Kelloggs Cards

Kelloggs Cards

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A Unique Addition to My Kellogg's Card Collection

A long time ago I wrote this story about caddying for Peter Jacobsen.  It was a fun day and my caddie friends have recounted stories from that day many times.  Here is the link to that post -

Peter Jacobsen Story From My Youth

The story fit into the Kellogg's card plan on this blog because Ron Santo was involved.  I didn't know at the time that I wrote the post that Jacobsen also had a Kellogg's card.  In that last year I found out that Jacobsen was included in a set of autographed cards in some Kellogg's product(s).  Since I collect golf stuff I really wanted to get this card.

Last week I saw the Jacobsen card listed on ebay.  I had never seen it listed before.  I was a bit hesitant to buy it since I don't like to spend more than a few dollars on a card.  I'm glad that I did because it is a great card.  I still need Yamaguchi, D. Robinson and Aaron.  I'm not willing to pay the prices needed to get Robinson and Aaron.

Does anyone know how available this card was in 2007?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A Great Site that Shows Kellogg's Football Cards

Check out this site which has a picture of each Kellogg's football card, along with information about the player.

I like that it lists the college attended, some honors and some notes about the player.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

1976 Kellogg's Cards and PSA Grades

Here is my boring chart that shows how many 1976 Kellogg's cards have been graded by PSA.  8,195 cards have been graded and most of them are 9s and 10s.

Variations of Clay Carroll, Jim Kaat, Mickey Rivers, Jorge Orta, Jon Matlack, Mike Hargrove, Paul Lindblad and Greg Gross are sure in short supply.  

One of the Seavers is certainly in shorter supply.  Both the different Vida Blue cards have been submitted in similar numbers.  

Only one Frank Tanana card is listed even though there are two variations.  What's up with that.  I need to check my variations on this card.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Sunday, February 19, 2017

1976 Kellogg's Card Backs - Card Numbers 28 - 30

I'm hoping to find something else to discuss soon, but I never have a problem going back into the 1976 Kellogg's baseball card set.  On to the next three cards.

#28 - Eric Soderholm

Most of the story is about his minor league days.  I wouldn't have expected to read about Jay Johnstone on this card.  

Not on the card - I caddied for a bunch of White Sox players as a kid, but my son ended up caddying for Soderholm a few years ago.

Not on the card - his brother played for nine years in the minors but didn't get to the majors.

#29 - Bill Lee

Soderholm listed bowling and golf as hobbies.  Those seem to go well together.  Lee's hobbies of hunting and golf don't seem to go together as well.

Lee won 17 games in each of the last three years.  He had a great college career.

Not on the card - anything about the 1975 playoffs.

#30 - Frank Tanana

Three golfers in a row.  Great since I am watching golf on television now. 

He turned down 100 scholarship offers from colleges for basketball.  He is listed as 6-3, so he's not overly tall by basketball standards.

He led all of MLB in strikeouts in 1975.  I didn't realize that his career almost ended at age 17 when he "tore his shoulder".  

Not on the card - in today's world there would be details as to what he did to his shoulder, who fixed it and how long the rehab took.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

1976 Kellogg's Card Backs - Card Numbers 25 - 27

Back to the 1976 set.  Here is a summary of the backs of the next three cards.

#25 - Jim Kaat

Not much space to write here since Kaat broke into MLB in 1959.  

"Jim, like fine wine, gets better with age.  He's the winningest active pitcher in the majors."

That's a good thing to put on the card.

Not on the card - he won 16 Gold Glove Awards.

Not on the card - in his best season (1966) he led the AL in wins (25), starts (41) and complete games (19) he got no Cy Young Award votes.  From 1955 - 1966 there was just one MLB Cy Young Award and this happened to go to Sandy Koufax in a unanimous vote.  Kaat had his great season a year too early.  

Cy Young Award voting rules have changed over time.  I need to learn more about that.

#26 - Marty Perez

The only other Perez with a Kellogg's card is Tony.  There is no way one would confused these two since Tony was a big star in the 1970s.  Tony didn't even appear in this set, but Marty is still known on the front as M. Perez.

He is a "slender Californian".  From watching TV in the 1970s I thought that described everyone in California.

I liked the years when player heights were precise - 5-10 1/2.  Does that matter?

Not on the card - he was still growing. lists him as 5-11.

Not on the card - he was traded in June.  I wonder is his cards were still in cereal boxes at that point.

#27 - Bob Watson

Not much to say on the card.  He led the team in HRs and RBIs and the team was horrible.  I like the mention of "Houston's long-suffering fans".

Not on the card - I still remember Watson scoring the one millionth run in MLB history.  Here is a nice story about that - More to the Millionth Run Story.  That would have been better to mention on the card.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Hey, Post #714 - Everyone Knows That Number .......

............ is my locker at school.

Well, maybe that's not what makes this number so well known.  Babe Ruth hit 714 career homers, a number that is well known by baseball fans.

Here is how I divide people in the world.  There are five types of people in the world:

1.  Those born when Ned Williamson held the single-season home run record (1884 - 1919).
2.  Those born when Babe Ruth held the single-season home run record (1919 - 1961).  
3.  Those born when Roger Maris held the single-season home run record (1961 - 1998).
4.  Those born when Mark McGwire held the single-season home run record (1998 - 2001).
5.  Those born when Barry Bonds held the single-season home run record (2001 - 2016).  

The first type (Williamson) is almost 100 years old.  I don't know any of them so I will be nice to them.

The second type (Ruth) is old, but won't admit they are old.  When they answer that Ruth held the record when they were born, they sound old and they hate hearing about it.  If you haven't asked someone this give it a try.

The third group (Maris) are well-adjusted, hard-working difference makers who strive to make the planet a better place.  Spend your time with these wonderful people.

The fourth group (McGwire) recently got licenses to drive and are about to spend all of their parents' money on college.  Watch out for this group.

The fifth group (Bonds) can't drive, but they expect their parents to drive them everywhere, do their science projects, buy their girl scout cookies and coach their teams.  Another group to watch out for.