Kelloggs Cards

Kelloggs Cards

Friday, May 26, 2017


Ken Brett's no-hit bid ends with two outs in the ninth, when White Sox third baseman Jorge Orta hopes Jerry Remy's slow roller will go foul. The no-hitter is lost when the ball stays fair, but the southpaw, who tosses 10 innings of two-hit ball, gets the victory when the Pale Hose beat California in the 11th, 1-0.

Without constant sports news and highlights in 1976, I don't remember that game.  What else made it less memorable - it was played in California at night.  I wouldn't have been watching it since I had to get up for my paper route the next morning.  My mom probably let my brothers watch it, meaning I did the route by myself again.

Long-time White Sox player and TV guy Bill Melton got the other hit for the Angels.  Melton played eight of his 10 seasons with the White Sox.  He amassed 160 career homers, leading the league with 33 in 1971.


Hardlly any of the 1975 cards that I see have the bright colors displayed on this beauty.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Teammates with Birthdays Today

I noticed that today is the birthday of both John Montefusco and Bob Knepper.  They were teammates with the Giants from 1976 to 1980.  The Giants traded them both in December of 1980 in a four-day period.

I mentioned Knepper in a post long ago because his card was well-known in our house (old post).

Montefusco has only been mentioned once on this blog (see post).

In 13 years Montefusco was 90-83.  Knepper played 15 years and had a record of 146-155.  I had no idea that Knepper won that many games.

I need to get a card of Montefusco scanned before I do another post featuring him.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

What Qualifies as a Kellogg's Proof Card?

BVG has graded some Kellogg's cards as proof cards.  A quick search on ebay shows 21 results.  Here is the breakdown of those items:

(1) basketball panel set from 1992
(2) uncut 1973 sheets - with blank backs
(3) die cut super-size cards
(1) 1971 football with a blank back
(1) 1970 football with a blank back
(2) 1983 baseball cards with blank backs
(1) 1983 baseball strip of three cards
(7) 1970 BVG-graded football proof cards
(1) SGC Graded 1970 baseball card with a blank back
(1) Babe Ruth 1972 graded by BVG
(1) lot of five 1972 ATG graded by BVG

The BVG graded cards come from the collection of a former Xograph employee.  Does that matter?  What about the other ones?  Does a blank back mean that the card is a proof?  Why are there so many 1973 Kellogg's blank-back cards around?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

1973 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #19 - 21

Back for more 1973 Kellogg's baseball cards.

#21 - Tug McGraw

McGraw was a star relief pitcher in 1973.  I was surprised to see that he only had 180 career saves and that he never was the league leader.

Other interesting notes on the card back -

1.  He became the first Met pitcher to defeat Sandy Koufax.
2.  He has a "bat-breaking scroogie".  Is that the first mention of a scroogie on a baseball card?

#20 - Jim Hunter

The A's cards look great with the 2-D effect.  

He is mentioned as "baseball's best hitting pitcher".  Since the DH came into the AL in 1973, Hunter batted only two times in his final seven seasons.  He hit .226 for his career with 51 RBIs. 

#19 - Bobby Murcer

Murcer was signed by the same scout that signed Mickey Mantle.  That's a nice thing to hear.  Is Mantle mentioned on other cards?

Monday, May 22, 2017

1973 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #22 - 24

I'm focused on finishing the 1973 Kellogg's baseball card set look into the card backs.  Here are the next three.

#24 - Lou Piniella

I almost always spell his name wrong.  Doing this will help remind me of how to spell it.

He went to Tampa Jesuit High.  How many players have their high school mentioned?

He worked as an investment banker in the winter.

Odd that he first appeared in 1964 and then he wasn't a regular until 1969.

Lots to read about him as a player and as a manager.

#23 - Bill Stoneman, III

He as two no-hitters already.  I didn't know that the Expos obtained him in the Expansion Draft.

Not on the card - he played his last game in June of 1974 at the age of 30.  Like many pitchers of that time, arm injuries ended his career.

Not on the card - he was born in Oak Park, IL.  I go there or through there frequently.

#22 - Reggie Jackson

Reggie is consistent with his hobby - automobiles.

The bio focuses on a few negatives.  First, he is expected to equal or match his 1969 stats.  Second, he's been the league leader in strikeouts from 1968 - 1971.  He didn't lead the league again until 1982.
Not on the card - Reggie has the most career strikeouts of any hitter in baseball history.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

1973 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #25 - 27

Back to the 1973s.  I enjoy reading the paragraphs that Kellogg's came up with each year.

#27 - Carlton Fisk

Fisk was the first player to win AL Rookie of the Year by a unanimous vote.  He became the first AL catcher to lead the league in triples.  I would have never gotten the answer to that question.  

He did a year of military service before playing in the minors.  

At 6-2 and 200 pounds, how did he get called "Pudge"?

He was not on the White Sox until I was older, so he wasn't a big deal to me in the 1970s.

#26 - Dick Allen

He was a big deal in the 1970s with the White Sox and all of the other teams that gave him a try.  I love that both photos show him in the batting helmet that he used in the field.  Did anyone else besides John Olerud use a helmet in the field regularly?

Kellogg's even mentioned his "hard-to-handle" reputation.  How about four teams in four years?  Even kids notice something odd about that when memorized the backs of cards.  Why did we know the backs so well?  We only had the Topps, Hostess and Kellogg's cards to check out for the entire year!  Today there is a new set issued by the time I finish this post.  

He's listed as 5-11.  He seemed like a giant on the field.  He only played for the White Sox for three years, but he was always newsworthy.  

#25 - Willie Stargell

I've mentioned before about Stargell and his passion for bowling.  I don't remember if the other cards also listed dancing as one of his hobbies.

He needed 25 homers in 1974 to become the Pirates all-time leader in homers.

Not on the card - he hit exactly 25 homers in 1974.

He spends time off the field to help those struggling with Sickle Cell Anemia.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Remembering a Former Cub on the Day of HIs Birth

Bobby Murcer was born on this day in 1946.  He was a big enough star to get Kellogg's cards while being a Yankee (1970, 1972 - 1974) and a Giant (1976).

He played 13 years with the Yankees, three with the Cubs and two with the Giants.