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Vintage Pack Facts: 1961 Topps Baseball

The price of a pack remained the same, but any kids looking to put together a complete set of 1961 Topps baseball cards needed a lot of pennies, nickels, dimes and any other currency they could scrape up.  By the time the Yankees and Reds finished the ’61 World Series, a total of 587 cards had been produced.

Today, it takes commitment to piece together a set, but it can be done with a few trips to eBay, a good sized show or your favorite online dealer.  Collecting original unopened material from 60 years ago?  Not quite as easy. In fact, 1961 Topps Baseball stands as one of the toughest of the era for collectors to locate. 

Topps apparently produced enough to satisfy collectors but stores that carried the products didn’t have much of anything left so “finds” of untouched boxes and packs are almost unheard of.

This edition of Vintage Pack Facts, sponsored by Vintage Breaks, offers an overview of one of the hobby’s unopened white whales.  See a gallery of packs and wrappers below.

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Vintage Pack Facts: 1961 Topps Baseball

1961 Topps 1-cent display box

Vintage Pack Facts: 1961 Topps Baseball

1961 Topps Baseball shipping case

Vintage Pack Facts: 1961 Topps Baseball

1965 Topps 5-cent wax pack

Vintage Pack Facts: 1961 Topps Baseball

1965 Topps “Tray Pack”

Vintage Pack Facts: 1961 Topps Baseball

1961 Topps Cello Pack

Vintage Pack Facts: 1961 Topps Baseball

1961 Topps Cello Pack with Roger Maris on top

Vintage Pack Facts: 1961 Topps Baseball

1961 Topps 1-cent wrapper

Vintage Pack Facts: 1961 Topps Baseball

1961 Topps “repeating” 1-cent wrapper

Vintage Pack Facts: 1961 Topps Baseball

1961 Topps 5-cent wrapper

Vintage Pack Facts: 1961 Topps Baseball

1961 Topps 5-cent wrapper

Vintage Pack Facts: 1961 Topps Baseball

You can participate in a pack, box, or set break anytime at VintageBreaks.com which offers a variety of options across all years and sports.

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