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Thursday, June 14, 2018

1991 Kellogg's Leyendas Set Card Backs - Part 1

Time to check out the backs of the Kellogg's Leyendas Hispanas del Beisbol or the 1991 Kellogg's Hispanic Legends Baseball set. 

The set came with a header card/checklist of sorts.  On the front it listed the players in alphabetical order.  Quite odd that seven of the 10 players have a last name beginning with the letter "C".

Unlike the All-Time Greats set, this set made no attempt to have a player at each position.  Clemente is listed as playing RF.  Three other guys are listed as outfielders, there is a catcher, a first baseman,  a shortstop, an infielder and two pitchers.  A third baseman is missing. 

Tony Perez played five seasons at 3B until switching to 1B.  Luis Aparicio would be another star infielder but he played no other position on the field than shortstop during his 18-year career.  Has anyone played more games without playing more than one position. 

The shortstop for this set certainly played more than one position.  He played all nine positions on one major league game.  It was the only time in his career that he pitched or caught or played 1B.  Bert Campaneris is listed as shortstop on the card, but he played 76 games at 3B during his career. 

The introductory paragraph mentions Rod Carew and the great one, Roberto Clemente.  Clemente is recognized for contributions on and off the field.

Roberto Clemente

The card backs are well done.  A nice close-up picture is included.   Only one stat line, which includes his career totals, is included.

Clemente is mentioned as being the first Hispanic superstar in baseball.   He won four batting titles and 12 Gold Glove Awards. 

In two World Series he hit safely in all 14 games.  I'll need to research to find out if anyone has done better than that. 

The card mentions his plane trip to Nicaragua to help earthquake victims.  Roberto was a native of Puerto Rico. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Kellogg's Olympic Champions - Wow!

Check out what I received today.

Kellogg's provided a cardboard display for the 20 different cards.  As shown below, when card number 20 is not in the display, the card topic and number can be seen.

I really like this display.  The reverse side, shown below is even better.  Now I want another set so that I can display both sides.  

I will probably post the information about each card back/inside on my Sportscaster blog.  

As an unopened collector, I also want each card unopened now as well as this display in its original packaging.  Another fun thing to chase.  Has anyone seen these in the USA?

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

1994 Kellogg's Clemente Collection Card Backs - #1

No me gusta.  That's it from my high school Spanish class.

Kellogg's did something pathetic here.  They used the exact same card back as used on card #2.  I'm not impressed.  Oh wait there is one difference - they changed the card number only.  Boo.

I liked Kenner Starting Lineup cards when they were unique creations.  Eventually some of the Kenner cards were just regular-issued major brand cards with a Kenner logo and a different number scheme.  Eventually they didn't even bother re-numbering the cards.  Boo again.

Monday, June 11, 2018

1994 Kellogg's Clemente Collection Card Backs - #2

This shouldn't take long because there are three cards in the set and all of them are Roberto Clemente.  Kellogg's issued these in 1994 in cereal boxes in Puerto Rico.

I've mentioned this small set in numerous blog posts.  Now I will check out what they wrote on the back of the cards.

The card doesn't have the 3-D coating, so it lays flat like a regular baseball card.  The back has a nice picture.  

The information section mentions that he played right field, bats right, throws right but then it lists 1961 - 1972.  I don't know what the 1961 date is related to at all.  

The bio sticks with his basic career accomplishments so I can figure it out with my Spanish class from 30+ years ago. 

He played right field from 1955 - 1972.

He was a 12-time NL All-Star.

He won four batting titles.

He led the Pirates to World Series wins in 1960 and 1971.  

He was the NL MVP in 1966 and the World Series MVP in 1971.  

In his last game he got his 3,000th hit.

He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973.  

Not on the card - shows him playing right field 2,306 times, center field 63 times, left field 24 times, second base twice and third base once in his career.  After 1956 he only played RF or CF.

I miss the DID YOU KNOW? that was on some of the 1972 Kellogg's cards.   I just learned that Ken Reeves and Zack Morris both attended Bayside H.S.   Reeves went to high school in Queens but Zack was California all the way. 

Reeves father on the show loved the Yankees and Mickey Mantle appears in the episode that I am watching now.  I need to make a Kellogg's card of The Mick.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Got Chocolate Milk?

Yogi Berra used to be a pitchman for Yoo-Hoo Chocolate drink.  I know that doesn't really compare to chocolate milk, but I've had chocolate milk on my brain, my clothing and my stomach since yesterday.

I was dumb enough to join a bunch of high schoolers in a chocolate milk mile yesterday.  The event was held on an outdoor track, so a full mile is just over four laps.  When the race begins the competitors drink 12 ounces of chocolate milk and then run a lap.  For the next three laps the drinking precedes running the lap.  

The clock doesn't stop when one is trying to drink the mile, so speed there is important.  To make things worse, the meet directors chose the thickest chocolate milk that they could find.  That didn't make things easier.  

I managed to complete the event with a surprising total of zero in the all-important vomit count.  I really expected to hurl with 48 ounces of chocolate milk in me.  My son exceeded my total by five - he barfed three times in the race and twice afterwards.  To add insult to his upchucking, anyone hurling during the event has to run an extra lap.  He did the lap before even being told to do so.  I think there were plenty of competitors who skipped this penalty.  

Will I do it next year?  Yes.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

A Kellogg's Box Started a Baseball School

This was a good read.  I loved to read the back of the boxes over the years, but it was never like this.  I would have been first in line to sign up for a school like that.  Anyone who did sign up would be about 88 years old today.  I guess that means I'm not too likely to talk to anyone who participated even though I am in the Chicagoland area.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Rosemont, IL - Sports Spectacular

I went to the show today since I had a day off and my family had other plans.  I decided in advance that I'd at least buy some supplies so that I would at least have a plan for the meet.

I attended this show a few years ago and it was nothing like the other two Rosemont shows in March and November.  This year's was the same.  There weren't a lot of tables and the main focus seemed to be the autograph guests.  I probably won't be returning to this show.

I bought some pages, some $1 cards that were older than me (54-56s) and a few packs of 2018 Topps cards.  I didn't see many Kellogg's cards.  There was a 1982 set for $35.  Quite a disappointment.