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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

1976 Kellogg's Card Backs - Card Numbers 07 - 09

Since card numbers 1, 2 and 3 in the 1976 Kellogg's set weren't inserted into cereal boxes, it is not uncommon to see partial sets for sale that include cards 4 - 57.  Since I just picked up the first three cards cheap last week I found a partial set that I couldn't resist.  Now I have an extra 1976 set, which is one of my favorites anyway.

Here are next few cards in the set.

07 - Joe Rudi

The two A's cards look great together with those colorful uniforms.

Rudi likes two hobbies that don't seem to go together - hunting and golf.

I didn't know that Joe "was content to do a job that doesn't go unnoticed by his ballplaying peers."  Somehow he "fails to attract the publicity and limelight treatment accorded many of the Oakland teammates."  That is certainly a different tone than most of the card bios.

Not on the card - he was twice runner up in the MVP voting (1972 - Dick Allen; 1974 - Jeff Burroughs).  In 1974 Burroughs received 10 first place votes and so did players from the Oakland A's.  Rudi (5 votes) was probably hurt by having teammates taking his votes - Sal Bando (3), Reggie Jackson (1) and Jim Hunter (1).  Rudi, Bando, Jackson and Hunter finished 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th in the voting.  How's that for domination?  Bert Campaneris and Rollie Fingers finished 15th and 16th.

08 - Reggie Jackson

Twice the card mentions that he had a poor batting average in 1975.  His 17 steals give him 143 for his career already.

Not on the card - he actually stole 228 career bases including a career-high 28 in 1976.

09 - Felix Millan

His 191 hits in 1975 broke his own team record.  He is one of the toughest players to strike out.  He played all 162 games in 1975.

Not on the card - his strikeout totals.  In 743 plate appearances he struck out on 28 times.  That's once every 26.5 at-bats which is about once per week.  In his nine full seasons he was one of the five most difficult players to strike out every year.  In four of those years he was the leader in that category.

1 comment:

  1. Love seeing The Swingin' A's on Kellogg's cardboard! Both cards are awesome and look to be in pristine condition.