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Sunday, September 23, 2018

1978 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #52 - 54

I'm back after staying away from the computer with a sore back.  All should be good for running a marathon in two weeks.  Here are the next three Kellogg's baseball cards from the 1978 set.

#54 - Frank Tanana




Tanana and Nolan Ryan were quite a duo in the middle of the 1970s.  His arm was "overworked" at the end of the 1977 season so he missed a few starts.  He struck out over 200 hitters for the third year in a row.  

He wanted to be known as the best pitcher in baseball.

Not on the card - he played from 1973 to 1993, winning 240 games and losing 236.  I guess that rest helped him to a long career.  He won 18 games in 1978 but never surpassed 15 again. 




#53 - Bert Blyleven



Blyleven already has four one-hitters and a no-hitter.  He was second in ERA to Tanana in 1977.  

He was traded after the 1977 season to the Pirates.  Notice the Pirates logo on the back even though he's pictured on the front as a Ranger.  

Not on the card - another pitcher with a long career, he pitched from 1970 to 1992.  His career record was 287-250.  He only received Cy Young votes in four seasons - not very Hall of Fame worthy in my opinion.  



#52 - Dave Parker



Parker was a huge star in the late 1970s.  He was the 1977 NL Batting Champ.  He struggled with knee and hamstring problems in the past.

He was a three-sport star in high school.  Kellogg's added that many observers expect him to be a star for years to come.

Not on the card - all three in this post had long careers.  Parker played from 1973 to 1991.  The 1978 NL MVP received MVP votes in nine seasons.  



Sunday, September 9, 2018

1978 Kellogg's Card Backs #55 - 57

I'm finally getting going on the 1978 Kellogg's baseball card backs.  Here are the last three cards in the set.

#57 - Don Sutton



I love these cracked cards, unless I paid for them in EX-MT condition.

They weren't able to add a lot of text about Sutton because he had stats from 1966 to 1977.  They did have room for at least another line of text.  

I never thought of him as a star pitcher in the 1970s.  In his first six seasons he didn't have a winning record.  In only two of those seasons did the Dodgers have a losing record.  

Not on the card - Sutton pitched until 1988 and only won 20+ games in 1976.  Are there other HOF starting pitchers who've only one 20 games once?  Babe Ruth did this twice.



#56 - Mike Hargrove


Hargrove had a great start during his first four years.  At this point he had a .303 career average.

Kellogg's says that he "refused" a basketball scholarship offer to pursue baseball.  Northwestern Oklahoma State College was probably NAIA-affiliated in 1972, so they could give scholarships.  Now it looks like they compete in NCAA-D-III.  So, it's not like North Carolina or Duke was looking for the six-foot leftie.  

He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 1974.  


#55 - Ken Singleton



Singleton, at 6-4 has a better basketball height than Hargrove.  He is likened to Nolan Ryan and Tom Seaver - all of whom are mentioned as having great success after leaving the Mets.  They failed to mentioned that Seaver was already a star with the Mets.  

Oddly for the 1970s, Singleton has already been traded twice.  He was involved with trades for Rusty Staub and Dave McNally.  The McNally trade was one of the factors in the path to baseball free agency.  To find out more about this visit your local library.





Monday, September 3, 2018

1978 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs - Next Up

Time for me to look into the card backs of the 1978 Kellogg's baseball card set.  Kellogg's took a few chances each year on player selection and they missed on a few guys in 1978.



Since I went to Goose Gossage Park in Colorado Springs again this summer I will start with his card.  He was a difference maker for many teams during his career.  

I was surprised to see that he only played one season with Pittsburgh.  I knew that he was a Cub for one season and that he played for the White Sox (5 years) and Yankees (7 years) for a while.   As a Cub fan I certainly remember him as a Padre in 1984.  He was with the Padres for four of his 22 seasons.   Add four more teams and he's got a lot of memorabilia just in uniforms.




This picture just made me feel good today.  Happy Labor Day. 

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Was Working For Kellogg's That Good?

