Monday, June 9, 2014

One Card Challenged - 1961 Fleer Baseball Greats Lefty Grove

The majority of my posts in the "One Card Challenged" series will most likely feature a card from oddball sets or late 90's/early 2000 sets. This time we feature some vintage.

I don't know how I obtained this card, or why I only have one (a problem that I need to correct).

It was released in two series, Series 1 was eighty-eight cards and Series 2 was sixty-six. (Series 2 was actually released in 1962.) The cards were sold in packs that cost only five cents, and along with the base cards contained a team decal and a pennant card celebrating past World Series Champions.

Because of Topps exclusive contract with the current players, this set only contains retired players of the 19th and 20th century. So that meant there was no Mickey Mantle, Al Kaline or Hoyt Wilhelm.

Instead you get Babe Ruth, Christy Mathewson...and Lefty Grove.

Needless to say this product did not sell very well, as collectors at the time wanted cards of current players and didn't care too much about cards representing players of days gone by.


  1. I really like this set, and I've been able to find them fairly cheap at card shows over the years. It's a win-win.

  2. A lot of Red Sox to collect in this set