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1973-74 Topps Basketball Cards

By Patrick Mondout

Topps stuck with the standard sized card format for '73-74. The cards were once again distributed in 10 packs of 10 cards. This year's inserts were a set of 33 team stickers, which are more valuable than you might assume considering they are just useless logos and not player photos.

After several years of overly colorful basketball card sets, Topps toned it down a bit for their '73-74 set. The photography seems to be similar to past issues, with most players posed in front of walls. This may mean that Topps was originally going to give the cards the colorful airbrushed backgrounds of previous years but decided against it. While the colorful cards of the past may have been too colorful for some, these backgrounds were about as interesting as Al Capone's vault.

The cards featured the team nickname at the bottom under the photograph. This was once again a slight problem since Houston and Denver both had teams called the Rockets. The Houston players got the word "Houston" printed in black letters over the net on the bottom left of the card. Not so for Denver Rockets cards which simply say "Rockets."

The all-star subset cards feature action photography, but lose points for putting an unnecessary head shot of the player in a circle over the action shot. 

The backs of the cards are similar to the '72-73 set with the position of the cartoon and the colors being the only real differences.

Bob McAdoo and Paul Westphal are the only rookie cards of note. In all, this is a somewhat disappointing set considering what came before it and what was still to come ('76 Topps, for example).

1973-74 Topps at a Glance
Back Checklist Wax Pack
All-Stars Leaders Playoffs


Here's a checklist:

