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1961 York Peanut Butter Yellow Backs Hockey Card Set and Checklist

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Specs

Year: 1961

Title: York Peanut Butter Yellow Backs

Size: 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″

Number in Set: 42

Overview

The 1961 York Peanut Butter Yellow Backs set is a pretty popular food release that features players from the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. The 42 octagonal-shaped cards were found under the lids of York Peanut Butter or attached to packages of York Salted Nuts. Depending on the jar size, three to six cards would be present.

The cards feature a photo of the player with a colorful background on the front, and the backs are yellow (of course) with black text. The backs feature typical biographical information, lifetime records, a note from the sponsor that collectors who run across the cards could find more attached to York Peanut Butter and York Salted Nuts packages, and an offer to buy an album to save the cards in for 25 cents. The album was available as a send-in offer or at grocery stores.

1961-62 York Peanut Butter Yellow Backs Album – Front
1961-62 York Peanut Butter Yellow Backs Album – Back
1961-62 York Peanut Butter Yellow Backs Album – Unused Interior

There was also an “Album Promo” so collectors could order the album and the cards they didn’t have for one cent a piece.

1961-62 York Peanut Butter Yellow Backs Album Promo – Front
1961-62 York Peanut Butter Yellow Backs Album Promo – Reverse

Example

1961-62 York Peanut Butter Yellow Backs #10 Jean Beliveau – Front
1961-62 York Peanut Butter Yellow Backs #10 Jean Beliveau – Reverse

Key Cards

PSA has graded over 1100 1961-62 York Peanut Butter Yellow Backs, with Bobby Baun having the fewest graded copies with 18. However, Jacques Plante is the priciest card in the set, followed by Jean Beliveau and Dave Keon.

Checklist

1 Bobby Baun

2 Dick Duff

3 Frank Mahovlich

4 Gilles Tremblay

5 Dickie Moore

6 Don Marshall

7 Tim Horton

8 Johnny Bower

9 Allan Stanley

10 Jean Beliveau

11 Tom Johnson

12 Jean-Guy Talbot

13 Carl Brewer

14 Bob Pulford

15 Billy Harris

16 Bill Hicke

17 Claude Provost

18 Henri Richard

19 Bert Olmstead

20 Ron Stewart

21 Red Kelly

22 Toe Blake

23 Jacques Plante

24 Ralph Backstrom

25 Eddie Shack

26 Bob Nevin

27 Dave Keon

28 Bernie Geoffrion

29 Marcel Bonin

30 Phil Goyette

31 Larry Hillman

32 Larry Keenan

33 Al Arbour

34 J.C. Tremblay

35 Bobby Rousseau

36 Al MacNeil

37 George Armstrong

38 Punch Imlach CO

39 King Clancy

40 Lou Fontinato

41 Cesare Maniago

42 Jean Gauthier