Friday, August 5, 2011

1974 Topps

Number of Cards

1974 Topps had 660 cards

Size of Cards

Standard size , which measure 2½” by 3½”.

Basic Features

The front of these cards contain a color portrait or action photograph of the player set inside a square frame with round corners. The team's city and player's position are located at the top of the card with the cities name being placed inside a pennant. The players name and the team nickname is located at the bottom of the card with the team nickname being set inside a pennant.

The backs of these cards contain typical statistics, bio information and a cartoon.

The set broke the Topps record for the most subsets

The first six cards in the set (1-6) feature Hank Aaron and his illustrious career. Other topical subsets included in the set are League Leaders (201-208), All-Star selections (331-339), Playoffs cards (470-471), World Series cards (472-479), and Rookie Prospects (596-608). The card backs for the All-Stars (331-339) have no statistics, but form a picture puzzle of Bobby Bonds, the 1973 All-Star Game MVP.

This was the first large Topps baseball set to be released all at once instead of in series. Topps sent out a brochure to candy wholesalers explaining how this change would increase sales of the packs.

Released in 1 series
Series 1 (1-660)
  • League Leaders (cards #201-208)
  • All-Stars (cards #331-339)
  • Playoff Highlights (cards #470-471
  • World Series Highlights (cards #472-479)
  • Topps Rookie Stars (cards #596-608)

Number Player
14 Paul Popovich
38 Don Kessinger
62 Bobby Locker
110 Billy Williams
136 Rick Reuschel
157 Vic Harris
161 Ray Burris
185 Jose Cardenal
211 Chicago Cubs Team
258 Jerry Morales
270 Ron Santo
295 Rick Monday
319 Randy Hundley
334 Ron Santo AS
338 Billy Williams AS
354 Chicago Cubs Team
378 Burt Hooton
399 Mike Paul
422 Gonzalo Marquez
452 Gene Hiser
484 Carmen Fanzone
502 Dave LaRoche
528 Bill Bonham
562 Jack Aker
584 Ken Rudolph
598 Rookie Outfielders - Jim Tyrone RC
600 RRookie Infielders - Bill Madlock RC
603 Rookie Catchers - Tom Lundstedt RC
607 Rookie Shortstops - Dave Rosello RC
616 Larry Gura
640 Milt Pappas
656 Adrian Garrett

Number Player
249T George Mitterwald
486T Steve Stone
516T Horacio Pina


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