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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Signed 1972 Topps Basketball set
Saturday, July 18, 2020
Posted by jaygross
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Long time member Deadshot (Kyle) has been collecting the 1972 Topps basketball set for quite a few years and has been sharing his progress with the community. Since I am huge 1970's NBA+ABA fan (I am working on a few sets also), I have been living vicarously through his progress.

Our listing for the 1972 Topps set shows (as of today):
  • 264 cards
  • 288 linked Players
  • 76 Deceased Players
  • 92 Hall of Famers

    This set features rookie cards of Julius Erving, Phil Jackson, and George McGinnis.

    On July 14, 2020, he let the SCN community know that he finished the set!!! Such an amazing accomplishment.


    So I had to ask him some questions:

    When did you start the project?

    I received my first success in October of 2011. I don't think I intended to do the set at this point, but it didn't take me long after that.

    Why did you pick this set to go after?

    I think there were a couple of factors that contributed. Visually, the set appealed to me. I'm a huge Pacers and ABA fan, so I wasn't going to do anything before 1971. I also really liked Julius Erving's rookie card.

    Approximately how much of the set do you think you got by mail (TTM)?

    I wish I had kept track a little better, but I would guess that at least 1/3 were TTM.

    Who is toughest to get from this set?

    Wendell Ladner had the least amount of time to sign his card of anyone in the set. Luckily a PSA copy of that card was on eBay pretty early in my search. Pete Cross didn't have long to sign, but I've seen multiple copies. John Brisker is a tough one - my copy is the only slabbed copy I've seen. Willie Sojourner and Jimmy Walker were the last cards I picked up and I was beginning to wonder if I would ever see those.

    What's next for you?

    I've dabbled some with the 1968 Topps baseball set, but I can't see myself seriously pursuing another set again. I enjoyed this journey, but I have so many card-related interests, it's hard to stay focused.

    Here are scans of the cards for your viewing pleasure:















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