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.

1972-73 Topps Set Break #195 Julius Erving RC PSA 8.5 NM-MT+
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Julius Erving Dr. J 1972-73 Topps Rookie BVG 5 BGS 5 Excellent Card No. 195
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1972-73 TOPPS JOHN HAVLICEK #110 PSA NM-MINT 8 CELTICS S6348
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1972-73 Topps Basketball #255 Julius Erving RC Rookie HOF Squires BGS 4 w/ 6
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JULIUS ERVING 1972/73 TOPPS #195 RC ROOKIE CARD SQUIRES 76ERS PSA 6 EX-MT
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1972-73 Topps #183 George McGinnis HOF rookie PSA 8 NM-MT Indiana Pacers ABA
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1972/73 Topps #5 Pete Maravich PSA NM-MT 8 *7716
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1972-73 Topps WILT CHAMBERLAIN #1 SGC 92 Nm-Mt+ 8.5
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1972/73 Topps #259 ABA Scoring Leaders Scott Barry Issel PSA NM-MT+ 8.5 *0723
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1972-73 Topps Basketball Trading Card KAREEM ABDUL JABBAR Bucks #100 PSA 7
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1972/73 Topps #30 Connie Hawkins PSA NM-MT 8 *2811
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NATE ARCHIBALD 1972-73 Topps #115 Signed Basketball Card SGC Authentic Autograph
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1972-73 Topps # 195 Julius Erving(RC) SGC 5 EX Nicer
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1972-73 Topps #75 Jerry West PSA 9 MINT Great Centering
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1972-73 TOPPS #91 CLIFFORD RAY RC CHICAGO BULLS HOF ROOKIE PSA 8 NM-MT
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1972-73 topps #75 JERRY WEST los angeles lakers BGS BCCG 9
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John Havlicek 1972-73 Topps All-Star Base Card #161 PSA 8 NM-MT (MC) - CELTICS
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Bvg 9 1972-73 Topps #255 Julius Erving - Rookie Year - Beckett / BGS - PSA ?
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Julius Erving BVG 6 1972-73 Topps #195 Rookie RC Card BGS 6
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1972-73 Topps #20 Sidney Wicks RC PSA 8 CHC
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