1977-78 Topps Basketball

When collectors look at the 1977-78 Topps set for rookie cards they see two centers, Robert Parish and Darryl Dawkins. Both had entertaining careers although they went about their basketball in very different ways.

The Parish rookie card may have been forgotten about if he wasn't part of one of the biggest trades in NBA history. Parish had spent four years with the Golden State Warriors and developed into a solid center, but the Warriors had won only 24 games in season 1979-80 and were interested in the top overall pick. The Celtics jumped on the offer and also got the third pick in the draft out of the deal, which they turned into Kevin McHale. Parish won three titles in Boston, and became known as "The Chief".  You can usually buy a PSA 9 graded Parish rookie for less than $75 on eBay--quite a bargain.

D7778toppsetawkins not only had many nicknames, he also gave names to some of his dunks. Chocolate Thunder broke backboards with slams called Cover Your Head, Rim-Wrecker, Gorilla, and many others. Dawkins was ahead of his time, going to the NBA without playing college basketball. His best season was 1983-84, his second with the Nets after playing his early years in Philadelphia. His rookie card is generally less than $20.

Adrian Dantley and Mitch Kupchak also have rookie cards in the set. Timing can be everything, and for titles in the NBA Dantley just missed out. He was a Laker, but was traded away before the 1979-80 season.  Kupchakwas a solid backup power forward and center for the Bullets and Lakers.

Topps trimmed its set to 132 cards for 1977-78 and would keep it that size for two more years as the league's popularity waned before the arrival of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.  Centering is often a major issue with this set, which went heavy on action poses.  The set does have sort of a "high-end" feel to it because of the type of card stock used.

A complete 1977-78 Topps basketball set can usually be had for under $75, but as always, the condition of the key rookies and Hall of Famers plays a major role in price.

1977/78 Topps Julius Erving PSA 7
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1977-78 Topps #1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (NM-MT+) LA Lakers Basketball Card PSA/BGS?
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1977-78 Topps Steve Mix #116 PSA 10 GEM MINT
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1977 78 TOPPS #20 PISTOL PETE MARAVICH AUTO AUTOGRAPH SGC AUTHENTIC EX068
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1977/78 Topps #58 John Lucas PSA/DNA Certified Authentic Auto Autograph *1698
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1977/78 Topps #58 John Lucas PSA/DNA Certified Authentic Auto Autograph *1699
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1977-78 TOPPS # 100 JULIUS ERVING PROOF BGS 8 SOLO FINEST GRADED
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1977-78 TOPPS # 120 BILL WALTON RED PROOF BGS 9.5 FINEST GRADED UNIQUE 1080 *
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1977-78 TOPPS # 20 PETE MARAVICH PROOF BGS 8.5 SOLO FINEST GRADED
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1977-78 TOPPS # 129 WALT FRAZIER UNIQUE PROOF BGS 8 2ND FINEST GRADED
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1977-78 TOPPS # 129 WALT FRAZIER PROOF BGS 9 SOLO FINEST GRADED
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1977-78 TOPPS # 70 JOHN HAVLICEK PROOF BGS 8.5 FINEST GRADED
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1977-78 TOPPS # 120 BILL WALTON ORANGE PROOF BGS 9 FINEST GRADED UNIQ
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1977-78 TOPPS # 35 JO JO WHITE PROGRESSIVE PROOF SET 2 BGS 9 FINEST GRADED
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1977/78 Topps #84 Kevin Kunnert PSA GEM MINT 10 *3970
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1977 - 78 Topps #96 MACK CALVIN PSA 10 GEM MINT Denver NUGGETS / USC
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1977-78 Topps #130 Rick Barry BVG 7 NM bgs
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1977-78 TOPPS # 120 BILL WALTON PROOF BGS 9 FINEST GRADED UNIQUE 1078 *
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1977-78 TOPPS # 129 WALT FRAZIER PROGRESSIVE PROOF SET OF 5 BGS 9 FINEST UNIQUE
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1977-78 TOPPS # 70 JOHN HAVLICEK PROGRESSIVE PROOF SET 6 BGS 8 FINEST GRADED
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