1961 Topps Flocked Stickers

1961 Topps Flocked Stickers were inserts in packs of 1961 Topps football cards. (Topps referred to them cloth emblems; it was some price guide that started calling them flocked stickers.) The base set includes 48 stickers: one for each of the 14 NFL and 8 AFL teams, an NFL logo and an AFL logo, and 24 stickers representing colleges. Like Topps's Metallic Sticker inserts from the year before, the stickers suffer from myriad quality problems: poor focus, ink bleed, poor centering, etc.

The NFL stickers and most of the college stickers appear to have been issued with first series 1961 Topps cards, because they are included on one of the first series checklists. I assume that the AFL stickers and the remaining three college stickers were issued in second series packs, but they do not appear on a checklist. The second series stickers are nicer than the first series stickers, in my opinion, because they use the actual AFL team logos.

Each of the team stickers came paired with a sticker containing a letter of the alphabet. Kids who bought the stickers could use these letters to spell their names. Each of the 12 second series stickers can be found paired with two different letters, making a total of 60 stickers in the master set. There are no letters "Q" or "X," so young collectors named Quincy and Xavier were out of luck.

The stickers are not numbered, so I used the numbering shown on the first series checklist and continued the pattern into the second series: pro teams first, then college teams.

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
1961 Topps Flocked Stickers Baltimore Colts 1961 Topps Flocked Stickers 1 Baltimore Colts Baltimore Colts
1961 Topps Flocked Stickers Chicago Bears 1961 Topps Flocked Stickers 2 Chicago Bears Chicago Bears
1961 Topps Flocked Stickers Cleveland Browns 1961 Topps Flocked Stickers 3 Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns
1961 Topps Flocked Stickers Dallas Cowboys 1961 Topps Flocked Stickers 4 Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys
1961 Topps Flocked Stickers Detroit Lions 1961 Topps Flocked Stickers 5 Detroit Lions Detroit Lions
1961 Topps Flocked Stickers Green Bay Packers 1961 Topps Flocked Stickers 6 Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers The Packers won their first NFL Championship under Vince Lombardi in 1961.
1961 Topps Flocked Stickers Los Angeles Rams 1961 Topps Flocked Stickers 7 Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Rams
1961 Topps Flocked Stickers Minnesota Vikings 1961 Topps Flocked Stickers 8 Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings 1961 was the Vikings' first season in the NFL.
1961 Topps Flocked Stickers NFL 1961 Topps Flocked Stickers 9 NFL
1961 Topps Flocked Stickers New York Giants 1961 Topps Flocked Stickers 10 New York Giants New York Giants
1961 Topps Flocked Stickers Philadelphia Eagles 1961 Topps Flocked Stickers 11 Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles
1961 Topps Flocked Stickers Pittsburgh Steelers 1961 Topps Flocked Stickers 12 Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers
1961 Topps Flocked Stickers San Francisco 49ers 1961 Topps Flocked Stickers 13 San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers
1961 Topps Flocked Stickers St. Louis Cardinals 1961 Topps Flocked Stickers 14 St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals
1961 Topps Flocked Stickers Washington Redskins 1961 Topps Flocked Stickers 15 Washington Redskins Washington Redskins
1961 Topps Flocked Stickers Air Force 1961 Topps Flocked Stickers 16 Air Force Air Force
1961 Topps Flocked Stickers Alabama 1961 Topps Flocked Stickers 17 Alabama Alabama Alabama was voted the NCAA National Champion in 1961.
1961 Topps Flocked Stickers Arkansas 1961 Topps Flocked Stickers 18 Arkansas Arkansas
1961 Topps Flocked Stickers Army 1961 Topps Flocked Stickers 19 Army Army
1961 Topps Flocked Stickers Baylor 1961 Topps Flocked Stickers 20 Baylor Baylor
1961 Topps Flocked Stickers California 1961 Topps Flocked Stickers 21 California California
1961 Topps Flocked Stickers Georgia Tech 1961 Topps Flocked Stickers 22 Georgia Tech Georgia Tech
1961 Topps Flocked Stickers Illinois 1961 Topps Flocked Stickers 23 Illinois Illinois
1961 Topps Flocked Stickers Kansas 1961 Topps Flocked Stickers 24 Kansas Kansas
1961 Topps Flocked Stickers Kentucky 1961 Topps Flocked Stickers 25 Kentucky Kentucky