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Thursday, September 21, 2017

I Finally Have Pictures - and 1975 Kellogg's Card Backs - #55 - 57

I've got a PC working now and I can easily move pictures from my iPad to the PC.  Back to work on some Kellogg's card backs.  It's time to start looking at the 1975 Kellogg's baseball card backs.

 #57 - Richie Hebner

I like the drawings of the players that appear on the top left of the card.  They included the birthday, which I always liked to see.  

His stats weren't all better, but he fared better than most NL third basemen.  

He chose baseball over his hometown Boston Bruins after being a high school all-american in hockey.  He has worked in Pittsburgh as a skating instructor in the off-seasons.

Not on the card - no mention of his nickname "Grave Digger".  

#56 - Mike Schmidt

He led the league with 36 homers.  Yes, youngsters that was close to leading the league for a number of years.  Not a big deal to hit 36 homers in 2017.  10 guys have already done that this season and a total of 30 guys have hit at least 30 homers with a week and a half remaining in the season. 

He became the first Phillie since Cliff Cravath in 1915 to lead the majors in homers.  It was odd for me to see this card and find a name that I didn't know.  Cliff Cravath isn't a familiar name to fans but i recognize the name Gavvy Cravath, probably from some of those Strat-o-matic games.  

Cravath led the league in homers five times with his highest total being 24.  

Not on the card - Schmidt led the NL in homers eight times.  

#55 Rollie Fingers

Fingers won the World Series MVP in 1974.  His "elegantly twirled" mustache seemed to be as well-known as his success on the mound.

His career W-L record at this point was 44-44.

Not on the card - he ended up 114-118 with 341 career saves.  He started 37 games early in his career, but none after 1973.  He played until 1985.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Welcome to 1978 - I Guess

I rarely bid on individual cards on ebay.  I did end up purchasing a 1970 Dick Butkus card.  It arrived today.  Nothing much to say about the card - it was fine.  I did like the wrapping.

The card was in a top loader, so it was secured quite well in the plain, white envelope.  Like many of these items, the card was wrapped in paper so that it wouldn't move around so much.  When I unfolded the paper I found out that the paper was a Chapter One Geometry test.

After dinner I decided that I'd check out the test.  Did I mention that I took Geometry in 1978?  Since it didn't look too difficult I tried to complete it.  Now, I've decided to send it back to the seller for grading or a nice surprise.  I hope he doesn't read this blog but it is going in the mail tomorrow.

I will let you know if I pass.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Here's A Great New Kellogg's Item That I'd Bet You Don't Own

I was surprised to receive this Kellogg's pillow case from my daughter today.  To make things better, she made it for me.  Yeah for kids taking time away from their devices to learn some real-world skills.

Getting pictures onto this computer is slow, but I'm back in business.  Back to the 1975 card backs this week.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

1971 Kellogg's Baseball Variations

Over the years I've picked up a bunch of lots of 1971 Kellogg's baseball cards in off condition.  Tonight I just found a stack of them that haven't been sorted to check for variations yet.  Maybe I'll find a few more that I need when I get this done.

No time for checking them until at least Sunday since I'm busy with school projects and coaching.  But, I did find a variation that Mark, a regular commenter, needs.  I'm glad to send that along to him.

These fine print variations are getting tougher on my eyes all of the time.

After going to the National and see everything graded, I thought it my cloud my opinion on all of my damaged, well-loved 1971s.  Not a chance!  It was great to look at them tonight.  I was not phased by the faded colors, the cracks, the edges that were probably in pockets, etc.  Would other years look like that if there were no factory sets or mail-in offers?

In fourth grade we brought our cards to school for a long time for trading and showing off our best cards.  Lukily, Mrs. Delaughty wasn't one to take away our beloved cards from the early 1970s.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Rold Gold vs. Kellogg's All-Time Greats - Any Preference?

Does anyone have a preference between the Rold Gold cards from 1970 and the 1972 Kellogg's All-Time Greats?  I keep the Rold Gold cards as if they were Kellogg's cards in my collection.

I've always heard that the Rold Gold cards were more valuable.  I've seen lots of sets that were hand made that contain cards from both sets.

PSA has graded 2,570 Rold Gold cards and 6.061 Kellogg's All-Time Greats.  There are 339 10s that are Rold Gold cards and  1,016 10s that are Kellogg's.  The Rold Gold breakdown of 10s is quite surprising.

Player   # submitted    #10s

Cobb           221            28
Wagner       220            49
Ruth (#14)  214              7
Gehrig        213              9
Ruth (#6)    210             11
Young         196             34
Hornsby      174             31
Collins        171             49
Grove          156             34
Traynor       144             26
Sisler           137             20
Speaker       135             14
Johnson       134             14
McGraw      134               7
Cochrane     111               6

A big portion of the 10s come from just a few of the cards.  I'll need to look at an uncut sheet to see if that caused these numbers.

The 1972 Kellogg's All-Time Greats don't show the same pattern of 10s.  Card #01 of Walter Johnson has the lowest number of 10s with 23.  Cochrane has 37 and all others have at least 49 10s.

I guess the 1970 cards are worth looking for in top condition.  I have lots of nice cards, but I assume that they are all 1972s

Monday, September 11, 2017

What Else I Collect

I am trying to get everything Kellogg's from 1970 - 1983 at least.  I'm still looking for variations, upgrades for some older cards and lots of unopened packs, factory sets, etc.  I'm also always looking for one-of-a-kind items, advertising pieces and anything else unique.

