1974 Topps

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  1   Hank Aaron - Home Run King HL   Atlanta Braves
  2   Hank Aaron 1954-57 HL   Milwaukee Braves
  3   Hank Aaron 1958-61 HL   Milwaukee Braves
  4   Hank Aaron 1962-65 HL   Milwaukee Braves
  5   Hank Aaron 1966-69 HL   Atlanta Braves
  6   Hank Aaron 1970-73 HL   Atlanta Braves
  7   Jim Hunter   Oakland Athletics
  8   George Theodore RC   New York Mets
  9   Mickey Lolich   Detroit Tigers
  10   Johnny Bench   Cincinnati Reds
  11   Jim Bibby   Texas Rangers
  12   Dave May   Milwaukee Brewers
  13   Tom Hilgendorf   Cleveland Indians
  14   Paul Popovich   Chicago Cubs
  15   Joe Torre   St. Louis Cardinals

Trivia

  • A factory set available exclusively through the J.C. Penney catalog was available for the 1974 cards. A factory set would not be made available again by Topps until 1985.
  • Fran Healy's card #238 (action photo) includes Thurman Munson sliding into home.
  • The Jerry Reuss card (#116) photo was taken seconds after the photo on his card from the 1973 Topps set (#446). The only difference is the color and logos have been airbrushed on the 1974 card.
  • In card #171, Eduardo Rodriguez is either warming up or intentionally walking Deron Johnson in the bottom of the 7th inning in Oakland on 8/18/73. Bert Campaneris was on third at the time. The A's won 6-3. Reggie Jackson hit #30.
  • Topps Traded cards were randomly inserted into all late-run 1974 Topps packs, and the card number for each player is the same as that player's regular card, only appended with a "T".
  • The entire Topps Traded insert set was included with the J.C. Penny's catalog-exclusive factory set; this factory set was the first time Topps made an entire set available for purchase as a unit.
  • This set contains an infamous Topps blunder when they assumed the San Diego Padres were moving to Washington, D.C. and began producing Padres cards with a team name of "Washington Nat'l Lea.". A late sale to McDonald's founder Ray Kroc kept the team in San Diego, so Topps had to reprint those cards with the Padres name. Any Padres cards produced after #400 weren't affected, so the Dave Winfield rookie (#456) does not have a "Washington" version.
  • "Topps All-Star Rookie" trophies weren't included on the cards of the 1973 winners: Bob Boone (C), Gary Thomasson (1B), Dave Lopes (2B), Dan Driessen (3B), Jerry Terrell (SS), Gary Matthews (OF), Johnny Grubb (OF), Rich Coggins (OF), Steve Rogers (RHP), Randy Jones (LHP).

User Comments

Mar 31, 2018 - 12:00AM
Lerxst2112

After not buying any cards in 1973, I decided to get a box of '74 Topps at the grocery store. I have a complete set along with most of the Washington variations. I still have the display box also.


Edited on: Mar 31, 2018 - 12:01AM

Sep 25, 2017 - 12:38PM
sbingeman

The first pack of cards I ever opened was in 1974. I was in first grade and won them at my school's fair (Lima Elementary in Media, Pennsylvania). I was immediately hooked and started collecting. My favorite team became the A's, because I liked their uniforms and Reggie Jackson was my favorite player, because I liked his card's picture the best. (I still have their starting lineup memorized!)

My best friend's favorite team was the Yankees, because he had a Yankees hat, so I'd trade him all of my Yankee cards for all of his A's cards. We'd also trade each other our "Traded" cards because we didn't understand what they were. We thought they were extra cards that you were supposed to trade.

It wasn't until a year later that I figured out that the Phillies were my home team, so I've been a Phillies fan and collector ever since, but the 1974 A's cards still bring back great memories of a simpler time in my life...

Aug 3, 2017 - 6:27PM
ProfScott63

'74 Topps was my intro to baseball card collecting. I was 11 years old and living in Oregon. Starting in 1971 Oregon gave you 5 cents for every can or bottle returned to the store. It was a poor child's dream come true! I remember hunting and begging for cans & bottles so that I could turn them in and immediately buy 10 cent wax packs. My favorite team was the Baltimore Orioles and my favorite player and card was SS Mark Belanger (card #329). I have carried that tattered card with me now for decades (even after selling all my cards in 1994).

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