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1977-78 Topps Basketball Cards

By Patrick Mondout

When you've just created the best set of basketball cards you've ever produced, how do you top it? It seems Topps really didn't try. The '77-78 set is a standard sized set of 132 cards with only one unusual characteristic: cards can be found with both the normal grey cards stock and white card stock, which is noticeable on the backs of the cards. Neither carries much of a premium, but collectors definitely appreciate the white card stock given a choice.

The cut back all the way to 132 cards (from 330 as recently as 1975) means there are no subsets at all; an all-star logo is provided for the standard cards (see the David Thompson card on the right) of honored players instead of a separate card as in the past. 

Though not as colorful or airbrushed, the cards are perhaps most reminiscent of the '72-73 set, with team names at the bottom whose letters get successively bigger. Like the '77 Topps baseball cards, there is nothing really to hate about the set, nor is there anything about the design that makes it irresistible. 

This set features rookie cards of Adrian Dantley, Robert Parrish, John Lucas, and Darryl "Chocolate Thunder" Dawkins (one of most colorful characters in the history of the game and one of the first to go straight from high school to the pros).

Here's a checklist:

1977-78 Topps at a Glance
Back Adrian Dantley Wax Pack
1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
2 Henry Bibby
3 Curtis Rowe
4 Norm Van Lier
5 Darnell Hillman
6 Earl Monroe
7 Leonard Gray
8 Bird Averitt
9 Jim Brewer
10 Paul Westphal
11 Bob Gross
12 Phil Smith
13 Dan Roundfield
14 Brian Taylor
15 Rudy Tomjanovich
16 Kevin Porter
17 Scott Wedman
18 Lloyd Free
19 Tom Boswell
20 Pete Maravich
21 Cliff Poindexter
22 Bubbles Hawkins
23 Kevin Grevey
24 Ken Charles
25 Bob Dandridge
26 Lonnie Shelton
27 Don Chaney
28 Larry Kenon
29 Checklist
30 Fred Brown
31 John Gianelli
32 Austin Carr
33 Jamaal Wilkes
34 Caldwell Jones
35 Jo Jo White
36 Scott May
37 Mike Newlin
38 Mel Davis
39 Lionel Hollins
40 Elvin Hayes
41 Dan Issel
42 Ricky Sobers
43 Don Ford
44 John Williamson
45 Bob McAdoo
46 Geoff Petrie
47 M.L. Carr
48 Brian Winters
49 Sam Lacey
50 George McGinnis
51 Don Watts
52 Sidney Wicks
53 Wilbur Holland
54 Tim Bassett
55 Phil Chenier
56 Adrian Dantley
57 Jim Chones
58 John Lucas
59 Cazzie Russell
60 David Thompson
61 Bob Lanier
62 Dave Twardzik
63 Wilbert Jones
64 Clifford Ray
65 Doug Collins
66 Tom McMillen
67 Rich Kelley
68 Mike Bantom
69 Tom Boerwinkle
70 John Havlicek
71 Marvin Webster
72 Curtis Perry
73 George Gervin
74 Leonard Robinson
75 Wes Unseld
76 Dave Meyers
77 Gail Goodrich
78 Richard Washington
79 Mike Gale
80 Maurice Lucas
81 Harvey Catchings
82 Randy Smith
83 Campy Russell
84 Kevin Kunnert
85 Lou Hudson
86 Mickey Johnson
87 Lucius Allen
88 Spencer Haywood
89 Gus Williams
90 Dave Cowens
91 Al Skinner
92 Swen Nater
93 Tom Henderson
94 Don Buse
95 Alvan Adams
96 Mack Calvin
97 Tom Burleson
98 John Drew
99 Mike Green
100 Julius Erving
101 John Mengelt
102 Howard Porter
103 Billy Paultz
104 John Shumate
105 Calvin Murphy
106 Elmore Smith
107 Jim McMillian
108 Kevin Stacom
109 Jan Van Breda Kolff
110 Billy Knight
111 Robert Parish
112 Larry Wright
113 Bruce Seals
114 Junior Bridgeman
115 Artis Gilmore
116 Steve Mix
117 Ron Lee
118 Bobby Jones
119 Ron Boone
120 Bill Walton
121 Chris Ford
122 Earl Tatum
123 E.C. Coleman
124 Moses Malone
125 Charlie Scott
126 Bobby Smith
127 Nate Archibald
128 Mitch Kupchak
129 Walt Frazier
130 Rick Barry
131 Ernie DiGregorio
132 Darryl Dawkins


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Year: 1977

Manufacturer: Topps

# of Cards: 132

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Size: 2 x 3

Image courtesy of Topps

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