Kellogg's Baseball Cards will be the primary emphasis of this blog. I will also talk about 3-D football, basketball and hockey cards and other related cards. Kelloggs (or Kellogs) cards have been an interest of mine since my days munching on Frosted Flakes.
Bill Buckner had a great career with the Cubs. Although he's remembered from the Red Sox and the Dodgers, he played more games with the Cubs (974) than the Dodgers (773) and Red Sox (528). He hit .289 for his career with an even .300 average from his days with the Cubs. He won an NL batting title in 1980.
1983 Kellogg's Bill Buckner #59
1978 Rating -- 8 comment -- he was certainly a fan favorite with the Cubs. Why? He hustled and played the way we'd hope everyone would.
2017 Rating -- 6 comment -- like lots of the players, the mentality is now star or common. The in-betweens are now commons. At least he's a Cub.
I quickly checked the 1973 Kellogg's baseball card set to see how many cards show complete numbers on the uniforms. Only six of them seem to show the full numbers on the jerseys. I assume that this is more than cards in the other sets. I will look into that.
Carlos May is a great example of what I like in the 1973 Kellogg's set.
The jersey number can be seen on his shoulder. A scoreboard can be seen in the background so I will need to figure out more about what stadium is shown.
I enjoyed checking out the #56s yesterday, so I think I will look into that database further. Since I know of a few players who wore number 0 in their careers I will start by checking that out.
It turns out that 18 players have worn #0 in their careers. Seven of the 18 players had either a first or last name that began with the letter "O". Two of the players on this list also had a Kellogg's card but only one of them actually wore the number 0 for the team that he was on when he wore #0.
People my age can probably name the one player since he wore 0 for eight years. The other player wore it for less than an entire season.
Oscar Gamble is not the correct answer. It would be great to have a Kellogg's card of him but he never got into a set.
Today I attended Mark Buehrle day at Comiskey Park, a name many still call the ballpark even though it has gotten two new names since it was last officially known as Comiskey. It was a nice, fun event even for someone like me who isn't a fan of the White Sox.
I was wondering if any other Kellogg's cards featured players who wore #56. After reading the following story about top players at each number (bleacherreport) I was worried that not many guys wore that number.
The Sporting News also did a list and said no one else was worthy of even being compared to Buehrle as the best player to wear #56.
A Sporcle quiz had twenty players who wore that number. None appeared on Kellogg's cards.
Baseball-Reference.com came to the rescue. I searched for who wore #56 from 1970 - 1983, so I could have missed some guys who wore the number during other years.
1983 - Bert Campaneris (Yankees). He normally wore #19 in his career but Dave Righetti had that number when Bert arrived in New York.
1970 - Don Gullett (Reds). He normally wore #35 in his career.
Others may have worn the number only at the beginning of their careers, like Gullett, or as their career ended, like Campaneris.
That's it. I went further to check out all of those who wore #56 in baseball history.
I did find that Gus Polidor wore #56 in 1985 for the Rangers. He was featured in an early post about the Venezuelan Kellogg's card set.
One eight White Sox players have worn #56 and only Buehrle did so for more than three years.
The 1973 Kellogg's baseball card set gets a lot of negative comments because it isn't 3-D and the red color. There are a few benefits to not being 3-D. The obvious ones are the 1973s not curling or cracking. Yeah!
What I like about the 1973s are the normal baseball card pictures. One can try to figure out what stadiums are shown or, in a rarity for Kellogg's, who else is shown in the picture. Here are a few examples of people in the background.
I like that Bob Gibson's card shows people in the stands. I don't know what else is going on behind him.
One of Nolan Ryan's teammates or coaches is watching him pose. They are probably laughing because that is one of the worst throwing poses ever.
Like Ryan, Rod Carew had a jealous teammate who wanted to find his way to get on the card.
Ron Santo has someone lingering too. I like the batting glove.
I'm finally finishing my look at the back of the 1973 Kellogg's baseball card sets. Here are the last three cards.
