1972-1973 to 1979-1980 Topps Basketball Collection (2,981 cards)

Sold For: $1,440

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1957

Item Year: 1972

Category: Football/Basketball/Hockey/Boxing/Other Sports

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Presented is an extremely substantial collection of approximately 2,981 cards from six different Topps basketball sets issued during the 1970s. This collection is highlighted by dozens of Hall of Famers and stars. A total of fifty-two cards are graded and encapsulated by SGC. 1) 1972-1973 Topps (271 cards): 18% Nr/Mt or better, 57% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 25% Vg to Vg-Ex (including some lower). Keys: #1 Chamberlain (Vg-Ex), two 32 Jackson RC (Ex and Vg-Ex), 44 Barry (Ex-Mt), 60 Frazier (30/70 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt), two #97 Walt Bellamy (NM/MT+ 92 and NM/MT 88), 100 Abdul-Jabbar (Vg-Ex), 110 Havlicek (Ex), 113 Herm Gilliam (MINT 96), 122 Bradley (Nr/Mt), 127 Howard Porter (MINT 96), 216 Steve Jones (MINT 96), and 263 ABA Rebounding Ldrs (NM/MT 88). 2) 1973-1974 Topps Complete Set (1,009 cards): Includes a complete set of 264 cards plus 745 duplicates. Condition of the set is 61% Nr/Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt (including some better), 31% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 8% Vg to Vg-Ex (including a couple lower). Keys: #20 Havlicek (Vg-Ex), 50 Abdul-Jabbar (95/5 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt+), 70 Robertson (SGC NM/MT 88), 80 Chamberlain (Ex-Mt), 95 Hayes (NM/MT 88), 100 West (Ex), 105 Reed (EX/NM 80), 126 Westphal RC (Nr/Mt-Mt), 130 Maravich (NM/MT 88), 135 McAdoo RC (NM+ 86), 155 NBA Field Goal Pct. Ldrs (NM 84), 210 Issel (MINT 96), 234 ABA Scoring Avg. Ldrs (NM/MT 88), 240 Erving (NM/MT 88), and 242 Checklist (NM/MT+ 92). Eight commons are graded MINT 96. Condition of the duplicates is 30% Nr/Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt, 44% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 26% Vg to Vg-Ex (including some lower). Keys: Two #20 Havlicek (Ex-Mt and Ex), two 50 Abdul-Jabbar (Ex and Vg+), five 71 Jackson (Ex-Mt, Ex, two Vg-Ex and Vg+), three 80 Chamberlain (all Ex), 100 West (Vg-Ex), two 130 Maravich (Ex-Mt+ and Vg-Ex), two 155 NBA Field Goal Pct. Ldrs (Nr/Mt and Ex), and four 240 Erving (Ex-Mt and three Ex). 3) 1974-1975 Topps (392 cards): 50% Nr/Mt or better, 44% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 6% Vg to Vg-Ex (including a few lower). Keys: #1 Abdul-Jabbar (Vg), three 10 Maravich (Ex-Mt and two Ex+), two 55 Oscar Robertson (Ex-Mt and Ex), two 100 Havlicek (Ex and Vg-Ex), 113 Bradley (SGC NM 84), 155 Cowens (NM/MT 88), 176 West (Nr/Mt), 196 Gervin (Vg-Ex+), and two 250 Chamberlain (Ex-Mt and Ex). 4) 1975-1976 Topps (629 cards): Includes a complete set of 330 cards plus 299 duplicates. Condition of the set is 45% Nr/Mt or better, 49% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 6% Vg to Vg-Ex. Keys: #71 Riley (NM/MT 88), 75 Maravich (Vg-Ex), 77 Walton (EX/MT+ 82), 80 Havlicek (Ex), 90 Abdul-Jabbar (EX/NM 80), 181 Checklist (NM/MT+ 92), 221 ABA Scoring Avg. Ldrs (MINT 96), 222 ABA FG Pct. Ldrs (MINT 96), 233 Gervin (80/20 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt), 250 Gilmore (MINT 96), 254 Malone RC (EX/NM 80), 282 Nets Team Ldrs-Erving (NM 84), 298 Jones RC (NM 84), and 300 Erving (EX/NM 80). Additional SGC graded: EX/NM 80, three NM 84, two NM+ 86. Condition of the duplicates is 43% Nr/Mt or better, 49% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 8% Vg to Vg-Ex. SGC graded: #15 Archibald (SGC NM 84), 90 Abdul-Jabbar (EX/NM 80), 298 Jones RC (EX/NM 80), 300 Erving (EX/NM 80). 5) 1978-1979 Topps (470 cards): 42% Nr/Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt, 50% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 8% Vg to Vg-Ex. Keys: Four #1 Walton (three Nr/Mt and Ex), five 10 Walter Davis RC (Nr/Mt, Ex-Mt, two Ex and Vg-Ex), 75 King RC (Ex), 78 Dennis Johnson RC (85/15 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt), four 80 Maravich (three Ex and Vg-Ex), two 86 Parish (both Ex), two 110 Abdul-Jabbar (Ex-Mt and 15/85 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt), four 126 Marques Johnson RC (three Nr/Mt and Ex-Mt), and 130 Erving (Ex). 6) 1979-1980 Topps (210 cards): Includes a near-complete set of 120 different. Condition is 67% Nr/Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt (including a few better) and 33% Ex to Ex-Mt (including a few lower). Keys: #10 Abdul-Jabbar (EX/NM 80), 31 English RC (NM 7), 45 Walton (NM/MT 88), 60 Maravich (EX/NM 80), and 84 Tyler (NM 84). This is an outstanding collection, with several notable highlights, that would provide a tremendous foundation for the assembly of several mid- to high-grade complete sets with hundreds of cards left over to trade! Total: approximately 2,981 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+.


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