I saw an item on ebay that surprised me.  It is advertised as a pin the Kellogg's gave to its employees who have 25+ years of experience.  Check it out here - Kellogg's Employee Pin.

The employee was given a pin that had diamonds on it.  What?

Places that I've worked at give out things like a pen or coffee mug for 10+ years and maybe take it up a bit after that.  Worse, I think that for 15 years you are given a fancy name plate for your desk.  Ugh.

I hope all of you are working hard and getting diamonds instead of coffee cups.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

There is Usually Only One Way to Get This Card


This is not an impossible card to find.  It is also a great looking card.  I get lots of comments/e-mails about this card.  Why?  It doesn't get offered for sale individually very often.

This card comes in an eleven-card set, with a checklist being the eleventh card.  What I have found is that the set is often available in the $10 range - $1 per card.  That's how I've been able to get a few of this card.  It's a nice set that does lack another star of Clemente's caliber, but it is still a nice set to pick up.



Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Greatest Players From The First 150 Years of Baseball

The 1970 Rold Gold cards celebrated the 1969 Greatest Baseball Players during the first 100 years of baseball.  Almost 50 years later, I hope that someone comes up with a new set next year to celebrate a new team.

I think that the team should be a 25-card 3-D set.  Eight positions can be represented twice each (16).  Then add four pitchers (2 starters and 2 relievers) and five wild-card selections. 

Based on the top 100 baseball players of all-time as rated by ESPN.

OF - Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Ty Cobb
SS - Honus Wagner, Alex Rodriguez
3B - Mike Schmidt, George Brett
2B - Rogers Hornsby, Joe Morgan
1B - Stan Musial, Lou Gehrig
C   - Johnny Bench, Yogi Berra
P   - Roger Clemens, Walter Johnson, Greg Maddux, Cy Young, Randy Johnson, Tom Seaver
Misc - Mickey Mantle, Rickey Henderson, Joe DiMaggio

No relief pitchers were rated high enough on ESPN to warrant inclusion here.

Baseball Almanac - I will check that out next time. 


Sunday, August 26, 2018

1968 Topps 3-D PSA Totals

I have one that is not graded, but here are the PSA totals.

#graded -- 584
# 10s ----- 46
# 9s ------ 123

Unlike most sets, where the most well-known players have the most graded cards, this is quite different.  Outside of variations, here are the graded counts of the 12 cards.

Willie Davis    -- 82
Ron Fairly      --  81
Jim Maloney   -- 68
Tony Perez      -- 57
Bob Clemente -- 52
Bill Robinson  -- 50
Ron Swoboda  -- 38
Curt Flood       -- 37
Jim Lonborg    -- 34
Rusty Staub     -- 33
Mel Stottlemyre- 29
Boog Powell    -- 27


SGC has graded 18 Clementes.  I'm not checking any other cards from this list.




Saturday, August 25, 2018

2018 Topps 3D

Here's a nice article on the new 2018 Topps 3D cards that I hadn't heard about until reading this.  I don't think that this is in my price range, but let's see what happens on the secondary market.


https://www.sportscollectorsdaily.com/2018-topps-3d-baseball-cards-set-information-checklist/

Does anyone know anything else about this product?  It already says that it is SOLD OUT.

Friday, August 24, 2018

I Couldn't Resist These 1983s


I saw this lot that included a 1983 set in really nice condition as well as a nice 1976 Johnny Bench.  Even though there were lots of non-sports cards in the lot, it has proven to be fun to check out

I don't do this often, but I should have a fun afternoon tomorrow checking out these cards after I am done training and coaching.  

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Marathon Training Has Taken Over My Free Time

I've got until early October to be done with my training for the marathon.  It is certainly taking up a lot of my free time.  So, I decided to figure out during a run how many bases I'll be covering during a 26.2 mile run.

It's 138435 feet or so.  That's 1538 * 90 feet.  1,538 bases.  Sorry Rickey Henderson with your 1,406 career stolen bases.  Not even a marathon Rickey. 

