1961 Fleer Baseball Cards

1961 Fleer Baseball Cards



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Despite having trouble selling its 1960 Baseball Greats set, Fleer brought out another similarly-themed set for 1961. This time, however, they gave 1961 Fleer Baseball a better design and expanded the number of players and other baseball figures in it. Issued in two series, in consecutive years, the 1961 offering contains card numbers 1 through 88. The 1962 Fleer set is sequentially numbered with card numbers 89 through 154. Each series begins with a checklist card showing multiple ex-players on the front, and both series have players arranged in alphabetical order. Cards 1-88 are more common than 89-154, so there is a slight premium to the high-numbered cards.

Again, the set featured players from all eras of professional baseball, from the late 1800s through the previous year. All the players in the checklist are those of retired players, in order to keep from violating Topps' exclusive player contracts. Also like the previous year's set, there were several pictures that featured subjects wearing street clothes or in old timer's day uniforms. Anchoring the set are cards of Ty Cobb (#14), Lou Gehrig (#31), Babe Ruth (#75). Other key cards in the set include combination cards of Home Run Baker, Ty Cobb and Zach Wheat (card #1) and George Sisler and Pie Traynor (card #89).

The card fronts feature a vertical orientation and display a line of five blue stars in the border on both sides of the picture and a series of four red stripes across the bottom. A blue pennant contains the name of the player, manager or executive. Compared to the 1960 release, these cards are very attractive with their almost patriotic theme. The card backs conversely use a horizontal layout and feature a trophy with the card number on it, with a basic biography and career write-up. A complete line of career statistics is also provided. Common condition issues of the set include centering and edge wear, which is most noticeable on the card's reverse.

Sold in five-cent packs, the cards were packaged with two bonus inserts, a team decal and a pennant sticker that celebrated past World Series champions. Fleer would utilize the team decal extensively two decades later when the US court ruled that Topps was operating an illegal monopoly. The decision allowed competition in the baseball card market of active MLB players. The one caveat being that Topps was allowed exclusive distribution of its cards with chewing gum. Fleer opted to use, as its insert, team decals.

As with the 1960 set, the 1961 Fleer Baseball Greats card set has grown in popularity over the years. Loaded with Hall of Fame players from a vintage era, collectors have begun to appreciate the set for what it is; an affordable offering of some of the game's greatest players.

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1961 FLEER TY COBB CARD #14-EX-EX+
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1961 Fleer Ted Williams Baseball Card
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1961 Fleer Baseball #36 Clark Griffith NMMT C02236
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1961 Fleer Baseball Greats # 99 Jimmy Collins EM 1213
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Honus Wagner 1961 Fleer good condition! No reserve!
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Ted Williams 1961 Fleer #152 Nice card.
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1961 Fleer #137 Hal Schumacher Giants MINT
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Key Cards

Key 1961 Fleer Baseball Cards:

