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Official 1970's Topps Hockey Thread

Hey guys,

Having grown up in the '70's, I was a big hockey fan. The Philadelphia Flyers were my favorite team and Kenny "The Rat" Linseman was one of my favorite players. I was often compared to him based on my style of play hence my username. I realize that most hockey collectors choose OPC to collect, but I grew up collecting Topps and wanted to start a thread to discuss the sets, show off cards, etc. from the '70's. I apologize if there already is a similar thread, but I did not come across one during my search.

Hope there are others that enjoy these sets as much as I do. Thanks!!!

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  • hyperchipper09hyperchipper09 Posts: 1,440 ✭✭✭✭✭
    There's a chance in the future I may start up a Canadiens focused collection and mainly work on 70's Topps.
    I remember Linseman image


  • << <i>I remember Linseman image >>



    In a good way or a bad way? image

    I'm going to try to add pics this weekend as every thread needs some.
  • hyperchipper09hyperchipper09 Posts: 1,440 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Looking back now it's all good image
    Fun times, good memories
  • cards651cards651 Posts: 665 ✭✭
    Thanks for starting this thread. Have not seen a similar one. My first hockey cards as a kid in Boston were 1970 Topps. We only had Topps growing up so I try to stick to those sets. They were as popular as baseball cards in early 70's Boston. They do not have as many cards as the OPC sets but they are easier to obtain which is a plus. Other than 1970 and 1971, I do not see a huge demand for these sets today. Topps seemed to let the presses roll in 1972. By the late 70's, demand was way off and Hockey cards did not make it far into the 80's.
  • Thank you Kevin for your participation. My Flyers have had some good games with the Bruins over the years. I agree these aren't in high demand, but of course that isn't why we collect them. After much thought, I think I'll start working on my 1975-76 set again. I'll try to post some scans over the weekend to get your guys input into whether anything is worth getting graded.
  • Looks like someone brought the whole site down to stop me from posting some hockey cards. Boy, talk about showing no lovin' lol.

    I'll try to get some pictures on this thread next weekend guys. Feel free to share any '70's hockey cards you have.
  • I started collecting arround 1973, being from Canada I had O-PEE-CHEE hockey cards. Now I buy as many Topps as I do O-PEE-CHEE. I'm working on alot of player sets!


  • << <i>I started collecting arround 1973, being from Canada I had O-PEE-CHEE hockey cards. Now I buy as many Topps as I do O-PEE-CHEE. I'm working on alot of player sets! >>



    Do you find that Topps cards are better centered than their O-PEE-CHEE counterparts or really no difference between the two?

    What players are you collecting? Orr? Dryden? LeFleur? Linseman? image
  • I collect mostly player that are in the HOF. Lafleur, Dionne, Dryden, Gillies, Potvin, Bossy, Esposito (both), Clarke, Sittler, etc etc

    My sets
  • Those are some great player sets along with all the other stuff you've collected ludedude!!!

    Maybe after I'm done with a few of my 70's Topps sets, I'll tackle some master sets of my favorite players growing up.
  • My favorite Topps cards from the 70's are the ones that OPC didn't have, like #1,2,3,4,5,6 and the "Howe:" from 1971 and the 1973 "Dryden". Also in 1972 there were some different poses like the "Phil Esposito" and the "Stan Mikita". To me it was like seeing a new card that I didn't know existed!
  • georgebailey2georgebailey2 Posts: 1,045 ✭✭✭


    << <i>My favorite Topps cards from the 70's are the ones that OPC didn't have, like #1,2,3,4,5,6 and the "Howe:" from 1971 and the 1973 "Dryden". Also in 1972 there were some different poses like the "Phil Esposito" and the "Stan Mikita". To me it was like seeing a new card that I didn't know existed! >>



    The Phil Esposito is funny. It appears they had two pictures on Phil in his styling 1970 dress slacks (Ken Hodge, too, IIRC): One angled which was used on the 70-71 card; and, the straight-on angle used for the 71-72, 72-73 and 73-74 AS card. The latter was mercifully cropped at the chest. I am glad that the 72-73 OPC swapped out a bunch of photos in that set, the Phil Esposito, in particular because of the pants. The only change that I can remember being worse was the Villemure. Unfortunately, too many of the airbrushed cards stayed the same.


  • << <i>The Phil Esposito is funny. It appears they had two pictures on Phil in his styling 1970 dress slacks (Ken Hodge, too, IIRC): One angled which was used on the 70-71 card; and, the straight-on angle used for the 71-72, 72-73 and 73-74 AS card. The latter was mercifully cropped at the chest. I am glad that the 72-73 OPC swapped out a bunch of photos in that set, the Phil Esposito, in particular because of the pants. The only change that I can remember being worse was the Villemure. Unfortunately, too many of the airbrushed cards stayed the same. >>




    Wow! I remember seing the plaid pants, but I didn't realize they were on all 3 cards!

