1975 Topps Good Times Trading CardsBrand: Topps Entertainment
One of the fascinating things about trading cards is that, over time, they become small cardboard time capsules. Let a few years pass and there's likely something about them that feels off as trends have changed. Let a few decades pass and you might notice a cultural shift. Such is the case with 1975 Topps Good Times trading cards. On the one hand, it's a look back at one of the most popular shows of the 1970s. On the other, it shows just how pop culture is evolved. While it's possible the show still might be made today (in an updated form), there's likely no way a series of bubble gum cards aimed largely at kids would have spawned from it.
1975 Topps Good Times is based on the show that ran for six seasons in the mid-1970s. Set in the Chicago projects, it's an unlikely setup for a sitcom that would have mass appeal. But it did. Jimmie Walker's "Dyn-o-mite!" became part of the pop culture vernacular.
The trading card set has 55 cards to go alongside 22 stickers.
Cards use stills from the show along with speech bubbles. This allows for lots of jokes and one-liners. Backs take on a couple of different forms. Some are puzzle pieces that have abbreviated write-ups. Other cards have a TV icon and more lengthy text talking about the show and its stars.
Stickers, which are inserted one per pack, take on a very familiar design. They're die-cut with a thick red border around the image. Unlike many of Topps' other stickers from the decade that had background designs, Good Times stickers are white. Stickers are not numbered.
1975 Topps Good Times trading cards are a good reflection of the show. They also show their time. Today, it's unlikely such a show would make it to air, at least as something targeting families. As a result, some may be taken aback by the humor. It might not be politically correct today, but times were different in the 1970s and these cards show that.
The set holds solid values today. It doesn't have the mass appeal of some, like Star Wars or Charlie's Angels. But with reruns still going on TV, through streaming and on DVD, it's going to be around for some time.
1975 Topps Good Times Checklist
1 Gee, Dad, you look cleaner than the Board of Health.
2 Michael, don't you know any LITTLE words?
3 That jacket's so loud they can hear you three blocks away!
4 What a great game--Pin the Tail on the Jackass!!
5 Whatta ya call that new cologne--Odor de Stench?
6 I thought you would make porridge not library paste!
7 Son, you're skinnier than a stringbean with malnutrition.
8 Now remember, J.J. looks aren't everything!
9 What's for dinner? Ghetto Goulash?!!
10 Well strike me dumb--the King has come!
11 I just lost a close friend, my appetite!
12 Cook something that'll do you some good, Sis--like brain food!
13 Ever get the feeling we're being watched?
14 It's no earthquake--that's my stomach on the growl!
15 Face it, J.J.--you're just a flag pole with teeth!
16 Do I wear it, or fly it?!!
17 That's the last time I say anything nice to Thelma!
18 Thelma, you oughta make it in Hollywood--in horror movies!
19 We're a close knit family--always in stitches!
20 This must be for Thelma--"Learn to improve your personality!"
21 J.J.'s doing what he does best "Nothing"
22 Junior, only you could make a woman dislike a man in uniform!
23 Don't be too eager--it's only a letter from my principal!
24 My report card is underwater again--below "C" level!
25 Take it from me, Michael, you'll like being a sex symbol.
26 This family sticks together through thick and thin--mostly thin!
27 You'd better put some clothes on that picture before your mother gets home!
28 Militant Midget--you will NOT boycott breakfast!
29 I've just been voted "Man of the Ghetto!"
30 Just call me the "Van Gogh of the Ghet-to!"
31 Thanks for the gifts--you couldn't have given them to a nicer guy!
32 I'd borrow the car tonight, Pop--if you had one!!
33 Things are pretty bad--Even the muggers are afraid to go out at night!
34 Thelma, you're outta sight--and you oughta stay that way!
35 You think you've got problems? J.J.'s my brother!
36 No, this is not the City Dump--not yet!
37 You're in luck, Fella, Thelma's not home!
38 Hmmmpp... She buys her face at the cosmetics counter!
39 Black is beautiful, Thelma, but you're an exception!
40 I must have the wrong notebook--this one has work in it!
41 Hey, Clan--Papa Bear is home!
42 I would've painted Thelma, Dad, but I'm not into cartooning!
43 Don't tell Junior, but I think you're the prettiest!
44 Says here, Ned the Wino fell down four flights of stairs and didn't spill a drop!
45 Who do you think you are? The Galloping Gourmet of the Ghetto!
46 Hey, J.J.--Is that your nose or are you eating a banana?!
47 Ma, I think the chores should be distributed in order of intelligence -- the brighter, the lighter!
48 The kids voted me scarecrow for the class play!
49 Protest this picture and I'll paint you a bright shade of red!
50 Say, Mama, why isn't "jive turkey" in the dictionary?
51 There's only one boss in this family, Son--my belt!
52 Begone--you jive turkeys!
53 In my crowd I'm known as the Playboy of the Projects!
54 Cheer up folks, I'm not getting older...I'm getting better!
55 J.J.'s so skinny he can use a donut for a life preserver!
22 cards. Inserted one per pack. Stickers are not numbered.
"Are you sure Don Juan started this way?"
BerNadette (Thelma) Stanis
"Call me the Playboy of the Projects!"
Esther (Florida) Rolle
"Foxes of America--Eat your hearts out!"
"I'm handsome & bright..and pure Dyn-O-Mite!"
"I'm king of this castle & you're gonna be crowned!"
"I'm Michael--Also known as the militant midget!"
"I'm the jaws of the Ghetto!"
"In this cruel world, good looks aren't enough."
"In this house, the belt is boss."
Jimmie (J.J.) Walker
J.J. Is Dyn-O-Mite!
"Just call me kid Dyn-O-Mite!"
"Thelma, you're a jive turkey!"
The pint-sized Protester
We Love J.J.
"Who's a pipe cleaner with teeth?"
"With a face like your's, J.J., who needs enemies?"
"Yeechh! Ghetto Ghoulash!"