1972 Topps

Total Cards: 787

Rating: 8.1 (139 votes)
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  • In card #33, Billy Martin is extending his middle finger down the bat.
  • At 787 cards, this is Topps' largest set to date.
  • The set was released in six series.

    In later series, 24 'In Action' cards had pieces of images on their backs that, when assembled, created pictures of Joe Torre, Carl Yastrzemski, Tom Seaver, and Tony Oliva.
  • The images of Jerry Bell and Darrell Porter are transposed on card #162.
  • Seven cards toward the set's end have the word 'Traded' stamped across their fronts, making them the first-ever Topps traded cards.
  • Bob Stinson appears on a third consecutive "Rookie Stars" card, all with different teams (1970 Dodgers, 1971 Cardinals, 1972 Astros).
  • 6 different series released. The higher series are higher value and difficult to get because when they were released in late summer, there was less interest in the cards so many were destroyed.

    1972 series numbers:
    1. 1-132
    2. 133-263
    3. 264-394
    4. 395-525
    5. 526-656
    6. 657-787

User Comments

Jul 25, 2021 - 7:03PM

My first pack of cards was from the 1972 Topps baseball set. I thought the players were great and the colors were wonderful. Collected 72, 73 and then found girls and sold everything. After my kids finished college I was able to start collecting again and started with 1962 Topps then 1972 Topps. Now I have many many sets and cards including three complete 72 Topps sets. I still love these cards.

Jan 20, 2021 - 8:57PM

The 1972 Topps baseball set was the first pack of cards that I broke wax seal to reveal what players were inside. I don't think that it's this fact that this is my second favorite Card set in History (1956 Topps is my favorite). Like others my original cards that I shuffled through in the second grade has wear and tear like they were tortured. Rubber banded to the max and sorted daily. So I've been working on putting together that set for decades. At the time of this comment I still need around 80 cards to complete; obviously all high numbers. This large number set is incredibly visual and I love the graphic art work.

Oct 18, 2020 - 5:12PM

'72 and '75 are my favorite sets of the 70's. I just love the 70's graphics and color. It brings back many memories of the time as a kid and it was the first set I remember opening from packs and building a collection. 1970 was the first year I was ever give a pack of cards.

The "In Action" cards were memorable. while the Fisk RC is a key card I wasn't as big a fan of the multi-player cards...plus I liked the knows stars like Aaron and Mays.

I associate many of the early 70's players with memories of seeing their name first on these cards (vs on TV or in person).


Posted by: ComposerMike
May 25, 2021 - 7:06PM


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