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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Missing Stop N Go Cards from 1979 and 1980

I was able to check my Stop N Go cards today.  It turns out I am missing  the following players for 1979 Football sets:

Preston Pearson (3)
Walter Payton (3)
Robert Newhouse (3)
Roger Staubach (2)
Jay Saldi (1)

For 1980 Sets I am missing the following:

Herb Scott (2)
Preston Pearson (2)
Archie Manning (1)
Jack Ham (1)
Henry Childs (1)

I have extras of most Cowboys, Steelers and Raiders.

Let me know if we can trade.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Did I Finally Complete a Stop N Go Set?

I just got a bunch of 1980 Stop N Go 3-D football cards yesterday.  I probably won't have time to sort through them and find out if I have completed the set for a few days.  I did get most of the Cowboys, so that should help.  I'm worried that I might not have a Herb Scott.

That certainly does give me something to look forward to next week.


All of them are curled, but none are cracked.  These don't seem to crack as much as Kellogg's cards.

I didn't get any of the 1979 Stop N Go cards.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Can You Name All of These Kellogg's Players?

Mark Fidrych only played in the majors for one team - the Tigers.  Can you name other players who appeared on a Kellogg's baseball card and also played on only one major league team or one franchise?



No hint - I haven't looked up who else might fit into this category but I can already think of some.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Yankees Won This Trade

On this day in 1972 the Yankees acquired Sparky Lyle from the Red Sox for Danny Cater and Mario Guerrero.  Lyle played seven seasons with the Yankees, leading the league in saves twice and winning a Cy Young Award in 1977 as the Yankees won the World Series.



Lyle appeared in Kellogg's sets from 1973 - 1975 and then again in 1978 as shown above.

Cater was included in the 1971 set and played until 1975.  Guerrero got into the 1979 set, but he played his last game in 1980 at the age of 31.  



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

On This Day in 2002.....

....it was announced that a manager would get a one-game regular-season suspension after an altercation with an umpire in an exhibition game.

The manager - Larry Bowa.



MLB vice-president for on-field operations - Bob Watson.



I guess the pre-season games really do count for something.

I guess they were never golfing buddies - http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/sports/bowa-watson-article-1.480494.

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sdut-dodgers-coach-bowa-suspended-3-games-2008apr02-story.html


Monday, March 20, 2017

1976 Kellogg's Card Backs - Card Numbers 46 - 48

Back to three more 1976 cards.  I was too lazy to take them out of the sheets, so there is some glare and some reflection of me taking the photos, which I find to be easier than scanning the cards.

This group includes three AL players from good teams.  What does that mean?  It means that I never got tickets to see them play the White Sox.  Cheap or free tickets never came around for the good teams.


#46 - John Mayberry



I don't remember Mayberry much as an Astro other than his Topps cards.  His trade to KC was one of the best in team history and one of the worst for the Astros.  At least that's what the card says.

He hit 255 career homers, which is 199 more than his son who was also named John Mayberry.

Not on the card - the trade comment makes sense since neither of the players that the Astros received had careers to match Mayberry's career.

Not on the card - he was 1975 MVP runner-up to Fred Lynn.




#47 - Vida Blue



Vida Blue's first high school fame was mentioned as being from the football field.  Blue wants to get to the World Series since he is currently sporting a 0-3 record in the Fall Classic.

Not on the card - he won 209 career games and three World Series rings.  He never got back to the playoffs to change that record.




#48 - Rod Carew




Carew has won four staight batting titles.

Not on the card - he won two more batting titles after this card was produced.

Not on the card - he played 10 more years and his batting average ended up being .328, just like it was after 1975.





Sunday, March 19, 2017

Card Show Recap

I read some varying comments about the Rosemont show before going.  I ignored the negative ones and decided to go to the show for a while.

These shows occur twice per year and I tend to go to them for about an hour.  Unfortunately, since the dealers seem to end up in the same locations, the show can be a bit predictable.  It's gotten quick to look through because most of the dealers are not only in the same place, their displays don't change much from one show to the next.

I saw the usual Kellogg's cards on display with dealers who had primarily older cards.  I also ran into two 800-count boxes of them elsewhere.  The first box was at a dealer table that was quite organized with vintage cards.  On top of the box were about 10 heavily curls cards.  The box had a high price on it and when I opened it the cards inside all had horrible curling as well.  The cards also were lacking in the sharp color that can be found.  I moved on.