I've decided that with Hostess cards I want the entire box and maybe just the three-card panel.  I'm not as interested in the cards that are cut from the box.  

I'm trying to complete the Sportscaster set and I don't have the three expensive ones - Bird, Magic Johnson and Gretzky.  On top of that, I'd like to work on the foreign editions, but I can't even find complete checklists of those cards.

I'm working on a 1961 Topps set but that and a 1968 Topps set will probably sit idle until the kids go to college.  

I don't expect to attempt any newer sets, but I might try to get all of the 3-D inserts that look like the 1968 Topps 3-D cards.  They've been done a few different times and I like them all.  I'm just not going to buy packs to find them.

I like golf and track and field cards, but I don't see them around much and I'm not really familiar with the values of older ones.

Does anyone else collect any of this stuff?

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Shut Out Again

No, I'm not referring to the Cubs being shut out (0-3) against the Brewers this weekend.  I went to a local card show today and it was disappointing in many ways.

There were probably 15 less tables than usual.  On top of that, I think some of the other dealers put some of their junk on other tables that also would have been empty.

There was a nice variety of oddball stuff from the 1970s and 1980s, but I was disappointed that I didn't find any Kellogg's or Hostess cards.

I doubt that I will be heading back to that location regularly.  Is the flea market season over?  I will need to check on that.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Nice To Get a 1971 Variation That I Needed

Thanks to Lee for sending along a 1971 Kellogg's variation that I didn't have in my collection.  I also didn't realize that we live near each other.

I also picked up a few more 1971 Kellogg's baseball cards. 0-for-7 on those ones.  I've got a lot of variations in off conditions that I'm willing to trade for variations that I need.  Let me know if we can make a deal.

Friday, September 8, 2017

What Other Items Did You Get From Cereal Boxes

I didn't go grocery shopping with my parents much, so I didn't have a lot of input into the cereal selections.  Getting Kellogg's cards was great, but I doubt that my mother or sisters looked to see if the box had 3-D cards.  Instead, they'd just grab the nearest one.  That explains why we were constantly getting things that glowed in the dark, stickers, license plates, temporary tattoos and wacky wallwalkers.

I clearly remember getting a lot of the vinyl/cardboard records that were on cereal boxes - maybe Alphabits or Sugar Smacks?  I bet my sisters could have snagged some 3-D cards if they selected my cereals.

I will end this rant with one of my favorite quotes from an athlete - "I'm not complaining; I'm just explaining."  No, I need to continue since my sisters probably did the same thing when buying Twinkies.  Why not check the bottom so that I get the best three possible players?  I would check every box on the shelf before deciding which one to buy.

If you couldn't get a baseball card, what were your favorite cereal box prizes?  Please estimate the years so that the rest of us can follow along.  I wasn't a fan of most of the 1970s cars that were inserted because they couldn't match the Hot Wheels cars that we played with a lot in the winter.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Check This One Off My List - Are There Others?

I am still trying to find an easy way to get quality pictures here, but I couldn't wait to post even a pathetic picture of this advertising card.  It shows four 1971 Kellogg's football cards and it resembles a ruler.  I've been looking for this for a long time.

 I have a few questions for those of you who probably know more about this than I do.

1.  Where did this item originate?

2.  Has anyone seen any similar items to this one, maybe depicting 1970 football or baseball cards?

3.  Do you any Kellogg's experts?

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Who Collects Kellogg's PSA Cards?

I've got a few PSA cards from buying some Kellogg's card lots a few years ago.  Does anyone focus on PSA-graded Kellogg's cards?

I hear stories that these cards can be graded and later crack.  Has anyone seen that happen?

I haven't seen it with the 10 - 15 graded Kellogg's cards that I own.  I guess time will tell.  In time I also hope to get back to pictures on this blog.  That should happen by the weekend.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Where Are the 3-D Golf Cards?

Next week I am fortunate enough to be caddying in the BMW Pro-Am on Wednesday.  The golf tournament begins on Thursday but the Pro-Am is a big fundraiser for the Western Golf Association / Evans Scholar Foundation.

I've got the Peter Jacobsen card that I showed a while back, but how about some other players?

Will Kellogg's ever produce any cards again?

What other sports should they consider and which players?

Monday, September 4, 2017

Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards Anyone?

When we were kids in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s we didn't have any internet to find checklists.  We actually purchased books like the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards so that we had some idea of what type of cards were out there.

We learned about older card sets and regional issues by checking out books like this and checklist books.  At one point I thought I would complete all sets from 1948 to today so I started marking off who I had in the checklist book.

Do any of you use these books today?  Is there anything new about Kellogg's cards in any of these books?  If so, please send along any informatoin.

Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Kellogg's Hockey Card Commercial

I found this on YouTube today.  I think these hockey cards are the same as a regular-issue with the only difference being a Kellogg's logo.  Since I don't really collect hockey cards I am not 100% certain about that.

I'm not a fan of small sets that differ only from regular issues by the addition of a logo.  I liked Starting Lineup cards since they were unique.  Somewhere along the line they got lazy and starting using regular cards and just stuck their logo on them.  Some years they didn't even change the card numbers on the back so the set wasn't sequential.  I don't like that either.