    "georgebailey2" I looked at the 1973-74 AS and it is a skating pose. I think you meant the leader cards? BTW I agree on the Villemure.
  • cards651cards651 Posts: 665 ✭✭
    I remember the '72 Phil Esposito card as being very popular. We loved that this guy wouldn't put on his uniform for the picture. Classic rebellion connected with kids. Plus he is wearing Stanfield's (#17) gloves in the picture. We loved it.
  • georgebailey2georgebailey2 Posts: 1,045 ✭✭✭


    << <i>

    << <i>The Phil Esposito is funny. It appears they had two pictures on Phil in his styling 1970 dress slacks (Ken Hodge, too, IIRC): One angled which was used on the 70-71 card; and, the straight-on angle used for the 71-72, 72-73 and 73-74 AS card. The latter was mercifully cropped at the chest. I am glad that the 72-73 OPC swapped out a bunch of photos in that set, the Phil Esposito, in particular because of the pants. The only change that I can remember being worse was the Villemure. Unfortunately, too many of the airbrushed cards stayed the same. >>




    Wow! I remember seing the plaid pants, but I didn't realize they were on all 3 cards!

    "georgebailey2" I looked at the 1973-74 AS and it is a skating pose. I think you meant the leader cards? BTW I agree on the Villemure. >>



    Correction: 74-75 AS card. Talk about milking a photo session. I think there was a thread on the main board regarding the re-use of photos: most times, longest gap, etc. Pretty good stuff. Bubba Smith had a photo used on six cards from 1970 to 76 (Blee started the thread). For the front someone saw Joe Kapp in 1960 and 1969 (courtesy of Peter Zaria). And PSAPAP notice Curt Flood's 1958 photo on the back of his 1971 card.

    Paul
  • Ha ha ha! I noticed at least five in 1974-75. There must be at least 20 cards from 1971 to 1974 with the same picture. Too funny!
  • georgebailey2georgebailey2 Posts: 1,045 ✭✭✭


    << <i>Ha ha ha! I noticed at least five in 1974-75. There must be at least 20 cards from 1971 to 1974 with the same picture. Too funny! >>



    Yes, I believe the front on may be the most used photo in Topps history as they used it on all of the league leader cards and also the 74-74 team leader card. I counted at least 19 photos, 18 cards - 71-72 (4 - G/A/Scoring Leaders, reg card), 72-73 (4 - G/A/Scoring, reg card), 73-74 (4 G/A/PPG/Scoring Leaders), 74-75 (6 G/Scoring Leaders, Bruins Leaders [2x], Hart, Ross and AS).

    With the exception of the 72-73 regular card, this was all duplicated in the OPC sets.
  • georgebailey2georgebailey2 Posts: 1,045 ✭✭✭
    78-79 - goalies - the year of the warm-up skate
  • clarke442clarke442 Posts: 605 ✭✭✭✭✭


    << <i>

    << <i>I remember Linseman image >>



    In a good way or a bad way? image

    I'm going to try to add pics this weekend as every thread needs some. >>



    I remember him as a BRUIN, pushing Chris Nilan of the Canadiens as he was being escorted off the ice after a brawl. Which in-turn started another brawl. Old Time Hockey.

    Hey KennytheRat, don't know if you are still in the forums but would love to chat Hockey cards. Even though I am from Boston and a Bruins fan, I do have a favorite Flyer "Uncle Bobby".
  • cards651cards651 Posts: 665 ✭✭
    A Nilan interview in support of 'The Last Gladiators' movie from a few years back. Got the full-on Boston accent going. Pretty well-spoken but a tough life post-hockey...

    Nilan Interview Interviewer knows nothing about hockey which is pretty funny.

    Toronto Interview This ones pretty funny about 4:00. 7:10 also.

    30 Surgeries! Yikes!
  • cards651cards651 Posts: 665 ✭✭


    << <i>

    << <i>Ha ha ha! I noticed at least five in 1974-75. There must be at least 20 cards from 1971 to 1974 with the same picture. Too funny! >>



    Yes, I believe the front on may be the most used photo in Topps history as they used it on all of the league leader cards and also the 74-74 team leader card. I counted at least 19 photos, 18 cards - 71-72 (4 - G/A/Scoring Leaders, reg card), 72-73 (4 - G/A/Scoring, reg card), 73-74 (4 G/A/PPG/Scoring Leaders), 74-75 (6 G/Scoring Leaders, Bruins Leaders [2x], Hart, Ross and AS).

    With the exception of the 72-73 regular card, this was all duplicated in the OPC sets. >>



    Really shows this company's utter lack of respect for the customer. Given that they probably felt their 'customer' was a snot-nosed 10-year-old from the '70s and not grown men 'grading' their product in the 21st century, it still takes some chutzpah. This is why I vehemently disagree with those collectors arguing that Topps printed cards in equal quantities. With such contempt for the customer, short printed cards are a given.
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