Tuesday, August 31, 2010

1961 Topps

Number of Cards

1961 Topps grew to a new high of 587 cards, of which 32 are Cubs players.

Card Dimensions

The standard-sized cards are the following dimensions: 2-1/2" by 3-1/2"

Basic Features

1961 Topps expanded to 587 cards and switched back to a vertical format. The player photos in this collection each have their name and team listed in a little box at the bottom. For the first time, Topps went mad with specialized cards. "League Leaders" (41-50) were first released, and it was with this set that the Topps Rookie All-Star awards were first presented. Even in excellent condition, it can be challenging to read the backs of the cards because they were printed in black and army green on dark card paper. The player's season-by-season and career statistics are included in this set. and some crucial cartoons

Two insert sets are included in 1961 Topps Baseball. The majority of the stamps were offered in either a green or a brown tint and were printed in panels of two. Series 1 packets also included Magic Rub-Offs, which are essentially temporary tattoos. There are 36 cards overall, with one player and one pennant accessible to each club.

The key 1961 Topps Rookie Cards are Hall-of-Famers #35 Ron Santo, #141 Billy Williams

Subsets include

  • League leader cards (41-50)
  • Baseball Thrills (401-410)
  • Most Valuable Player (471-486)
  • Managers subsets (131-139, 219-226).
  • World Series highlight (306-313)
  • Sporting News All-Star cards (566-589)

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) (scarce)

1961 Chicago Cubs Topps 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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