlocklin - Milwaukee Bucks
38 Jim McMillian - Buffalo Braves
39 Bill Walton - Portland Trail Blazers RC
40 Dave Bing - Detroit Pistons AS
41 Jim Washington - Atlanta Hawks
42 Jim Cleamons - Cleveland Cavaliers
43 Mel Davis - New York Knicks
44 Garfield Heard - Buffalo Braves
45 Jimmy Walker - Kansas City Kings
46 Don Nelson - Boston Celtics
47 Jim Barnett - New Orleans Jazz
48 Manny Leaks - Washington Bullets
49 Elmore Smith - Los Angeles Lakers
50 Rick Barry - Golden State Warriors AS
51 Jerry Sloan - Chicago Bulls
52 John Hummer - Seattle SuperSonics
53 Keith Erickson - Phoenix Suns
54 George E. Johnson - Houston Rockets
55 Oscar Robertson - Milwaukee Bucks
56 Steve Mix - Philadelphia 76ers RC
57 Rick Roberson - Portland Trail Blazers
58 John Mengelt - Detroit Pistons
59 Dwight Jones - Atlanta Hawks RC
60 Austin Carr - Cleveland Cavaliers
61 Nick Weatherspoon - Washington Bullets RC
62 Clem Haskins - Phoenix Suns
63 Don Kojis - Kansas City Kings
64 Paul Westphal - Boston Celtics
65 Walt Bellamy - New Orleans Jazz
66 John Johnson - Portland Trail Blazers
67 Butch Beard - Golden State Warriors
68 Happy Hairston - Los Angeles Lakers
69 Tom Boerwinkle - Chicago Bulls
70 Spencer Haywood - Seattle SuperSonics AS
71 Gary Melchionni - Phoenix Suns
72 Ed Ratleff - Houston Rockets RC
73 Mickey Davis - Milwaukee Bucks
74 Dennis Awtrey - New Orleans Jazz
75 Fred Carter - Philadelphia 76ers
76 George Trapp - Detroit Pistons
77 John Wetzel - Atlanta Hawks
78 Bobby Smith - Cleveland Cavaliers
79 John Gianelli - New York Knicks
80 Bob McAdoo - Buffalo Braves AS
81 Atlanta Hawks Team Leaders
82 Boston Celtics Team Leaders
83 Buffalo Braves Team Leaders
84 Chicago Bulls Team Leaders
85 Cleveland Cavaliers Team Leaders
86 Detroit Pistons Team Leaders
87 Golden State Warriors Team Leaders
88 Houston Rockets Team Leaders
89 Kansas City-Omaha Kings Team Leaders
90 Los Angeles Lakers Team Leaders
91 Milwaukee Bucks Team Leaders
92 New Orleans Jazz NBA's Newest Entry
93 New York Knicks Team Leaders
94 Philadelphia 76ers Team Leaders
95 Phoenix Suns Team Leaders
96 Portland Trail Blazers Team Leaders
97 Seattle Supersonics Team Leaders
98 Capitol Bullets Team Leaders
99 Sam Lacey - Kansas City Kings
100 John Havlicek - Boston Celtics AS
101 Stu Lantz - New Orleans Jazz
102 Mike Riordan - Washington Bullets
103 Larry Jones - Philadelphia 76ers
104 Connie Hawkins - Los Angeles Lakers
105 Nate Thurmond - Golden State Warriors
106 Dick Gibbs - Seattle SuperSonics
107 Corky Calhoun - Phoenix Suns
108 Dave Wohl - Houston Rockets
109 Cornell Warner - Milwaukee Bucks
110 Geoff Petrie - Portland Trail Blazers
111 Leroy Ellis - Philadelphia 76ers
112 Chris Ford - Detroit Pistons
113 Bill Bradley - New York Knicks
114 Clifford Ray - Chicago Bulls
115 Dick Snyder - Cleveland Cavaliers
116 Nate Williams - Kansas City Kings
117 Matt Guokas - Buffalo Braves
118 Henry Finkel - Boston Celtics
119 Curtis Perry - New Orleans Jazz
120 Gail Goodrich - Los Angeles Lakers AS
121 Wes Unseld - Washington Bullets
122 Howard Porter - New York Knicks
123 Jeff Mullins - Golden State Warriors
124 Mike Bantom - Phoenix Suns RC
125 Fred Brown - Seattle SuperSonics
126 Bob Dandridge - Milwaukee Bucks
127 Mike Newlin - Houston Rockets
128 Greg Smith - Portland Trail Blazers
129 Doug Collins - Philadelphia 76ers RC
130 Lou Hudson - Atlanta Hawks
131 Bob Lanier - Detroit Pistons
132 Phil Jackson - New York Knicks
133 Don Chaney - Boston Celtics
134 Jim Brewer - Cleveland Cavaliers RC
135 Ernie DiGregorio - Buffalo Braves RC
136 Steve Kuberski - New Orleans Jazz
137 Jim Price - Los Angeles Lakers
138 Mike D'Antoni - Kansas City Kings
139 John Brown - Atlanta Hawks
140 Norm Van Lier - Chicago Bulls AS
141 NBA Checklist (#1-176)
142 Slick Watts - Seattle SuperSonics RC
143 Walt Wesley - Washington Bullets
144 1973-74 NBA Scoring Leaders
145 1973-74 NBA Scoring Average Leaders
146 1973-74 NBA Field Goal Pct. Leaders
147 1973-74 NBA Free Throw Pct. Leaders
148 1973-74 NBA Rebound Leaders
149 1973-74 NBA Assist Leaders
150 Walt Frazier - New York Knicks AS
151 Cazzie Russell - Golden State Warriors
152 Calvin Murphy - Houston Rockets