Talk about Rickey and get his card in the mail later in the week - Merry Christmas to me even though that is Rickey's birthday.






The good old days when they were called Sugar Corn Pops.  


Sunday, August 19, 2018

How Could I Do That?

A few days ago I checked beckett.com for the local card show schedule.  I saw that there was one about 30 minutes from my house.  Lots of times I go for a morning run near there and then head to the card show.

Today I ran near the show but I forgot to bring money or a change in clothes.  In the winter the change of clothing isn't needed, but today I was soaked after another humid day of running  That ruled out going to the show.  Bummer.

There probably won't be another one for a month or two.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

PSA Grading of 1980 Stop N Go Cards

I'm tired and lazy today so I will quickly check out the 1980 Stop N Go cards and their PSA counts.

The 1980 set has 48 cards compared to the 1979 set of 18 cards.  Are there a lot more graded 1980s?  No.  There have been 1,160 cards graded, or an average of just 24 per player.

# of 10s - 316 (27.2%)

# of 9s - 626 (54.0%)

# of 8s - 155 (13.4%)

total - 1,097 (94.6%)

I've found these cards to be in better shape than the 1979s and it shows in the PSA stats.  Here are a few of the PSA stats.

Only Franco Harris (55) has more than 50 graded cards in this set.  The lowest number is 11 for Rickey Bell and Jay Saldi.  There are a few more unknown players than these two so it surprises me to see them at the bottom of the list.

No 10s for #1 John Jefferson,

one 10 for #2 Herbert Scott and Jay Saldi.


Friday, August 17, 2018

PSA Grading of Stop N Go Football Cards - 1979

I have no graded Stop N Go cards but I was just wondering what the PSA numbers look like.  Here are the stats for the 1979 set of 18 cards.

Total number graded - 865

10s - 98 (11.3%) - 6 Paytons and 25 Staubachs

9s - 429 (49.6%)

8s - 118 (13.6%)

total - 645 (74.6%)

Walter Payton (147 graded) and Roger Staubach (107 graded) lead the way.  Franco Harris is next with 74 graded cards. 

No cards of Gregg Bingham have been graded as 10.  He is card #1 in the set if that matters here.  Robert Newhouse has only one card graded as a 10.

I will check the 1980 set some other time.  That set has 48 cards.   

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

I've Got Very Few of These

Whenever I ate Frosted Flakes as a kid I would read every side of the box, especially when there were Kellogg's cards inside.  Hard to believe that I didn't decide to keep any of them.

I picked up one recently, but I only have a few of these.  Does anyone see lots of them at shows or for sale elsewhere?


Monday, August 13, 2018

I Don't Know But I Couldn't Resist

When a card appears for sale and it is your favorite player from your childhood does it matter if it is valuable, useful or legit?  What if it is all of that plus something from Kellogg's?

I couldn't resist since it was affordable and a nice display item if nothing else.



Sure, its from a screwed up printing, but that makes it interesting.  




I couldn't resist the one with Seaver because Billy Williams can also be seen on this sheet.  He is printed along with Seaver on the left panel.   

Williams only managed one HR in 95 plate appearances against Seaver.  He did worse against Carlton hitting only one in 101 PA.  He did much better against Gibson and G. Perry.  

Friday, August 10, 2018

I Did Better on ebay Than at the National?

Here is what I had waiting for me at home this week.




Yes, those are all in the original wrappers.  Ruth, Gehrig and a few others are not cracked.  The others are cracked and one has a bad wrapper rip, but this is a nice lot.

No one has let me know if the Rold Gold and Kellogg's cards that are found in packs display any differences.  I have yet to see any unopened packs with the 1972 date. 



Thursday, August 9, 2018

Final Group of Cards From The National

I spent a few bucks on a nice Joe Greene from 1971.  All of the others were in the $1 bin.  The 1971s show nice color.  The baseball cards help me with some sets that I am working on now.



That's about all that I got this week at the National.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Miscellaneous Pick-Ups From The National

I was glad to get the Archie Manning for a second set and I think I need a few of the others for second sets.

