1960 Fleer Baseball Cards

1960 Fleer Baseball Cards

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Part baseball card product and part history lesson, 1960 Fleer Baseball Greats is more about the quality of the Hall of Fame names included instead of the actual cards featured. Boasting all-time greats in baseball from Cap Anson to Babe Ruth and Ted Williams, the affordable set covers an extensive period of the national pastime's legacy.

1960 Fleer Baseball is limited by Topps' exclusive rights to use current player photos sold with gum products. To offset this, Fleer issued the Baseball Greats set with retired players. In addition to their ongoing exclusive with Ted Williams, Fleer was also able come to terms with several recently retired stars like Bob Feller and Ralph Kiner. Unfortunately, the card design and choice of player photos failed to impress kids when it debuted.

1960 Fleer Baseball Box Pack

There are a total of 79 base cards in the complete set, not including the #80 variations. Nearly every subject that appears in 1960 Fleer Baseball is now immortalized in Cooperstown. The checklist consists of players, managers, executives and two league commissioners. However, some are featured in Old-Timers' or unfamiliar uniforms, and many were well past their playing days in the images that were showcased.

1960 Fleer Baseball card fronts feature a posed photograph of the depicted player, usually a head-and-shoulders shot, although a few cards do utilize action photos. Some are in color, but the majority of the images are colorized black-and-white photos. A solid-colored, octagonal shape frames the picture using either blue, green, red or yellow scheme. The player's name appears at the bottom of the card. Although primarily laid out in a vertical orientation, a few cards are horizontally arranged.

1960 Fleer Baseball Babe Ruth1960 Fleer Baseball Babe Ruth back

The 1960 Fleer Baseball backs have a short biography and the career batting or pitching statistics for the players. At the top, a crown inside a red box shows the card number, with the words "Baseball Greats" and the person's name, date of birth (and in some cases, his death) to the right. Measuring the now standard 2-1/2" by 3-1/2", the entire set was printed and released in a single series. One anomaly to the set is that of Ted Williams' card #72, which was printed with extremely over-sized borders, creating a narrowed card image.

Although 80 cards are listed in the set, there are known variation cards of Joe Tinker, Eddie Collins and Lefty Grove that each have a #80 Pepper Martin back. It's likely that a Martin card was planned but ultimately scrapped because Fleer was unable to get permission to use his image. These variations are all limited, but the Joe Tinker version is the most scarce, followed by Eddie Collins and then Lefty Grove. The three variation cards are not considered part of the complete set. It is important to note that the #80 cards are normally found hand-cut or cancelled, but some have reportedly been pulled in packs.

1960 Fleer Baseball Joe Tinker Pepper Martin 801960 Fleer Baseball Variation Pepper Martin 80 Back

Today, the concept of a set made up of great players from the past is fairly common, but it was a new idea in 1960. Unfortunately for Fleer, it wasn't a big hit with kids. They may have known about Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Lou Gehrig, but weren't overly impressed by having images from Old-Timers' Day or executives in suits on their cards. Despite those negatives, 1960 Fleer offers a way for many collectors to add cards of big-name stars to their collection without having to shell out huge amounts of money. This is especially true for the truly iconic players, like Ruth or Cobb, whose contemporary cards fetch enormous prices.

A fun and affordable set, 1960 Fleer Baseball Greats, has finally earned the respect that it deserves from vintage collectors. Cards in top grades command respectable sums on the secondary market. Compared to other sets from the era, the 1960 Fleer issue tends to be slightly more scarce as a whole. This is simply because of the lack of popularity the cards garnered at the time of their release.

Top eBay Listings

1960 Fleer #3 Babe Ruth NM U3495
$195.00

1960 FLEER #8 ROGER BRESNAHAN EXMT *12147
$5.20

1960 FLEER #3 BABE RUTH EXMT *12143
$55.20

1960 FLEER #2 CHRISTY MATHEWSON EXMT *12141
$11.20

1960 FLEER #19 MARTY MARION EXMT *12160
$5.72

1960 FLEER #18 HEINIE MANUSH EXMT *12159
$5.06

1960 FLEER #17 ERNIE LOMBARDI EXMT *12157
$10.56

1960 FLEER #15 CLARK GRIFFITH EXMT *12155
$6.16

1960 FLEER #15 CLARK GRIFFITH EXMT *12156
$5.72

1960 FLEER BASEBALL GREATS 42 Ct LOT Babe Ruth Ty Cobb Honus Wagner Plus Autos
$125.00

1960 FLEER #22 JOE MEDWICK EXMT *12163
$5.94

1960 FLEER #45 JIM BOTTOMLEY EXMT *12178
$7.04

1960 FLEER #25 JIMMY COLLINS EXMT *12165
$5.28

1960 FLEER #26 BOB FELLER EXMT *12166
$30.80

1960 FLEER #1 NAP LAJOIE NM *12202
$16.00

1960 FLEER #40 JOE TINKER NM *12219
$9.60
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Key Cards

Key 1960 Fleer Baseball Cards

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#80 Joe Tinker (front) / Pepper Martin (back)

1960 Fleer Baseball Joe Tinker Pepper Martin 80

#80 Eddie Collins (front) / Pepper Martin (back)

1960 Fleer Baseball Eddie Collins Pepper Martin 80 cancelled

#80 Lefty Grove (front) / Pepper Martin (back)