I found a booth that had a bunch of boxes of cards organized by year.  One would assume that these would be commons and the good cards would be in the display cases.  No, the dealer told me that it took too long so the boxes had a mix of stars and commons.

This guy also had the second 800-count box that I saw.  There were lots of nice 1970 Kellogg's baseball cards, a variety of other years and some stars.  I was planning to make an offer but I didn't bother for three reasons -

1.  He told me that commons would be .50 to 1.00 for the newer years
2.  I watched him take about 10 minutes to give a guy a steep price for a handful of Hostess cards.  I left while they continued negotiating.
3.  I didn't have the time to have him slower look over the 500 or so cards in the box to come up with a price.  I also didn't have more than a hundred dollars.


If I see the guy next time will I ask what the box price is?  Probably.  Do I regret not waiting around for that?  No.  There were a few good cards, but the two things that I am really missing were really present in the box - 1979 variations and 1971 variation.

I saw no unopened packs and no individually-wrapped card packs.

Overall, a nice show since it is close to home.   I don't collect autographs that I pay for, even if the signers include Ralph Macchio and Kristy McNichol.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

1972 Kellogg's All-Time Greats Factory Set Questions

This is question about the 1972 Kellogg's All-Time Greats set and maybe also about the 1970 Rold Gold set which features the same cards.

I purchased a factory set of the Rold Gold cards recently and I didn't open it.  Does a similar factory set exist for the 1972 Kellogg's All-Time Greats?



Does anyone know if in the envelope the cards are on a sheet or if they are in a wrapper like what I saw below for a 1972 set on ebay?



If the 1972 All-Time Greats were not issued in a similar envelope, were they issued through a mail-in offer at all?



The box shown below doesn't mention any mail-in offer.  I actually remember that my friend had one of these empty boxes because they ate Danish Go-Rounds, something we never did at my house.  All of my friends collected cards, but that was the only time we ever saw an All-Time Great card.

How did Rold Gold Pretzels advertise a mail-in offer?





Friday, March 17, 2017

Three-Day Show - Which is the Best Day to Go?

There is a big show near O'Hare Airport (Chicago) this weekend.  Normally, I feel that if I go on Friday I might find some unique or hard-to-find Kellogg's or other oddball cards.  Sometimes I've had success going on Sunday when people are willing to budge more on their prices.

This is a big show.  I refuse to learn the name, but it used to be the Sun Times Card Show, named after one of the newspapers I delivered as a kid.  There are lots of paperboy stories, but I don't have a blog for that - yet.



For this show, I'm not available to go on Friday (dad duties) or Sunday (coaching) so it looks like I will be going on Saturday.   What I don't like about Saturdays is that when the show opens it is really crowded with those who work hard all week and get there early on Saturday.

 "I'm not complaining, I'm just explaining".   That was a favorite line of someone I used to coach.  I realize that I am spoiled living in the Chicagoland area since we have at least two great shows a year and the National almost every other year.  My three years outside of Chicago made me really miss going to good card shows.

I feel bad for those of you who live in the Mountain Time Zone and live hundreds of miles from a card show.  But, since I'm jealous that you live in the mountains I don't feel as bad for you as I would otherwise.


I picked up this Ruth above without the cards at one of these big card shows.  The first picture is something I saw online and didn't buy.  Maybe I will find something unique tomorrow?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

More 1976 Cards - A Sheet This Time



I'll finish the discussion of 1976 Kellogg's card backs soon.  He's a picture of another beautiful uncut sheet that I will probably never get.  I think I've shown this before, but I just enjoyed looking at it today.

Look at the stars on this one - Rice, Eckersley, Sutton, Stargell, Lynn, Carter, Palmer, Brock and Rose - all times four.

Just a reminder, this is the kind of stuff that I am looking for - when I can afford it.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Where are the Kellogg's Cereal Boxes?

I've not had much luck getting Kellogg's cereal boxes from the 1970s.  Does anyone ever see them around at a fair price?



Just like my collecting of complete Hostess boxes with the baseball cards, I also would like to get the complete cereal boxes that we threw away in the 1970s.   









