1974 Topps Basketball

This is one of the sets that Topps made throughout the mid 70s. In the beginning of the 70s, Topps made Tall boy sets such as the 1970 Topps set which featured oversized cards. 

Fast forward to 1974 and we have a unique set in terms of how it was designed. There are two types of cards in this set: portrait and action. However, unlike preceding sets, each player either has a portrait or action card. Not both.

Card Specs

These cards are normally sized. On the front, they have the team name of the player written vertically. There is also the player’s name printed on the front and the player’s position written inside a small basketball. These cards have a white stock and a colorful background. In the background, there is a colored picture of the player.

On the back, these cards are horizontal even though the front is vertical. On the back, there is a cartoon character, player details, and a player bio.

There are 264 cards in this set. NBA cards appear on cards 1-176 and ABA cards show up on cards 177-264 which is typical for sets made during the early 70s. One interesting feature of these sets is that each pack comes with a scratch off game.

Now, let’s take a look at some of the most notable cards in the set

Bill Walton

Bill Walton was a UCLA legend coached by one of the greatest college coaches of all time: John Wooden. Walton only played 10 years in the league due to a lingering foot injury. Regardless of the injury, Walton averaged a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds per game. 

Along with averaging a double double, Walton has many accolades including 2 NBA championships, sixth man of the year, And MVP.

George Gervin

George Gervin was the first all-time great in the Spurs’ franchise history. He was initially drafted into the ABA as a member of the Virginia Squires where he played alongside Julius Erving. It wasn’t until 1976 that Gervin made his NBA debut. He averaged 25 points per game and played professional basketball for 14 years. Despite not winning an NBA championship, he is still rebounded as one of the top 75 players of all time. Gervin was dubbed “the iceman” for his ability to hit clutch shots.

Julius Erving

Julius Erving earned the nickname “Dr.J” while playing streetball at the infamous Rucker Park. He was drafted in the ABA and eventually made his way into the NBA. During his career, Erving won the MVP award 4 times and only won one NBA championship. This is because he wasn’t technically in the NBA until he was 26. While he was in the ABA, he also won two championships in that league.

1974 Topps Basketball 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 E. 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 Atlanta Hawks Team Leaders

82 Boston Celtics Team Leaders

83 Buffalo Braves Team Leaders

84 Chicago Bulls Team Leaders

85 Cleveland Cavaliers Team Leaders

86 Detroit Pistons Team Leaders

87 Golden State Warriors Team Leaders

88 Houston Rockets Team Leaders

89 Kansas City-Omaha Kings Team Leaders

90 Los Angeles Lakers Team Leaders

91 Milwaukee Bucks Team Leaders

92 New Orleans Jazz NBA’s Newest Entry

93 New York Knicks Team Leaders

94 Philadelphia 76ers Team Leaders

95 Phoenix Suns Team Leaders

96 Portland Trail Blazers Team Leaders

97 Seattle Supersonics Team Leaders

98 Capitol Bullets Team 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 NBA Checklist (#1-176)

142 Slick Watts 

143 Walt Wesley 

144 1973-74 NBA Scoring Leaders

145 1973-74 NBA Scoring Average Leaders

146 1973-74 NBA Field Goal Pct. Leaders

147 1973-74 NBA Free Throw Pct. Leaders

148 1973-74 NBA Rebound Leaders

149 1973-74 NBA 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 T. Johnson 

160 Dick Van Arsdale 

161 1973-74 NBA Eastern Semi-Finals

162 1973-74 NBA Western Semi-Finals

163 1973-74 NBA Finals

164 1973-74 NBA Championship – Celtics vs. Bucks

165 Phil Chenier 

166 Kermit Washington 

167 Dale Schlueter 

168 John Block 

169 Don Smith 

170 Nate Ahibald 

171 Chet Walker 

172 Ahie 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 ABA Checklist (#177-264)

204 Joe Caldwell

205 Swen Nater 

206 Rick Mount 

207 1973-74 ABA Scoring Average Leaders

208 1973-74 ABA Two-Point Field Goal Leaders

209 1973-74 ABA Three-Point Field Goal Leaders

210 1973-74 ABA Free Throw Pct. Leaders

211 1973-74 ABA Rebound Leaders

212 1973-74 ABA 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 Carolina Cougars Team Leaders

222 Denver Nuggets Team Leaders

223 Indiana Pacers Team Leaders

224 Kentucky Colonels Team Leaders

225 Memphis Sounds Team Leaders

226 New York Nets Team Leaders

227 San Antonio Spurs Team Leaders

228 San Diego Conquistadors Team Leaders

229 Utah Stars Team Leaders

230 Virginia Squires Team 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 1973-74 ABA Eastern Semi-Finals

247 1973-74 ABA Western Semi-Finals

248 1973-74 ABA Finals

249 1973-74 ABA Championship – Nets vs. Stars

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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