If Topps was worried about competition in the first ten years of their monopoly, it probably wasn’t 1961 Fleer baseball cards that was keeping Sy Berger and his cohorts up at night.

After issuing a dedicated Ted Williams set in 1959 and a set full of all-time greats in 1960, Fleer evidently didn’t make any headway in their quest to print cards of then-current players over that offseason.

1961 Fleer baseball cards baseball greates unopened wax pack

So, back they came for another round of Baseball Greats in 1961, this time with an updated patriotic design and an expanded checklist (154) cards that have made the second issue generally more popular than the first.

Here, then are the most valuable 1961 Fleer baseball cards, based on prices listed for graded NM copies in the PSA Sports Market Report Price Guide.

1961 Fleer Babe Ruth (#75)

1961 Fleer Babe  Ruth

Greatest player of all time? Check.

Card issued in a season when the Babe was getting more attention than ever thanks to Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle hunting down his single-season home run record? Check.

Most valuable card in this set?

Check, at about $120 (PSA 7).

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1961 Fleer Ted Williams (#152)

1961 Fleer Ted  Williams

Williams returned for a third go-round with Fleer, all at the expense of Topps and their ability to feature Teddy Ballgame in their own sets.

This only-game-in-town 1961 Williams card also fetches close to $120 in PSA 7 condition.

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1961 Fleer Lou Gehrig (#31)

1961 Fleer Lou Gehrig

Gehrig again checks in behind Williams and Ruth here, just like he does in the 1960 Fleer set.

The man whose name is synonymous with Hall of Fame greatness and overall class checks in here at around $70 in graded NM condition.

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1961 Fleer Ty Cobb (#14)

1961 Fleer Ty Cobb

If this list is starting to look familiar, maybe it’s because you’ve already read our 1960 Fleer article, whose first four listings are the same as the.

Here in the 1961 Fleer set, Cobb appears on the final card issued during his lifetime, and that card sells for about $50 in PSA 7.

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1961 Fleer Ross Youngs (#154)

1961 Fleer Ross Youngs

Youngs gives us our first new name when compared to the 1960 Fleer set, and he makes the cut by having been the starting rightfielder for two World Series champion editions of the New York Giants in the early 1920s.

Youngs also made the Cooperstown cut via the Veterans Committee in 1972, and he lines up here at $50 in PSA 7 — even though Fleer went with “Young” on the card.

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1961 Fleer Honus Wagner (#150)

1961 Fleer Honus Wagner

Wagner is back as the greatest shortstop in the 1961 Fleer set and one of the top few men at that position to ever take the field.

Here, The Flying Dutchman offers up an elder statesman look on his $45 card (in PSA 7).

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1961 Fleer Cy Young (#153)

1961 Fleer Cy Young

Young wins the battle of Hall of Fame pitchers in this set, just as he did for most career victories (511) and in having a yearly pitching award named after him.

The Cleveland and Boston great is $45 buy in PSA 7.

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1961 Fleer Walter Johnson (#49)

1961 Fleer Walter Johnson

When you look at their entire bodies of work, Young had nothing on Johnson, and the Big Train was as frightening a sight on the mound as Big League hitters have likely ever encountered.

In this set, though, he trails Young at $25 (PSA 7).

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1961 Fleer Christy Mathewson (#59)

1961 Fleer Christy Mathewson

Mathewson didn’t last quite as long as Young or Johnson, and his final numbers weren’t quite as gaudy.

Few men have ever had the impact from the mound that Big Six did, though, and he matches Johnson here with a $25 card (in PSA 7).

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1961 Fleer Napoleon Lajoie (#120)

1961 Fleer Napoleon Lajoie

Lajoie was one of the great early second baseman and holds the distinction of having had a Major League team named after him for awhile (Cleveland Naps).

Oh, and of being the subject of one of the hobby’s most droolworthy cards ever, his 1933 Goudey.

This 1961 Fleer card of Larry is a bit more modest at $20 in PSA 7.

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1961 Fleer Connie Mack (#123)

1961 Fleer Connie Mack

Connie Mack was a manager across multiple generations, and, though his Philadelphia Athletics teams lost more games than they won, he did lead them to five World Series titles and four more American League pennants from 1901 through 1950.

Mr. Mack fills out the lineup card here at $20 (PSA 7).

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1961 Fleer Bob Feller (#25)

1961 Fleer Bob Feller

Rapid Robert was just five years removed from active MLB duty when this card was issued, and would be inducted into Cooperstown a year later.

One of the greatest pitchers of his generation — and all-time — Feller brings about $15 in slabbed NM condition these days.

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1961 Fleer Set Break # 97 Dolph Camilli EX-EXMINT *GMCARDS*

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1961 Fleer Set Break # 25 Bob Feller EX-EXMINT *GMCARDS*

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1961 FLEER BASEBALL ALL TIME GREATS - YOU PICK FROM LIST

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1961 Fleer Set Break # 14 Ty Cobb NR-MINT *GMCARDS*

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1961 FLEER BASEBALL #153 CY YOUNG BASEBALL GREATS HOF EXMT+ NICE!!

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