How do you follow up funky borders and a miniature parallel set? Well, with 1976 Topps baseball cards, of course!

And, while those Centennial year cards are understated by comparison to their flashy 1975 counterparts, this is an issue that grows on you over the years.

Trust me.

1976 Topps baseball cards complete set

For a long time, the ’76s didn’t do much for me, but then I started studying the details — color-coordinated bands on card fronts, baseball-y card backs, position-specific figurines, kick-butt action photography.

Yeah, these things are pretty special. And some of them are still worth a decent penny in the right condition.

That’s what this post is all about — the most valuable 1976 Topps baseball cards, as listed in the PSA Sports Market Report Price Guide for PSA 8 copies.

Watch out as you read, though, because these little beauties sneak up on you!

George Brett (#19)

1976 Topps George Brett

After ascending to the top of the 1975 Topps value chart in the 1980s, it didn’t take George Brett long to claim the same spot in the 1976 set.

This second-year card was issued the same season Brett’s Kansas City Royals made it to the their first American League Championship Series, the same season the man himself won his first batting title.

All in all, this is a $250 piece of history when you find it in PSA 8 condition.

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Hank Aaron (#550)

1976 Topps Hank Aaron

So, it was cool, sort of, that Hank Aaron got to go “home” to Milwaukee to finish his career. After all, that’s where he started his Big League journey in 1954.

But that humble beginning was with the Braves … that 1975-76 jaunt was with the Brewers.

Weird.

And this card looks weird for it, too, but it is Aaron’s last Topps card, so its $100 price tag (PSA 8) seems about right.

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Dennis Eckersley Rookie Card (#98)

1976 Topps Dennis Eckersley

Once upon a time, Dennis Eckersley was a stud starter, like ace level.

Then personal problems and ineffectiveness left him swirling around for several years before he found himself with the Oakland A’s in the 1980s.

With Tony La Russa and Dave Duncan in his corner, Eck became a stud again … this time in the bullpen.

Add it all together, and you have a Hall of Fame career to go alongside his $80 rookie card.

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Pete Rose (#240)

1976 Topps Pete Rose

1976 Topps Pete Rose isn’t quite sure what you said to him, but he’s pretty sure he doesn’t like it.

Sure enough that he’s flipped up his shades.

And if you say it again? He’ll come up out of that dugout and make you sorry you ever paid $60 for his cardboard in PSA 8 condition.

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Nolan Ryan (#330)

1976 Topps Nolan Ryan

1976 Topps Nolan Ryan isn’t really mad at you, not like Pasteboard Pete above. But the Ryan Express sure looks disappointed.

What did you do to the flamethrower who dominates baseball card sets from here to 1968 and back, anyway?

Whatever it was, expect to pay about $40 for Ryan’s PSA 8 disdain.

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Johnny Bench (#300)

1976 Topps Johnny Bench

Johnny Bench is, by most measures and most estimations, the greatest catcher of all time.

His 1976 Topps issue is undeniably one of the grittiest, most dramatic baseball cards ever.

What’s the combo worth?

About $30 in PSA 8.

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Hank Aaron Record Breaker (#1)

1976 Topps Hank  Aaron Record Breaker

Remember that time Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth‘s record? You know, in 1975?

What do you mean you thought it was 1974? No, dude, Aaron broke the all-time RBI record in 1975.

If you don’t believe me, check out this ’75 Record Breaker card. You should be able to find one for around $25 in PSA 8.

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Babe Ruth All-Time All-Stars (#345)

1976 Topps Babe  Ruth All-Time All-Stars

The Babe may have lost a couple of big records to Hammerin’ Hank, but he still scored this really sweet card in the 1976 Topps set.

Imagine how cool it would have been to pull this thing from a wax pack as the 1980s beckoned!

This card generally sells for $25 or so in PSA 8 these days.

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Ron Guidry Rookie Card (#599)

1976 Topps Ron  Guidry

What were the qualifications to appear alongside Ron Guidry on his 1976 Topps rookie card?

Did you have to be a league MVP or Cy Young winner in the making, like Guidry himself?

Or did you have to have a Guidry-esque nickname like Louisiana Lightning or Gator?

Nah, you just had to have three letters in your first name — Rob Dressler, Bob McClure, and Pat Zachry fit the bill.

The four guys together will set you back about $25 in PSA 8 condition.

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Reggie Jackson (#500)

1976 Topps Reggie  Jackson

Reggie Jackson spent one oddball — but still great — season with the Baltimore Orioles in 1976.

For fans who found the whole specter of Reggie teamed up with Brooks Robinson too strange to even ponder, they could fall back on the familiar sight of Mr. October in his Oakland A’s green and gold here on his 1976 Topps card.

This hot dog with mustard sells for $20+ in graded NM-MT condition.

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Robin Yount (#316)

1976 Topps Robin Yount

Yount pretty much holds his own with Brett when it comes to their 1975 Topps rookie cards, but the career Brewer can’t quite keep pace with his Royals brethren here in 1976.

Still, Yount is popular enough to crack the bottom of our list, checking in around $20 in PSA 8.

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