1 Nate Archibald
2 Steve Kuberski
3 John Mengelt
4 Jim McMillian
5 Nate Thurmond
6 Dave Wohl
7 John Brisker
8 Charles Davis
9 Lamar Green
10 Walt Frazier
11 Bob Christian
12 Cornell Warner
13 Calvin Murphy
14 Dave Sorenson
15 Archie Clark
16 Clifford Ray
17 Terry Driscoll
18 Matt Guokas
19 Elmore Smith
20 John Havlicek
21 Pat Riley
22 George Trapp
23 Ron Williams
24 Jim Fox
25 Dick Van Arsdale
26 John Tresvant
27 Rick Adelman
28 Eddie Mast
29 Jim Cleamons
30 Dave DeBusschere
31 Norm Van Lier
32 Stan McKenzie
33 Bob Dandridge
34 Leroy Ellis
35 Mike Riordan
36 Fred Hilton
37 Toby Kimball
38 Jim Price
39 Willie Norwood
40 Dave Cowens
41 Cazzie Russell
42 Lee Winfield
43 Connie Hawkins
44 Mike Newlin
45 Chet Walker
46 Walt Bellamy
47 John Johnson
48 Henry Bibby
49 Bobby Smith
50 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
51 Mike Price
52 John Hummer
53 Kevin Porter
54 Nate Williams
55 Gail Goodrich
56 Fred Foster
57 Don Chaney
58 Bud Stallworth
59 Clem Haskins
60 Bob Love
61 Jimmy Walker
62 Playoff Game
63 Playoff Game
64 Playoff Game
65 Playoff Game
66 Playoff Game
67 Playoff Game
68 Championship Game
69 Larry Steele
70 Oscar Robertson
71 Phil Jackson
72 John Wetzel
73 Steve Patterson
74 Manny Leaks
75 Jeff Mullins
76 Stan Love
77 Dick Garrett
78 Don Nelson
79 Chris Ford
80 Wilt Chamberlain
81 Dennis Layton
82 Bill Bradley
83 Jerry Sloan
84 Cliff Meely
85 Sam Lacey
86 Dick Snyder
87 Jim Washington
88 Lucius Allen
89 LaRue Martin
90 Rick Barry
91 Fred Boyd
92 Barry Clemens
93 Dean Meminger
94 Henry Finkel
95 Elvin Hayes
96 Stu Lantz
97 Bill Hewitt
98 Neal Walk
99 Garfield Heard
100 Jerry West
101 Otto Moore
102 Don Kojis
103 Fred Brown
104 Dwight Davis
105 Willis Reed
106 Herm Gilliam
107 Mickey Davis
108 Jim Barnett
109 Ollie Johnson
110 Bob Lanier
111 Fred Carter
112 Paul Silas
113 Phil Chenier
114 Dennis Awtrey
115 Austin Carr
116 Bob Kauffman
117 Keith Erickson
118 Walt Wesley
119 Steve Bracey
120 Spencer Haywood
121 Checklist
122 Jack Marin
123 Jon McGlocklin
124 Johnny Green
125 Jerry Lucas
126 Paul Westphal
127 Curtis Rowe
128 Mahdi Abdul-Rahman
129 Lloyd Neal
130 Pete Maravich
131 Don May
132 Bob Weiss
133 Dave Stallworth
134 Dick Cunningham
135 Bob McAdoo
136 Butch Beard
137 Happy Hairston
138 Bob Rule
139 Don Adams
140 Charlie Scott
141 Ron Riley
142 Earl Monroe
143 Clyde Lee
144 Rick Roberson
145 Rudy Tomjanovich
146 Tom Van Arsdale
147 Art Williams
148 Curtis Perry
149 Rich Rinaldi
150 Lou Hudson
151 Mel Counts
152 Jim McDaniels
153 Scoring Leaders
154 Scoring Average Leaders
155 Field Goal % Leaders
156 Free Throw % Leaders
157 Rebound Leaders
158 Assist Leaders
159 Zaid Abdul-Aziz
160 Sidney Wicks
161 Howie Komives
162 John Gianelli
163 Jeff Halliburton
164 Kennedy McIntosh
165 Len Wilkens
166 Corky Calhoun
167 Howard Porter
168 Jo Jo White
169 John Block
170 Dave Bing
171 Joe Ellis
172 Chuck Terry
173 Randy Smith
174 Bill Bridges
175 Geoff Petrie
176 Wes Unseld
177 Skeeter Swift
178 Jim Eakins
179 Steve Jones
180 George McGinnis
181 Al Smith
182 Tom Washington
183 Louie Dampier
184 Simmie Hill
185 George Thompson
186 Cincy Powell
187 Larry Jones
188 Neil Johnson
189 Tom Owens
190 Ralph Simpson
191 George Carter
192 Rick Mount
193 Red Robbins
194 George Lehmann
195 Mel Daniels
196 Bob Warren
197 Gene Kennedy
198 Mike Barr
199 Dave Robisch
200 Billy Cunningham
201 John Roche
202 Playoff Game
203 Playoff Game
204 Playoff Game
205 Playoff Game
206 Playoff Game
207 Playoff Game
208 Championship Game
209 Glen Combs
210 Dan Issel
211 Randy Denton
212 Freddie Lewis
213 Stew Johnson
214 Roland Taylor
215 Rich Jones
216 Billy Paultz
217 Ron Boone
218 Walt Simon
219 Mike Lewis
220 Warren Jabali
221 Wilbert Jones
222 Don Buse
223 Gene Moore
224 Joe Hamilton
225 Zelmo Beaty
226 Brian Taylor
227 Julius Keye
228 Mike Gale
229 Warren Davis
230 Mack Calvin
231 Roger Brown
232 Chuck Williams
233 Gerald Govan
234 Scoring Average Leaders
235 2-Point Field Goal % Leaders
236 3-Point Field Goal % Leaders
237 Free Throw % Leaders
238 Rebound Leaders
239 Assist Leaders
240 Julius Erving
241 Jimmy O'Brien
242 Checklist
243 Johnny Neumann
244 Darnell Hillman
245 Willie Wise
246 Collis Jones
247 Ted McClain
248 George Irvine
249 Bill Melchionni
250 Artis Gilmore
251 Willie Long
252 Larry Miller
253 Lee Davis
254 Donnie Freeman
255 Joe Caldwell
256 Bob Netolicky
257 Bernie Williams
258 Byron Beck
259 Jim Chones
260 James Jones
261 Wendell Ladner
262 Ollie Taylor
263 Les Hunter
264 Billy Keller
 

 

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1973-74 BASKETBALL

Year: 1973

Manufacturer: Topps

# of Cards: 264

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Size: 2 x 3

Image courtesy of Topps


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