The tv series Welcome Back Kotter debuted on September 9, 1975 and lasted for 4 seasons. Topps produced a 53 card set of the popular show. 53 cards? Each pack had 10 cards an 1 stick of gum.
The first card is Gabe Kotter (aka Gabe Kaplan), who became a world class poker player.
Arnold Dingfelder Horshack (aka Ron Palillo), shown in his trademark answering mode, is next. He claimed his name means 'the cattle are dying'.
A group shot features Epstein, Horschack, Barbarino and Washington. Epstein's full name was Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo DeHuevos Epstein (aka Robert Hegyes).
Is Julie Kotter (aka Marcia Strassman) making her world famous tuna casserole?
Vinnie Barbarino (aka John Travolta) became the breakout star.
Horschak was supposed to have a spin-off series after his wedding episode, but it never happened.
Freddie 'Boom Boom' Washington (aka Lawrence Hilton Jacobs) got his nickname because he just likes saying (singing) 'boom boom boom boom boom boom'.
The card backs featured mildly bad jokes.