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Roger Maris memorabilia from historic 1961 season still holds value

After Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth's home run record in 1961, Topps made Maris the lead-off hitter in its 1962 baseball card set.

In recognition of Roger Maris’ record-setting 1961 season, Topps made the Yankees slugger the lead-off hitter in its 1962 baseball card set.

The wood-paneled, No. 1 card depicting Maris following through near a batting cage in 1961 is quite affordable, with a recent scan of eBay showing a price range of $10 to $64, depending on condition. That same set also devoted a four-photo, sequence card of Maris blasting his 61st homer. The Topps No. 313 was available for as low as $5 and as high as $1,200 for an authenticated version signed by Maris.

A 1962 Topps card celebrating Roger Maris' 1961 home run record.

After Maris belted a record 61 home runs in 1961 to surpass Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record, other souvenirs from the 1961 season also became valuable pieces of memorabilia.

More: Celebrating Roger Maris' 1961 record and the Great Home Run Chase 

The Aug. 18, 1961 issue of Life magazine featuring the M&M boys — Maris and Mickey Mantle — standing in front of a picture of Babe Ruth was recently being offered for as low as $35 and as high as $75.

Two baseballs, bearing authenticated signatures of Mantle and Maris, were going for $4,495 and $25,000, respectively.

If you are looking for something different, you could get photographs signed by Tracy Stallard, the Boston Red Sox pitcher who served up Maris record-breaking blast, for $45. It shows a dejected Stallard on the mound as Maris rounds first.

Nationally honored journalist Scott Pitoniak is the author of more than 25 books, including the recently published, “Remembrances of Swings Past: A Lifetime of Baseball Stories,” available in paperback and Kindle at amazon.com.

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