1960 Fleer Baseball Lefty Grove Pepper Martin 80

#3 Babe Ruth

1960 Fleer Baseball Babe Ruth

#72 Ted Williams

1960 Fleer Baseball Ted Williams

#28 Lou Gehrig

1960 Fleer Baseball Lou Gehrig

#42 Ty Cobb

1960 Fleer Baseball Ty Cobb

#1 Nap Lajoie

1960 Fleer Baseball Nap Lajoie

Top eBay Listings

1960 Fleer #42 Ty Cobb BVG 7.5 (NM+)
$50.00

1960 Fleer #62 Honus Wagner BVG 9 (MINT)
$150.00

1960 Fleer #66 John McGraw BVG 8.5 (NM-MT+)
$40.00

1960 Fleer #76 Paul Waner BVG 8 (NM-MT)
$15.00

1960 Fleer #52 Bill Terry BVG 8 (NM-MT) Centered
$20.00

1960 Fleer #53 Jimmy Foxx BVG 8 (NM-MT)
$30.00

1960 Fleer #51 Dazzy Vance BVG 9 (MINT)
$75.00

1960 Fleer #2 Christy Mathewson BVG 8 (NM-MT)
$40.00

1960 Fleer #1 Nap LaJoie BVG 8 (NM-MT)
$125.00

BGS BVG 8.5 NM-MT+ 1960 Fleer #53 Jimmie Foxx ATHLETICS
$99.99

1960 FLEER BASEBALL GREATS HUGH JENNINGS CARD #67 "SGC-8.5"-92-(NM-MT+)LOOK MINT
$18.95

BGS BVG 7 NEAR MINT 1960 Fleer #72 Ted Williams RED SOX
$139.99

1960 Fleer #30 Chuck Klein BVG 8.5
$31.99

1960 Fleer BOB FELLER Hand Signed AUTO SGC Slabbed AUTHENTIC HOF Indians
$19.99

JIMMIE FOXX 1960 Fleer #53 BVG EX+ 5.5
$21.59

1960 FLEER Bob Feller #26 Cleveland Indians NM 7 SGC 84
$22.00
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Set Checklist

1960 Fleer Baseball Set Checklist

Card #80 has three versions and all limited. Double prints (DP) are noted below.
1960 Fleer Baseball Babe Ruth

1 Nap Lajoie DP
2 Christy Mathewson
3 Babe Ruth
4 Carl Hubbell
5 Grover Cleveland Alexander
6 Walter Johnson DP
7 Chief Bender
8 Roger Bresnahan
9 Mordecai Brown
10 Tris Speaker
11 Arky Vaughan DP
12 Zack Wheat
13 George Sisler
14 Connie Mack
15 Clark Griffith
16 Lou Boudreau DP
17 Ernie Lombardi
18 Heinie Manush
19 Marty Marion
20 Eddie Collins DP
21 Rabbit Maranville DP
22 Joe Medwick
23 Ed Barrow
24 Mickey Cochrane
25 Jimmy Collins
26 Bob Feller DP
27 Luke Appling
28 Lou Gehrig
29 Gabby Hartnett
30 Chuck Klein
31 Tony Lazzeri DP
32 Al Simmons
33 Wilbert Robinson
34 Sam Rice
35 Herb Pennock
36 Mel Ott DP
37 Lefty O'Doul
38 Johnny Mize
39 Bing Miller
40 Joe Tinker
41 Frank Baker DP
42 Ty Cobb
43 Paul Derringer
44 Cap Anson
45 Jim Bottomley
46 Eddie Plank DP
47 Cy Young
48 Hack Wilson
49 Ed Walsh
50 Frank Chance
51 Dazzy Vance DP
52 Bill Terry
53 Jimmie Foxx
54 Lefty Gomez
55 Branch Rickey
56 Ray Schalk DP
57 Johnny Evers
58 Charlie Gehringer
59 Burleigh Grimes
60 Lefty Grove
61 Rube Waddell DP
62 Honus Wagner
63 Red Ruffing
64 Kenesaw Landis
65 Harry Heilmann
66 John McGraw DP
67 Hughie Jennings
68 Hal Newhouser
69 Waite Hoyt
70 Bobo Newsom
71 Earl Averill DP
72 Ted Williams
73 Warren Giles
74 Ford Frick
75 Kiki Cuyler
76 Paul Waner DP
77 Pie Traynor
78 Lloyd Waner
79 Ralph Kiner
80 Pepper Martin (back) / Eddie Collins (front)
80 Pepper Martin (back) / Lefty Grove (front)
80 Pepper Martin (back) / Joe Tinker (front)

Top eBay Listings

1960 Fleer #3 Babe Ruth PSA 8 U8735
$430.00

1960 Fleer #28 Lou Gehrig PSA 8 U4661
$245.00

1960 Fleer #42 Ty Cobb PSA 8 U4658
$200.00

1960 Fleer #2 Christy Mathewson HOFer PSA 2 Baseball Greats baseball card
$9.95

PSA 7 1960 FLEER BASEBALL #74 FORD FRICK
$15.00

1960 FLEER BASEBALL #33 WILBERT ROBINSON PSA 9 HOF
$85.00

1960 FLEER BASEBALL #61 RUBE WADDELL PSA 8.5 HOF
$42.50

1960 FLEER BASEBALL #39 BING MILLER PSA 9
$68.00

1960 FLEER BASEBALL #73 WARREN GILES PSA 9 HOF
$72.25

1960 FLEER BASEBALL #44 CAP ANSON PSA 9 HOF
$76.50

1960 FLEER BASEBALL #49 ED WALSH PSA 8 HOF
$17.00

1960 Fleer #26 Bob Feller psa 8 Cleveland Indians
$61.50

1960 Fleer #35 Herb Pennock PSA 8
$39.99

1960 Fleer Mel OTT # 36 PSA NM-MT 8 {ST}
$59.99

1960 Fleer # 2 Christy Mathewson PSA 8
$150.00

1960 Fleer # 7 Chief Bender NM MT PSA 8
$40.00
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