Enjoy the commercial.  It is short.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Time to Look at the 1975 Kellogg's Card Backs

I'm going to start reading the backs of the 1975 Kellogg's cards.  I hope that they are better than the fronts.  I say that because, just like the 1971 and 1979 sets, there are two completely different looks to the 1975 set.  I've seen 1975s graded as 10s that have great, bright colors but most of the cards that I see don't resemble that at all.  They haven't seemed to hold up as well over time as some of the other sets.

There have been 4,943 1975 Kellogg's cards graded by PSA.  Only 977 (19.8%) have gotten a grade of 10.  That's an average of only 17 per player.  Some players must have very few since some of the stars will certainly have more 10s since everyone is more likely to get them graded.

I was certainly wrong on some of my assumptions.  I knew that card number 01, Roy White, was difficult to find in great condition but I see that there are only three (3) of them graded as a 10.

The final card in the set, Richie Hebner, also has only three (3) cards graded as a 10.  Leroy Stanton only has two cards that got a grade of 10. 

Nolan Ryan leads the way with 55 cards graded as 10s. 

Sorry for the lack of pictures.  I switched to a different computer and I've got nothing on it yet. 

Lots of Going - Too Many Computer Issues

I've been having lots of computer problems besides the usual busy times with work and coaching.  I've got a few new packages in the mail to talk about and something else on the way - I hope.

It took me way to long to get these three lines done so I give up for today.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

What is the Big Deal With This Proof?

Now this is certainly a proof sheet that I wanted to get.  Of course this is another sheet that I will never own.

I guess this is a starting point as to why these cards are the toughest to find.  They are all on the same sheet.  Did something happen to this sheet so that it ended up in lower numbers?  They certainly had to show up in the same number in factory sets.  Does anyone know more about this?

In no way do I consider myself an expert on Kellogg's cards.  Please pass along any ideas.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Another Group of 1980 Unopened Packs

I purchased these three packs recently on ebay.

I am hesitant to buy 1980 unopened packs because most of the ones I've gotten seem to have the same problem - the front and top piece of paper have separated or are about to separate if you breathe on them or look at them wrong.

These three packs seem secure, unlike most of the ones in my collection.  Which have all of you seen more frequently - flimsy packs or well-sealed packs?

Sunday, August 27, 2017

I Finally Checked Out My New Unopened Packs

I was too busy to check out the cards I bought on ebay last week.  Here they are.

With my computer problems, Excel isn't working so I'm not currently sure which ones I need.  I' sure I need Carter and a few others. at least.

I'm used to people writing the card numbers on the back, but not usually on the front.  In some years the number is so easy to see that one shouldn't even need to write it down.

The names written on the front?  That doesn't look good to me.  But, I'm okay with whatever way I can get some of these cards unopened.

Back to comments on the auction.  I went back today because there was a lot listed as "Three boxes of 3-D cards".  Unfortunately, they were those actual Topps 3-D packs from the mid-80s.  There are still a few more auctions from this estate so maybe I will find something next time.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

I Went to My First Auction Today

Wow! What a great auction to attend.  My wife and I enjoyed it thoroughly for about two hours.  It will probably be going on for a few more hours today.  My wife didn't even go the the auction, but she really enjoyed one thing - I didn't make any purchases.

There was only one lot was labelled as containing Kellogg's cards.  The lot had a monster box with one row of Kellogg's cards (maybe 2/3 of the row) and Post cards (new ones(, one row of Hostess cards, an empty row and a nice stack of at least 50 Hostess panels.  The Kellogg's cards were mostly 1981, 1980 and 1974 and the 1974s were curled.

Unfortunately this lot was combined with another monster box that had a bunch of small sets.  I didn't spend a lot of time checking out the entire lot, but the bids went way beyond what I'd pay for the lot.  Maybe there was something else good in the lot?

I did learn from my first auction that I should certainly check out the lots in advance.  I will do that next time, which might be tomorrow.

Here is a link to a thread where this auction is discussed:

Friday, August 25, 2017

Ugh.. A New Package Arrived and I Have Yet to Check it Out

I got a few unopened single-card packs from 1976 in the mail today.  I haven't checked out the cards yet because I did something different today.  What was it?  I've been to a bunch of high school football games but this was the first one where I attended only for the halftime show.

I'm guessing that I will be doing this Friday night halftime show for the next five years.  I'm afraid to ask if these performers will ever need to attend road games.

More tomorrow?

Thursday, August 24, 2017

On This Day in 1971.....

Kellogg's should have been creating factory sets in both baseball and football.  But no, they decided not to do that in 1971.

Also on this day in 1971 Ernie Banks hit his last career homer.

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 - 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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

1974 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #19 - 21

Another busy school today but here are my comments on the 1974 Kellogg's baseball card backs.

#21 - Ted Simmons

It is mentioned three times on the back of the card that he is a switch hitter.   He hit over .300 for the second year in a row and led the Cardinals in RBIs for the second year in a row.

Not on the card - he hit .300 four more times and batted .285 over his 21-year career.   He surpassed 100 RBIs three times.

Not on the card - he received MVP votes in seven seasons and he was an all-star eight times.

#20 - Reggie Jackson

Simmons and Jackson both played 21 seasons.  I didn't remember that Jackson missed the 1972 World Series.  Why did I forget that?  World Series games were still during the day, right?

He led the league in homers and RBIs in 1973 and he hit the big homer in game seven against the Mets.  He earned MVP honors for his 1973 season.