153 Bob Kauffman - Atlanta Hawks
154 Fred Boyd - Philadelphia 76ers
155 Dave Cowens - Boston Celtics
156 Willie Norwood - Detroit Pistons
157 Lee Winfield - Buffalo Braves
158 Dwight Davis - Cleveland Cavaliers
159 George T. Johnson - Golden State Warriors
160 Dick Van Arsdale - Phoenix Suns
161 1973-74 NBA Eastern Semi-Finals
162 1973-74 NBA Western Semi-Finals
163 1973-74 NBA Finals
164 1973-74 NBA Championship - Celtics vs. Bucks
165 Phil Chenier - Washington Bullets
166 Kermit Washington - Los Angeles Lakers RC
167 Dale Schlueter - Atlanta Hawks
168 John Block - New Orleans Jazz
169 Don Smith - Houston Rockets
170 Nate Archibald - Kansas City Kings
171 Chet Walker - Chicago Bulls
172 Archie Clark - Washington Bullets
173 Kennedy McIntosh - Seattle SuperSonics
174 George Thompson - Milwaukee Bucks
175 Sidney Wicks - Portland Trail Blazers
176 Jerry West - Los Angeles Lakers
177 Dwight Lamar - San Diego Conquistadors
178 George Carter - Virginia Squires
179 Wil Robinson - Memphis Sounds
180 Artis Gilmore - Kentucky Colonels AS
181 Brian Taylor - New York Nets
182 Darnell Hillman - Indiana Pacers
183 Dave Robisch - Denver Nuggets
184 Gene Littles - Spirits of St. Louis RC
185 Willie Wise - Utah Stars AS
186 James Silas - San Antonio Spurs RC
187 Caldwell Jones - San Diego Conquistadors RC
188 Roland Taylor - Virginia Squires
189 Randy Denton - Memphis Sounds
190 Dan Issel - Kentucky Colonels AS
191 Mike Gale - New York Nets
192 Mel Daniels - Memphis Sounds
193 Steve Jones - Denver Nuggets
194 Marv Roberts - Spirits of St. Louis
195 Ron Boone - Utah Stars AS
196 George Gervin - San Antonio Spurs RC
197 Flynn Robinson - San Diego Conquistadors
198 Cincy Powell - Virginia Squires
199 Glen Combs - Memphis Sounds
200 Julius Erving - New York Nets AS
201 Billy Keller - Indiana Pacers
202 Willie Long - Denver Nuggets
203 ABA Checklist (#177-264)
204 Joe Caldwell - Spirits of St. Louis
205 Swen Nater - San Antonio Spurs RC AS
206 Rick Mount - Utah Stars
207 1973-74 ABA Scoring Average Leaders
208 1973-74 ABA Two-Point Field Goal Leaders
209 1973-74 ABA Three-Point Field Goal Leaders
210 1973-74 ABA Free Throw Pct. Leaders
211 1973-74 ABA Rebound Leaders
212 1973-74 ABA Assist Leaders
213 Larry Miller - Virginia Squires
214 Stew Johnson - San Diego Conquistadors
215 Larry Finch - Memphis Sounds RC
216 Larry Kenon - New York Nets RC
217 Joe Hamilton - Kentucky Colonels
218 Gerald Govan - Utah Stars
219 Ralph Simpson - Denver Nuggets
220 George McGinnis - Indiana Pacers AS
221 Carolina Cougars Team Leaders
222 Denver Nuggets Team Leaders
223 Indiana Pacers Team Leaders
224 Kentucky Colonels Team Leaders
225 Memphis Sounds Team Leaders
226 New York Nets Team Leaders
227 San Antonio Spurs Team Leaders
228 San Diego Conquistadors Team Leaders
229 Utah Stars Team Leaders
230 Virginia Squires Team Leaders
231 Bird Averitt - Kentucky Colonels
232 John Roche - Kentucky Colonels
233 George Irvine - Virginia Squires
234 John Williamson - New York Nets RC
235 Billy Cunningham - Spirits of St. Louis
236 Jimmy O'Brien - San Diego Conquistadors
237 Wilbert Jones - Kentucky Colonels
238 Johnny Neumann - Utah Stars
239 Al Smith - Denver Nuggets
240 Roger Brown - Memphis Sounds
241 Chuck Williams - Kentucky Colonels
242 Rich Jones - San Antonio Spurs
243 Dave Twardzik - Virginia Squires RC
244 Wendell Ladner - New York Nets
245 Mack Calvin - Spirits of St. Louis AS
246 1973-74 ABA Eastern Semi-Finals
247 1973-74 ABA Western Semi-Finals
248 1973-74 ABA Finals
249 1973-74 ABA Championship - Nets vs. Stars
250 Wilt Chamberlain - San Diego Conquistadors
251 Ron Robinson - Memphis Sounds
252 Zelmo Beaty - Utah Stars
253 Donnie Freeman - Indiana Pacers
254 Mike Green - Denver Nuggets
255 Louie Dampier - Kentucky Colonels AS
256 Tom Owens - Spirits of St. Louis
257 George Karl - San Antonio Spurs RC
258 Jim Eakins - Virginia Squires
259 Travis Grant - San Diego Conquistadors
260 James Jones - Utah Stars AS
261 Mike Jackson - Memphis Sounds
262 Billy Paultz - New York Nets
263 Freddie Lewis - Memphis Sounds
264 Byron Beck - Denver Nuggets

 

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