#03 - Mickey Lolich
Lolich was a rare switch-hitting pitcher. With 217 career wins I figured he'd be near the top of the all-time wins list for switch-hitting pitchers. He's 10th. Only two of those ahead of him were born after 1900 - Robin Roberts and Early Wynn.
After leading the league in losses in 1970 with 19, Lolich won over 20 games during the next two seasons.
Not on the card - nothing is mentioned about his hitting. He batted .110 for his career (.114 versus righties and .100 versus lefties). He walked almost 10% of the time so his OBP was .215.
#02 - Ellie Rodriguez
So being 5-11 and 185 allows Kellogg's to call him "chunky". He was taken by the Royals from the Yankees in the Expansion Draft.
He was a Golden Glove boxer before entering baseball. Did anyone dare mess with him around home plate?
#01 - Amos Otis
Amos likes dancing. So do I but I have no skills. Amos probably had dance moves.
The Mets tried to make him into a third basemen. It didn't work out.
Both Otis and the Royals struggled in 1971. He was a star kicker in high school, averaging almost 50 yards per boot.
Not on the card - I think that this is an error. They meant 1972 in the comment about Otis and the Royals. Otis was much better in 1971 than he was in 1972 but the Royals had a better record in 1972 than in 1971.
Almost done with this set. I've really enjoyed the write-ups and I learned a few things about some players.
#06 - Pete Rose
Rose batted .300 for the eighth straight season. He led the league in hits for the fourth time. Rose admitted that "he'd like to reach 3000 hits someday". He expects to hit the 2,000 mark in 1973.
Not on the card - he did surpass 2,000 in 1973. He passed 3,000 on his way to 4,256 hits. I like the commas.
Not on the card - his son had two career hits - one off of Kevin Appier and one off of Jason Schmidt. Neither of these two pitched while Pete Sr. was still playing.
#05 - Don Sutton
Sutton had what Kellogg's called "a habit of throwing home run balls". The card did go on to say that he's lowered that number greatly in the last two years.
Not on the card - he gave up 472 homers so I guess that trend didn't continue. That puts him fifth on the all-time list behind Jamie Moyer (522), Robin Roberts (505), Fergie Jenkins (484) and Phil Niekro (482).
To be fair to Sutton, he never led the league in homers allowed. Moyer (1 time), Roberts (5), Jenkins (7) and Niekro (4) all led the league at least once in that category.
#04 - Tony Oliva
Did anyone play less games in the previous season that Oliva and still get a card? He played in 10 games due to a knee problem. He currently has the highest lifetime average of any AL player - .313.
Not on the card - Carew was only at .309 at this point in his career. Oliva finished at .304 and Carew ended up at .328.
Getting close to finishing my look at the backs of these cards.
09 - Wilbur Wood
He became a starting pitcher and 1971 and has had two 20-win seasons. From 1961 to 1971 he never started more than eight games in any season.
His knuckleball has allowed him to be a workhorse for the White Sox. He's the last pitcher to start both games of a doubleheader - he lost both. He did win two games on the same day pitching the final five innings of a suspended game and then throwing a shutout.
Not on the card - he was a 20-game-winner for two more years before losing 20 games in 1975. He played in parts of three more seasons, winning 21 more games in those three years. Too bad he didn't become a starting pitcher until age 29.
08 - Bobby Bonds
Barry's dad was quite the all-around player. He's consistently among the league leaders in steals. He already has 179 of them in five seasons to go with 126 homers.
His sister is a former Olympic sprinter. His older brother, Robert, was a pro football player.
On the card - Bobby Lee Bonds is his given name. Good thing it isn't Robert since he has a brother by that name.
My interest in track caused me to look up his sister. She indeed as in the 1964 Olympics as a hurdler. She advanced to the finals but finished 8th.
07 - Steve Carlton
Carlton had his best season in 1972. It's the one everyone talks about since his team was so bad. The paragraph below is worth reading to describe his first season in Philly.
Lyle set the AL record for saves with 35. That doesn't rate high now since the record is 62.
The 6-1, 190 pound Lyle is mentioned as a "chunky southpaw".