Kellogg's said he had the strongest arm in baseball.

Not on the card - he led the AL in outfield assists twice and he ranks 26th in career outfield assists.

#19 - Nate Colbert

His hobbies include cards and checkers.   He probably liked board games too.

He is the "tail end Padres' perennial all-star representative".   So, they are saying the Padres aren't very good?  He was an all-star from 1971 - 1973.

The St. Louis native was drafted by the Cardinals.  He ended up with Houston and then was selected by the Padres in the Expansion Draft of 1968.

Not on the card - Colbert played 10 years.  I was expecting to see a bigger number.

My favorite part of the card is the last line - "In December 1973 the National League voted to transfer the Padres to Washington, D.C., a move contested by the City of San Diego".  The card still displays the Padres logo.  Too bad they didn't make that a Washington card like Topps did.

I doubt that anyone younger is reading this, but the Padres didn't move to D.C.  They are still in San Diego.  

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

1974 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #22 - 24

Back in action with a few more card backs from 1974 Kellogg's.

#24 - Orlando Cepeda

Another player listed as a Designated Hitter after the first year of its existence.  He had a good year for his age.

Not on the card - he was released by the Red Sox in March of 1974.  He played 33 games for the Royals and his career ended at age 37 with 379 homers.

Not on the card - his stats from show him playing no games in the field during both 1973 and 1974.

#23 - Willie Horton

"Although he doesn't look it, Willie is one of the strongest men in baseball".  Huh?  He always looked like a big hitter to me.

He was a high school star in Detroit.  He ended up playing 15 seasons with the Tigers.

Not on the card - his best RBI season was 1979 at the end of his career.  Not bad for a guy who made his debut in 1963.

#22 - Bobby Murcer

Murcer was signed by Tom Greenwade who also signed Mickey Mantle.  After two years in the service Murcer replaced Mantle.  The card mentions that Murcer failed to lead the Yankees to a World Series title in 1973.

Not on the card - Murcer was expected to be the next Mantle, so he was considered a failure in NYC.

Not on the card - he was a five-time all-star who hit 252 career homers.

Monday, August 14, 2017

1974 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #25 - 27

Back to the 1974s.  Not my favorite trio of cards.  I will try to get the pictures going soon on this.

#27 - Ron Fairly

Not much on the back of his card because he played from age 20 to age 40.  It does add a one-liner that made me laugh - "If the NL ever embraces the Designated Hitter, Fairly might never retire."  So, are they saying that he's not much of an outfielder, he's just old or both?

Not on the card - only eight times in his career did he reach 500 plate appearances.  He did get 1,913 hits in 21 seasons.

#26 - Wayne Twitchell

I didn't remember that he was 6-6.  Too bad he didn't get into the league in the late 1960s with the higher mound.  He was a 1973 All-Star.

He is studying for a Physical Education degree at Portland State.

Not on the card - he was from Portland (OR) which is probably why he took courses there.  He died in Portland in 2010 or cancer.

#25 - Ron Hunt

He played for a lot of teams during an era that didn't include free agency.  Another older guy, he was first signed in 1959.  He had knee issues that required surgery after the 1973 season.

Not on the card - he led the league in being hit by pitch seven years in a row (1968 - 1974).  Maybe that's why his knee was injured.  He is now 6th all-time in this category.

Something I Hadn't Heard About the 1968 Topps 3-D Cards

The article below talks about the 1968 Topps 3-D cards.  Sure, I'd heard that they were distributed in the New York City area.  I also have mentioned the test cards that have appeared including Brooks Robinson and Rick Monday.

The article below mentions that there was a test card of an Italian soccer player.  That's one I haven't seen or heard of before.  Does anyone know about that?

I will keep finding reasons to write about these cards just so I can post pictures of this Boog Powell.  Sure, it would be great to have the Clemente card, but this is a fantastic card.  Do I care that it is graded as a '3'?  Not at all.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Kellogg's Cards on

Should I check out the 2,400+ Kellogg's cards that appear on  I'd love to hear your thoughts since I've been on this page but I haven't purchased anything.

Friday, August 11, 2017

SGC Population Report

I found out that the SGC Population Report can also be viewed online without being a member.  Here is the link -

There have been 122 1968 Topps 3-D cards graded by SGC.  Is it likely that some of them have been opened and sent to PSA?

Are there other grading companies besides these two and Beckett?

Thursday, August 10, 2017

More About the 1968 Topps 3-D Cards

I rarely see a 1968 Topps 3-D card that is not graded.

Here are the totals from PSA.

571 cards have been graded.

Those with only one are Rick Monday, Tommy Davis and John O'Donogue.   These three were found without a team designation so they might be some kind of prototypes.  I don't know why they are not listed as such like the Brooks Robinson.  I have seen two of these three on a sheet at the National.  Luckily, I took a picture.

Check out how different the O'Donogue and Tommy Davis look.

There is also a Brooks Robinson prototype with only one graded.  It was not included in this count as it is listed separately by PSA.

26 - Boog Powell

28 - Mel Stottlemyre

32 - Jim Lonborg

32 - Rusty Staub

36 - Curt Flood

36 - Ron Swoboda

48 - Bill Robinson

51 - Roberto Clemente

56 - Tony Perez

67 - Jim Maloney (includes both variations)

78 - Willie Davis

78 - Ron Fairly

Are there many of these cards not graded?  Are there many graded by the other grading services?  If anyone is a member of the other services please let me know what numbers you see there.

