BuyCollect Sell 468×60
DealernetB2B 200×60
Goldin Auctions 200×60
1981-82 Topps Basketball Cards

1981-82 Topps Basketball Cards

Brand:

Product Details

User Rating:

In the days before the Internet made reaching out to collectors a lot easier, Topps did something with its basketball set in 1981-'82 that probably confounded a lot of collectors. The set was distributed in three separate regions.

There were 198 cards in the entire set, with 66 being part of the National set. There were then three separate 44-card sets called East, Midwest and West. In other words, a collector in New York would get cards from the National set along with the 44 East cards, while one in Chicago would get the same 66 National cards and 44 Midwest cards. While this may have been done to account for team preferences, it also required fans to correspond with other collectors (then done largely through the mail and in hobby publications) at a time where basketball collectors weren't as organized as they are today.

Card fronts feature a player photo, with a starburst design in the lower left corner that contained his name, team and position. Card backs featured a circle in the upper left corner with the card number in front of a hoop. The player's name and vital stats were placed to the right of that. Below the hoop was a cartoon about the player, with year-by-year statistics and a short write-up taking up the rest of the space.

Players are grouped together by team in the main set and then inside whichever regional set they were placed. The teams are then alphabetically arranged inside those sets.
There are some subsets to be found. Cards #44-66 in the National set feature Team Leaders in three categories. The last several cards in each regional set feature Super Action cards of players who (except for Kevin Washington of the Bullets) appeared in the National set. Regional cards are slightly scarcer than their National counterparts.

Key rookies include Kevin McHale, Bill Laimbeer, Mike Dunleavy, Jim Paxson, Larry Smith and Rick Mahorn.

Key 1981-82 Topps Basketball Cards:


Top eBay Listings
« Previous12345...1213

Set Checklist

1981-82 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:

31 watchers
Past Sales: 414
Current Bid/Price (USD): $2.95
Time Left: 17 days 9 hours 1 minute 44 seconds
29 watchers
Past Sales: 133
Current Bid/Price (USD): $1.99
Time Left: 27 days 10 hours 17 minutes 32 seconds
13 watchers
Bids: 8
Current Bid/Price (USD): $22.50
Time Left: 1 day 4 hours 54 minutes 36 seconds
10 watchers
Bids: 5
Current Bid/Price (USD): $5.50
Time Left: 10 hours 16 minutes 50 seconds
10 watchers
Past Sales: 153
Current Bid/Price (USD): $0.99
Time Left: 7 days 4 hours 20 minutes 55 seconds
7 watchers
Past Sales: 10
Current Bid/Price (USD): $2.99
Time Left: 9 days 22 hours 51 minutes 2 seconds
7 watchers
Past Sales: 148
Current Bid/Price (USD): $2.00
Time Left: 25 days 4 hours 54 minutes 41 seconds
6 watchers
Past Sales: 4
Current Bid/Price (USD): $7.99
Time Left: 3 days 12 hours 13 minutes 10 seconds
6 watchers
Past Sales: 5
Current Bid/Price (USD): $15.99
Time Left: 9 days 11 hours 49 minutes 11 seconds
6 watchers
Past Sales: 1
Current Bid/Price (USD): $1.99
Time Left: 10 days 6 hours 59 minutes 20 seconds
6 watchers
Past Sales: 19
Current Bid/Price (USD): $0.99
Time Left: 15 days 2 hours 40 minutes 23 seconds
5 watchers
Bids: 12
Current Bid/Price (USD): $73.00
Time Left: 1 day 10 hours 2 minutes 36 seconds
5 watchers
Past Sales: 7
Current Bid/Price (USD): $17.99
Time Left: 1 day 13 hours 12 minutes 32 seconds
5 watchers
Past Sales: 7
Current Bid/Price (USD): $4.99
Time Left: 2 days 7 hours 15 minutes 20 seconds
5 watchers
Past Sales: 5
Current Bid/Price (USD): $9.49
Time Left: 4 days 11 hours 31 minutes 40 seconds
5 watchers
Past Sales: 4
Current Bid/Price (USD): $12.95
Time Left: 10 days 11 hours 48 minutes 44 seconds
5 watchers
Past Sales: 1
Current Bid/Price (USD): $19.99
Time Left: 19 days 6 hours 22 minutes 24 seconds
5 watchers
Past Sales: 37
Current Bid/Price (USD): $0.99
Time Left: 19 days 9 hours 12 minutes 44 seconds
5 watchers
Past Sales: 7
Current Bid/Price (USD): $7.99
Time Left: 25 days 42 minutes 17 seconds
4 watchers
Bids: 1
Current Bid/Price (USD): $0.99
Time Left: 1 day 9 hours 47 minutes 6 seconds
4 watchers
Past Sales: 2
Current Bid/Price (USD): $13.06
Time Left: 9 days 13 hours 47 minutes 56 seconds
4 watchers
Past Sales: 44
Current Bid/Price (USD): $0.99
Time Left: 10 days 22 hours 29 minutes 12 seconds
4 watchers
Past Sales: 18
Current Bid/Price (USD): $5.99
Time Left: 12 days 8 hours 46 minutes 50 seconds
4 watchers
Past Sales: 4
Current Bid/Price (USD): $8.99
Time Left: 18 days 11 hours 51 minutes 52 seconds
4 watchers
Past Sales: 30
Current Bid/Price (USD): $0.99
Time Left: 21 days 1 hour 12 minutes 51 seconds


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. This set contains cards of players in game action shots. None of the old time posing. The East, West, and Midwest breakdown is a bit puzzling. Not a bad design.

    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.