His high school didn't even have a baseball team.
He has yet to start an MLB game in six seasons.
Not on the card - he pitched 899 career games, none of which he started. Only three players have pitched in more games without getting any career starts. None have Kellogg's cards, but can you name them?
#14 - Bob Gibson
Unlike Lyle, Gibson, a 6-1, 193 pounder, is not listed as "chunky". Gibson always seemed taller probably since the old highlights show him on the higher mound that MLB used in the 1960s.
He needed only 70 strikeouts to move into second place on the all-time list.
Not on the card - he got those strikeouts and ended up with 3,117. That puts him currently in 14th place on the all-time list.
#13 - Cesar Cedeno
The card says Cedeno is "deemed the best young player in baseball". He became Houston's starting centerfielder at the age of 19.
He overcame "parental objections to his ballplaying" in the Dominican Republic because his dad thought he should work more in the family business. His mom encouraged him to play and got him equipment.
Not on the card - he played 17 years in the majors. Most wouldn't put him on the list of top base stealers but he amassed 550 in his career which puts him 27th on the all-time list.
He averaged less than 120 games per season, so his career stats are less than I'd expect. Injuries seemed to be an issue for him.
Finally, back to finishing off the 1973 Kellogg's card back discussion. It took me some time to get going on this. Lots of stuff getting in my way.
#18 - Ray Fosse
Kellogg's somehow knew that even though Fosse had an off year at the plate, other teams were interested in trading for him.
His signing bonus included tuition at Southern Illinois University. He has played catcher since his Little League days in Marion, Illlinois.
He resisted signing with Bear Bryant and Alabama for football.
Not on the card - Fosse, the pride of Marion, Illinois, had his career derailed by Pete Rose's hard slide in the 1970 All-Star Game. I didn't know that Fosse was from Marion until reading the back of this card today. Marion is known for its prison. Fosse fans in the area probably found it fitting that one of Marion's most well-known inmates was (did you guess this?) Pete Rose.
Not on the card - He was traded to Oakland on March 24, 1973. I guess there never was an update to this card but I will check.
#17 - Jim Palmer
Palmer was the starting pitcher in the 1970 All Star Game mentioned above.
He recovered from major shoulder issues to resurrect his career.
He threw a World Series shutout at age 20.
Lots more could be said, but he was a regular in Kellogg's sets anyway.
#16 - Nolan Ryan
Ryan wasn't in the 1970 All Star Game because he didn't make the team until his sixth season.
"Nolan's pitching was about all the Angels had to boast about last season." That sums up a lot of the teams he played on.
He led the league in strikeouts (329), walks (157) and wild pitches (18). Ryan is the career leader in all three categories.
This is the Kellogg's card that took three more days to travel the same route. 1976 Kellogg's cards are among my favorites, but the corners chip easily and the white border can get yellowed.
Rose cards were good to get then and they are good to get now. I just saw a headline that his last chance to get into the Hall of Fame has passed. I don't know if that's true but I didn't read the article.
When I see 1976 Kellogg's lots available there is usually no Pete Rose card. People keep that one.
I would really love to get the 1976 Frosted Flakes box that this card came in. Does anyone see them around?
I've been very pleased with the mail service when I order cards. I think only one package has been lost over the years. Something odd happened recently with the Jerry Rice card that I purchased.
This card was in a package by itself as was another card. Both cards went through the same NC post office at the same time on a Friday or Saturday - that's not important. The Rice card showed at my house on a Monday and the other card on a Thursday.
I'm just glad when they show up since I don't need them at any time. I just had never seen two of my purchases come through the same post office at the same time. They were from different sellers too.
A few minutes ago the announcers mentioned that Ian Happ hit a grand slam and struck out four times in the game yesterday. They mentioned that this had only been done a few times since 1913 (and probably ever).
I think that it happened either five or six times. One player from the Kellogg's era was the first to do this and he did it twice. He only had a total of 11 career grand slams, so how did he do this twice? Simple he struck out a lot - it helps to be the all-time leader in strikeouts as a hitter.
