The 1971 Topps baseball card set was the 49th annual set released by Topps and featured cards of players from the American League and National League. Some of the biggest stars of the early 1970s are featured in this set, which contained a total of 712 cards. Let’s take an in-depth look at 71 of the most notable, valuable, and interesting cards from the 1971 Topps set.

Hank Aaron (#1) – Aaron was already a legend by 1971 after breaking Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record in 1974. This card remains one of the most iconic in the set. PSA 10 examples have sold for over $10,000.

Roberto Clemente (#2) – Tragically, Clemente was killed in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. This was one of his final baseball cards issued before his untimely death. PSA 10s have sold for over $4,000.

Willie Mays (#3) – “The Say Hey Kid” was in the twilight of his career but still a star for the San Francisco Giants in 1971. High-grade versions of this Mays rookie card remain quite valuable, with PSA 10s selling for thousands.

Johnny Bench (#4) – Bench had already established himself as the best catcher in baseball by 1971 as a two-time All-Star for the Cincinnati Reds. This early Bench rookie card is a key piece for any vintage collection.

Tom Seaver (#11) – “Tom Terrific” was coming off a second consecutive NL Cy Young Award in 1971 for the New York Mets and well on his way to the Hall of Fame. High-grade versions of this Seaver rookie are some of the most coveted in the set.

Reggie Jackson (#13) – “Mr. October” was still in his early days with the Oakland A’s in 1971 but already showing signs of superstardom. This early Jackson rookie remains a staple in the set.

Catfish Hunter (#15) – Hunter had already won 20 games for the A’s in 1971 and was one of the top pitchers in baseball during this era. His rookie card from this set is a highly sought after piece for Oakland A’s and pitching enthusiasts.


Harmon Killebrew (#20) – “Killer” was a legendary power hitter for the Minnesota Twins by 1971 and one of the game’s true home run greats. High-grade versions of this Killebrew card have sold for over $1,000.

Brooks Robinson (#29) – “The Human Vacuum Cleaner” was a 16-time Gold Glove winner and the heart and soul of the Baltimore Orioles dynasty teams in the 1960s and 70s. His defense made him a superstar and this card captures him in his prime.

Carl Yastrzemski (#31) – “Yaz” had won the AL Triple Crown in 1967 and was the heart and soul of the Boston Red Sox franchise in the 1970s. This card is one of the most iconic from the set. PSA 10s have sold for over $1,000.

Joe Morgan (#33) – In 1971, Morgan was already an All-Star second baseman for the Cincinnati Reds and on his way to back-to-back NL MVP awards in 1975-76. This early Morgan rookie card is a highly valuable piece.

Rod Carew (#35) – Carew was well on his way to a career as one of the game’s greatest hitters by 1971 as he batted a league-leading .318 for the Minnesota Twins. High-grade versions of this Carew rookie are quite valuable.

Johnny Bench (#38) – Bench’s second card in the set comes in the high numbers portion after his rookie card appearance earlier. Still, it remains a key piece as one of the best catchers in baseball history.

Hank Aaron (#39) – Aaron’s second card in the set finds him still chasing Babe Ruth’s home run record with 713 career dingers at this point. High-end versions have sold for over $1,000.

Willie Mays (#40) – Mays’ second card comes right after Aaron’s and further cements his place as one of the all-time greats playing in 1971 for the Giants in the twilight of his career.

Tom Seaver (#42) – Seaver’s second card in the set comes not long after his iconic rookie in the low numbers. By 1971, he was already a star pitcher in New York.

Nolan Ryan (#45) – Ryan was just starting his Hall of Fame career in 1971, posting a 15-15 record for the Mets. This serves as one of his earliest issued rookie cards.


Johnny Bench (#49) – Bench’s third card in the set further shows off his dominance as a star catcher in 1971 for the Big Red Machine Reds. High-grade versions remain very valuable.

Willie Mays (#50) – Mays’ third card in the set comes right after Bench and finds him still playing in 1971 after a career of amazing accomplishments. This is one of the most popular cards in the set.

Hank Aaron (#51) – Aaron’s third card serves as another key piece highlighting his legendary career that was still in progress in 1971. Even in lower grades, examples can sell for hundreds.

Tom Seaver (#53) – Seaver’s third card in the set comes not long after his first two and emphasizes his emergence as the ace of the Mets staff in the early 1970s.

Roberto Clemente (#55) – Clemente’s imposing image on this card serves as a reminder of his skill, power, and class as he continued his Hall of Fame career in 1971 before his tragic death.

Harmon Killebrew (#56) – “Killer’s” third card in the set features another one of his memorable photos in a Twins uniform. He was still raking home runs at this point in his legendary career.

Reggie Jackson (#58) – Jackson was hitting his stride in 1971 with the A’s and this card serves as one of his early issued pieces before he became “Mr. October.”

Rod Carew (#59) – Carew’s second card emphasizes his brilliance as a hitter in 1971 as he continued putting together a case as one of the game’s all-time great contact hitters.

Willie Stargell (#62) – “Pops” was already a star for the Pirates by 1971. This card highlights the power and leadership he brought to Pittsburgh during their resurgence years of the 1970s.

Lou Brock (#63) – “The Base Burglar” was in his prime as one of baseball’s fastest players and biggest base-stealing threats with the St. Louis Cardinals. This card captures him at the top of his game.

Johnny Bench (#64) – Bench’s fourth and final card in the set serves as another key rookie piece showing why he was the best all-around catcher in baseball in 1971.


Tom Seaver (#65) – Seaver’s fourth and final card emphasizes his emergence as the ace of the Mets staff and one of the premier pitchers in the National League.

Hank Aaron (#66) – Aaron’s fourth card reminds collectors of his legendary power and consistency that was still on display in 1971 as he closed in on Babe Ruth’s record.

Willie Mays (#67) – Mays’ fourth card highlights his greatness and why he will always be considered one of the best to ever play as he finished out his career with the Giants in 1971.

Carl Yastrzemski (#69) – “Yaz” was the heart and soul of the Red Sox in 1971 as evidenced by his fourth card that year. Even in lower grades, examples can sell for $100+.

Brooks Robinson (#71) – “The Human Vacuum Cleaner’s” fourth card emphasizes his slick fielding at third base that was still a joy to watch in 1971 for Baltimore baseball fans.

Nolan Ryan (#73) – Ryan’s second card from the set comes after his rookie and further establishes him as one of the game’s top young hurlers as his career was just starting to take off.

Harmon Killebrew (#74) – Killebrew’s fourth card reminds collectors of his awesome raw power that was still producing monster home run totals for the Twins in 1971.

Joe Morgan (#75) – Morgan’s second card highlights why he was becoming a star of the Big Red Machine as his all-around skills were blossoming in Cincinnati.

Rod Carew (#76) – Carew’s third and final card emphasizes his brilliance as a pure hitter who could spray line drives all over the field for the Twins in 1971.

Tom Seaver (#79) – Seaver’s impressive mustache takes center stage on his fifth and final card from the set as he cemented his place as the Mets’ staff ace.

Willie McCovey (#80) – “Stretch” was still a force for the Giants in 1971 as this card reminds collectors. Even in lower grades, examples can sell for $50-100.

Roberto Clemente (#81) – Clemente’s fourth card highlights

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