Babe Ruth #75

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Lou Gehrig #31

1961 Fleer Lou Gehrig 212x300 Image

Baker / Cobb / Wheat #1

1961 Fleer Baker Cobb Wheat 209x300 Image

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Set Checklist

1961 Fleer Baseball Set Checklist

1 F.Baker/T.Cobb/Z.Wheat CL
2 Grover C. Alexander
3 Nick Altrock
4 Cap Anson
5 Earl Averill
6 Frank Baker
7 Dave Bancroft
8 Chief Bender
9 Jim Bottomley
10 Roger Bresnahan
11 Mordecai Brown
12 Max Carey
13 Jack Chesbro
14 Ty Cobb
15 Mickey Cochrane
16 Eddie Collins
17 Earle Combs
18 Charles Comiskey
19 Kiki Cuyler
20 Paul Derringer
21 Howard Ehmke
22 Billy Evans UMP
23 Johnny Evers
24 Urban Faber
25 Bob Feller
26 Wes Ferrell
27 Lew Fonseca
28 Jimmie Foxx
29 Ford Frick
30 Frankie Frisch
31 Lou Gehrig
32 Charley Gehringer
33 Warren Giles
34 Lefty Gomez
35 Goose Goslin
36 Clark Griffith
37 Burleigh Grimes
38 Lefty Grove
39 Chick Hafey
40 Jesse Haines
41 Gabby Hartnett
42 Harry Heilmann
43 Rogers Hornsby
44 Waite Hoyt
45 Carl Hubbell
46 Miller Huggins
47 Hughie Jennings
48 Ban Johnson
49 Walter Johnson
50 Ralph Kiner
51 Chuck Klein
52 Johnny Kling
53 Kenesaw M. Landis
54 Tony Lazzeri
55 Ernie Lombardi
56 Dolf Luque
57 Heinie Manush
58 Marty Marion
59 Christy Mathewson
60 John McGraw
61 Joe Medwick
62 Edmund(Bing) Miller
63 Johnny Mize
64 John Mostil
65 Art Nehf
66 Hal Newhouser
67 Bobo Newsom
68 Mel Ott
69 Allie Reynolds
70 Sam Rice
71 Eppa Rixey
72 Edd Roush
73 Schoolboy Rowe
74 Red Ruffing
75 Babe Ruth
76 Joe Sewell
77 Al Simmons
78 George Sisler
79 Tris Speaker
80 Fred Toney
81 Dazzy Vance
82 Hippo Vaughn
83 Ed Walsh
84 Lloyd Waner
85 Paul Waner
86 Zack Wheat
87 Hack Wilson
88 Jimmy Wilson
89 G. Sisler/P. Traynor CL
90 Babe Adams
91 Dale Alexander
92 Jim Bagby
93 Ossie Bluege
94 Lou Boudreau
95 Tommy Bridges
96 Donie Bush
97 Dolph Camilli
98 Frank Chance
99 Jimmy Collins
100 Stan Coveleskie
101 Hugh Critz
102 Alvin Crowder
103 Joe Dugan
104 Bibb Falk
105 Rick Ferrell
106 Art Fletcher
107 Dennis Galehouse
108 Chick Galloway
109 Mule Haas
110 Stan Hack
111 Bump Hadley
112 Billy Hamilton
113 Joe Hauser
114 Babe Herman
115 Travis Jackson
116 Eddie Joost
117 Addie Joss
118 Joe Judge
119 Joe Kuhel
120 Napoleon Lajoie
121 Dutch Leonard
122 Ted Lyons
123 Connie Mack
124 Rabbit Maranville
125 Fred Marberry
126 Joe McGinnity
127 Oscar Melillo
128 Ray Mueller
129 Kid Nichols
130 Lefty O'Doul
131 Bob O'Farrell
132 Roger Peckinpaugh
133 Herb Pennock
134 George Pipgras
135 Eddie Plank
136 Ray Schalk
137 Hal Schumacher
138 Luke Sewell
139 Bob Shawkey
140 Riggs Stephenson
141 Billy Sullivan
142 Bill Terry
143 Joe Tinker
144 Pie Traynor
145 Hal Trosky
146 George Uhle
147 Johnny VanderMeer
148 Arky Vaughan
149 Rube Waddell
150 Honus Wagner
151 Dixie Walker
152 Ted Williams
153 Cy Young
154 Ross Youngs
1961 Fleer Baseball 75 Babe Ruth Image

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1961 Fleer #25 Bob Feller Signed Auto Autograph PSA DNA Slabbed COA HOF INDIANS
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1961 FLEER RIGGS STEPHENSON #140 PSA 9 MINT NQ 1 OF 7 ONE HIGHER
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1961 FLEER BOB O'FARRELL #131 PSA 9 MINT NQ 1 OF 11 TWO HIGHER
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1961 FLEER EDDIE PLANK #135 PSA 9 MINT NQ RARE 1 OF 9 NONE HIGHER
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1961 FLEER BILLY SULLIVAN #141 PSA 9 MINT NQ 1 OF 15 TWO HIGHER
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1961 FLEER HAL TROSKEY #145 PSA 9 MINT NQ TOUGH 1 OF 8 NONE HIGHER
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1961 FLEER JOHNNY VANDER MEER #147 PSA 9 MINT 1 OF 13 NONE HIGHER
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1961 FLEER JOE TINKER #143 PSA 9 MINT NQ 1 OF 14 TWO HIGHER
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1961 Fleer #14 Ty Cobb SGC 88
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1961 Fleer Baseball Greats #104 Bibb Falk PSA 7
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1961 Fleer Baseball Greats #11 Mordecai Brown PSA 7
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1961 Fleer Baseball Greats #111 Bump Hadley PSA 7
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1961 Fleer Baseball Greats #13 Jack Chesbro PSA 7
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1961 Fleer Baseball Greats #144 Pie Traynor PSA 8
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1961 Fleer Baseball Greats #152 Ted Williams PSA 7
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1961 Fleer Baseball Greats #16 Eddie Collins PSA 8
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