Tuesday, August 31, 2010

1961 Topps

Topps Base Set

 1961 Topps returned to a standard vertical format and grew to 587 cards using the now standard format of 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 (inches). Topps went crazy with specialty cards for the first time. Checklists (apart from team cards), League Leaders, and Topps Rookie All-Star trophies started with this set. The cards were printed in black and Army green on a dark colored card stock, which makes them pretty hard to read, even when they are in great condition. The backs don’t contain paragraphs, just “blurbs”.

Subsets include

League leader cards
Checklist cards
Baseball Thrills
Most Valuable Player
Managers subsets
World Series highlights
All-Star cards

Released in 7 series

series 1 (1-109)
series 2 (110-196)
series 3 (197-283)
series 4 (284-370)
series 5 (371-446)
series 6 (447-522)
series 7(523-589)

  • 1 - 370 are considered the easiest to find.
  • 371 - 446 command a slight premium
  • 447 - 522 were hard to find
  • high number series (523 - 589) (very scarce)

Chicago Cubs Checklist

Number Player
12 Moe Thacker
27 Jerry Kindall
35 Ron Santo RC
43 NL Home Run Leaders
58 Joe Schaffernoth RC
88 Richie Ashburn
107 Seth Morehead
122 Chicago Cubs TC
141 Billy Williams RC
169 Don Elston
196 Ed Bouchee
214 Danny Murphy RC
231 Dick Drott
253 Sammy Taylor
264 Glen Hobbie
283 Bob Anderson
302 Al Heist RC
317 Jim Brewer RC
350 Ernie Banks
364 Moe Drabowsky
382 Frank Thomas
393 Batter Bafflers
427 Dick Ellsworth
441 Dick Bertell RC
481 Hank Sauer MVP
485 Ernie Banks MVP
493 Don Zimmer UER.
512 Bob Will
533 Jack Curtis RC
551 George Altman
564 Don Cardwell
575 Ernie Banks AS


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