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1961 Fleer Baseball Cards

1961 Fleer Baseball Cards

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1961 Fleer Baseball Greats marks the second straight attempt by Fleer to offer a set exclusively filled with former players. Like the the 1960 release, the '61 set was not well received by collectors upon release. However, the updated design and larger checklist has made 1961 Fleer Baseball more popular over the years.

Just like 1960 Fleer Baseball Greats, the 1961 Fleer Baseball set features players from multiple eras of professional baseball. In order to keep from violating Topps' exclusive player contracts, all the featured subjects are retired. Also like the previous year's set, there are several pictures that showcase subjects wearing street clothes or in Old Timer's Day uniforms.

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Issued in two series over consecutive years, 1961 Fleer Baseball contains cards #1-88, while the 1962 set covers cards #89 -154. Each series begins with a checklist card showing multiple players on the front, and both series have subjects arranged in alphabetical order. Technically a 1961-62 set, most collectors still refer to it as a 1961 product. The first series is more common than the second release, so there is a slight premium for the high-number cards.

The 1961 Fleer Baseball card fronts feature a vertical orientation and a patriotic, flag-like design. Cards display a line of five blue stars on either side of the player's image and a series of four red stripes across the bottom. A blue pennant at the bottom contains the name of the player, manager or executive. Compared to the 1960 release, the 1961 cards are much more visually appealing.

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1961 Fleer Baseball card backs utilize a horizontal layout and feature a trophy with the card number inside. More info is available via a basic biography and career write-up. A complete line of career statistics is also provided.

Ted Williams, Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth anchor the 1961 Fleer Baseball set. Other key cards in the release include the multi-player combo cards of Home Run Baker, Ty Cobb and Zach Wheat, as well as George Sisler and Pie Traynor. Both cards are also checklists for their respective series.

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1961 Fleer Baseball cards were originally sold in five-cent packs and were packaged with two bonus inserts. Not numbered and fairly simple, each packs yields a logo decal for every team at the time and a pennant sticker that celebrates past World Series champions, from 1913 to 1960. The pennants inlcude both teams for the specific World Series year referenced, as well as the champion and the series win-loss result.

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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 the vintage era, collectors have warmed to the affordable set. Common condition issues of the release include centering and edge wear, which is most noticeable on the card's reverse.

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Key Cards

Key 1961 Fleer Baseball Cards

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#75 Babe Ruth

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#152 Ted Williams

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#1 Frank Baker, Ty Cobb, Zack Wheat Checklist

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#89 George Sisler, Pie Traynor Checklist

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#31 Lou Gehrig

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#14 Ty Cobb

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#150 Honus Wagner

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#153 Cy Young

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Set Checklist

1961 Fleer Baseball Set Checklist

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Series 1
1 Frank Baker / Ty Cobb / Zack 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
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
Series 2
89 George Sisler / Pie 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

Team Logo Decals Set Checklist

18 teams. 1 per pack.
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Baltimore Orioles
Boston Red Sox
Chicago Cubs
Chicago White Sox
Cincinnati Reds
Cleveland Indians
Detroit Tigers
Kansas City Athletics
Los Angeles Angels
Los Angeles Dodgers
Milwaukee Braves
Minnesota Twins
New York Yankees
Philadelphia Phillies
Pittsburgh Pirates
San Francisco Giants
St. Louis Cardinals
Washington Senators

World Series Pennant Decals Set Checklist

48 cards. 1 per pack.
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1913 World Series
1914 World Series
1915 World Series
1916 World Series
1917 World Series
1918 World Series
1919 World Series
1920 World Series
1921 World Series
1922 World Series
1923 World Series
1924 World Series
1925 World Series
1926 World Series
1927 World Series
1928 World Series
1929 World Series
1930 World Series
1931 World Series
1932 World Series
1933 World Series
1934 World Series
1935 World Series
1936 World Series
1937 World Series
1938 World Series
1939 World Series
1940 World Series
1941 World Series
1942 World Series
1943 World Series
1944 World Series
1945 World Series
1946 World Series
1947 World Series
1948 World Series
1949 World Series
1950 World Series
1951 World Series
1952 World Series
1953 World Series
1954 World Series
1955 World Series
1956 World Series
1957 World Series
1958 World Series
1959 World Series
1960 World Series

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User Reviews

Colorful and chock full of HOFers.

Roger Ponds
Roger Ponds

The 1961 Fleer baseball card set is a rather interesting set, mostly old-timers, although not quite as attractive as the Topps sets of the early 1960’s. Like in the case of the 1960 Fleer set, the 1961 set is not a particularly difficult set to complete, as it is mostly retired players, and with the exception of Ted Williams, who had just retired, no current players in that set. It is a good way to add baseball cards of players who played in the early days of baseball (pre-war era). Fortunately, I completed the 1961 Fleer set sometime in the late 1990’s.

Gene Persello
Gene Persello

In 1961, I bought one pack from this set. I decided not to continue, despite the advantage I thought the Fleer gum had over Topps. I considered the ’61 set to be pretty much the same as the ’60 set, but with different designs. I did continue with the Topps set. Added and traded players made the difference.


Great design w/ fantastic list of players.

Charles Brandon
Charles Brandon

First vintage set I ever worked to complete. I think it is one of the most beautiful sets from the era considering the restrictions face due to Topps contracts.

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