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Vintage Pack Break of the Week: 1980-81 Topps Basketball

Not long after the Vintage Pack Break of the Week launched last summer, Just Collect tore into a pack of 1980-81 Topps Basketball.  One of the more unique–and often maligned–issues in Topps’ history, the set does have one big thing going for it:  the rookie card that features not only Magic Johnson and Larry Bird but a card of Hall of Famer Julius Erving to boot.

Their first attempt to hit the lottery with that one came up empty, but there was a Bird Rebounding Leaders card inside.   The secondary Bird and Johnson cards are some nice consolation prizes for collectors who choose to fork over the $75-125 you’ll likely pay for an unopened pack today.

This week, it’s back to the hoops well for another try.

The 1980-81 Topps packs feature eight cards (with three perforated mini cards on each panel) and a team poster insert.  Of course, there are other stars possible inside including a few Hall of Famers.

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The Bird is a Scoring Leaders card, which reminds us of how good he was as a first year player while the Magic Johnson card they pulled is a Rookie All-Star.

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About Rich Mueller

Rich is the editor and founder of Sports Collectors Daily. A broadcaster and writer for more than 30 years and a collector for even longer than that, he's usually typing something somewhere. Type him back at [email protected].


  1. […] Collect opened one in July that yielded a Bird Rebounding Leaders card, then followed it up with a Magic All-Star card in January.  Not bad at all…and there are other stars in this set […]