Kelloggs Cards

Kelloggs Cards

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

1974 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #01 - 03

Finally done with this set.  What will be next?

#03 - Joe Coleman


Kellogg's said the trade to the Tigers ransomed Coleman from the "tail-end Senators".  Wow, that's not nice.

His dad, Joe, also was a major league pitcher.

He won his first two games within two months of high school graduation.

Not on the card - son won 90 more career games than dad did.  Both had long careers.

Not on the card - Joe (Jr.) had a son, Casey, who made it to the majors.  Casey won eight games in his short career.


#02 - Rick Monday


Stone is known for being the first player ever drafted in the current format of the draft.

He improved his stats in both years with the Cubs.

Not on the card - he played long enough to hit 241 career homers.


#01 - Bob Gibson


Not much to say on the card since he has stats starting in 1959.  He missed lots of time since he had a surgically repaired knee.

He is #2 on the all-time strikeout list.

Not on the card - he got his total to 3,117 but he now ranks 14th all-time.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

1974 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #04 - 06

I'm going to finish this set soon.  I've got to find a way to get all of the pictures into these posts.  Soon.

#06 - Jim Palmer


Here's another Arizona State alum.  He won 20 games for the fourth consecutive season.  It was his sixth straight year with an ERA of less than 3.00.

The experts wrote him off after shoulder injuries in 1968.  He's won 99 games in the five years after missing the entire 1968 season.

He won the 1973 Cy Young Award.

Not on the card - he won the Cy Young Award in 1975 and 1976 too.


#05 - Carlton Fisk


His batting average dropped from his rookie season, but he's one of the best catchers in the game.  The text mentions that he led the team with 27 homers, but the stats correctly show him with 26.  Was this corrected?

He fulfilled his military obligation before joining the minor league affiliate of the Red Sox.

He had the most steals of any AL catcher - seven.

Not on the card - he had 128 career steals including 17 in a season twice.


#04 - Bert Campaneris


He always seemed small on the field when I watched on television, but at 5-10 and 155 pounds he wasn't much different from me in the late 1970s.

Kellogg's says that the stats don't tell the story because Campy does it all.

Not on the card - I was surprised to see that he received MVP votes in eight different seasons from 1965 to 1975.

Monday, August 21, 2017

1974 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #07 - 09

Getting to the end of a look at the backs of the 1974 Kellogg's baseball cards.  I'm struggling to find cards 01 to 09 without cracks.  If you've got extras I would certainly trade for them.

#09 - Greg Luzinski


He easily led the team in homers and RBIs for the second straight year.

Not on the card - he led with only 18 HR and 68 RBIs in 1972.  Ouch!  That's why the team won only 59 games and everyone talks about how Steve Carlton won most of those games.

The Phillies had to outbid lots of college football programs for Luzinski.

Not on the card - "outbidding" certainly is a big thing in college football today.



#08 - Nolan Ryan


Lots of people see the Bill Singer card and assume it is Nolan Ryan after a quick glance.

He set the single-season strikeout record with 383.  He is still bothered by wildness as shown by his 163 walks - 162 on the stat line.   Was that corrected?

Not on the card - baseball.reference.com credits him with 162 Ks in 1973.

"If he stays healthy, no pitching record is beyond his reach".

He is the career leader in walks and strikeouts.


#07 - Ron Santo


He takes his game to the AL after a trade to the White Sox.  Not much else to say on the back because his MLB career began in 1960.

Not on the card - he received MVP votes every year from 1963 to 1969.



Sunday, August 20, 2017

1974 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #10 - 12

Hold on.  Roy Hobbs is up.  Don't tell me what happens.  They play during lightning storms?  We have an automatic 30-minute delay whenever thunder or lightning is encountered.

Back to the 1974 Kellogg's baseball card backs.


#12 - Bill Singer


The move from Los Angeles to California (Anaheim) worked well as Singer became a 20-game winner for the Angels.  He had won 20 games once with the Dodgers in a long, injury-filled career.

