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Chicagoland Sports Cards – Top 1

1970-1979 Basketball Cards

During the 1970s, basketball was still considered by many to be a second-tier professional sport. Understandably, basketball cards were not an extremely popular option for collectors. Other than a few sets combined from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, basketball cards first emerged on a consistent basis during the 1970s, which helped establish the collecting base. While it does not have the same star-power as the 1980s, some important names in basketball history emerged during this period. The card designs of the 1970s were as vibrant and raw as the decade itself. Collectors should look to Topps for their basketball needs as it was the only main card company during the decade.

Among the many options, the top rookie cards available include Pete Maravich, Rick Berry, Bob Lanier, Julius Erving, Bill Walton, George Gervin, Robert Parish, Moses Malone, David Thompson, Bernard King, and Dave Cowens.

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Browse 1970-1979 Basketball Card Set Information and Checklists or Shop for 1970’s Vintage Basketball Cards Using Our Price Comparisons and Hot Auction Tool. Featuring basketball cards from 1970-71, 1971-72, 1972-73, 1973-74, 1974-75, 1975-76, 1976-77, 1977-78, 1978-79, and 1979-80.

1970-71 Topps Basketball Cards

1970-71 Topps Basketball Cards

Led by the Pete Maravich rookie card, 1970-71 Topps Basketball features a tallboy design. Each pack also includes one poster insert.

1971-72 Topps Basketball Cards

1971-72 Topps Basketball Cards

Bob Lanier and Rick Barry rookie cards headline the vibrant 1971-72 Topps Basketball. The vintage NBA/ABA set switched back to standard sizing and greatly increased the checklist.

1972-73 Topps Basketball Cards

1972-73 Topps Basketball Cards

1972-73 Topps Basketball is one of the most popular vintage basketball sets in the hobby. The clear standout is Dr. J’s rookie card.

1973-74 Topps Basketball Cards

1973-74 Topps Basketball Cards

1973-74 Topps Basketball may not have the strongest design or rookie card checklist, but the vintage NBA/ABA set is still worth checking out.

1974-75 Topps Basketball Cards

1974-75 Topps Basketball Cards

Featuring Bill Walton and George Gervin rookie cards, 1974-75 Topps Basketball stands out for another reason with NBA and ABA collectors.

1975-76 Topps Basketball Cards

1975-76 Topps Basketball Cards

1975-76 Topps Basketball Card Price Comparisons, Set Details, Checklist, Auction Tracker and Buying Guide.

1976-77 Topps Basketball Cards

1976-77 Topps Basketball Cards

1976-77 Topps Basketball Card Price Comparisons, Set Details, Checklist, Auction Tracker and Buying Guide.

1977-78 Topps Basketball Cards

1977-78 Topps Basketball Cards

1977-78 Topps Basketball Card Price Comparisons, Set Details, Checklist, Auction Tracker and Buying Guide.

1978-79 Topps Basketball Cards

1978-79 Topps Basketball Cards

1978-79 Topps Basketball Card Price Comparisons, Set Details, Checklist, Auction Tracker and Buying Guide.

1979-80 Topps Basketball Cards

1979-80 Topps Basketball Cards

1979-80 Topps Basketball Card Price Comparisons, Set Details, Checklist, Auction Tracker and Buying Guide.