It was great to hold onto both of these items at the National two years ago.  I won't ever own these unless I will the lottery.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

This Helped Make it a Good Day

This morning was difficult.  Today we started fall sports.  Lots of kids didn't show up, others were missing paperwork and another group of them proved that they are not in shape.  Lots to do with this team in the next two months.

I certainly had a different attitude when I got home.  This card was waiting for me.  Now I have two cards from this set.  I don'e envision getting many more of them because they are out of my price range.  

*** update -- I get these cards so infrequently that I didn't even remember that I have two of these plus two proofs from the collection of an Xograph employee.  I don't know if the proofs are different than the cards issued in this set.  Is that where the distinction is with the card backs?  I will need to check this out.

I really should take the time to get a good image of this card on the blog.  It really does look great.  

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

1971 Kellogg's Baseball Variations Part 2

I have 57 cards with the "Xograph" copyright, as mentioned in yesterday's post.  I have all 75 different cards with "1970 Xograph" in the copyright.  That makes the total 132 variations.  Then I've got another 22 cards with the "1970 Xograph" copyright that differ in some way from the other "1970 Xograph" card.

Most of the variations relate to totals that were corrected on the stats line.  There are a few others that I will detail when I finalize what I need to complete the master set.

Monday, August 7, 2017

1971 Kellogg's Baseball Variations Want List Part 1

I mentioned that I have 154 different 1971 Kellogg's baseball cards.  That's only because I'm looking at all possible variations, even if it just involves the copyright line.  These cards come with two different copyright lines.  One has the "1970 Xograph" and the other omits the date and begins with "Xograph".

For the first time, I decided to check out just the copyrights without looking at the many other variations in text, stats, logos, etc.  It turns out that I have at least one variation of each card with the "1970 Xograph" copyright.  Are there more plentiful?  I will need to check that out in the future.

I am missing 18 cards with the "Xograph" copyright.  I'm looking for any condition.  Let me know if you have these.  I probably have some other variations that I could trade.

05 Clemente
06 G. Perry
10 Mays
15 F. Robinson
25 Merritt
30 Cater
33 McCovey
35 Blair
40 Stottlemyre
44 Kaline
45 C. May
50 Banks
54 A. Johnson
55 Killebrew
60 Palmer
62 Torre
65 Rose
73 Monday

Sunday, August 6, 2017

1981 Uncut Sheet Part 2

This is still available online.  is $30.00 too much for something that seems to display well.  Do some of you have this already?

Sorry, this is the image from the ebay listing.  I haven't taken a picture of mine yet.

Were sheets like this available via a mail-in offer during other years?

Saturday, August 5, 2017

World's Longest Yard Sale Finds

I spent part of Friday and Saturday traveling along the World's Largest Yard Sale in Ohio and Kentucky.  We had lots of fun looking at an incredible variety of items and talking to people from all over the map.

On day one the only Kellogg's cards I saw were a few 1981s and 1992 all-star set.  Luckily, on day two I found a small lot of oldest cards.  Of course they are curled as badly as one would expect.

It turns out that I didn't need any of the 1971 variations.  I am stuck on 154 different cards.

There are a few things from my childhood that I've been searching for - when the price is within reason of course.  Number one on that list is an MLB Standings Board from the 1970s with the magnets.  I saw a similar NFL one at the National.  

One of the next ones on my list turned up at the Yard Sale and the price was right.  So now I own another old game that I plan to play with my kids, and probably when no one is home.  Does anyone remember this one?  Rebound was a family favorite.  There aren't a lot of pieces and the board is really solid, so I don't know why it took so long to find it.  Maybe the flimsy box?

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Kellogg's Proof Cards Checklist?

Has anyone gotten Kellogg's proof cards?  I see a few available on ebay, but I didn't see any at the show.

I'm really interested in finding proof cards that vary in some way from the actual card issued.  I'm also chasing any proof cards of players that ended up not being included in the set.

Has anyone even seen a checklist of proof cards?

This is the only proof card that I have that isn't part of the actual set (1970 Staub Proof).  I've got at least two that differ slightly from what was issued by Kellogg's (Williams proof with link to Hickman proof).  I just want to know what else is out there.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

1970 Kellogg's Football Factory Set

I've bid on a few 1970 Kellogg's factory sealed sets, but I've never gotten close to owning one.  The pictures below are from a set that is now on ebay.  

This is the only Kellogg's factory football set.  I would have a tough time buying one of these for big bucks because I'd have no way of confirming that the set was unopened.  Is there a way to tell if this set has been resealed?

This guy even saved the edges of the sheets.  I like that.

Monday, July 31, 2017

What I Didn't See at the National

I didn't see the Kellogg's football ruler, which I've never seen at a show.

I also didn't see the any of the following -

factory sets before 1979.

advertising items or cereal boxes.

1971, 1972 1974, 1975 - 1978 baseball sets.

Roberto Clemente cards from Puerto Rico.

Japanese Kellogg's cards.

I also only saw 1968 Topps 3-d cards at one table.  That dealer only had two cards.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sunday at the National

Lots of people had 1971 Kellogg's cards on display.  Most looked like the cards shown below.

Like most cards that I saw today, the ones above had lots a curl and some cracking.  

