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1961 Post Baseball Cards

1961 Post Baseball Cards

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When it comes to oddball and food issue sets, 1961 Post Baseball is one of the most popular of all-time. Giving collectors the chance to build sets and chase their favorite players through offers on cereal boxes, the release is equal parts large and ambitious.

The 1961 Post Baseball set has a 200-card checklist. However, when you factor in all of the variations, a master set has more than 350 cards. Add to that, some players are short prints and you've got a big challenge when it comes to building the set.

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Cards came with ten different Post cereals including Alpha Bits, Sugar Crisp, Post Toasties, Corn Flakes, Raisin Bran and Grape-Nuts Flakes. Depending on the type and size of the box, collectors might have found just one card per box or a sheet with several of them.

You could also mail away for a ten-card sheet of a specific player. These were printed on noticeably thinner stock, giving them a flimsier feel. These sheets and the cards that came with them are commonly referred to as company cards.

Post got behind the promotion in a big way, even using Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam to pitch them in a TV commercial.

Because cards had to be cut from boxes or the sheets, finding good condition cards can be tough. Not only have the cards had to survive several decades, but the original owner needed a steady hand as well.

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1961 Post Baseball cards are done in full color. A tight shot of the player is in the top-left. There's a writeup and vitals on the right. The bottom of the card has stats for both 1960 and the player's career. Backs are blank.

Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Yogi Berra and Hank Aaron are among the all-time greats on the checklist. Some of the more valuable short prints are Bob Shaw, Chuck Estrada and Roy McMillan.

Besides the cards themselves, there are also a few items connected with 1961 Post Baseball that are extremely collectible. An album was made to house the set. A rare piece is a pinwheel display that was made for stores.


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1961 Post Baseball Checklist

