1974-75 Topps Basketball

The 1974-75 Topps set has a great design, with the team name in big letters going along the right side of the card and the player position written inside a basketball down the bottom. It was such a good design that Topps repeated it decades later, for 2001-02 Topps Heritage. The more recent set has rookie cards of a versatile and title-winning center, Paul Gasol, as well as a high-volume scorer, Joe Johnson, and the 1974-75 Topps set has similar cards.

On just his college statistics his rookie card should be worth a lot, and despite missing plenty of NBA games with various foot injuries Bill Walton would win two NBA titles. His rookie card is wanted by Portland, Boston and UCLA fans as well as those who have enjoyed his basketball commentary. When he led Portland to the 1977 title, Walton was not only a double-double machine with 18 points and 15 rebounds in the playoffs but had 5.5 assists per game from the center position. He was the NBA's top Sixth Man in 1985-86, when he played a career-high 80 games for the season as the Celtics won the title.  Walton's rookie card varies in price depending on condition with near mint-mint graded examples stretching over $200.  However, you can find a nice, ungraded example on eBay for around $75 or even less.

The other rookie card that collectors look for from that year is George Gervin. If Walton was a player with a variety of skills then "The Iceman" was someone with one real talent, Gervin could score like few others. For his two years of college basketball he averaged 26.8 points. In four ABA seasons he would average 21.9 points. He led the NBA in scoring four times, and over his career he averaged 26.2 points. Gervin also scored 33 points in one quarter, it was during the last game of the season as he battled for the league scoring title. Even after his NBA career ended Gervin still had more scoring to do, he went to Italy in 1986-87 and averaged 26.1 points. A near mint-mint  PSA 8 will run about $100.

The 1974-75 Topps set had other rookies to consider, including those of George Karl and Doug Collins. They are more famous now for coaching than for their playing careers.

A complete set, all cards ungraded except for a Wilt Chamberlain that was graded PSA NM-MT 8, sold on eBay for $349 in the fall of 2012. Another complete set sold for $275.

1974-75 TOPPS GAIL GOODRICH #125 PSA 8 NM-MT!
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1974/75 Topps #235 Billy Cunningham PSA EX-MT 6 *6534
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1974/75 TOPPS BASKETBALL PHIL JACKSON CARD #132 WITH AUTO CUT PSA/DNA #83519209
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1974/75 Topps B. McAdoo Rudy Tomjanovich PSA/DNA Certified Authentic Auto *7093
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PSA 7 - 1974-75 Topps # 10 Pete Maravich New Orleans Jazz HOF (A) (23631959)
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PSA 7 - 1974-75 Topps #200 Julius Erving New York Nets HOF (B) (23701971)
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1974-75 Topps #176 Jerry West SGC 92 Los Angeles Lakers Basketball Card
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1974-75 Topps #141 NBA Checklist 1-176 PSA 9 Mint
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ABA Championship 1974/75 Topps Card # 257 Graded PSA NM / MT - 8. Nets
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Rudy Tomjanovich 1974/75 Topps Card # 28 Graded PSA NM / MT - 8, Houston
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Paul Westphal 1974/75 Topps Card # 64 Graded PSA NM / MT - 8, Boston
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Phil Jackson 1974/75 Topps Card # 132 Graded PSA NM - 7 , NY Knicks
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1974/75 Topps #148 Elvin Hayes Bob McAdoo PSA/DNA Certified Authentic Auto *7095
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ABA Basketball Checklist 1974/75 Topps Cd # 203 Graded PSA Mint - 9 (OC) ,
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1974-75 Topps #176 Jerry West SGC 92 Los Angeles Lakers Basketball Card
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PSA 8 - 1974-75 Topps #226 Julius Erving Nets Leaders HOF (B) (25118272)
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1974/75 Topps #39 Bill Walton PSA/DNA Certified Authentic Auto Autograph *9727
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Elvin Hayes 1974/75 Topps Card # 30 Graded PSA NM - 7, Bullets
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Pat Riley 1974/75 Topps Card # 31 Graded PSA EX / MT - 6, LA Lakers
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1974-75 Topps #212 Al Smith Chuck Williams Louie Dampier PSA 8 Basketball Card
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