If you love basketball history, there might not be a better set of trading cards than this one. This week, our sponsor, Just Collect, is ripping a 1975-76 Topps basketball pack. It’s from an important and quite awesome time in hoop history.
’75-76 marked the last year of the American Basketball Association prior to the merger with the NBA. Not every team made it, so this is the year we see the last cards featuring players from franchises like the Utah Stars and Kentucky Colonels. Topps went all out on this set, with 330 cards; two-thirds featuring NBA players and the rest chronicling the ABA. There were league leader and playoff cards for both leagues, which also contributed to the size of the set. There are 22 double prints.
The fronts of the 1975-76 Topps set are ultra clean and uncluttered and set builders will see a young Bill Walton with his long hair and headband and a veteran New Orleans Jazz guard named Pete Maravich who looks like a beatnik poet with his long, dark hair and goatee. It’s the year of Moses Malone, whose rookie card shows him as a fresh out of high school center for the Stars.
Each 1975-76 Topps basketball wax pack contained ten cards for 15 cents. In addition to Malone, rookie cards of Bobby Jones, Keith (Jamaal) Wilkes and Maurice Lucas are in this year’s packs but the strength of the set is in the numerous Hall of Famers across both leagues.
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