Kelloggs Cards

Kelloggs Cards

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Winter Won't End in the Midwest

I'm too cold and busy with track meets being delayed/canceled/etc. to think.  So, I will just complain about how I keep being the underbidder in many recent auctions. 

Kellogg's cards seem to be all over ebay lately.  Lots, sets, graded cards, etc.  Go out and buy some today for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Earth Day, etc.

Monday, April 16, 2018

1972 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #25 - 27

Maybe I can get back to every day posting.  Maybe not since I am hosting three track meets in the next two weeks.

#27 - Mike Cuellar



Cuellar is on a three-year streak of winning 20+ games.  He is a master of the screwball.  

The card mentioned that he's been on a bunch of teams.  He's a "full game" pitcher, which means lots of complete games.

Not on the card - he threw 172 complete games.  

Cuellar ended his career with 185 wins, one more than McNally.  Baseball-reference.com calculated the most similar player to Cuellar as McNally and vice versa.  



#26 - Bob Gibson



I can see why the error was easy to spot on Gibson's card.  The text mentions that he is now in sixth place all time with 2,577 K's but the totals on the bottom show 2,578.  


#25 - Tony Oliva



Tony won batting titles in his first two seasons and again in 1971.  He's been an all-star during all of his first eight seasons.

I knew the story, but I didn't know it got onto any of his cards.  Pedro, his real name, used his brother Tony's passport to enter the USA in 1961.  


Sunday, April 15, 2018

1972 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #28 - 30

A tough week of coaching in wind, snow and rain is over.  Next week will have no snow, but I'm guessing it will still be windy and rainy.  Lots of MLB games canceled too.

#30 - Leo Cardenas



Leo is shown in an Twins uniform on both sides of the card.  The text mentions his trade to the Angels and the Angels team logo appears on the back. 

Not on the card - he was traded for Dave LaRoche.   

I'd never seen Minnesota mentioned as "Minny".  He's mentioned as having a great glove.

Not on the card - he was a five-time all-star and he won one Gold Glove 



#29 - Dave McNally



Wow, he won 87 games during the last four seasons.  He was limited to 30 starts due to an elbow injury.  

Not on the card - he only pitched until the age of 32.  His last game was in 1975.  Four consecutive 20-win seasons didn't get him a Cy Young Award.  

The 1971 Orioles were well known for having four 20-game winners.  The foursome hit win number 20 during the same week on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  None were won in Baltimore.



#28 - Chris Speier


He went from non-roster to starting shortstop and Rookie of the Year candidate in 1971.  

Not on the card - Earl Williams was Rookie of the Year in the NL.

He's mentioned as a varsity performer in college.  Do JV guys ever make it to the majors?





Friday, April 13, 2018

Why No Love For These Kellogg's Cards?

I picked up some of these 1991 Kellogg's cards today.  Even in the wrappers, these cards are quite cheaper than anything else out there.

The cards look nice, but are they the victim of late-80s - early-90s overproduction in the baseball card market?

These cards are fairly indestructible.  If the early Kellogg's cards were produced with the thickness of these cards they'd surely have less curling and they'd look fantastic.




Thursday, April 12, 2018

Ugh! A Track Meet Got in My Way Today

I'm in the third of five days and five track meets.  Two with my team, one with the boys at our school and one each for my kids.  That's not usually a problem for me, but I missed out on a nice lot of unopened Kellogg's packs that I'd been watching.  I never really thought about that lot until I saw it as sold.  I don't have lots of 1979s in their packs, so that is disappointing.

Monday, April 9, 2018

PSA 9s and 10s - Five Weeks Later

Here are the latest PSA 9 and 10 counts along with the total number of graded Kellogg's cards.



I haven't seen any big jumps in 9s, 10s or the overall count of PSA-graded cards. 

Will there be a big blip?  Stay tuned.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

1991 Kellogg's All-Star Set - How Did They Choose These Players?

Here is the checklist for the 1991 Kellogg's All-Star Set.

1.  Gaylord Perry
2.  Hank Aaron
3.  Willie Mays
4.  Ernie Banks
5.  Bob Gibson
6.  Harmon Killebrew
7.  Rollie Fingers
8.  Steve Carlton
9.  Billy Williams
10. Lou Brock
11. Yogi Berra
12. Warren Spahn
13. Boog Powell
14. Don Baylor
15. Ralph Kiner

How did they end up selecting some of the best players of all time and then including a few who are not in the Hall of Fame. 

Did they cover all of the positions?  What about 2B?  Jackie Robinson, Rod Carew and Joe Morgan were probably the most likely to fit into the type of players included in this set.  Carew played almost exactly half of his games at 2B.  He also was inducted into the Hall in 1991 along with Fergie Jenkins.     

They didn't include Carew and Jenkins, but they included one player who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991 with those two.  Do you know which player that is?  

Two players were included in the set were inducted into the Hall of Fame after this set came out.  Can you name them?

The last question is the easy one.  Two others from this set are not in the Hall of Fame.  Can you name them?