Tuesday, March 14, 2017

1976 Kellogg's Card Backs - Card Numbers 43 - 45

Back to these great 1976 Kellogg's card backs.

#43 - Jerry Reuss


The Cardinals and Astros weren't patient with Reuss.   Things worked out well for the Pirates since he won 18 games and had a 2.54 ERA.

He must have done some things right - he played from 1969 - 1990 winning 220 games.

Not on the card - he was traded four times and released five times during his 22 seasons.




#44 Ken Griffey


Through most of my childhood this guy was just known as Ken Griffey.  Did anyone ever call him by his first name - George?

That's a great hobby - drawing cartoons.

He was born in the same town as Stan Musial.

"He has had to overcome a weakness for striking out. ".  His numbers are not bad by today's standards or the standards in his era.

Not on the card - I had the same weakness.  I never overcame it.

Not on the card - former teammate Tom Seaver's first name is also George.



#45 Jorge Orta

The text starts by talking about how his average slipped.  He hit .304.

He prefers to be called "George".  That's what we always called him.  He signed a lot of autographs for us when he played for the White Sox.

The card projects him as one of the games top base running thieves.  Many also think he will be a home run hitter.

And now for my favorite lines on the card - "Jorge's power is undoubtedly inherited from his ball-playing father, Pedro.  The senior Orta was formerly billed as "The Babe Ruth of Cuba".

I talked about "The Babe Ruth of......" in a previous post.

Baseball.Reference.com mentions his speed, but not much about his homers.
















Monday, March 13, 2017

1976 Kellogg's Card Backs - Card Numbers 40 - 42

Back for a few more 1976 Kellogg's card backs.  This is one of my favorite set designs - front and back.  I guess when I rank the sets I will need to factor in the backs too.


#40 - Lou Brock




There is not much text on this card since Brock had already played from 1961 to 1975.   There would be even one line less if his 1964 season didn't combine his Cub and Cardinal stats.  

He stole "only" 56 bases in 1975 after having 118 in 1974..  Brock was 73 steals short of Ty Cobb's record at this time.  Nice to have yourself compared to Ty Cobb, but probably only when it comes to baseball stats.  

Not on the card - he beat Cobb by 41.  Billy Hamilton is now listed with more than Cobb and someone else eventually passed Brock.  



#41 - Mickey Rivers



Rivers had only played two full seasons when this card was issued.  He led the AL in steals in 1975 with 70 - more than Brock had in the NL.  

Not on the card - Rivers had 267 career stolen bases but he had only two seasons of more than 30 steals.  

Not on the card - any quotes by Rivers.  Go check some out online.  



#42 Manny Sanguillen




Nice hobby - playing the guitar.  

Nice comment by Kellogg's - "the ever-smiling Panamanian".  That is exactly how I remember him.  

He's a free-swinger and one of the most difficult men to walk in baseball.  It turns out he walked only about once in every 25 at-bats in his career.  








Sunday, March 12, 2017

Stop N Go Cards

I am trying to get a few of these sets together.  In my first attempt I couldn't find any Cowboys and of course Walter Payton.  Now I'm getting closer to getting some sets together and in a few weeks I should find time to sort through them.

I know I will need Payton and a few Cowboys.  Does anyone ever see these in quantity?


Saturday, March 11, 2017

1976 Kellogg's Card Backs - Card Numbers 37 - 39

Here are three more cards backs from 1976 Kellogg's.  This group brings up quite different memories from 1976.

#37 - Jim Palmer




Palmer had another 20-win season in 1975 to with an ERA title and Cy Young Award.

This was a great card to get in 1976.

Not on the card - he became an underwear model at some point.

Not on the card - it was his second Cy Young Award.  He added another in 1976.




#38 - Bobby Murcer



"Never quite filling the superstar niche his Yankee employers carved for him" - that's not the best thing to say on a Kellogg's card, but I've mentioned worse comments.

I was not excited to get this card in 1976 and I liked it less in 1977.

Not on the card - a year after this card came out he was traded to the Cubs for Bill Madlock in a deal that really bothered me and my school friends.  




#39 - Von Joshua



The second player in a row in this set who is a Giant and has one been with the team one year.  1975 was his first year as a regular player and he hit .318.

I was surprised that a guy like this was in the 1976 set.

