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1971-72 Topps Basketball Cards

By Patrick Mondout

Topps went back to a standard (2.5" by 3.5") card size for the 1971-72 basketball card set, which featured ABA players for the first time. The inclusion of those players caused the size of the set to increase to a record 233 cards. The first 144 cards are NBA stars and subset cards while 145-233 are for the ABA. Common ABA players - and this is true for all ABA cards Topps printed - trade at a premium to their NBA counterparts. 

The 10 wax packs once again featured 10 cards, but also a "trio" sticker insert that looked a lot (in retrospect) like the '80-81 Topps cards but with a black border. There were 26 different trio (so-called because there were three detachable panels on each; see picture below) sticker cards and the #23A and 24A ABA logo stickers are hard to come by in top condition because they were not double printed (as the easier-to-find #22A was) and kids (like me) used them as stickers.

The front of the very colorful cards feature a posed photo with one of a number of vivid colors as the background with a white border. The team name is at the top in a wacky font that must have pissed off purists but seems oh-so-appropriate to a child of the Super70s like me. Despite this, it is a fairly clean design with no cartoon players or big basketballs cluttering the front as in past years.

The yellow/blue on grey cardstock backs are serviceable if unspectacular. Rookie cards include Nate 'Tiny' Archibald, Rick Barry, Bob Lanier, Spencer Haywood, and future coaches Dave Cowens, Dan Issel, Larry Brown, Doug Moe, and Rudy Tomjanovich.

1971-72 Topps at a Glance
Back Checklist Wax Pack
Championship Sticker Inserts Leaders


Here's a checklist:

1 Oscar Robertson
2 Bill Bradley
3 Jim Fox
4 John Johnson
5 Luke Jackson
6 Don May
7 Kevin Loughery
8 Terry Dischinger
9 Neal Walk
10 Elgin Baylor
11 Rick Adelman
12 Clyde Lee
13 Jerry Chambers
14 Fred Carter
15 Tom Boerwinkle
16 John Block
17 Dick Barnett
18 Henry Finkel
19 Norm Van Lier
20 Spencer Haywood
21 George Johnson
22 Bobby Lewis
23 Bill Hewitt
24 Mahdi Abdul-Rahman
25 Happy Hairston
26 George Wilson
27 Lucius Allen
28 Jim Washington
29 Nate Archibald
30 Willis Reed
31 Erwin Mueller
32 Art Harris
33 Pete Cross
34 Geoff Petrie
35 John Havlicek
36 Larry Siegfried
37 John Tresvant
38 Ron Williams
39 Lamar Green
40 Bob Rule
41 Jim McMillian
42 Wally Jones
43 Bob Boozer
44 Eddie Miles
45 Bob Love
46 Claude English
47 Dave Cowens
48 Emmette Bryant
49 Dave Stallworth
50 Jerry West
51 Joe Ellis
52 Walt Wesley
53 Howie Kimoves
54 Paul Silas
55 Pete Maravich
56 Gary Grego
57 Sam Lacey
58 Calvin Murphy
59 Bob Dandridge
60 Hal Greer
61 Keith Erickson
62 Joe Cooke
63 Bob Lanier
64 Don Kojis
65 Walt Frazier
66 Chet Walker
67 Dick Garrett
68 John Trapp
69 Jo Jo White
70 Wilt Chamberlain
71 Dave Sorenson
72 Jim King
73 Cazzie Russell
74 Jon McGlocklin
75 Tom Van Arsdale
76 Dale Schlueter
77 Gus Johnson
78 Dave Bing
79 Billy Cunningham
80 Len Wilkens
81 Jerry Lucas
82 Don Chaney
83 McCoy McLemore
84 Bob Kauffman
85 Dick Van Arsdale
86 Johnny Green
87 Jerry Sloan
88 Luther Rackley
89 Shaler Halimon
90 Jimmy Walker
91 Rudy Tomjanovich
92 Levi Fontaine
93 Bobby Smith
94 Bob Arnzen
95 Wes Unseld
96 Clem Haskins
97 Jim Davis
98 Steve Kuberski
99 Mike Davis
100 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
101 Willie McCarter
102 Charlie Paulk
103 Lee Winfield
104 Jim Barnett
105 Connie Hawkins
106 Archie Clark
107 Dave DeBusschere
108 Stu Lantz
109 Zaid Abdul-Aziz
110 Lou Hudson
111 Leroy Ellis
112 Jack Marin
113 Matt Guokas
114 Don Nelson
115 Jeff Mullins
116 Walt Bellamy
117 Bob Quick
118 John Warren
119 Barry Clemens
120 Elvin Hayes
121 Gail Goodrich
122 Ed Manning
123 Herm Gilliam
124 Dennis Awtrey
125 John Hummer
126 Mike Riordan
127 Mel Counts
128 Bob Weiss
129 Greg Smith
130 Earl Monroe
131 Nate Thurmond
132 Bill Bridges
133 Playoff Game
134 Playoff Game
135 Playoff Game
136 Playoff Game
137 Championship Game
138 Scoring Leaders
139 Scoring Average Leaders
140 Field Goal % Leaders
141 Free Throw % Leaders
142 Rebound Leaders
143 Assist Leaders
144 Checklist
145 Checklist
146 Scoring Leaders
147 Scoring Average Leaders
148 Field Goal % Leaders
149 Free Throw % Leaders
150 Rebound Leaders
151 Assist Leaders
152 Larry Brown
153 Bob Bedell
154 Merv Jackson
155 Joe Caldwell
156 Billy Paultz
157 Les Hunter
158 Charlie Williams
159 Stew Johnson
160 Mack Calvin
161 Don Sidle
162 Mike Barrett
163 Tom Workman
164 Joe Hamilton
165 Zelmo Beaty
166 Dan Hester
167 Bob Verga
168 Wilbert Jones
169 Skeeter Swift
170 Rick Barry
171 Billy Keller
172 Ron Franz
173 Roland Taylor
174 Julian Hammond
175 Steve Jones
176 Gerald Govan
177 Darrell Carrier
178 Ron Boone
179 George Peeples
180 John Brisker
181 Doug Moe
182 Ollie Taylor
183 Bob Netolicky
184 Sam Robinson
185 James Jones
186 Julius Keye
187 Wayne Hightower
188 Warren Jabali
189 Mike Lewis
190 Charlie Scott
191 Jim Ard
192 George Lehmann
193 Ira Harge
194 Willie Wise
195 Mel Daniels
196 Larry Cannon
197 Jim Eakins
198 Rich Jones
199 Bill Melchionni
200 Dan Issel
201 George Stone
202 George Thompson
203 Craig Raymond
204 Freddie Lewis
205 George Carter
206 Lonnie Wright
207 Cincy Powell
208 Larry Miller
209 Sonny Dove
210 Byron Beck
211 John Beasley
212 Lee Davis
213 Rick Mount
214 Walt Simon
215 Glen Combs
216 Neil Johnson
217 Manny Leaks
218 Chuck Williams
219 Warren Davis
220 Donnie Freeman
221 Randy Mahaffey
222 John Barnhill
223 Al Cueto
224 Louie Dampier
225 Roger Brown
226 Joe DePre
227 Ray Scott
228 Arvesta Kelly
229 Vann Williford
230 Larry Jones
231 Gene Moore
232 Ralph Simpson
233 Red Robbins
 

 

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1971-72 BASKETBALL

Year: 1971

Manufacturer: Topps

# of Cards: 233

Value/Price: Check eBay (see links below)

Size: 2 x 3

Image courtesy of Topps


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