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G.O.A.T., the '70s: epilogue

It was a lot of fun putting together the top 100 cards of the 1970s and also a lot of work.

Overall, I enjoyed relaying what I loved about these cards and getting into the spirit of the decade that was my childhood.

It was also nice knowing that at least once a week, from September to December, I had a post ready to go.

Best of all, after promising to do this for like four years, I did it.

Here are a few lists that I compiled from the completed greatest 100 list:


1. 1973 Topps - 16
2. 1976 Topps - 14
3. 1971 Topps - 11
4. 1975 Topps - 9
4. 1978 Topps - 9
6. 1977 Topps - 8
7. 1970 Topps - 7
7. 1976 SSPC - 7
9. 1974 Topps - 6
10. 1972 Topps - 5

The '70s Topps set that I knew the least about, besides the 1970 set, when I started this blog came out on top. But it was a close race as the 1976 set came on strong in the final 20. Four of the top 10 and seven of the top 20 were 1976 Topps cards. This supports what I've read about '76 Topps -- that the company made an effort to focus on the photos that year.


1. Pitcher - 22
2. Outfield - 20
3. Catcher - 10
4. Third Base - 9
5. Shortstop - 8
6. First Base - 7
7. Second Base - 5

Even with three outfielders needed per game, the pitcher comes out on top.


1. Yankees - 9
2. A's - 8
3. Mets - 7
3. Reds - 7
5. Dodgers - 6
5. Indians - 6
7. Angels - 5
7. Padres - 5
7. Phillies - 5
7. Royals - 5
11. Brewers - 4
11. Expos - 4
11. Orioles - 4
11. Pirates - 4
15. Astros - 3
15. Braves - 3
15. Giants - 3
15. Red Sox - 3
15. Tigers - 3
20. Rangers - 2
20. Twins - 2
20. White Sox - 2
23. Blue Jays - 1
23. Cardinals - 1
23. Cubs - 1
23. Pilots - 1

That adds up to more than 100 but that's because some teams shared a card.

The teams that dominated the '70s dominated the list for the most part. You can chalk up the Indians' showing to the Oscar Gamble effect.

Speaking of which ...


1. Oscar Gamble - 3
1. Reggie Jackson - 3
1. George Brett - 3
1. Nolan Ryan - 3
1. Johnny Bench - 3
6. Hank Aaron - 2
6. Vida Blue - 2
6. Roberto Clemente - 2
6. Steve Garvey - 2
6. Rick Gossage - 2
6. Bud Harrelson - 2
6. Pete Rose - 2
6. Tony Perez - 2

There are five players tied with three appearances apiece, although only Gamble and Jackson have three cards to themselves. Brett shares one with Al Cowens, Nolan Ryan shares one with three of his Mets buddies, and Bench shares one with teammate Tony Perez and a couple of A's fielders.

So that brings the '70s countdown to a close. I've placed the countdown on the sidebar, just click the image if you want to relive the whole shebang.

There was a comment on the previous '70s countdown post wondering if there would be any other decade countdown.

I hadn't had any plans to do another one until I saw how well this one was received.

But what the hell.

Coming in 2018.

It's going to be totally rad.


Old Cards said…
Maybe the 60's in 2019?
steelehere said…
I don't know if it's possible to get 100 of them but how about the 100 WORST cards of the 1970's?
night owl said…
That would be a much easier topic if I was dealing with the '90s.
Billy Kingsley said…
I'm truly surprised 1973 came out on top. Just out of curiosity, how often did 1979 appear? It's the only 70s Topps set to not crack the top 10, so I'm curious.
night owl said…
'79 finished just out of the top 10 with four cards.
Old Cards said…
Hmmm...the 80's with the 1981 strike and that wonderful split season, the banishment of Pete Rose from the game and power numbers noticeably down. Sounds (ho hum) very exciting. I'm with steelehere, the 100 worst cards of the 70's might be more fun.
BobWalkthePlank said…
If Bob Walk is not #1 for greatest 80's card I'm running a smear campaign to ruin the credibility of Night Owl. "Hey fellow blogger did you know that Night Owl's favorite set is 2012 Triple Play." I may just hack into your site and make him # 1!
Commishbob said…
Although I'd have had the '78 Murray at #1 and I'm not as enamored with the '73 'action' pics as you are I really enjoyed the posts. Well done and looking forward to the 80s Top 100.
Rob said…
Forming a PAC right now to lobby for the 1985 Topps Eddie Murray as #1...
Nick said…
You're getting me thinking about doing another Top 100 list on my blog. What that countdown would be, though, I have no clue...making lists is just so much darn fun.
Anonymous said…
the 1989 Billy Ripken....
Fuji said…
Dang it. Add another notch to the Yankees' belt. Can't stand them... but you can't deny greatness. I recently picked up that 78T Reggie because of your post. That card is a beaut.

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