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.

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

3 AMC Matador Coupe

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4 AMC Hornet D/L 2-Door Sedan

5 AMC Gremlin X

6 Buick Skylark

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7 Buick Skyhawk

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

15 Monte Carlo Landau

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16 Chevrolet Malibu Classic Landau

17 Camaro LT Coupe

18 Chevrolet Chevette Hatchback Coupe

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19 Chevrolet Corvette Cpe

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

24 Chevrolet Vega Station Wagon

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25 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Wagon

26 Chrysler Cordoba

27 Chrysler Newport

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28 Chrysler New Yorker Brougham

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

37 Ford Thunderbird

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38 Ford Mustang II Cobra II

39 Ford Granada

40 Ford Maverick

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41 Ford Pinto 3-Door Runabout

42 Ford Mustang II Ghia

43 Lincoln Continental Mark V

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44 Lincoln Continental

45 Mercury Marquis

46 Mercury Cougar XR-7

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47 Mercury Monarcg Ghia

48 Mercury Comet

49 Mercury Bobcat

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50 Mercury Capri II

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

58 Volare Road Runner

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59 Plymouth Fury Sport

60 Plymouth Fury Salon

61 Gran Fury Brougham

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62 Pontiac Sunbird

63 Pontiac Grand Prix

64 Pontiac Bonneville

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65 Alfa Romeo Alfetta

66 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce

67 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT

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68 Jaguar XJ-S

69 Mazda Mizer

70 Mazda Cosmo Sports Coupe

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71 Mazda RX-4 Four Door Sedan

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

79 Porsche 911S

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80 Porsche Audi Fox

81 Porsche Audi 100

82 Renault 5

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83 Saab 99 EMS

84 Triumph TR7

85 Triumph Spitfire

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86 Corolla Sport Coupe

87 Toyota Celica ST

88 Toyota Celica GT

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89 Corona Four-Door Sedan

90 Volvo 264 GL

91 Volvo 265 5-Door

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92 Volvo 244 DL

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

Foil Stickers

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— Alfa Romeo

— Buick

— Cadillac

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— Chevrolet

— Chevrolet Corvette

— Cuda

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— Demon

— Dodge

— Gremlin

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— HM

— Jaguar Coventry

— Mercedes-Benz

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— MG

— Oldsmobile

— Peugeot

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— Plymouth

— Saab

— Triumph

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— Volkswagen

— Volvo

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

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