I just can't resist Ruth or Gehrig cards if they are cheap.  The other 1972 ATGs were hard to pass up for $1.  I ended up buying over 50 cards at $1 each from one table and just a few things elsewhere.



I do prefer to go to the National on two different days.  Either Wednesday or Thursday so I can find something interesting and Sunday so I can look for cheap stuff and go through some want lists.  Even though the show is near my house next year I'm not sure if I will be able to go for two days.  

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Seeing Cracks in Kellogg's Cards

There must be something in the lighting at card shows that doesn't allow me to see cracks in Kellogg's cards.  I brought home a nice group of cards that I thought were free of cracks.  Then I get home and check them out - ugh.

I added some decent cards, but none were variations that I needed.  With a limit of four hours at the card show, I didn't consult any of my lists.



It is always nice to add some 1971s, but I was really hoping to pick up some nice ones.  Prices for nice commons seemed to be $15+.  If I had more time like last year, I might have gotten some graded ones for under $10.  Next year in Chicago I might go on Sunday which would be good for picking up stuff no one wanted and bad because good stuff will be gone if priced fairly.

Monday, August 6, 2018

What Else Did I See at the National

What else did I see or not see at the National?  Keep in mind that this was Friday, so maybe someone bought lots of stuff before that.

A day before attending I saw two 1970, five-card, 49-cent packs in a picture online.  At the show I saw those two packs and no other unopened 1970 five-card packs.  Both were still there on Friday with prices of $125.  Neither had stars showing and neither was in a desirable number range.

I saw no individually wrapped packs until the last 15 minutes.  Then I saw a group of 1972s.  That was the same group that I saw at the show last year.  

One dealer that I usually buy some cheap vintage cards from sold six different Kellogg's sets before I got there.  It was disappointing to see their list of sets for sale and see all of the Kellogg's ones crossed out.  Prices were fair and they sold 1972 ATG, 1973, 1975, 1978 and a few newer ones.  

I saw no factory sets from any year.  I didn't see any Leyendas sets either - I never have seen them at these shows.  I saw no Clementes from Puerto Rico.

I saw no advertising pieces, uncut sheets or anything else odd.  I didn't even see any 1968 Topps 3-D cards but I didn't look as closely at graded cards because I rarely buy them.

Lots of dealers who had 1950s to 1970s stuff on display had small sections of Kellogg's cards.  Lots of cracked and curled cards and lots of high prices. 

Since I've gone to the National often, most of the tables are starting to look familiar.  That's not a good thing.  

Sunday, August 5, 2018

A 3-D Set I've Been Chasing - Found

I decided that I wanted to get all of the 3-D cards that were designed like the 1968 Topps 3-D cards.  Over the years I've gotten some of them, but I never made a lot of progress.  At the National I was able to get 15 in one purchase.  Here they are:



That's a nice set - Ruth, Mays, Clemente, Mantle and Kaline included.  These are from 2012 Topps Archives.  

I've lost track of what other sets used this style for inserts so maybe one of you can help me.  

2011 Topps Lineage has a set of 25 cards and I've gotten a few of them.  What is up with some 2011 Lineage 3-D cards numbered to 99?

2017 Topps Heritage had 15 cards as box toppers.  This could be costly with Trout, Harper, Bryant and others.  

Are there others?

Saturday, August 4, 2018

I'm Sorting Through the Cards I Bought at the Yard Sales

It turns out that I did get some Kellogg's cards at the Yard Sales in Ohio.  Check out this picture.


This is not the entire set.  I have the set in panels, which look great. 

I ended up with lots of other cards, some good and some going to the give-away pile. 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Pre-National Yard Sale Trip

I spent hours at a long yard sale today as I get ready to attend the National on the weekend.  I saw quite a variety of cards, including some boxes that I was able to buy for just a few bucks.  The only Kellogg's cards that I saw cheap were the 1980s football cards from Raisin Bran - they aren't 3-D.

Later I saw some nice George Brett's from 1977 and 1978 along with a few other stars, but all were priced at twice e-bay levels.  Luckily, I can resist them so I didn't buy these.

I am having fun looking through the thousands of cards that I did get. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Official USOC Sponsor

I took my team to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs last week.  It brought back good memories for me since I worked there a million years ago.  The team jokes about my blog so when they saw the list of sponsors included Kellogg's they forced me to take a picture next to the sponsor list.  I won't make you look at that image.

The USOC needs to be nicer to Kellogg's and their sponsorship.  Immediately behind the visitor registration counter sit five lockers of Olympians.  These lockers are loaded with great memorabilia from each athlete.  Kellogg's might have a problem with the General Mills Wheaties box that is prominently displayed for all visitors to see. 

Since there are about three people that read this blog, I doubt that a Kellogg's employee will hear about this. 

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Don't Buy These Kellogg's Items at the National

Why?  These are the things that I hope to pick up.

1.  Any promo card from 1970 that features a player not included in the set.  Does anyone know of any players that fit this description other than Rusty Staub?

2.  Japanese Kellogg's cards from the 2000's. 

3.  Unopened five-card packs from 1970. 

4.  Single-card packs from any year.

5.  Full cereal boxes with the ads on the back.  Every time I ate cereal I would read the back of those boxes, even if I had just read it every day that week already. 

6.  Any advertising items for the cards. 

7.  Anything that I don't know exists. 

Monday, July 30, 2018

Off to the National?

Is anyone going to the National in Cleveland?  I've enjoyed it both times I've gone there.  I'm not sure when I will be going, but it will be just one day.  It's an easy trip since I can get there in just over five hours.

I will by looking for anything Kellogg's related, especially advertising and other unique items.  I certainly would like to find some unopened packs, but that is not likely.

One company has been selling lots of Kellogg's cards online recently.  I wonder if that will trickle over to the show.  I will also be asking around to learn more about this recent Kellogg's activity on ebay. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

I Forgot That There Were Pages for Kellogg's Cards

Sure, these pages are for T206s, but I do like them for Kellogg's cards, at least the skinny years.

The father of one of my runners got this photo for me.  The team makes lots of comments when I tell them that I have two blogs and neither is about running.  This is the first time I've gotten a photo from someone outside of the collecting community.

The photo also made me realize that I have a few of these plastic pages.  Why?  In the 1970s I ended up getting a few dozen T206 and other assorted pre-WWII cards.  I will have to see how Kellogg's cards look in those pages for each year.

Maybe I will even buy some of these pages at the National.  Thanks to the dad for the photo below which reminded me of a better way to display my cards.  I guess I should have been a bit nicer to his daughter today when she threw up "about five days worth of food" as someone called it.


Since I don't have all variations, I guess I should ask for a photo of the card backs.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

But The Front of This Card Looks So Good

I've seen this problem on a lots of 1971 Kellogg's cards - football and baseball.  I've also been frustrated by this with 1972 Kellogg's baseball cards.  What is the problem?



These cards look good on the front and the border looks fine  The backs chip like 1971 Topps card borders.  Ugh.  Do other years show these same problems?



Friday, July 13, 2018

PSA Grading of Stop-N-Go Football Cards

I never saw these cards anywhere before ebay since they were produced in a different part of the country from where I've lived.

There are two sets - 1979 and 1980.

The 1979 set had 18 cards including Walter Payton and Roger Staubach.  PSA has only graded 865 cards from this set and there have been only 98 graded as 10s.  Payton (147) and Staubach(107) lead the way in the number of submissions.  Franco has is next with 74 submissions.

Of the 10s, on six for Payton, 25 for Staubach and 12 for Harris.  None of the others are in double digits.  None of the 64 graded Gregg Bingham's are 10s; he is card #1.  One Robert Newhouse is a 10 and a few others have only two 10s including Lyle Alzado and Jack Ham.

The 1980 set was expanded to 48 cards but only 1,157 cards have been graded by PSA with 316 being 10s.  Cards graded most frequently are - Franco Harris (52), Mel Blount (50), Joe Greene, spelled Green on the front (48), Bob Griese (44), Jack Ham (44), and Henry Childs (41). 

How does Childs fit in with the group above?  Somehow Childs has 20 cards graded as 10s.  Only one Herb Scott and one Jay Saldi got grades of 10.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

1991 Kellogg's Leyendas Card Backs - Part 10

Here comes the last player card from the 1991 Kellogg's Leyendas set.  This time it's Manny Sanguillen who has his share of Kellogg's cards.  




His career is well documented on the card - solid hitter, good arm, good baserunner, All-Star and World Series star.  

Not on the card - I was surprised that baseball-reference.com compared his career as most similar to Thurman Munson.  

He only struck out once in every 15 at-bats.  He walked even less - 1 in every 21.7 at-bats.  I thought back to guys who swung at everything or do that now.  Shawon Dunston walked once in every 29.2 at-bats and Javier Baez already only walks once per 19.5 at-bats.  Dunston struck out once every 5.9 at-bats and Baez is currently whiffing once 3.5 every at-bats.



1991 Kellogg's Leyendas Checklist Card

If I opened a box of cereal hoping for Roberto Clemente I'd certainly be less than happy if I got Manny Sanguillen.  It would be way worse if I got the checklist card.  Was it issued in the packs?  I don't know these things I just write a few comments most days to keep my sanity.





I'd like to see an unopened box of Corn Flakes, Frosted Flakes or Froot Loops that had one of these cards inside.  Has anyone seen one of these?

Monday, July 9, 2018

Flea Market Failure Was Better Than Today's....

... car failure.  Add a four-mile walk and cutting the grass after work and I'm not ready to post anything today. 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Flea Market Failure

The weather and my schedule finally cooperated allowing my first visit to a flea market this year.  I heard numerous sellers talking to others about how few weekends they'd been able to set up this year. 

It was almost like an antique show - there was lots of old stuff to check out.  I rarely have seen Starting Lineups at this flea market.  Today at least 10 dealers had more than a box full of them.  I bought a Jim Everett for $1. 

There were lots of junk wax sets and miscellaneous 800-count boxes  Some were as cheap as $5 per box.  I didn't see any that I needed to have and carry around with me. 

There were Wacky Packages, older cards, many dealers with beer can collections or comic books and a few dealers with older cards.  Most had high prices of no prices listed.  It did remind me that I would like to get the Wacky Packages.  My mom didn't throw away my cards, but the stickers didn't survive.  My fault on that since I didn't keep them in the closet with my cards. 

Kellogg's cards - I saw none.  I spent $1 total.   I hope that doesn't happen when I go to the National.   

Thursday, July 5, 2018

1991 Kellogg's Leyendas Card Backs - Part 9

Back for our ninth card from the 1991 Kellogg's Leyendas set - Rod Carew. 



With a quick glance that looks like an Orioles uniform above.  




His birth location is mentioned in Spanish as Panama but in English it just calls it Canal Zone.   Baseball-reference.com mentions the country as Panama which is what I expected.

I didn't realize that he hit .300 or better for 15 consecutive seasons.  He stole home seven times in one season and he was MVP and Rookie of the Year during his career.

Not on the card - he hit under .300 during his first two seasons and his last two seasons.  He won seven batting titles.  He stole 353 bases in his career with his highest total of 49 in 1976.

He only played in more than 150 games in four seasons.  That kept his career total hits counts down a bit - still 3,053 of them. 



Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Latest PSA Totals for Kellogg's Baseball and Football Cards

Here are the lastest PSA totals for 9s, 10s and all graded Kellogg's cards.




