Today, let's talk a bit about collector cards, but not the baseball cards you put in your bicycle spokes or the Magic the Gathering cards you hid from your cool friends, but the short lived Topps Autos of 77, a collection of malaise era auto cards.

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Welcome to another edition of Daily Turismo's Coffee Brake, where we take a break from the mundane and celebrate the insane.

In 1976 Topps released a series of collector cards that were 2½ inches tall × 3½ inches wide and featured one of 119 different automobiles (or stickers) on each card (with detailed descriptions on the flip side). They were sold in sealed packs that included a stick of gum and a few cards on the inside featuring classics such as the Peugeot 504 Wagon, Cadillac Brougham, Ford LTD Landau or Dodge Royal Monaco Brougham. It was as if the cars were selected by a 65 year old retiree in 1976.

The entire set includes 98 cars and one checklist card — actually the cars on the list are pretty cool and include classics like the Mk I VW Rabbit and the Saab 99 EMS.

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On any given weekday, a large number are for sale on ebay for around $3-$7 per card depending on condition and car — click here for some examples


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The entire list (as republished from Jeff Allender's house of checklists) is as follows:

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1 AMC Pacer X

2 AMC Matador 4-Door Sedan

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3 AMC Matador Coupe

4 AMC Hornet D/L 2-Door Sedan

5 AMC Gremlin X

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6 Buick Skylark

7 Buick Skyhawk

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8 Buick Electra

9 Buick Riviera

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10 Cadillac Eldorado

11 Cadillac Seville

12 Cadillac Coupe deVille

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13 Cadillac Brougham

14 Nova Coupe

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15 Monte Carlo Landau

16 Chevrolet Malibu Classic Landau

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17 Camaro LT Coupe

18 Chevrolet Chevette Hatchback Coupe

19 Chevrolet Corvette Cpe

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20 Chevrolet Caprice Classic 4-Dr. Sedan

21 Chevrolet Monza Town Coupe

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22 Monza 2+2 Hatchback

23 Chevrolet Impala Coupe

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24 Chevrolet Vega Station Wagon

25 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Wagon

26 Chrysler Cordoba

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27 Chrysler Newport

28 Chrysler New Yorker Brougham

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29 Dodge Royal Monaco Brougham

30 Ford LTD Landau

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31 Dodge Aspen R/T

32 Dodge Charger SE

33 Dodge D100 Club Cab Adventurer

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34 Ford LTD II 35 Ford Econoline Cruising Van

36 Ford Ranchero GT

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37 Ford Thunderbird

38 Ford Mustang II Cobra II

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39 Ford Granada

40 Ford Maverick

41 Ford Pinto 3-Door Runabout

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42 Ford Mustang II Ghia

43 Lincoln Continental Mark V

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44 Lincoln Continental

45 Mercury Marquis

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46 Mercury Cougar XR-7

47 Mercury Monarcg Ghia

48 Mercury Comet

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49 Mercury Bobcat

50 Mercury Capri II

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51 Oldsmobile Starfire GT

52 Omega Brougham Sedan

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53 Oldsmobile Toronado

54 Oldsmobile Cutlass Colonade Hardtop

55 Delta 88 Royale

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56 Oldsmobile 98 Regency Sedan

57 Volare Premier Wagon

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58 Volare Road Runner

59 Plymouth Fury Sport

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60 Plymouth Fury Salon

61 Gran Fury Brougham

62 Pontiac Sunbird

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63 Pontiac Grand Prix

64 Pontiac Bonneville

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65 Alfa Romeo Alfetta

66 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce

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67 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT

68 Jaguar XJ-S

69 Mazda Mizer

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70 Mazda Cosmo Sports Coupe

71 Mazda RX-4 Four Door Sedan

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72 Mercedes-Benz 450 SE

73 Mercedes-Benz 450 SL

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74 Mercedes-Benz 280S

75 MG MGB

76 Peugeot 504 SL Sedan

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77 Peugeot 500 Station Wagon

78 Porsche Turbo Carrera

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79 Porsche 911S

80 Porsche Audi Fox

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81 Porsche Audi 100

82 Renault 5

83 Saab 99 EMS

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84 Triumph TR7

85 Triumph Spitfire

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86 Corolla Sport Coupe

87 Toyota Celica ST

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88 Toyota Celica GT

89 Corona Four-Door Sedan

90 Volvo 264 GL

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91 Volvo 265 5-Door

92 Volvo 244 DL

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93 VW Campmobile

94 VW Beetle Convertible

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95 VW Rabbit

96 VW Scirocco

97 VW Dasher

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98 VW Beetle Convertible

99 Checklist

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Foil Stickers

— Alfa Romeo

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— Buick

— Cadillac

— Chevrolet

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— Chevrolet Corvette

— Cuda

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— Demon

— Dodge

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— Gremlin

— HM

— Jaguar Coventry

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— Mercedes-Benz

— MG

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— Oldsmobile

— Peugeot

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— Plymouth

— Saab

— Triumph

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— Volkswagen

— Volvo

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See a better way to celebrate like it is 1977? tips@dailyturismo.com

Originally published as Coffee Brake: Topps Autos of 77 on Daily Turismo.