1972-73 Topps Basketball

The Doctor was in the 1972-73 Topps set. Long before he was making house calls for the 76ers in the NBA, Julius Erving had a rookie card in this set as a member of the ABA's Virginia Squires.  It's one of the most popular rookie cards of the modern era, selling for upwards of $250-300 for a card graded NM/MT, several hundred more for a graded, mint '9'.

The Doctor is In...the 1972-73 Topps Basketball Set

If Erving was playing in the NBA today his cards would be among the most popular, due to the way he played. Dr. J's in-game dunks were powerful, and he would put on a show during dunk contests too. One of the highlights of his career that gets shown the most isn't a dunk but a lay-up, as he could jump so high he hit his head on the backboard. He wasn't just a scorer, making an ABA All-Defensive team and in the NBA he had 100 blocks in eight of his 11 seasons.  Prices for a Julius Erving rookie card vary based on condition but eBay usually has several for sale.

His card is the reason '72-73 Topps basketball sets are popular but there are other Hall of Famers in the set that keep the value strong.  In addition, unopened packs of the issue are hard to find.

Best Rookie Cards and Stars in the '72-73 Set

There are rookie cards to consider of Artis Gilmore, Phil Jackson, George McGinnis, Austin Carr and Sidney Wicks.  The Jackson card is often hard to find well centered and can be pricey, but if you're willing to accept a slightly lower grade, you shouldn't have to pay more than $50 (see them here).

Collectors wanting the star players of the time can find them in this set at affordable prices. There are cards of Wilt Chamberlain, John Havlicek, Jerry West, Pete Maravich, Rick Barry, Oscar Robertson, Bob Lanier, Bill Bradley and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

1972-73 Topps basketball cards also have an interesting design, especially how the team name is written across the bottom of the card. The team name starts small and gets larger going across the card. There are plenty of stats on the back and the usual, for the time, little cartoon drawing that presented more information about the player.

Complete sets are not difficult to find and the price will vary greatly based upon condition, especially the grade of the Erving rookie but expect to pay $250 and up for a decent quality, ungraded set.  Buying one with a graded, authenticated Erving card is probably the safest way to go.