Unless noted, each card has both a box and company version done on different stock. Additional variations are noted.
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1 Yogi Berra
2 Elston Howard
3 Bill Skowron
4 Mickey Mantle
5 Bob Turley Company Only
6 Whitey Ford
7 Roger Maris
8 Bobby Richardson
19 Tony Kubek
10 Gil McDougald Box Only
11 Cletis Boyer Box Only
12 Hector Lopez
13 Bob Cerv Box Only
14 Ryne Duren Box Only
15 Bobby Shantz Box Only
16 Art Ditmar Box Only
17 Jim Coates Box Only
18 Johnny Blanchard Box Only
19 Luis Aparicio
20 Nellie Fox
21 Billy Pierce
22 Early Wynn
23 Bob Shaw Box Only
24 Al Smith
25 Minnie Minoso
26 Roy Sievers
27 Jim Landis
28 Sherm Lollar
29 Gerry Staley Box Only
30 Gene Freese - Reds, Company
30 Gene Freese - Washington, Box
31 Ted Kluszewski Box Only
32 Turk Lown Box Only
33 Jim Rivera
34 Frank Baumann Box Only
35 Al Kaline
36 Rocky Colavito
37 Charlie Maxwell
38 Frank Lary
39 Jim Bunning
40 Norm Cash
41 Frank Bolling
41 Frank Bolling - Charlie Derringer in bio
42 Don Mossi
43 Lou Berberet
44 Dave Sisler Box Only
45 Eddie Yost Box Only
46 Pete Burnside Box Only
47 Pete Runnels
48 Frank Malzone
49 Vic Wertz
50 Tom Brewer
51 Willie Tasby - Sold to Washington, Company
51 Willie Tasby Box
52 Russ Nixon
53 Don Buddin
54 Bill Monbouquette
55 Frank Sullivan - Phillies, Company
55 Frank Sullivan - Red Sox, Box
56 Haywood Sullivan
57 Harvey Kuenn - Phillies, Company
57 Harvey Kuenn - Red Sox, Box
58 Gary Bell
59 Jim Perry
60 Jim Grant
61 Johnny Temple
62 Paul Foytack
63 Vic Power
64 Tito Francona
65 Ken Aspromonte - Sold to LA, Company
65 Ken Aspromonte Box
66 Bob Wilson Box Only
67 John Romano
68 Jim Gentile
69 Gus Triandos
70 Gene Woodling Box Only
71 Milt Pappas
72 Ron Hansen
73 Chuck Estrada Company Only
74 Steve Barber
75 Brooks Robinson
76 Jackie Brandt
77 Marv Breeding
78 Hal Brown Box Only
79 Billy Klaus Box Only
80 Hoyt Wilhelm
81 Jerry Lumpe
82 Norm Siebern
83 Bud Daley
84 Bill Tuttle
85 Marv Throneberry
86 Dick Williams
87 Ray Herbert
88 Whitey Herzog
89 Ken Hamlin - Sold to LA, Company
89 Ken Hamlin Box
90 Hank Bauer
91 Bob Allison - Twins, Company
91 Bob Allison - Minnesota, Box
92 Harmon Killebrew - Twins, Company
92 Harmon Killebrew - Minnesota, Box
93 Jim Lemon - Twins, Company
93 Jim Lemon - Minnesota, Box
94 Chuck Stobbs - Twins, Company
94 Chuck Stobbs - Minnesota, Box
95 Reno Bertoia - Twins, Company
95 Reno Bertoia - Minnesota, Box
96 Billy Gardner - Twins, Company
96 Billy Gardner - Minnesota, Box
97 Earl Battey - Twins, Company
97 Earl Battey - Minnesota, Box
98 Pedro Ramos - Twins, Company
98 Pedro Ramos - Minnesota, Box
99 Camilo Pascual - Twins, Company
99 Camilo Pascual - Minnesota, Box
100 Billy Consolo - Twins, Company
100 Billy Consolo - Minnesota, Box
101 Warren Spahn
102 Lew Burdette
103 Bob Buhl
104 Joe Adcock
105 Johnny Logan
106 Eddie Mathews Company Only
107 Hank Aaron
108 Wes Covington
109 Bill Bruton - Tigers, Company
109 Bill Bruton - Braves, Box
110 Del Crandall
111 Red Schoendienst Box Only
112 Juan Pizarro Box Only
113 Chuck Cottier Box Only
114 Al Spangler Box Only
115 Dick Farrell
116 Jim Owens
117 Robin Roberts
118 Tony Taylor
119 Lee Walls
120 Tony Curry
121 Pancho Herrera
122 Ken Walters
123 John Callison
124A Gene Conley - Red Sox, Company
124B Gene Conley - Phillies, Box
125 Bob Friend
126 Vern Law
127 Dick Stuart
128 Bill Mazeroski
129 Dick Groat
130 Don Hoak
131 Bob Skinner
132 Roberto Clemente
133 Roy Face Box Only
134 Harvey Haddix Box Only
135 Bill Virdon Box Only
136 Gino Cimoli
137 Rocky Nelson Box Only
138 Smoky Burgess
139 Hal W. Smith Box Only
140 Wilmer Mizell Box Only
141 Mike McCormick
142 John Antonelli - Cleveland, Company
142 John Antonelli - San Francisco, Box
143 Sam Jones
144 Orlando Cepeda
145 Willie Mays
146 Willie Kirkland - Cleveland, Company
146 Willie Kirkland - San Francisco, Box
147 Willie McCovey
148 Don Blasingame
149 Jim Davenport
150 Hobie Landrith
151 Bob Schmidt Box Only
152 Ed Bressoud
153 Andre Rodgers Company
153 Andre Rodgers - Sold to Milwaukee, Box
154 Jack Sanford Box Only
155 Billy O'Dell Box Only
156 Norm Larker
157 Charlie Neal
158 Jim Gilliam
159 Wally Moon
160 Don Drysdale
161 Larry Sherry
162 Stan Williams Box Only
163 Mel Roach Box Only
164 Maury Wills
165 Tommy Davis Box Only
166 John Roseboro
167 Duke Snider
168 Gil Hodges
169 John Podres Box Only
170 Ed Roebuck Box Only
171 Ken Boyer
172 Joe Cunningham
173 Daryl Spencer
174 Larry Jackson
175 Lindy McDaniel
176 Bill White
177 Alex Grammas
178 Curt Flood
179 Ernie Broglio
180 Hal Smith
181 Vada Pinson
182 Frank Robinson
183 Roy McMillan Box Only
184 Bob Purkey
185 Ed Kasko
186 Gus Bell
187 Jerry Lynch
188 Ed Bailey
189 Jim O'Toole
190 Billy Martin - Sold to Milwaukee, Company
190 Billy Martin Box
191 Ernie Banks
192 Richie Ashburn
193 Frank Thomas
194 Don Cardwell
195 George Altman
196 Ron Santo
197 Glen Hobbie
198 Sam Taylor
199 Jerry Kindall
200 Don Elston

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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Rich A

Tough set to complete with all the variations, but lots of HOFers at a reasonable price for 1961 originals.

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