In 1961, Topps changed it up considerably with a much simpler card. Specifically, Topps went to a vertical design and one photo per player. The set consists of 587 cards. It has a large color photograph of the player on each card's front, with the player's name and team printed across the bottom. The text is much simpler, but the card still have a very boxy layout and use alternating colors like the 1960 set. The quality of some of the photos are horrible. If they are photo quality, half have the players are staring off in some odd direction. 1960 Topps cards were ugly also, but they had effort put into them and they were fun. 1961 cards lack those two qualities. The best of this set is that it contains Cubs rookies, Ron Santo (#35) and Billy Williams (#141).
Here are the Cards in my collection featured in this post:
DB ID Name Brand Team Year Series # b01543 Frank Thomas Topps Chi Cubs 1961 Standard 382 b01544 Glen Hobbie Topps Chi Cubs 1961 Standard 264 b01545 Jim Brewer Topps Chi Cubs 1961 Standard 317 b01546 Sammy Taylor Topps Chi Cubs 1961 Standard 253 e00045 Moe Thacker Topps Chi Cubs 1961 Standard 012 e00046 Danny Murphy Topps Chi Cubs 1961 Standard 214Cards I wish I had in my collection:
1961 Topps Ernie Banks
1961 Topps Ron Santo
1961 Topps Billy Williams
Again, I'm attaching this little note:
Each year I post, I will pick 3 to 9 cards to feature from that year and/or brand.