He pitched a no-hitter in 1970.

Not on the card - he was an all-star twice.

Not on the card - here is another guy who was selected in an expansion draft - he was taken by Toronto in 1976.  I should see how many guys from these drafts are in Kellogg's sets.


#11 - Bob Watson


The Astros struggled to find a position for Watson.  Does that mean he didn't field well?  They tried him at catcher, outfielder, third base and first base.  He focused on left field in 1973 and he had a great season.

Not on the card - the outfield didn't end up being his spot.  He played about 2/3 of his career games at first base, which is where I remember him.


#10 - Buddy Bell


Buddy is expected to be a big star.  He led the team in most stats in 1973.  His father, Gus Bell, had a 14-year NL career.

The text focuses a lot on his minor league success since he'd only been in the majors for two years when this card was printed.

Not on the card - Buddy played 18 seasons and hit 201 homers.  Gus Bell topped his son by five homers, hitting 206.

Not on the card - two of Buddy's kids, David and Mike, played in the majors.  Mike hit two homers in his short MLB season and David hit 123 in 12 seasons.



Saturday, August 19, 2017

1974 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #13 - 15

Here come three more from the 1974 Kellogg's baseball card set.

#15 - Manny Sanguillen


Not often back then did we see a player's position listed as catcher / outfielder.  His hobbies include playing the guitar.

It is mentioned that he was the replacement for his close friend Roberto Clemente in right field.  The 1973 card projected that move.  He played 59 games in right field in 1973.

In a sentence filled with randomness, Manny is one of the fastest-running catchers, he was an amateur boxer and he teaches the bible to kids in Pan American missions.

Not on the card - he received MVP votes in four different seasons.


#14 - Jim Brewer


Brewer is listed as a relief pitcher.  I don't know how often that was specified on a card since most guys are just listed as pitchers.

He is mentioned as one of baseball's best relief pitchers.  Not much else on the back since he'd been in the league since 1960.  His last game was in 1976.

Not on the card - he died in 1987 in a car accident.


#13 - Dave May


May's got a unique middle name - LaFrance.  He's listed as an avid pro basketball fan.  I don't remember seeing anything like that elsewhere.

He's from Delaware.  In Wayne's World Wayne mentions in a most boring voice "Hi, I'm in Delaware".  If you don't know the movie, watch it sometime.

Not on the card - he's the father of Derrick May.  Dad was a one-time all-star with 96 career homers.  I was guessing that son hit more, but Derrick only hit 52 homers.


Friday, August 18, 2017

1974 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #16 - 18

Back for more about the 1974 Kellogg's set.

#18 -  Ed Goodson

He was still a Giants prospect at this time.  He hit .302 in 102 games.  It is assumed that he will take over at first base for Willie McCovey.

Not on the card - he never got over 300 official at-bats again in his career.

Not on the card - McCovey was still playing after Goodson's career ended.


# 17 - Amos Otis

Otis added muscle to his game in 1973.  He hit 26 HRs, had 93 RBIs and batted .300.  He was one of only seven .300 hitters in 1973.

Not on the card - he was third in the MVP voting in 1973.

Not on the card - he was a five-time all-star and three-time Gold Glove award winner.


#16 - Jeff Burroughs

Burroughs pitched his high school team in CA to a city title.

Not on the card - his son pitched his team to a Little League World Series title, right?

He led the team in homers and RBIs.

Not on the card - he won the AL MVP award in 1974.

Not on the card - he out-homered his son 240-12.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Now I Only Need 10 Unopened 1972 Kellogg's Cards

Unfortunately, these 10 are probably not going to be easy to get at a decent price.  I just picked up two to get to this point.  Since that took a few years, I'm probably going to complete this set in 5-6 years.  That's okay by me.

#01 Seaver
#06 Rose
#20 Jackson
#26 Gibson
#46 B. Williams
#47 Marichal
#48 Brock
#49 Clemente
#53 Stargell
#54 Mays