I bought the cards shown below at a few different tables.  It was a nice mix - Cubs, White Sox, some nice 1970 and 1974 cards that are hard to find.  

I'm always in the market for Ruth and Gehrig cards when they are $5.  I think that I picked up two Ruths so I'm now wondering where the other one ended up.  It's probably with the 1974 Rose that missed out on this picture.  

Looking through dollar boxes was fun.  I bought some cards I needed for the 1961 Topps set.  I also just bought a few things that I liked.  Then I found the unopened pack with Gary Nolan from 1973.  

I bought two nice football cards from 1971.  The color is a lot better than the poor picture that I took.  The only PSA card I picked up was a great-looking Rick Monday from 1971.  I just couldn't resist it since it looked amazing.  Again, I'm too lazy to take a better picture.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Friday at the National

I got to the National on Friday.  I kept my plan and spend just less than two hours in the room.  I managed to at least walk past each table except for those in the corporate area.  Did I see everything?  Of course not.

I was hoping to go today, but I got home at 2:30.  I didn't want to hurry through the show again, so I will go Sunday without major time restrictions.

The picture below shows all of my purchases other than eight Sportscaster cards.

The Crawford cards are a bit blurry, which I've seen a lot with that card.  The Jenkins looked great.  The Stop N Go cards are nice - I need Cowboys for an extra set.  The 1971 football cards aren't great but I'm working on VG sets since I can't afford nice ones.

The Jenkins card looked great when I bought it.  I put it in a bag without any card saver or top loader.  When I looked at it again tonight I saw all of these cracks.  I don't think I missed them yesterday.  Is it possible that the card cracked in one day?  The card was not in any holder when I bought it either. 

I did see more Kellogg's cards than usual at the show.  Tomorrow I should have more time to see what remains.  Highlights - I was a 1971 football set that looked great and there were two unopened packs that I found so far.  

Thursday, July 27, 2017

What Happened at the National Today?

I just got home so I think I will check online to see what people have to say about the National.  I don't expect to read anything about Kellogg's cards, but I will check anyway.

I've got my ticket and my two-hour time limit for tomorrow.  I've been too busy to think about it until now.  Now I need to get ready to race through the show.

I bought a nice item on ebay yesterday.  More about that if/when it arrives.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

More About the Weather

I am sitting on a balcony watching/listening to one of the loudest storms I've ever witnessed.  Lots of thunder, lightning and now heavy rains.  It's great when you are on a balcony, but I don't enjoy it as much during a run, a bike ride, when caddying as a kid and when there are things to do.

Here are a few nicknames while I keep thinking about sprinting through the National for two hours on Friday.

Thunder - Andre Thornton

Louisiana Lightning - Ron Guidry

How have I yet to get his picture in here?

The Human Rain Delay - Mike Hargrove

Sure, I've mentioned these before, but that's what I've got on my mind today.   Hargrove and Thornton were teammates in Cleveland.  Too bad that Thornton and Guidry weren't teammates.  Wait, they were all-star teammates in 1982.

Who won lightning or thunder?  Thunder had 2 homers against lightning in 61 plate appearances.  The .137 average and five RBIs also favors lightning as thunder hit .254 for his career.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

What Would Be Atop Your List if You Were Going to the National

I expect to spend the entire day at the National on Sunday.  At that point I'll be looking at left-overs and over-priced stuff.  I rarely look through boxes of commons at card shows but I might do that in search of some 1961 Topps cards and some Kellogg's cards.

What hard-to-find cards would be the highlight of your trip if you were heading to the National?  It doesn't need to be a Kellogg's card, but I'd love to hear what people can't find.  Without looking at any of my lists, I would be extremely excited to find a 1970 Kellogg's football ruler which I know nothing about.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Kellogg's Factory Set Dilemma

I've got a bunch of factory sets.  Unfortunately, most of them are from 1979 - 1983.  Some are sealed and some are not.  Some are even in the original mailing package which is still sealed.  I prefer the entire mailer sealed to increase the chances that the set is unopened.

Most people seemed to write the year on the packages.  Some years are easy to identify without the years due to the mailing information, the size and/or other markings.  Does anyone have detailed information on all of these?  I would love to gather three sets of pictures for the factory sets - one with the mailer showing the back, one with the mailer showing the front and one with the set that is packaged inside the mailer.

If anyone has photos that they can send along for the earlier sets that would be great.  There are many that I have never even seen listed on ebay.

This picture fits none of the categories.  

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Wikipedia's History of Baseball Cards

Wikipedia's use is always debated at school.  But for other stuff, hey why not get an easy read.  Here is what they have to say about baseball cards including Kellogg's and Hostess cards.

It's always good to learn something about your favorite cards, teams, players, different times in baseball history, etc.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Now What About the National?

My Friday window for going to the National is shrinking.  It looks like I've only got from 10:00 - 12:15 now.  Should I even go?

I could try to get there early and see if anyone has an extra VIP pass to get in early.  That worked before when lots of people knew me and mostly my son when he was under the age of 10.  That was always fun because there has always been a small amount of kids at the show.

To complicate if further, on Saturday I'm with a group where I won't be in charge.  That means I might not even get back in time to go on Saturday at all.

All things considered, I will probably need to go for it on Friday and just hurry through because Sunday might be my only other chance this year.

