1980-81 Topps Basketball Cards

1980-81 Topps Basketball Cards

Brand:

Product Details

User Rating:

On one hand, this was a set that featured something Topps had never tried before. Featuring three cards in a panel is something that had been done in insert sets, but never as part of a base set. On the other hand, it created one of the more iconic cards of its era by pairing up two legendary rookies and one of the game's biggest stars.

There are 264 numbered cards in the 1980-'81 Topps basketball set, which breaks down into 88 perforated panels of three cards each. However, Topps used two printing sheets and changed the players around. As a result, a complete panel set includes 176 different items, which actually holds two complete sets. That might seem confusing to a collector starting on the set, and it has certainly affected the set's collectability over the years.

Each individual card is 1 1/6 inches by 2 ½ inches. A player photo is surrounded by a solid-colored line that appears to spell out the name of his team in a cursive style at the bottom of the card (it's the same font that was used in the 1978 Topps baseball set). Below the team name are the player's name and position. The backs are fairly basic since there is so little space: a black line across the top includes the player's name and a card number, with vital stats below it. A very short write-up is found, and then the stats for the 1979/80 season and a line of career totals. Off to the right is a small blue box with a cartoon inside about a highlight from the player's career. Cards are printed on white stock, which makes them a lot easier to read.

Since the number of cards doubled from the previous year, subsets return to the basketball set, each with different back designs. Team Leaders in several different categories are scattered through the set. There are also Slam Dunk cards that run from card #253-264. All-Stars appear on cards #1-18, and they feature checklist backs.

The key card to the set features the rookie cards of both Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, with Julius Erving's Team Leader card in the center. The Bird and Johnson rookie appear on other panels, but they're not valued anywhere near as highly as the two players together. Cards that have been detached are considered to be damaged and rate no higher than Poor condition.

With the larger set size, there are a lot more rookies than could fit in the past several years' worth of sets. Besides Bird and Johnson, notable rookies include Michael Ray Richardson, Purvis Short, Freeman Williams, Maurice Cheeks, Bill Cartwright, Tree Rollins, Michael Cooper and Sidney Moncrief.

Key 1980-81 Topps Basketball Cards:

1980-81 Topps Basketball Cards 1

1980-81 Topps Basketball Cards 2
« Previous12345...1213
1980-81 Topps Basketball Cards 11

Set Checklist

1980-81 Topps Basketball Card Checklist



Hot Auctions

Top 25 Singles

Here are the real time rankings of the 25 Most Popular Singles currently being sold on eBay:

1980-81 Topps Basketball Cards 13
10 watchers
Bids: 4
Current Bid/Price (USD): $24.00
Time Left: 4 days 18 hours 45 minutes 2 seconds
1980-81 Topps Basketball Cards 14
9 watchers
Bids: 5
Current Bid/Price (USD): $46.00
Time Left: 4 days 18 hours 16 minutes 13 seconds
1980-81 Topps Basketball Cards 15
8 watchers
Bids: 3
Current Bid/Price (USD): $3.25
Time Left: 3 days 16 hours 12 minutes 31 seconds
1980-81 Topps Basketball Cards 16
6 watchers
Bids: 0
Current Bid/Price (USD): $25.00
Time Left: 2 days 16 hours 55 minutes 32 seconds
1980-81 Topps Basketball Cards 17
3 watchers
Bids: 0
Current Bid/Price (USD): $9.99
Time Left: 1 day 18 hours 44 minutes 58 seconds
1980-81 Topps Basketball Cards 18
3 watchers
Bids: 0
Current Bid/Price (USD): $1350.00
Time Left: 4 days 22 hours 3 minutes 33 seconds
1980-81 Topps Basketball Cards 19
3 watchers
Bids: 1
Current Bid/Price (USD): $7.99
Time Left: 18 hours 48 minutes 19 seconds
1980-81 Topps Basketball Cards 20
2 watchers
Bids: 0
Current Bid/Price (USD): $24.99
Time Left: 7 days 19 hours 53 minutes 52 seconds
1980-81 Topps Basketball Cards 21
2 watchers
Bids: 4
Current Bid/Price (USD): $8.50
Time Left: 18 hours 49 minutes 28 seconds
1980-81 Topps Basketball Cards 22
2 watchers
Bids: 0
Current Bid/Price (USD): $0.99
Time Left: 4 days 17 hours 49 minutes 21 seconds
1980-81 Topps Basketball Cards 23
1 watchers
Bids: 1
Current Bid/Price (USD): $25.00
Time Left: 5 days 21 hours 47 minutes 12 seconds
1980-81 Topps Basketball Cards 24
1 watchers
Bids: 0
Current Bid/Price (USD): $1.00
Time Left: 1 day 7 hours 56 minutes 44 seconds
1980-81 Topps Basketball Cards 25
1 watchers
Bids: 0
Current Bid/Price (USD): $73.99
Time Left: 2 days 18 hours 52 minutes 42 seconds
1980-81 Topps Basketball Cards 26
1 watchers
Bids: 0
Current Bid/Price (USD): $9.99
Time Left: 18 hours 50 minutes 12 seconds
1980-81 Topps Basketball Cards 27
0 watchers
Bids: 0
Current Bid/Price (USD): $0.99
Time Left: 12 hours 22 minutes 14 seconds
1980-81 Topps Basketball Cards 28
0 watchers
Bids: 0
Current Bid/Price (USD): $0.99
Time Left: 13 hours 10 minutes 10 seconds
1980-81 Topps Basketball Cards 29
0 watchers
Bids: 0
Current Bid/Price (USD): $49.00
Time Left: 3 days 17 hours 54 minutes 30 seconds
1980-81 Topps Basketball Cards 30
0 watchers
Bids: 0
Current Bid/Price (USD): $2.99
Time Left: 4 days 7 hours 38 minutes 2 seconds
1980-81 Topps Basketball Cards 31
0 watchers
Bids: 0
Current Bid/Price (USD): $29.99
Time Left: 2 days 11 hours 7 minutes 32 seconds
1980-81 Topps Basketball Cards 32
0 watchers
Bids: 1
Current Bid/Price (USD): $7.00
Time Left: 4 days 11 hours 7 minutes 57 seconds
1980-81 Topps Basketball Cards 33
0 watchers
Bids: 0
Current Bid/Price (USD): $1.99
Time Left: 4 days 12 hours 52 minutes 42 seconds
1980-81 Topps Basketball Cards 34
0 watchers
Bids: 0
Current Bid/Price (USD): $4.99
Time Left: 4 days 13 hours 7 minutes 44 seconds
1980-81 Topps Basketball Cards 35
0 watchers
Bids: 0
Current Bid/Price (USD): $1.00
Time Left: 4 days 23 hours 31 minutes 35 seconds
1980-81 Topps Basketball Cards 36
0 watchers
Bids: 0
Current Bid/Price (USD): $2.00
Time Left: 4 days 23 hours 36 minutes 32 seconds
1980-81 Topps Basketball Cards 37
0 watchers
Bids: 0
Current Bid/Price (USD): $2.00
Time Left: 4 days 23 hours 37 minutes 34 seconds


Author Chris Stufflestreet  |  E-Mail Author
Chris is an avid vintage sports card collector who is The Cardboard Connection's resident expert of all things vintage.

User Reviews

  1. Author

    If weren’t for the Magic and Bird rookies, this would have gotten a much lower grade. The 3 player card set-up is rather annoying.

  2. Author

    In all honesty this was a complete mess of a basketball set. Only the iconic Johnson/Erving/Bird card which is considered to be the real rookie card of Johnson and Bird as all of the others of those two players in this set are only considered first year cards. Quite frankly if it wasn’t for that one card alone this entire set would have been largely forgotten.

    Review This Product

    Rate this product from 1 to 5 stars using the following rating scale:
    1 Star - Avoid this product like the plague
    2 Stars - Below Average Product
    3 Stars - Average Product
    4 Stars - Excellent Product
    5 Stars - Incredible Product

    Please explain your rating below.