1961 Fleer Football Cards

1961 Fleer football card wrapperFleer released its 1961 football card set in two series. The first series, cards 1-132, contains players from NFL teams. The second series, cards 133-220, contains players from AFL teams. According to the price guides, second series cards are scarcer than first series cards, and hence are worth more. In reality, the second series cards are easier to find than the first series cards, and they sell for less. Also check out my 1961 Fleer virtual uncut sheets, and see F is for Fleer for descriptions of the 1960-1963 football card sets.

Rookie cards of Pro Football Hall of Famers in the 1961 Fleer set: Jim Otto, Don Maynard.

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
1961 Fleer Ed Brown 1961 Fleer 1 Ed Brown Chicago Bears quarterback San Francisco
1961 Fleer Rick Casares 1961 Fleer 2 Rick Casares Chicago Bears fullback Florida
1961 Fleer Willie Galimore 1961 Fleer 3 Willie Galimore Chicago Bears halfback Florida A and M College Hall of Fame 1999
1961 Fleer Jim Dooley 1961 Fleer 4 Jim Dooley Chicago Bears end Miami Florida
1961 Fleer Harlon Hill 1961 Fleer 5 Harlon Hill Chicago Bears end North Alabama
1961 Fleer Stan Jones 1961 Fleer 6 Stan Jones Chicago Bears guard Maryland Pro Football Hall of Fame 1991, College Hall of Fame 2000
1961 Fleer J.C. Caroline 1961 Fleer 7 J.C. Caroline Chicago Bears defensive back Illinois College Hall of Fame 1980 In 1953, as a sophomore at Illinois, Caroline lead the nation in rushing. He placed seventh in voting for the Heisman Trophy that season. See my page of football cards of Heisman candidates.
1961 Fleer Joe Fortunato 1961 Fleer 8 Joe Fortunato Chicago Bears linebacker Mississippi State
1961 Fleer Doug Atkins 1961 Fleer 9 Doug Atkins Chicago Bears defensive end Tennessee Pro Football Hall of Fame 1982, College Hall of Fame 1985, Saints Hall of Fame 1995
1961 Fleer Milt Plum 1961 Fleer 10 Milt Plum Cleveland Browns quarterback Penn State
1961 Fleer Jim Brown 1961 Fleer 11 Jim Brown Cleveland Browns fullback Syracuse Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971, College Hall of Fame 1995, Browns Ring of Honor 2010
1961 Fleer Bobby Mitchell 1961 Fleer 12 Bobby Mitchell Cleveland Browns halfback Illinois Redskins Ring of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1983, Browns Ring of Honor 2010 PSA 8
1961 Fleer Ray Renfro 1961 Fleer 13 Ray Renfro Cleveland Browns halfback North Texas
1961 Fleer Gern Nagler 1961 Fleer 14 Gern Nagler Cleveland Browns end Santa Clara PSA 10
1961 Fleer Jim Shofner 1961 Fleer 15 Jim Shofner Cleveland Browns defensive back TCU
1961 Fleer Vince Costello 1961 Fleer 16 Vince Costello Cleveland Browns linebacker Ohio
1961 Fleer Galen Fiss 1961 Fleer 17 Galen Fiss Cleveland Browns linebacker Kansas Rookie card
1961 Fleer Walt Michaels 1961 Fleer 18 Walt Michaels Cleveland Browns linebacker Washington and Lee
1961 Fleer Bob Gain 1961 Fleer 19 Bob Gain Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Kentucky Outland Trophy 1950, College Hall of Fame 1980
1961 Fleer Mal Hammack 1961 Fleer 20 Mal Hammack St. Louis Cardinals defensive back Florida PSA 8
1961 Fleer Frank Mestnik 1961 Fleer 21 Frank Mestnik St. Louis Cardinals fullback Marquette PSA 8
1961 Fleer Bobby Joe Conrad 1961 Fleer 22 Bobby Joe Conrad St. Louis Cardinals halfback Texas A and M
