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1974-75 Topps Basketball Cards

By Patrick Mondout

For the first three sets of the decade, Topps airbrushed out the background of most cards and filled it in with a vivid color. Not everyone was pleased with this. In the 1973 set, Topps left the photos unaltered which lead to some really uninspired looking cards. Perhaps finding fault with both approaches, Topps decided to make things worse by replacing the backgrounds with unrelated game shots in vivid bicolors! If I have not explained that well enough, take a look at cards in the bottom row below.

For the past couple of years Topps has had to deal with the Denver and Houston franchises sharing the same nickname. The first year they handled it well by having a small box with the city name over top of the nickname. The second year was a miss as Houston cards were denoted on the front but not Denver cards. This year the only team's cards with the city name on the front are Denver and Houston (see the Rudy T card below) - which would have been great if the Denver franchise hadn't already changed their name to the Nuggets! The Denver cards actually say Nuggets on them and Topps still felt it necessary to put the city name on the front to differentiate them from the Houston Rockets.

One innovation over previous sets is the team leader cards that feature four teammates separated in the middle by the team logo (see the 76ers leaders below).

Rookie cards included George 'Iceman' Gervin, Doug Collins and the opinionated future TV analyst Bill Walton.

1974-75 Topps at a Glance
Back Checklist Wax Pack
Team Leaders League Leaders Playoffs
Walton All-Stars Rudy T


Here's a checklist:

1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
2 Don May
3 Bernie Fryer
4 Don Adams
5 Herm Gilliam
6 Jim Chones
7 Rick Adelman
8 Randy Smith
9 Paul Silas
10 Pete Maravich
11 Ron Behagen
12 Kevin Porter
13 Bill Bridges
14 Charles Johnson
15 Bob Love
16 Henry Bibby
17 Neal Walk
18 John Brisker
19 Lucius Allen
20 Tom Van Arsdale
21 Larry Steele
22 Curtis Rowe
23 Dean Meminger
24 Steve Patterson
25 Earl Monroe
26 Jack Marin
27 Jo Jo White
28 Rudy Tomjanovich
29 Otto Moore
30 Elvin Hayes
31 Pat Riley
32 Clyde Lee
33 Bob Weiss
34 Jim Fox
35 Charlie Scott
36 Cliff Meely
37 Jon McGlocklin
38 Jim McMillian
39 Bill Walton
40 Dave Bing
41 Jim Washington
42 Jim Cleamons
43 Mel Davis
44 Garfield Heard
45 Jimmy Walker
46 Don Nelson
47 Jim Barnett
48 Manny Leaks
49 Elmore Smith
50 Rick Barry
51 Jerry Sloan
52 John Hummer
53 Keith Erickson
54 George Johnson
55 Oscar Robertson
56 Steve Mix
57 Rick Roberson
58 John Mengelt
59 Dwight Jones
60 Austin Carr
61 Nick Weatherspoon
62 Clem Haskins
63 Don Kojis
64 Paul Westphal
65 Walt Bellamy
66 John Johnson
67 Butch Beard
68 Happy Hairston
69 Tom Boerwinkle
70 Spencer Haywood
71 Gary Melchionni
72 Ed Ratleff
73 Mickey Davis
74 Dennis Awtrey
75 Fred Carter
76 George Trapp
77 John Wetzel
78 Bobby Smith
79 John Gianelli
80 Bob McAdoo
81 Hawks Leaders
82 Celtics Leaders
83 Braves Leaders
84 Bulls Leaders
85 Cavs Leaders
86 Pistons Leaders
87 Warriors Leaders
88 Rockets Leaders
89 Kings Leaders
90 Lakers Leaders
91 Bucks Leaders
92 Jazz Leaders
93 Knicks Leaders
94 76ers Leaders
95 Suns Leaders
96 Trailblazers Leaders
97 Supersonics Leaders
98 Bullets Leaders
99 Sam Lacey
100 John Havlicek
101 Stu Lantz
102 Mike Riordan
103 Larry Jones
104 Connie Hawkins
105 Nate Thurmond
106 Dick Gibbs
107 Corky Calhoun
108 Dave Wohl
109 Cornell Warner
110 Geoff Petrie
111 Leroy Ellis
112 Chris Ford
113 Bill Bradley
114 Clifford Ray
115 Dick Snyder
116 Nate Williams
117 Matt Guokas
118 Henry Finkel
119 Curtis Perry
120 Gail Goodrich
121 Wes Unseld
122 Howard Porter
123 Jeff Mullins
124 Mike Bantom
125 Fred Brown
126 Bob Dandridge
127 Mike Newlin
128 Greg Smith
129 Doug Collins
130 Lou Hudson
131 Bob Lanier
132 Phil Jackson
133 Don Chaney
134 Jim Brewer
135 Ernie DiGregorio
136 Steve Kuberski
137 Jim Price
138 Mike D'Antoni
139 John Brown
140 Norm Van Lier
141 Checklist
142 Don Watts
143 Walt Wesley
144 Scoring Leaders
145 Scoring Average Leaders
146 Field Goal % Leaders
147 Free Throw % Leaders
148 Rebound Leaders
149 Assist Leaders
150 Walt Frazier
151 Cazzie Russell
152 Calvin Murphy
153 Bob Kauffman
154 Fred Boyd
155 Dave Cowens
156 Willie Norwood
157 Lee Winfield
158 Dwight Davis
159 George Johnson
160 Dick Van Arsdale
161 Playoff Game
162 Playoff Game
163 Playoff Game
164 NBA Championship Game
165 Phil Chenier
166 Ken Washington
167 Dale Schlueter
168 John Block
169 Zaid Abdul-Aziz
170 Nate Archibald
171 Chet Walker
172 Archie Clark
173 Kennedy McIntosh
174 George Thompson
175 Sidney Wicks
176 Jerry West
177 Dwight Lamar
178 George Carter
179 Wil Robinson
180 Artis Gilmore
181 Brian Taylor
182 Darnell Hillman
183 Dave Robisch
184 Gene Littles
185 Willie Wise
186 James Silas
187 Caldwell Jones
188 Roland Taylor
189 Randy Denton
190 Dan Issel
191 Mike Gale
192 Mel Daniels
193 Steve Jones
194 Marv Roberts
195 Ron Boone
196 George Gervin
197 Flynn Robinson
198 Cincy Powell
199 Glen Combs
200 Julius Erving
201 Billy Keller
202 Willie Long
203 Checklist
204 Joe Caldwell
205 Swen Nater
206 Rick Mount
207 Scoring Leaders
208 2-Point Field Goal % Leaders
209 3-Point Field Goal % Leaders
210 Free Throw % Leaders
211 Rebound Leaders
212 Assist Leaders
213 Larry Miller
214 Stew Johnson
215 Larry Finch
216 Larry Kenon
217 Joe Hamilton
218 Gerald Govan
219 Ralph Simpson
220 George McGinnis
221 Cougars Leaders (now Spirits of St. Louis)
222 Nuggets Leaders
223 Pacers Leaders
224 Colonels Leaders
225 Sounds Leaders
226 Nets Leaders
227 Spurs Leaders
228 Conquistadors Leaders
229 Stars Leaders
230 Squires Leaders
231 Bird Averitt
232 John Roche
233 George Irvine
234 John Williamson
235 Billy Cunningham
236 Jimmy O'Brien
237 Wilbert Jones
238 Johnny Neumann
239 Al Smith
240 Roger Brown
241 Chuck Williams
242 Rich Jones
243 Dave Twardzik
244 Wendell Ladner
245 Mack Calvin
246 Playoff Game
247 Playoff Game
248 Playoff Game
249 ABA Championship Game
250 Wilt Chamberlain
251 Ron Robinson
252 Zelmo Beaty
253 Donnie Freeman
254 Mike Green
255 Louie Dampier
256 Tom Owens
257 George Karl
258 Jim Eakins
259 Travis Grant
260 James Jones
261 Mike Jackson
262 Billy Paultz
263 Freddie Lewis
264 Byron Beck
 

 

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1974-75 BASKETBALL

Year: 1974

Manufacturer: Topps

# of Cards: 264

Value/Price: Check eBay (see links below)

Size: 2 x 3

Image courtesy of Topps


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