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Choosing the 1978 Topps Basketball set to get autographed
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Posted by jaygross
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I love old school basketball and wanted to begin working on getting a set fully autographed from that era. About 18 months ago, I began looking at the different sets from 1969-1981 Topps to decide which one made the most sense for me to tackle.

I had a few criteria that helped decide on the 1978 set:

  1. Total number of cards (1978 only had 132)
  2. Number of deceased players (only had Pete Maravich & John Williamson - Dennis Johnson since then)
  3. Number of multi-player cards (none)
  4. Number of times a player appears on more than one card (1978 has 1 card per player and a checklist)
  5. Number of players with addresses in Harvey's list (over 50%)
  6. The price of the cards was affordable and I wouldn't hurt losing an unsigned card

While the 1975 and 1977 sets are much nicer looking, I knew I could get a higher percentage of players and the cards were fairly priced in 1978.

Below is a scan of 3 former All Stars I got back in the past week or so:

So now I have about a little less than half way finished - all but 2 I have gotten through the mail. I have many stars (like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wes Unseld, Rick Barry, Dave Bing, Bob Lanier, Dan Issel, David Thompson, Dave Cowens) and some fun names (like Marvin "the Human Eraser" Webster, Darnell "Dr Dunk" Hillman). 

One of my favortie successes was from ex-Jazz cetner Rich Kelley, who also wrote a nice note thanking me for reminding him of some really fun times when he was on the run and gun Jazz teams with Maravich.

Since then I have also casually begun collecting the 1975 Topps set and the individual panels from the 1980 Topps set. If you have any signed cards to trade from any of these 3 sets, let me know...



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