Sunday, June 26, 2011

1973 Topps

Number of Cards

1973 Topps was scaled back to 660 cards

Size of Cards

Standard size , which measure 2½” by 3½”.

Basic Features

The front of these cards contains a color photograph of the player, with the player's name and team located below the photograph. The front is accented by a silhouette, located below the player's photograph. The silhouette is inside a colored circle, indicative of the player's position, which is noted just below it.

The backs are in vertical format for the first time since the 1968 Topps. The backs contain the standard statistics, biography information, and a cartoon.

Subsets include
Statistical Leaders (LL)
All Time Leader cards (AL)
World Series Highlights (WS)
Playoff Highlights (CS)
Managers and Coaches (MC)
Boyhood Photos (BP).

Released in 5 series
series 1 (1-132)
series 2 (133-264)
series 3 (265-396)
series 4 (397-528)
series 5 (528-660).

Short Prints

Series 5 cards (428-660) are scarce and demand a premium.

Errors and Variations

81 Whitey Lockman
A- Solid background
B- Natural backgrounds on right in little boxes

179B-left ear not showing

Number Player
21 Randy Hundley
44 Rick Monday
61 Batting Leaders
70 Milt Pappas
81A Solid backgrounds
81B Natural backgrounds
115 Ron Santo
139 Carmen Fanzone RC
180 Fergie Jenkins
200 Billy Williams
262 Jack Aker
285 Don Kessinger
309 Paul Popovich
328 Bill Bonham
367 Burt Hooton
393 Jose Cardenal
414 Ken Rudolph
426 Dave LaRoche
440 Glenn Beckert
464 Chicago Cubs TC
482 Rick Reuschel RC
501 Larry Gura
527 Dan McGinn
552 J.C. Martin
565 Jim Hickman
580 Joe Pepitone
603 Rookie Third Basemen
605 Rookie First Baseman
645 Bob Locker