Kelloggs Cards

Kelloggs Cards

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Questions About Unopened Kellogg's Packs

Do you collect Kellogg's cards in the wrapper?  If you read this blog you know that I do.  What are your thoughts on the wrappers?

Does the wrapper need to be without and cuts or tears?

What about cereal stains? 

Have you seen many unopened packs that have curled cards?

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Still Working on My Unopened Set From 1977

I'm finally getting closer to completing the 1977 Kellogg's unopened set.  I'm down to 10 cards now.  Does anyone want to trade me these cards for comparable cards from 1977 or 1978?

Here is the updated list -

05 Montefusco
06 Brett
16 Bostock
18 Cey
20 Rose
21 Garland
26 Fidrych
27 Lezcano
28 Winfield
29 Koosman

I should really get an entire want list on my blog, but that might need to be a Spring Break project.

Friday, February 23, 2018

1975 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #01 - 03

Finally done with this set.  I just picked up a few of each of these cards.  I finally got a few Roy Whites without cracks. 

03 - Reggie Smith

Reggie's hobby is working with plastics.  Maybe he should have worked on some of these 1975s so they wouldn't have cracked.  

His first year in St. Louis went well.  He had 100 RBIs for the first time and he hit over .300 again.

Not on the card - he played eight more years and moved his career average up to .287.

02 - Ross Grimsley

Orioles Manager Earl Weaver is quoted on the back of the card.  Grimsley's father pitched for the White Sox in 1951.

Not on the card - dad pitched in seven games that year.  Son pitched in 345 career games.

He was 2-1 in the World Series for the Reds.

Not on the card - he had only played one year with Baltimore, but a trade from the Reds isn't mentioned.  The Reds got Junior Kennedy and Merv Rettenmund.

01 - Roy White

This is a great card back. It mentions that the Yankees played their home games in Shea Stadium, home of the Mets, in 1974.  The card mentions that White prefers to play in left field, "even over being a Designated Hitter".

Not on the card - White ended up playing all 15 of his seasons with the Yankees.  

Thursday, February 22, 2018

1975 Kellogg's Card Backs #04 - 06

I just picked up a few of these cards today.  Some weren't even cracked. 

06 - Bob Watson

He didn't have a great year in 1974 or as Kellogg's put it "didn't present statistics as classy as in some of his more recent seasons".  

His glasses are even mentioned since not many players wore them during the 1970s.  His nickname, the Bull, is also mentioned.  Only Greg Gross had a higher average than Watson did for Houston in 1974.

Not on the card - "Bull" is not quite a unique nickname.

05 - Greg Gross

Is there anyone else in a Kellogg's set that in mentioned on the next card in the set as Gross is on Watson's card?

Gross got his card after just one full season in the majors.  He was signed immediately after his high school graduation.  

Kellogg's mentioned that he's "not a power hitter".  Well, he hit 0 homers, so maybe they didn't need to highlight that twice as it is also in the statistics. 

Not on the card - he finished second to Bake McBride for Rookie of the Year honors. 

Not on the card - he hit seven career homers in 3745 official at-bats.  That's one in every 535 at-bats or basically an entire season.

04 - Bobby Grich

Baltimore had to outbid college football teams to sign Grich.  Were the colleges offering cash way back then?

He only made five errors in 1974 while playing second base.  That led to four Gold Gloves.

Not on the card - any mention of Greg Gross, who hit 19 less homers than Grich in 1974.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

1975 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #07 - 09

Almost done with the 1975 Kellogg's Baseball card backs.  What is going to be next?  I will need to check which sets I've already gone through.

#09 - Elliott Maddox

Can anyone name another player with three double letters in their name?  Larry Biittner comes to mind, but he didn't have a Kellogg's card.  

Elliott listed his hobbies as basketball and photography.  Wow, three teams in five years so far.

Not on the card - he played for five teams in 11 years.  He never lasted more than three years with any team.

He graduated from Michigan's pre-law program while leading the Big Ten in hitting.  He was traded from Detroit to Washington with Denny McLain.  

He played two "unspectacular seasons" with Texas before having a great season with the Yankees.

Not on the card - he finished 8th in the MVP voting in 1974.

#08 - Jeff Burroughs

He led the AL in RBIs on his way to the MVP Award in 1974.  Kellogg's sees him as the "ALs top power guy".  

Not on the card - he only exceeded 20 homers in five of his 16 seasons.

Burroughs is an accomplished golfer having won a Celebrity Tournament in 1974.

#07 - Johnny Bench

Johnny Bench lists some good hobbies.  I remember him being a good golfer and I recall him being a singer at some point.  Are there videos of that singing?

He is averaging 30 homers a year in his seven seasons. 

Not on the card - in his seven seasons he has won Rookie of the Year and two MVP Awards.  He also was an All-Star and a Gold Glove winner in all seven years.  He was a 14-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner in his career. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

1975 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs # 10 - 12

Let's see if the lower numbered cards in the set continue to be interesting. 

#12 - Leroy Stanton

When I got this card in 1975 I said "who is this guy?".  At this point he never had played more than 127 games in a season.

 Stanton came to the Angels with Nolan Ryan from the Mets.  He led the Angels in RBIs, so maybe I should have known more about him.  Wait, that's 62 RBIs.  To lead the team?

Not on the card - the 1974 Angels

Not on the card - Stanton ended up with seasons of 82 and 90 RBIs later in his career.

When mentioning his stats the card says "Leroy's arithmetic".  ??? 

Nolan Ryan is mentioned twice on the back of the card.   Check that out Ryan collectors.

#11 - Pete Rose

The card is another well-loved beauty.  Rose failed to defend his batting title and he failed to hit .300 for the first time in nine years.  He's one of the games most exciting players.  

The card calls him "Charlie Hustle" which I like.  The sentence that includes that moniker is one of my favorite on a Kellogg's card.  Here it is ' 

"Don't bet "Charlie Hustle" won't regain his form in 1975."  If you don't believe me, check it out.

#10 - Jon Matlack

Matlack led the NL in shutouts.  He was a #1 draft choice fo the mets.  Even though his record hasn't been great the past few years, Kellogg's mentions that he's one of the most sought-after pitcher in the game.  

He threw eight no-hitters in his 22 high school wins.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Anyone Want to Trade Some 1972 Kellogg's All-Time Greats?

I picked up a few of these lots last week.   Maybe some of you did as well.  I could certainly part with a handful of each of these players in exchange for the other lesser priced cards that I didn't purchase.  Did any of you grab the other lots?

All of these cards are in great condition and they have a slight curl to them.  If you have similar ones and want to trade about five of each card let me know.  As shown above, I have Pie Traynor, Eddie Collins, Tris Speaker and Walter Johnson.

I think that these cards are great so I don't mind having extras.