1970 Topps Basketball

This is the second time that Topps made a tall boys set. The tall boy cards are very distinct and difficult to obtain in great condition.

The main difference between this set and the 1969 tall boys set (besides the rookies) is that these cards have more vibrant colors. The background of these cards appear in blue, green, red, yellow, and orange.

The back of the card is horizontal. It shows his vitals, stats, and has a description. This card also has a fun fact with a picture drawn. For example, the Pete Maravich card states that his dad was his coach at LSU.

Notable Cards

Pete Maravich #123

This is considered to be “Pistol” Pete Maravich’s rookie card. He was one of college’s most prolific scorers (even without a 3 point line!). 

Pistol Pete was ahead of his time in terms of how he played the game. He threw ridiculously amazing passes and is regarded as one of ten best ball handlers of all-time. Maravich averaged 24 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists in his entire career. 

Despite not winning an NBA championship, he was a 4x NBA all-star, scoring champ, and one of the top 75 basketball players of all-time.

Lew Alcindor #75

Alcindor was one of the most dominant centers of all- time. This card is considered his second year card and he is shown wearing a green shirt. 

Lew Alcindor is also known as Kareem Abdul Jabbar. He is renowned for his famous skyhook which was nearly impossible to block.

Set Information

This set contains two series. The first contains the first 110 cards and 22 of which are short-prints. The second series includes cards 111-175.

One interesting part of this set is that there are specific insert cards. The first 6 cards have the leaders of a specific stat (top 3 players). Additionally, cards 106-115 show all-star teams . Finally, the last 8 cards show the Lakers versus the Knicks in the NBA Championship

1970 Topps Basketball Checklist

1 Lew Alcindor / Jerry West / Elvin Hayes 

2 Jerry West / Lew Alcindor / Elvin Hayes 

3 Johnny Green / Darrall Imhoff / Lou Hudson 

4 Flynn Robinson / Chet Walker / Jeff Mullins 

5 Elvin Hayes / Wes Unseld / Lew Alcindor 

6 Lenny Wilkens / Walt Frazier / Clem Haskins 

7 Bill Bradley

8 Ron Williams 

9 Otto Moore 

10 John Havlicek 

11 George Wilson 

12 John Trapp 

13 Pat Riley 

14 Jim Washington 

15 Bob Rule 

16 Bob Weiss 

17 Neil Johnson 

18 Walt Bellamy 

19 McCoy McLemore

20 Earl Monroe 

21 Wally Anderzunas 

22 Guy Rodgers 

23 Rick Roberson 

24 Checklist 

25 Jimmy Walker 

26 Mike Riordan 

27 Henry Finkel 

28 Joe Ellis 

29 Mike Davis 

30 Lou Hudson 

31 Lucius Allen 

32 Toby Kimball 

33 Luke Jackson 

34 Johnny Egan 

35 Leroy Ellis 

36 Jack Marin 

37 Joe Caldwell 

38 Keith Erickson 

39 Don Smith 

40 Flynn Robinson 

41 Bob Boozer 

42 Howie Komives 

43 Dick Barnett 

44 Stu Lantz 

45 Dick Van Arsdale 

46 Jerry Lucas 

47 Don Chaney 

48 Ray Scott 

49 Dick Cunningham 

50 Wilt Chamberlain 

51 Kevin Loughery 

52 Stan McKenzie 

53 Fred Foster 

54 Jim Davis 

55 Walt Wesley 

56 Bill Hewitt 

57 Darrall Imhoff 

58 John Block 

59 Al Attles 

60 Chet Walker 

61 Luther Rackley 

62 Jerry Chambers 

63 Bob Dandridge 

64 Dick Snyder 

65 Elgin Baylor 

66 Connie Dierking 

67 Steve Kuberski 

68 Tom Boerwinkle 

69 Paul Silas 

70 Elvin Hayes 

71 Bill Bridges 

72 Wes Unseld 

73 Herm Gilliam 

74 Bobby Smith 

75 Lew Alcindor 

76 Jeff Mullins 

77 Happy Hairston 

78 Dave Stallworth

79 Fred Hetzel 

80 Lenny Wilkens 

81 Johnny Green 

82 Erwin Mueller 

83 Wally Jones 

84 Bob Love 

85 Dick Garrett

86 Don Nelson 

87 Neal Walk 

88 Larry Siegfried 

89 Gary Gregor 

90 Nate Thurmond 

91 John Warren 

92 Gus Johnson 

93 Gail Goodrich 

94 Dorie Murrey 

95 Cazzie Russell 

96 Terry Dischinger 

97 Norm Van Lier 

98 Jim Fox 

99 Tom Meschery 

100 Oscar Robertson

101 Checklist 

102 Rich Johnson 

103 Mel Counts 

104 Bill Hosket 

105 Ahie Clark 

106 Walt Frazier 

107 Jerry West 

108 Billy Cunningham 

109 Connie Hawkins 

110 Willis Reed 

111 Nate Thurmond 

112 John Havlicek 

113 Elgin Baylor 

114 Oscar Robertson 

115 Lou Hudson 

116 Emmette Bryant 

117 Greg Howard 

118 Rick Adelman 

119 Barry Clemens 

120 Walt Frazier 

121 Jim Barnes 

122 Bernie Williams 

123 Pete Maravich 

124 Matt Guokas 

125 Dave Bing 

126 John Tresvant 

127 Shaler Halimon 

128 Don Ohl 

129 Fred Carter 

130 Connie Hawkins 

131 Jim King 

132 Ed Manning 

133 Adrian Smith 

134 Walt Hazzard 

135 Dave DeBusschere 

136 Don Kojis 

137 Calvin Murphy

138 Nate Bowman 

139 Jon McGlocklin

140 Billy Cunningham 

141 Willie McCarter

142 Jim Barnett 

143 Jo Jo White 

144 Clyde Lee

145 Tom Van Arsdale

146 Len Chappell 

147 Lee Winfield 

148 Jerry Sloan  

149 Art Harris 

150 Willis Reed 

151 Art Williams 

152 Don May 

153 Loy Petersen 

154 Dave Gambee 

155 Hal Greer 

156 Dave Newmark 

157 Jimmy Collins 

158 Bill Turner 

159 Eddie Miles 

160 Jerry West 

161 Bob Quick 

162 Fred Crawford 

163 Tom Sanders 

164 Dale Schlueter 

165 Clem Haskins 

166 Greg Smith 

167 Rod Thorn 

168 Game 1 – Lakers v Knicks

169 Game 2 – Lakers v Knicks

170 Game 3 – Lakers v Knicks

171 Game 4 – Lakers v Knicks

172 Game 5 – Lakers v Knicks

173 Game 6 – Lakers v Knicks

174 Game 7 – Lakers v Knicks

175 Final – New York Knicks

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