Back in 1961, it was all about the chase. The chase to see who beat the single season home run record set by Babe Ruth with 60. Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris were both in prime position to beat Ruth and when the season ended, Roger Maris ended up with 61 homers. To this day, Maris is considered by many to still be the champ as the few people who have beaten Maris's mark, have been linked to illegal performance enhancing drugs.
Because 1961 reminds me of the chase, it should be no surprise that all five of my favorite cards from 1961 are Mantle and Maris.
1961 Topps #406 Mantle Blasts 565 Ft Home Run
This is one of my favorite cards showcasing the power of one of the most popular baseball players of all time. I have always been a fan of subset cards and this one is my favorite for 1961.
1961 Topps #300 Mickey Mantle
The most expensive card in the 1961 set is one of my favorites. I don't have this card yet, but I hope to soon as right now I'm 86% of the way to completing the 1961 Topps set.
1961 Topps #578 Mickey Mantle AS
This card is pretty tough to find as it is a shortprinted card. It is one of my favorite pictures of The Mick as it shows an up close photo of him while he was in his prime.
1961 Topps #44 AL Home Run Leaders
Because 1961 was a special year, I have chosen this card as a favorite because it features both Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. I like these league leader subset cards.
1961 Topps #2 Roger Maris
Roger Maris, the real single season home run champion, captured the attention of the nation as he went on to break Babe Ruth's record. Definitely one of my five favorite cards of 1961.
Those are my five favorite cards of 1961 -- all centered around the home run chase which is what made the 1961 season so special. Do you agree with my selections? If not, I'd like to hear from you! 🙂
ROGER MARIS / FRANK ROBINSON 1975 Topps Baseball Mini # 199 1961 MVPs NM - MT
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1961 Topps Baseball #445 Frank Malzone EXMT *0445A
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