I know that I should be grateful that the show has been near me so often, but I've gone a lot because I don't mind driving, I only work part-time in the summer and I don't really spend much when I'm there.  Believe me, I would like to spend, but I only do so if the price is right.   I had fun last year even though I was only there for a few hours.  I didn't buy much.

Hobbies That Cost Me Sleep

My card collecting rarely costs me sleep.  A few times I stayed up late because an auction was ending on some Kellogg's cards.  Really, only a few times.  Usually I just put in a bid and I am done with it.

I wouldn't stay up late for an individual card like this Rose, but I might do so for a large lot of cards or something unique like an uncut sheet.

I do lose sleep when the National is out of town since I've always driven to the event.  Last year that was definitely the case as I started the day in PA, went to the show in NJ and then drove for six hours after the show.

Liking golf, track and the Tour de France makes this week fun.  It also makes it difficult if I wake up in the middle of the night because I'm likely to turn on The Tour or The Open which means I end up not getting back to sleep too quickly.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The National - One Week From Today

The National opens a week from today.  Sure, I rarely get many Kellogg's cards when I am there, but one never knows.  In past years I found a 1971 Kellogg's football set, lots of 10 cent cards and a few oddball items.

It looks like I won't be able to make it on Wednesday or Thursday so I will probably miss any super deals.  I expect to be there on Friday, but I've probably only got three hours so I will be moving quickly around.

I'm not sure if I can attend on Saturday either.  I know that I can take my time and check out things on Sunday.  That can be good since sometimes there are deals to be had on Sunday, but good stuff will be gone by then if it is priced fairly.

I hope to see some of you there on Sunday.  I've almost always gotten to go on Wednesday and Thursday so that will be disappointing for sure.

When I pick up lots they never contain Rose, Ryan, Jackson and Mike Schmidt.  I'm always looking for a few of these guys to complete sets.

I always look for cheap cards featuring Cubs.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

I Couldn't Pass Up This Sheet

I was checking out stuff on ebay and I found a 1981 Kellogg's uncut sheet.  I doubt that it is valuable, but it is a great display item.  The seller has four more of them for anyone who is interested.

I haven't seen sheets that have some of the cards upside down.  Has anyone else seen that?

Monday, July 17, 2017

1974 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #28 - 30

Back for more.  Photos will need to wait until tomorrow.

#30 - Rod Carew

He is mentioned as one of the few career .300 hitters in the majors.  He appeared in a career-high 149 games.  I would have never guessed that.

Not on the card - he played over 150 games four times in his career after 1973.  I was surprised to see how many games he missed or rested in his career.  As a result of these numbers he reached 200 hits only four times in 19 years which isn't many for a guy with a .328 career average.

Not a power hitter, in 1972 he became the first AL batting champ to have no homers.   He "slugged" six homers in 1973 and he later hit 14 homers in two different seasons.

He stole 41 bases in 1973.  He ended up with 353 in his career.

#29 - John Mayberry

Houston wasn't patient enough with him and the Royals benefitted from that.  He hit 25 homers and had 100 RBIs in his first full season.  He followed that with a season of 26-100.

Not on the card - he reached 100 RBIs only one more time in his career but he reached 30 homers twice.

He went to the same Detroit high school as Willie Horton, Alex Johnson and Ron Johnson (NFL).

Not on the card - all three can be found on Kellogg's cards.

#28 - Johnny Bench

Bench's hobbies include bowling and singing.  I think I've seen video of him doing each of these things.  He had lung surgery after the 1972 season.

He has a career of "peaks and valleys" as Kellogg's put it.  His 1973 season was seen as a valley after MVP seasons in 1970 and 1972.  His off year had the following results - 25 homers and 104 RBIs.  Not bad when considering how recovery was from surgery back in 1972.

Not on the card - he had 33 HR and 129 RBIs in 1974 so Kellogg's wasn't far off in their prediction.  Steve Garvey (10), Lou Brock (5) and Mike Marshall (1) finished ahead of Bench in the MVP voting.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #31 - 33

Time for another adventure with Kellogg's baseball card backs.  Will there be any "pudgy" guys this time?

This group has two former Cubs and one former White Sox player.  Getting Cubs autographs after a game was fun.  We weren't allowed to stay around after White Sox games since we parked in the neighborhood to save money.  I remember being scared to walk under the leaky train viaduct from the park.

#33 - Dick Allen

Allen broke his leg during the 1973 season so he only played in 72 games after being the 1972 AL MVP.  He still hit .300 for the sixth time.  I didn't realize he'd done that or that he had a .299 career average at this point.

His injury "erased the White Sox pennant hopes".

Not on the card - they remained erased until 2005.

Not on the card - he ended up with a career average of .292.

#32 - Billy Williams

He keeps rolling along toward Cooperstown.

Not on the card - he is not mentioned as the 1972 NL MVP.  Why?  Somehow he finished second to Johnny Bench again (1970).  I recall that this really bothered in 1972.

Williams only played 150 games in 1972.  He could have used the extra games to pad his stats.  I say only because his lowest number since 1961 was 157.  He played 1,117 consecutive games at one point.  

#31 - Ken Holtzman

He threw two no-hitters as a Cub.  After being traded to the A's he won 40 games in his first two seasons and also earned post-season wins.

Not on the card - he ended up 6-4 in the post-season while earning three World Series rings.

