Card fact: This card features the 1961 Topps set, easily the most subdued set since the 1952 issue or perhaps ever. Personally, I find it quite boring. Some say it goes with the minimalist thing going on during the 1960s. Whatever. Dull is dull.
What I thought about this card then: I had the mini card. Not too much went through my mind about it.
What I think about this card now: We've gotten to know the 1961 Roger Maris card well this year with Topps' "Cards Your Mom Through Out" insert set. It's probably as close as I'll get to a real '61 Maris.
Other stuff: Back-to-back MVP awards for Maris and the first of two MVP awards for Frank Robinson. I know too little about Robinson's Reds years, other than the reason that he was traded to the Orioles. In fact, after first equating Robinson with the Orioles, I next think of him as an Indian. That's just wrong.
Other blog stuff: Here is the standard-sized card and the mini-card side-by-side, just so I can show you this in a horizontal format: