1973 Topps Baseball Cards
The 1973 Topps set was reduced to 660 standard-size cards, and was the last vintage baseball card set issued in series throughout the season. Reduced by 127 cards from the previous year, the 1973 Topps set has fewer no-name players and less subsets. The League Leaders (#61 to #68) was combined to show the leaders of both leagues, and the Playoff Highlights (#201 and #202) no longer features each game. The 1973 Topps set has 98 cards that feature action shots of the player.
The Rookie Stars (#601 to #616) added a third player to the card, and were grouped by position, instead of by team. By having players from 3 teams on the same card, these cards are part of 3 different team sets. Further increasing the scarcity and cost was that the Rookie Cards were issued in the 7th Series. The key 1973 Topps Rookie Cards are Hall-of-Famers: #174 Goose Gossage and #615 Mike Schmidt.
By Dean Hanley