Not on the card - he had only two homers in 665 career plate appearances but he homered in the 1974 World Series.  Since the DH began in 1973, he had no regular season or playoff at bats in 1974 and he had one AB in 1973 - he walked.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

1974 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #34 - 36

Time to check out three more card backs.  I could say that I'm having a problem loading pictures, but the truth is I'm just having a busy week.  I will try to find these cards tomorrow.  

#36 - Joe Morgan

Morgan had career highs in many areas.  He added 67 steals to trail Lou Brock by only three.  He now has 320 for his career.  

Not on the card - he exceeded his home run and RBI totals a few years later.  He was NL MVP in 1975 and 1976.  

Not on the card - I didn't realize that he had 689 career steals.  He played 22 years and he amassed over 300 of those steals in his last 11 years.  Not many guys have been that consistent.  I would have never guessed that he is 11th all time in stolen bases.  

#35 - Danny Thompson

I didn't know that Thompson had leukemia.  To add to his woes, he had arm troubles too.  He was the number one choice of the Twins in 1968.  

Not on the card - he was just diagnosed with leukemia during 1973 so the news on the card was new.  He played until the end of the 1976 season.  He died two months after the 1976 season due to complications from surgery for his leukemia.

#34 - Wilbur Wood

In 1973 Wood became the first pitcher since Walter Johnson in 1916 to win and lose 20 or more games in a season.

He pitched 359 innings in 49 games (48 starts), leading the league in innings for the second year in a row.  His W-L record was 24-20 with 21 complete games.  

Walter Johnson's stats in 1916 - W-L 25-20, 38 starts plus 10 relief appearances, 36 complete games and 369 innings.  

Kellogg's calls him a "pudgy lefthander" even though he's listed at 6-0 and 185 pounds.

Not on the card - Kellogg's can also call me a pudgy lefthander.  

Friday, July 14, 2017

Sportscard Market Report Price Guide

I didn't know that the SMR Price Guide stuff was available free online.  Is it always?  Here is the one from 1970 Kellogg's football cards.

This doesn't mean a lot to me since I'm not really into getting cards graded.  It is good to know more about Kellogg's cards since we each have our own way of collecting.

I have so few graded cards that I didn't even find one quickly to post here.  Too close to bed time to worry about that.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Card Show Recap From Sunday

I stopped at a card show before going for a run on Sunday.  There is always one dealer with lots of vintage cards.  Sometimes he's got a bunch of Kellogg's cards.  He had a stack of 3-D football cards but they were not in my price range.

He also had 1980 and 1981 baseball cards that looked to be in really nice condition.  They weren't priced so I didn't bother asking about them since I've got the sets already.

The show was smaller than usual and there wasn't much that I wanted to look at unfortunately.  I was out of there in about 10 minutes.  I bought a 1970 Topps Super of Deacon Jones.  I'd never gotten one of the Supers with a football player so that was nice.

I guess that leaves me more money for the National.  I doubt that there will be other shows to check out before the National.  Maybe a flea market before that?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

1974 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #37 - 39

Back for more before the All-Star Game begins.

#39 - Bobby Bonds

Bonds mentioned singing and dancing as his hobbies.  That's great.

His first career hit was a grand slam homer.  

He still strikes out too much but he hit 39 homers in 1973.  I like the mention of being out of the shadow of Willie Mays since Mays moved on to the Mets. 

Not on the card - he never hit 39 homers again, but he did hit 332 in his career.  He didn't cure the tendency to strike out - he is 20th all-time in that category.

#38 - Pete Rose

Pete won his third batting title and was named MVP in 1973.  He is one of baseball's few .300 career hitters.  

Not on the card - that was his last batting title.  He did hit over .320 three more times but none of those resulted in a batting title.  He lost out in those years to Keith Hernandez once and Bill Madlock twice.  

Not on the card - Rose earned MVP votes in 15 different seasons including every year but one from 1965 to 1979.  In 1974 he led the league in runs and doubles but hit only .284.  26 guys got MVP votes that year including four Reds, but not Rose.  

#37 - Willie Stargell

Stargell surpassed 300 homers and 1,000 RBIs in 1973.  He narrowly missed winning MVP honors.

Not on the card - Rose won his only MVP award.  Rose had 12 first-place votes to Stargell's 10.  Bonds and Joe Morgan each had one vote.  Nice - the top three finishers together in this post.  

Not on the card - Stargell received MVP votes in 11 seasons.  He won the award in 1979.  

Monday, July 10, 2017

1974 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #40 - 42

Back at it again before I get too tired out tonight.

#42 - Cookie Rojas

Of course I still call him Cookie Ro-Jazz since that is how my brother said his name.

Movies make for a different hobby than the usual sports.

Not on the card - I would never had known that he got MVP votes in three different seasons including one with Philadelphia.

#41 - Sparky Lyle

The back of his card actually mentions the oddity of him always being groomed as a relief pitcher.  It mentions that he has not started a game in the majors.  I think I mentioned that in a previous post.

#40 - Chris Speier

Not many guys have three consecutive vowels in their name.  Let's not count the guys like Meyer where the y is definitely a consonant.  It's been a long time since fourth grade, sorry.  I will address this in a future post.

He was a starting shortstop at age 20.  He's said to be one of the best hitting shortstops in the game. 

Not on the card - he played a long time (1971 - 1989) for a guy who never hit 15 homers or 71 RBIs again.  

He was an all-star in 1972, 1973 and 1974.