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Title: Kahn’s Wieners
Size: 3 1/4″ x 4 1/16″
Number in Set: 36
1961 saw significant changes in Kahn’s football card series from the previous two releases in 1959 and 1960. First, in addition to Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers players, they included players from the Baltimore Colts, Los Angeles Rams, and Philadelphia Eagles (but those four cards were of players who were Browns or Steelers the year before). Kahn’s also made the card a little bit larger. And while the backs are similar, the offer for the booklet was a little different; in 1960, it required two labels, and this year fans needed only one. And while Kahn’s included players from more teams, they dropped the set size down to 36 from 38 the previous year.
The fronts of the cards are just like previous editions featuring a black-and-white player photo, facsimile autograph, and Kahn’s slogan along the bottom. Again, Kahn’s didn’t number the cards.
One uncorrected error in the 1961 Kahn’s Wieners set is that the Larry Krutko card shows Tom Tracy, and Tom Tracy’s card’s photo is Larry Kurtko.
PSA has graded 349 1961 Kahn’s wieners cards across the entire set, substantially more than the previous two seasons (SGC has graded 120); this time, the average grade from PSA is closer to a 6 or 7, a little lower than the previous years.
Memory Lane Inc sold a complete set, with a PSA 6 Jim Brown, for $1288 in the Spring of 2021.
The set’s key card again belongs to Jim Brown.
Bobby Joe Green
John Henry Johnson
Jim Ray Smith