Julius Erving 1972-73 Topps Rookie Card #195 PSA Graded 5 EX
Julius Erving 1972-73 Topps Rookie Card #195 PSA Graded 5 EX $169.00
Time Remaining: 23d 14h 50m
Buy It Now for only: $169.00
Rare 1972-73 Topps Pistol Pete Maravich Signed Autographed Basketball #5 PSA DNA
Rare 1972-73 Topps Pistol Pete Maravich Signed Autographed Basketball #5 PSA DNA $3,998.00
Time Remaining: 3d 13h 14m
Buy It Now for only: $3,998.00
1972-73 Topps Julius Erving #195 Rookie PSA 7
1972-73 Topps Julius Erving #195 Rookie PSA 7 $399.99
Time Remaining: 22d 9h 17m
Buy It Now for only: $399.99
1972-73 Topps Julius Erving RC PSA 8 Virginia Squires #195
1972-73 Topps Julius Erving RC PSA 8 Virginia Squires #195 $749.00
Time Remaining: 16d 14m
Buy It Now for only: $749.00
1972-73 Topps Mike Riordan #37 Bullets PSA 9 Mint
1972-73 Topps Mike Riordan #37 Bullets PSA 9 Mint $11.69
Time Remaining: 2d 11h 6m
Buy It Now for only: $11.69
1972-73 Topps Phil Jackson Rookie Card RC BGS/BVG 6 EX-MT Sharp! Knicks
1972-73 Topps Phil Jackson Rookie Card RC BGS/BVG 6 EX-MT  Sharp!  Knicks $39.99
Time Remaining: 19d 15h 50m
Buy It Now for only: $39.99
1972-73 Topps Neal Walk #82 Suns PSA 8 Nm-Mt
1972-73 Topps Neal Walk #82 Suns PSA 8 Nm-Mt $6.23
Time Remaining: 2d 11h 8m
Buy It Now for only: $6.23
1972-73 Topps JULIUS ERVING Rookie SGC 8
1972-73 Topps JULIUS ERVING Rookie SGC 8 $750.00
Time Remaining: 23d 16h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $750.00
1972-73 Topps Basketball Wax Pack - PSA Authentic
1972-73 Topps Basketball Wax Pack - PSA Authentic $249.99
Time Remaining: 25d 2h 51m
Buy It Now for only: $249.99
1972-73 Topps #168 Wilt Chamberlain PSA 8 Los Angeles Lakers Basketball Card
1972-73 Topps #168 Wilt Chamberlain PSA 8 Los Angeles Lakers Basketball Card $54.98
Time Remaining: 25d 11h 43m
Buy It Now for only: $54.98
1972-73 Topps #168 Wilt Chamberlain PSA 8 Los Angeles Lakers Basketball Card
1972-73 Topps #168 Wilt Chamberlain PSA 8 Los Angeles Lakers Basketball Card $54.98
Time Remaining: 25d 11h 43m
Buy It Now for only: $54.98
1972/73 Topps #226 Wendell Ladner PSA EX-MT 6 *3951
1972/73 Topps #226 Wendell Ladner PSA EX-MT 6 *3951 $3.00
Time Remaining: 1d 16h 43m
Buy It Now for only: $3.00
1972-73 TOPPS # 251 ARTIS GILMORE AS PROOF BGS 8.5 SOLO FINEST GRADED UNIQUE
1972-73 TOPPS # 251 ARTIS GILMORE AS PROOF BGS 8.5 SOLO FINEST GRADED UNIQUE $62.30
Time Remaining: 4d 23h 1m
Buy It Now for only: $62.30
1972-73 Topps Jerry West #75 Los Angeles Lakers BGS BCCG 9
1972-73 Topps Jerry West #75 Los Angeles Lakers BGS BCCG 9 $19.99
Time Remaining: 3d 12h 4m
Buy It Now for only: $19.99
1972-73 TOPPS # 220 ZELMO BEATY PROOF BGS 9 SOLO FINEST GRADED, UNIQUE
1972-73 TOPPS # 220 ZELMO BEATY PROOF BGS 9 SOLO FINEST GRADED, UNIQUE $62.30
Time Remaining: 4d 23h
Buy It Now for only: $62.30
1972-73 Topps #115 Nate Archibald PSA 6 Sacramento Kings Basketball Card
1972-73 Topps #115 Nate Archibald PSA 6 Sacramento Kings Basketball Card $9.99
Time Remaining: 25d 11h 43m
Buy It Now for only: $9.99
1972-73 Topps #115 Nate Archibald PSA 6 Sacramento Kings Basketball Card
1972-73 Topps #115 Nate Archibald PSA 6 Sacramento Kings Basketball Card $9.99
Time Remaining: 25d 11h 43m
Buy It Now for only: $9.99
1972-73 Topps #206 Joe Caldwell PSA 6 Carolina Cougars (ABA) Basketball Card
1972-73 Topps #206 Joe Caldwell PSA 6 Carolina Cougars (ABA) Basketball Card $8.00
Time Remaining: 11d 10h 39m
Buy It Now for only: $8.00
1972-73 Topps #206 Joe Caldwell PSA 6 Carolina Cougars (ABA) Basketball Card
1972-73 Topps #206 Joe Caldwell PSA 6 Carolina Cougars (ABA) Basketball Card $8.00
Time Remaining: 11d 10h 39m
Buy It Now for only: $8.00
1972-73 TOPPS #122 BILL BRADLEY PSA 7
1972-73 TOPPS #122 BILL BRADLEY PSA 7 $32.99
Time Remaining: 11d 15h 18m
Buy It Now for only: $32.99

« Previous12345

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *