The NBA was having a rough time back in the late 1970′s. The league had merged with the ABA but the limited excitement created by the move didn’t last long. Rumors of franchise shifts were common and sometimes they happened. Larry Bird and Magic Johnson hadn’t yet arrived and Michael Jordan was still in high school. Trading card sets were kept to a bare minimum–just 132 cards were produced in 1977 and 1978. Open a box of 1978-79 Topps basketball packs and if the card distribution was good, you might have two full sets and a good start on a third.
Thirty-five years later, those sets are starting to garner a little appreciation. Despite the lack of a strong class of rookie cards, the odds of pulling a Hall of Famer or big name star out of a pack isn’t bad. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is here. Julius Erving. Pistol Pete. George Gervin. Walt Frazier. Bill Walton.
While the set isn’t exceptionally valuable, that’s a lot of star power and potential for high grades in every pack and you can buy a 1978-79 Topps basketball pack for $20-30.
This week’s Just Collect Inc. Vintage Pack Break of the Week features the bright yellow wrapped 10 cards & bubble gum from the disco era.
Among the tougher cards to find in a PSA 9 or 10 level are Dan Roundfield, Paul Silas, Caldwell Jones and E.C. Coleman.
This issue offers a lot of fun for the hoops fan and collector who likes his sets nice and tidy and his pack ripping to be reasonable. Check out the video to see what was pulled: