1960 Fleer Baseball Cards

1960 Fleer Baseball Cards

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The 1960 Fleer Baseball card set is limited by Topps' exclusive rights to use current player photos sold with gum products. Not to be discouraged, Fleer issued a set called Baseball Greats featuring retired players from multiple eras of baseball. The players in the set span from the 1800s, with players like Cap Anson, through 1960, using Ted Williams with whom Fleer still held an exclusive deal. Fleer was also able come to terms with several recently retired stars like Bob Feller and Ralph Kiner. Unfortunately, at the time, the card design and choice of player photos failed to impress kids when it first debuted.

There are a total of 79 regular cards in the set, which includes one variation. Nearly every person who appears in 1960 Fleer Baseball is now in the Hall of Fame. The checklist consists of players, managers, executives and two league commissioners. However, some are featured in old-timer or unfamiliar uniforms, and many were well past their major league playing days in the images that were used. Although only 78 cards are listed in the set, there are known cards of Joe Tinker, Eddie Collins and Lefty Grove with a #80 Pepper Martin back. It's likely that a Martin card was planned but scrapped because Fleer was unable to get permission from him to use his image. These variations are scarce (though Grove/Martin is more common) and are not considered a part of the complete set.

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 used are colorized black-and-white photos. A solid-colored, octagonal shape, frames the picture using either blue, green, red or yellow. The player's name appears at the bottom of the card. Primarily laid out in a vertical orientation, a few cards are horizontally arranged. The backs have a short biography and the career batting or pitching statistics for the players. At the top, a crown inside a 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, a now standard, 2-1/2 by 3-1/2 inches, 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.

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 (card #3), Ty Cobb (card #42) and Lou Gehrig (card #28), but weren't overly impressed by having old men from old-timers' day or executives in suits on their cards. Despite those negatives, 1960 Fleer offers a way for many collectors to add inexpensive cards of big-name stars to their collection without having to shell out huge amounts of money. This is especially true for the aforementioned players, whose contemporary cards, obviously, fetch enormous prices.

A fun and affordable set, 1960 Fleer Baseball Greats, has finally earned the respect that it deserves from vintage collectors. Cards earning 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.

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1960 FLEER 8 DIFF ALL NRMT OR BETTER W EVERS CHRISTY MATHEWSON GROVER A
$44.00

1960 Fleer baseball card # 64 Judge Landis
$5.00

1960 Fleer baseball card # 1 Nap Lajoie
$14.99

1960 Fleer baseball card # 12 Zach Wheat
$6.00

1960 FLEER TY COBB #42 (50.00) NRMT U7304
$35.00

1960 Fleer baseball card # 34 Sam Rice
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1960 Fleer Greats-6 cards incl. Connie Mack
$14.99

1960 Fleer #20 Eddie Collins, Original Post-WWII
$11.99

1960 FLEER #42 TY COBB. HALL OF FAMER. LOOKS NM. NO HASSLE RETURNS! BV=$60.00
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1960 FLEER BABE RUTH
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1960 Fleer Heinie Manush Washington Nationals #18 Baseball Card
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1960 Fleer Christy Mathewson #2 Baseball Card
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1960 Fleer Baseball Greats Honus Wagner #62 Pittsburgh Pirates NO CREASES !!
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1960 Fleer Baseball Greats Ty Cobb #42 Detroit Tigers NO CREASES !!
$9.95

1960 Fleer Baseball Greats Babe Ruth #3 New York Yankees
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1960 Fleer Baseball Greats Lot of (27) Cards EX to NM, NO CREASES !!
$13.50
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1960 Fleer Baseball Greats Set Checklist

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Featuring 80 cards

 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 UER
 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
 80a P. Martin / Eddie Collins SP
 80b P. Martin / Lefty Grove SP
 80c P. Martin / Joe Tinker SP
1960 Fleer Ty Cobb

Top eBay Listings

1960 Fleer #53 - Jimmy Foxx - PSA 8 - Near Mint to Mint - RARE CARD!!!
$49.00

1960 Fleer # 47 Cy Young PSA Graded NM MT 8
$51.90

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

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

1960 Fleer Tris Speaker #10 PSA 8
$24.95

1960 Fleer 50 Frank Chance PSA 6.5 (8989)
$19.00

1960 FLEER #28 LOU GEHRIG, PSA MINT 9 (OC)
$68.99

1960 FLEER #57 JOHNNY EVERS HOF POP 15 PSA 9 B1953725-613
$99.99

1960 Fleer Baseball #1 Nap Lajoie PSA 6 EX-MT 1-001
$29.75

1960 Fleer Baseball #42 Ty Cobb PSA 6 EX-MT 1-002
$38.25

1960 Fleer Baseball #72 Ted Williams PSA 7 NRMT 1-003
$102.00

1960 FLEER #3 BABE RUTH HOF PSA 8 B1907843-017
$203.99

1960 FLEER #28 LOU GEHRIG HOF PSA 8 B1907841-014
$113.99

1960 FLEER #28 LOU GEHRIG HOF POP 8 PSA 8.5 B1907847-018
$180.99

1960 FLEER #13 GEORGE SISLER PSA 9 MINT HOF
$51.00

1960 FLEER #34 SAM RICE PSA 9 MINT HOF
$51.00
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