Kelloggs Cards

Kelloggs Cards

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Is Anyone Here Getting This in the Mail?


This sold on ebay sometime today or yesterday.  A nice item but it was out of reach for me.  The third sheet would be very tempting if it showed up.  Why?  Five Cubs are on that sheet.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

1980 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs - #40 Fred Lynn


Lynn won his first batting title in 1979.  

Not on the card - he played 11 more seasons and never surpassed .301.  His career average was .283.

He only played 177 minor league games.  



Lynn's career is hard to define.  As a kid I was really excited to get his cards.  When I think about his career now, I think of his cards in the commons boxes at card shows.

He was a nine-time all-star.  Throw in four Gold Glove awards and his 1975 Rookie of the Year and MVP awards.

Since I've been looking at MVP votes to see what others thought of the player, I will do that with Lynn.  After his impressive 1979 season he was fourth in the MVP voting.  He received MVP votes in only two other seasons and neither time he finished in the top 20.

In 1979 Don Baylor won the MVP.  Ken Singleton and George Brett finished ahead of Lynn. 



Sadly, our hobby now sees guys as Hall of Famers or commons.  Lynn hit 306 homers to go with all of the other things mentioned above. 

Monday, March 30, 2020

What Else Do You Collect?

Kellogg's cards have been in my collection since 1970.  They were not my primary focus for most of my collecting years. 

I've been cleaning up a lot of my collectible stuff since I'm stuck at home.  With another month of that ahead I am looking forward to more organization.  The stuff that I am looking for never seems to be around at card shows.  Well, card shows don't really exist now either.  Maybe someday. 

Besides Kellogg's cards I am actively looking for Sportscaster cards and Hostess boxes with the cards on the back.  I really prefer the entire box, which makes it difficult.  I don't think I've gotten a new one in over a year.

When I get into the attic I will clean up my Starting Lineup collection.  I've got way too many of those.  That was really fun for me since I spent time with my younger brother on that.  I still would pick up some of them outside of the package if I saw them. 

I always look for track and field stuff, especially things that I can display in my exercise room.  With all of the time at home I am hoping to get lots of stuff mounted on the walls of that room.

I am still seeking odd items from the Western Open golf tournament and anything Chick Evans items.

What items do you seek and rarely see at a card show?

Sunday, March 29, 2020

1980 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs - #41 Carlton Fisk

I didn't know that Fisk had relatives in MLB (Rick Miller) and in the NFL (Dave Jennings).  

Not on the card - Fisk and Miller were teammates for six years in Boston.  



Fisk was always my sister's favorite player on the White Sox. 

I didn't remember Fisk missing so many games that year.  He missed a lot of games in 1974, 1975, 1984, 1988 and 1989.  Baseball-Reference.com always lists a player's 162-game average and Fisk's doesn't match up to his career numbers due to him missing so many games. I will compare him to a few others who played around the same time (same strike seasons, etc.).

Fisk

Home Runs - 378
Seasons - 24
Average per season - 15.8
Average per 162 games - 24  (51.9% more)

Mike Schmidt

Home Runs - 548
Seasons - 18
Average per season - 30.4
Average per 162 games - 37 (21.7% more)

George Brett

Home Runs - 317
Seasons - 21
Average per season - 15.1
Average per 162 games - 37 (25.8% more)

Ron Cey

Home Runs - 316
Seasons - 17
Average per season - 18.6
Average per 162 games - 25 (34.4% more)


Saturday, March 28, 2020

Why Did Kellogg's Do That?

In 1977 I'd be checking out the back of the cereal box while hurrying through some Frosted Flakes before walking the paper route and heading to the golf course to caddie.  Yes, we had to walk the route and put the paper either between the doors or in the mailbox - give the customer what they want.  

Kellogg's didn't do the best job of selecting players for us kids to see when diving in to find our 3-D card.  At no point in 1977 would I have been happy to get the six guys shown above Pete Rose.




On the box below I would have been happy to get Brett or Madlock and I would have been okay with a Ron Cey. 




When I posted about years with the least amount of players who appeared in more than one Kellogg's set, this set came to mind immediately.  As far as the other years I had no idea.  Here is what I found - of course, I could have miscounted a bit. 

Least cards depicting players who appeared in another set - 41

1974 and 1977.  Since 1977 has three more cards in its set, it has the lower percentage.

The 1981 set had the most repeaters with 57.  That doesn't surprise me since the player selection seems really good in that set.   But, the 1973 set, with 49 repeaters in a set of only 54, has the highest percentage of any year. 

I was expecting some sets to have a lot less repeaters. 

Friday, March 27, 2020

1980 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs - #42 Vida Blue

I stopped working through this set for a few reasons.  Back to the countdown with #42 Vida Blue.





A switch-hitting pitcher.  Isn't that great, especially since he was in the A.L. from 1973 to 1977 with the DH rule in place.  Wait, he hit .104 in his career.  I would have thought that he was a switch-hitter because he was good at the plate.

His MVP/Cy Young season of 1970 is mentioned.  I didn't realize that he only pitched 39 innings during the previous season.  He only pitched 42 in the 1968 season, so he really was a new guy when he took both awards.  He was not too many innings over the rookie limit.

Not on the card - he didn't even lead the league in wins in 1971.  Mickey Lolich was 25-14.

In 1971 Harmon Killebrew led the league with 119 RBIs.  He was the only guy to top 100.  He finished tied for 21st in the MVP voting (28 HR, .254 average).

For those who look at WAR, Wilbur Wood posted the highest one - 11.0.






Thursday, March 26, 2020

Kellogg's Card Set Questions

In an effort to keep my brain going at home I came up with the following questions about Kellogg's cards.  See if you can answer them without looking them up.  Only one came to mind when I did this and it was correct for one of these.

1.  Which Kellogg's set has the most players that are also featured in another year (1970 to 1983)?

2.  Which Kellogg's set has the least number of players that were featured in another set?

3.  Since the number of cards varied in the sets, which sets featured the highest and lowest percentage of players that were also featured in another set?

4.  Do the sets with more repeats make them better in your opinion?  Do you prefer the sets with more players who appear in only one set?


Here is what I came up with for these sets.

Year# repeats# in Set
19815766
19705575
19805360
19825364
19715275
19734954
19754757
19794760
19834760
19764657
19784657
19724554
19744154
19774157