1961 Fleer John David Crow 1961 Fleer 23 John David Crow St. Louis Cardinals halfback Texas A and M Heisman Trophy 1957, College Hall of Fame 1976
1961 Fleer Sonny Randle 1961 Fleer 24 Sonny Randle St. Louis Cardinals end Virginia Rookie card
1961 Fleer Don Gillis 1961 Fleer 25 Don Gillis St. Louis Cardinals center Rice
1961 Fleer Jerry Norton 1961 Fleer 26 Jerry Norton St. Louis Cardinals defensive back, punter SMU Norton had 10 interceptions in 1960, tying with Dave Baker for the NFL lead.
1961 Fleer Bill Stacy 1961 Fleer 27 Bill Stacy St. Louis Cardinals defensive back Mississippi State
1961 Fleer Leo Sugar 1961 Fleer 28 Leo Sugar St. Louis Cardinals defensive end Purdue PSA 9
1961 Fleer Frank Fuller 1961 Fleer 29 Frank Fuller St. Louis Cardinals defensive tackle Kentucky
1961 Fleer John Unitas 1961 Fleer 30 John Unitas Baltimore Colts quarterback Louisville Pro Football Hall of Fame 1979
1961 Fleer Alan Ameche 1961 Fleer 31 Alan Ameche Baltimore Colts fullback Wisconsin Heisman Trophy 1954, College Hall of Fame 1975
1961 Fleer Lenny Moore 1961 Fleer 32 Lenny Moore Baltimore Colts halfback Penn State Pro Football Hall of Fame 1975
1961 Fleer Raymond Berry 1961 Fleer 33 Raymond Berry Baltimore Colts end SMU Pro Football Hall of Fame 1973
1961 Fleer Jim Mutscheller 1961 Fleer 34 Jim Mutscheller Baltimore Colts end Notre Dame
1961 Fleer Jim Parker 1961 Fleer 35 Jim Parker Baltimore Colts guard, tackle Ohio State Outland Trophy 1956, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1973, College Hall of Fame 1974
1961 Fleer Bill Pellington 1961 Fleer 36 Bill Pellington Baltimore Colts linebacker Rutgers
1961 Fleer Gino Marchetti 1961 Fleer 37 Gino Marchetti Baltimore Colts defensive end San Francisco Pro Football Hall of Fame 1972
1961 Fleer Gene Lipscomb 1961 Fleer 38 Gene Lipscomb Baltimore Colts defensive tackle Steelers Legends Team
1961 Fleer Art Donovan 1961 Fleer 39 Art Donovan Baltimore Colts defensive tackle Boston College, Notre Dame Pro Football Hall of Fame 1968
1961 Fleer Eddie LeBaron 1961 Fleer 40 Eddie LeBaron Dallas Cowboys quarterback Pacific Redskins Ring of Fame, College Hall of Fame 1980
1961 Fleer Don Meredith 1961 Fleer 41 Don Meredith Dallas Cowboys quarterback SMU Cowboys Ring of Honor 1976, College Hall of Fame 1982 Rookie card
1961 Fleer Don McIlhenny 1961 Fleer 42 Don McIlhenny Dallas Cowboys halfback SMU
1961 Fleer L.G. Dupre 1961 Fleer 43 L.G. Dupre Dallas Cowboys halfback Baylor
1961 Fleer Fred Dugan 1961 Fleer 44 Fred Dugan Dallas Cowboys end Dayton Rookie card

This card shows Dugan with the Cowboys, but he played for the Redskins in 1961.
1961 Fleer Bill Howton 1961 Fleer 45 Bill Howton Dallas Cowboys end Rice Packers Hall of Fame 1974
1961 Fleer Duane Putnam 1961 Fleer 46 Duane Putnam Dallas Cowboys guard Pacific
1961 Fleer Gene Cronin 1961 Fleer 47 Gene Cronin Dallas Cowboys linebacker, end Pacific
1961 Fleer Jerry Tubbs 1961 Fleer 48 Jerry Tubbs Dallas Cowboys linebacker Oklahoma College Hall of Fame 1996 Tubbs finished fourth in voting for the 1956 Heisman Trophy. His teammate, Tommy McDonald, finished third. See my page of football cards of Heisman candidates.
1961 Fleer Clarence Peaks 1961 Fleer 49 Clarence Peaks Philadelphia Eagles fullback Michigan State
1961 Fleer Ted Dean 1961 Fleer 50 Ted Dean Philadelphia Eagles halfback Wichita State Rookie card