1971 Topps - Basic

Number of
Required Items
752
Current Finest
Possible Set Rating
10.448

The 1971 Topps baseball set represents one of the biggest challenges for condition conscious collectors of 1970s material. Those black-bordered cards are a nightmare. They are so easily chipped; even cards removed straight from vending boxes or packs are found with wear along the edges and corners. In addition, the centering for the issue was very inconsistent and the high-number series is tough to complete. The challenge in finding high-quality examples makes this set a popular choice, but it is not the only thing going for it. The star selection is fantastic. You have several cards of key Hall of Famers at the end and the beginning of their careers. There are cards of veteran stars like Aaron, Banks, Clemente, and Mays as well as cards of the young stars like Nolan Ryan and Reggie Jackson who were trying to establish themselves in the league. Overall, there's a lot to like about this set. To read an in-depth article, click here.

All-Time Finest

Rank Set Name % Complete GPA Weighted GPA with Top
Pop Bonuses
Set Rating User
1 dougd0808 2015 2017 2018 2019 100.00% 8.85 9.49 9.49
2 Donald E. Spence - The Lone Star Collection 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 100.00% 8.70 R 9.22 9.22
3 The Olander Collection - Black Border Perfection 95.21% 9.01 9.79 9.16
4 sobie's 71's 100.00% 8.60 R 8.85 8.85
5 Chris Renaud's 1971 Topps Set 2003 99.73% 8.49 R 8.87 8.73

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Current Finest

Rank Set Name % Complete GPA Weighted GPA with Top
Pop Bonuses
Set Rating User
1 dougd0808 2015 2017 2018 2019 100.00% 8.85 9.49 9.49
2 The Olander Collection - Black Border Perfection 95.21% 9.01 9.79 9.16
3 drbobtrefil 100.00% 8.36 8.62 8.62
4 Bill's 401(k) Plan 100.00% 8.19 8.30 8.30
5 The Kassandra Collection 100.00% 8.20 8.26 8.26
6 Gemint's 1971 Black Beauty Set 99.73% 8.08 8.12 8.10
7 JRC 1971 Set #1 100.00% 8.08 8.10 8.10
8 Green Dragons 100.00% 8.06 8.07 8.07
9 Brian's 1971 Topps set 100.00% 8.02 8.04 8.04
10 gb5151 100.00% 8.01 8.01 8.01
11 Donald And Crystal College Fund 100.00% 8.01 8.01 8.01
12 BL's 1971 Topps Set 100.00% 8.01 8.01 8.01
13 sixxty_7 100.00% 8.01 8.01 8.01
14 GD Bench Warmers 100.00% 8.00 8.00 8.00
15 ajg 100.00% 8.00 8.00 8.00
15 GI's 71 Set - All Eights 100.00% 8.00 8.00 8.00
15 Mikes 1971 Topps Baseball Set 100.00% 8.00 8.00 8.00
18 Blambro's 1971 Topps Collection 99.73% 7.70 7.71 7.70
19 Fabfranks 1971 Topps Baseball (Walk on the Dark Side) 100.00% 7.67 7.67 7.67
20 The Gates Collection 98.54% 8.13 8.17 7.64

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