Sunday, August 21, 2011

1961 Topps reverse side

Very little about card backs is ever discussed, but the reverse side can be very interesting. They complete a picture by providing information that people might not know.

In the 1950s and 1960s, the cards were a wealth of information. Fun, funny, and useful facts with trivia about all aspects of baseball.

The cartoons on the back appealed to kids and adults alike. Some included quizzes about baseball history or baseball rules.

In 61, Topps added new subsets, including a series of league leader cards (41–50), dedicated checklist cards (17, 98, 189, 273, 361, 437, and 516), a "Baseball Thrills" subset (401–410) that featured mostly New York Yankees, and a Most Valuable Player series (471–486). The set was bookended by the now-popular All-Star cards from the previous series.

The design of the 1961 Topps cards was a no-thrills subdued appearance, containing a large color portrait with the player's name, team and position listed along the bottom. The backs of these cards contain extensive statistics, including a Jack Davis three-panel cartoon highlighting the player's career.

Cards 523 through 589 are scarce.

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