I've had a stack of Kellogg's cards that are yet to be sorted. Al Cowens happens to be on the top of the pile. It's time to check out this card a bit more.
1978 Kellogg's Al Cowens #05
1978 Rating -- 6 comment -- he had a great season for a good team. He was AL MVP runner-up to Rod Carew.
2017 Rating -- 3 comment -- He was one of the few players to get a Kellogg's card without making an all-star team.
That's a nice start to his career. He's rated as a strong outfielder with an accurate arm.
He played 13 years, but never got another MVP vote. His career average of .270 is solid but more was probably expected after his 1977 season. He won a Gold Glove in 1977 only.
I was surprised by some things in the paragraph above. That's partially because I was a lot more in tune with the NL. I do remember Cowens being a good fielder so I decided to check out that. Cowens played in the AL from 1974 to 1986.
From 1974 to 1986 here are some Gold Glove winners (# times won) -
Dwight Evans (8)
Dwayne Murphy (6)
Fred Lynn (4)
Dave Winfield (4)
Joe Rudi (3)
Paul Blair (2)
Gary Pettis (2)
Those guys account for 29 of the 40 Gold Gloves awarded during that time. That explains why Cowens didn't win more than one award.
I thought that the total would be 39, but one year they must have awarded four Gold Gloves. Sure enough, in 1985 four Gold Gloves were awarded.
Yesterday I was contemplating whether to bid on something that was a lot more expensive than my normal ebay purchases. I had decided on a bid amount and I was going to enter it and if it was enough to win so be it. I decided to not get into a bidding war.
Just before the end of the auction I ended up needing to give one of my kids a ride. I asked her to wait a few minutes until the auction ended. She looked at the auction and saw the price that was out of my range. I couldn't get myself to bid since she kept watching until the auction ended.
Why did I care? That certainly wouldn't have gone over well at home. Do I wish I actually put in my bid? Mostly yes, sometimes no. I don't like to resort to selling duplicates and a large purchase would have forced me to do so in order to pay the bill.
I was never one to buy records as a kid or teen. That continued into adulthood, a good thing for my card collection. Last night I thought about the first record that I pestered my mom to buy me as a kid.
I think that the song had only one word - Batman! My older siblings had a record player, something I never owned, so I played that record enough to drive everyone crazy. I don't think that I played it at the same bat-time, but I'm sure that my Beatle-loving older siblings were quick to stop my from repeating it too many times. Sorry to hear about Adam West's passing away. I have great memories from the television show and my first record.
Now for something about Kellogg's cards.
With the National coming up in about six weeks here is my idea for their promo cards. They've done quite a variety of cards. How about a small subset of players in the Kellogg's or 1968 Topps 3-D format?
They'd probably go with the usual suspects - Trout, Harper, etc. and a few new guys like Judge of course. Then at least one old Yankee (Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle). Which Kellogg's design would be best for this?
I've got the Cubs-Rockies game on now. I just heard that Russell threw out Walters. I think I've mentioned him before, but does anyone have information on Russell D. Walters, the first person we ordered from via the mail in the 1970s? We got his name from SCD. I should probably post this on a forum with a bigger following than my blog - maybe someday.
I'm still not done with the 2007 and 2008 Kellogg's autographed card sets. A few of the biggest stars tend to sell for amounts that are out of my price range. I'll just keep waiting until I find a price that works for me. Maybe I will try to find them at the National.
I did just pick up this Jerry Rice so now I've gotten one of the expensive cards from the set.
I bought a lot of unopened packs last week without knowing much about them. The price was right so I took a chance. There were almost 100 unopened one-card packs from 1978. Sure I expected there to be no stars, but there were a few decent names - Gossage, Foster and a few others as well as the Cubs and White Sox that I like to see.
The fun of it for me is that now I can work on making a duplicate set. I got 29 different cards in this lot, so now I can get going on a set.
I've found that Card Saver IVs work the best for these cards. Is anyone using regular card sheets? What else do people do to care for these packs?