He's from the San Francisco Bay area.  

Not on the card - he only played two more full seasons in his 10-year career.  His career average was .273.











Friday, March 10, 2017

1979 Stop N Go Cards - PSA

There have been 826 Stop N Go Football cards graded by PSA.  Here is a breakdown of the grades.

10 -  97
9   - 406
8   - 109

140 of the graded cards have been Walter Paytons.  Only six of those cards got a grade of 10.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Happy Birthday - Bert Campaneris

Today is the 75th birthday for Bert Campaneris.  He played in the days without cable television but we all knew him well because he played lots of post-season games with the A's.

He played in 37 playoff games and on three World Series winning teams.  He even hit three homers in those games.  Not bad for a guy who hit only about four homers per year.


He had more career steals than RBIs (649 to 646).  That's a lot of steals and 14th all-time.  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

1976 Kellogg's Card Backs - Card Numbers 34 - 36

Back to the 1976 Kellogg's cards.  I didn't like two of these guys because they dominated the Cubs.


#34 - Gary Carter




His hobbies included golf and hunting.  Why didn't they mention card collecting.  When did he start doing that?

He led the team in RBIs - not a good year for the Expos when you check out his RBI total.

He's a "hustler of the Pete Rose type".  I agree with that one.  That's why I didn't like him or Rose - they just wanted to win.

Nice that his first two hits were against Jon Matlack and Tom Seaver and his first homer was against Steve Carlton.

Not on the card - he had more career ABs against Carlton than anyone else.  He also hit 11 homers against him, more than he hit against any pitcher.   Ditto for his 23 RBIs, 8 doubles and 34 hits.

Not on the card - he ended up 6-for-18 (.333) against Matlack but he batted only .188 against Tom Seaver.



#35 - Rick Wise




That was a great comeback from injury.  He only pitched 49 innings in 1974 due to injury and in 1975 he won 19 games.  

He had a no-hitter in 1971 for the Phillies.  His trade prompted two 1972 Topps cards that surprised all of us - his card and Carlton's were both stamped with "Traded" on the front when they were traded for each other.  

Not on the card - I was surprised to find out that he won 188 games in his career.  



#36 - Johnny Bench




Can Steve Carlton be involved with three cards in a row?  No, but Bench's homer in the World Series off of Rick Wise is mentioned.  They put them next to each other in this set.

Bench listed singing as a hobby.  I remember him from commercials, but not much singing.  









Has Anyone Seen Anything Like This Nolan Ryan Kellogg's Sample?

This card is available on ebay.  I know nothing about it.  Does anyone else have any factual information about cards like this from Kellogg's?   I've only seen samples of players that weren't produced from 1970.

I am not an expert on grading services either so please only comment if you know something about this one.



The back has the text SAMPLE in large print.

Unlike anonymous forums, I won't approve comments that could lead to trouble.  I'm just curious if people have seen things like this.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Where are These Clemente Kellogg's Cards?

I've mentioned before that these 1994 Kellogg's Clemente cards seem to be hard to find.  Where are they?

I checked PSA's site today to see how many of them have been graded.  I was quite surprised to see that the three-card set has a total of only four cards graded by PSA.




To put that number in perspective, there have already been eight 2017 Topps cards of Kris Bryant graded.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Purchase From a Small Card Show

I got to a card show yesterday.  It works out well since this one is held about 10 minutes from a trail that I like to run at bike on the weekends.  The show wasn't very big.

One dealer who specializes in top-grade older cards had lots of 1970 Kellogg's baseball and football cards.  The prices were okay, reflecting that they were cards worthy of grading.  I didn't buy any.

I did find one card in a 10-cent box in the room.  It was a 1977 Doug Rau.  I can't resist when I find something like that.  For the price I paid, I'm not motivated enough to take it out of my car yet, and I'm certainly lacking the motivation to get an image of it onto this blog.  Maybe later.  Sorry Doug.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Someone Has This Beautiful Kellogg's Sheet for Sale

I can't justify spending the money required to pick up this sheet, but I figured I might has well have a picture of it.



Wow, what a lineup - Clemente, Mays, Frank Robinson, Rose, Banks, Killebrew and Palmer.  

That is a great item for any Kellogg's collection.  It's just a bit out of my price range.