Never saw this the first go around. Makes me wonder if people would have enjoyed seeing all of the sports each year by Tops with the same design across the sports, or if the different designs across the sport made it more interesting for those that collected outside of one primary sport.
I guess at the time, I never thought about it. Of course, each year you would wait and see what the new design would look like, but I always assumed the other sports would be different from each other. I got started right before Topps basketball disappeared for almost a decade, but did buy baseball and football each year. Only bought hockey one year, 78/79. Not sure if that was because it was never stocked later or I just didn't care at all about hockey? I am guessing it was the former, as I seemed to buy anything card related in the early days.