Year Date 9 10 Total Misc
1970 7/3/18          17,297          4,893          30,750
1971 7/3/18            4,668          1,041          11,839
1972 7/3/18            7,014          1,703          10,646
1972 7/3/18            3,558          1,076            6,333 ATG
1973 7/3/18            6,239          4,266          11,905
1974 7/3/18            5,063          3,495          10,224
1975 7/3/18            2,588          1,030            5,078
1976 7/3/18            3,942          3,579            8,598
1977 7/3/18            1,852             998            3,603
1978 7/3/18            1,841             740            3,385
1979 7/3/18            1,440             439            2,822
1980 7/3/18            2,310          1,568            4,711
1981 7/3/18            2,351          1,225            5,147
1982 7/3/18            3,250          2,585            6,645
1983 7/3/18            1,171          1,036            2,615
1970 7/3/18            9,818          3,286          18,197 FB
1971 7/3/18            2,063             568            4,316 FB


I've tracked these numbers in February, March, April and now July.  Here is what I've found.

In seven weeks from February to April 328 cards were added to these counts.  That's about 47 per week.

In 12 weeks from April until early July 1,444 cards were added - over 120 per week.

What years saw big increases?  1970 saw an increase of 335 cards (23.2% of the total increase), 1970 FB added 225 cards (15.6%), 1971 added 160 (11.1%), 1973 added 103 (7.1%) and 1981 added 100 (6.9%).

That all seems okay until looking at the changes in 9s and 10s graded.  Of the 1,444 cards added during this time 76% of them are 9s or 10s.  People submitting these certainly know what they are doing and can evaluate cards quite well. 

What does this mean?  Does anyone know how to determine who submitted these cards.  I think I have an idea as to how this jump has occurred.


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

1991 Kellogg's Leyendas Card Backs - Part 8

Orlando Cepeda was an excellent choice for inclusion in the 1991 Kellogg's Leyendas set.  Good to have another Hall of Famer in the set.



Rookie of the Year, MVP and seven-time all-star.  That's a nice way to start the write-up.  He helped the Cardinals to pennants in 1967 and 1968.  The Cardinals won the World Series in 1967.

379 homers is certainly nice.  He topped 100 RBIs five times.  




Monday, July 2, 2018

1991 Kellogg's Leyendas Card Backs - Part 7

Today's Kellogg's Leyendas card features a player who I would have never guessed would be included in this set.  Why?  I don't remember ever hearing him speak and his name certainly made me think he might be from the USA.  I didn't get cable TV until 1987, so sports news was limited to local teams and championships.   Ed Figueroa didn't fit those descriptions too frequently.

He pitched in the post-season from 1976 - 1978 with the Yankees.  His record was 0-4 in seven starts.


Another AL-only player, I saw him play a lot less than I saw NL guys.  So, I was surprised on the card to see his career record of 80-67.  He did that in only eight years including one 20-win season.

He was the Yankees winningest pitcher from 1976 - 1978 and he was the first Puerto Rican pitcher to win 20 games in a season.  His MLB career was shortened due to elbow surgery though he did pitch in Mexico after recovering.

Not on the card - he pitched in the minors from 1966 - 1975 and from 1981 - 1982.  He spent time with the US Marines in Vietnam.  





Sunday, July 1, 2018

1991 Kellogg's Leyendas Card Backs - Part 6

Back for another 1991 Kellogg's Leyendas baseball card back.  I spent more time trying to decide when to go to the National this year, but I haven't figured that out yet.  I am likely only going for one day so that rules out Wednesday since it isn't enough time.  Sunday doesn't work this year either.

Back to Rico Carty.  He


I don't remember most of his career with the Braves.  During the 1970s he seemed like a guy who I could never keep track of his current team.  Here is what I found - 1963 - 72 Braves, 1973 - Cubs, Rangers, A's, 1974 - 77 Indians, 1978 - A's, Blue Jays, 1979 Blue Jays.  So, my memories were somewhat correct.  Back to the card back now.



He hit .300 in eight of his 15 seasons.  

Not on the card - his career average was .299.  He needed two more hits in all of those ABs to have a .300 career average.  He won a batting title in 1970 and started on the All-Star team.

Not on the card - he was an all-star starter without even being on the ballot.  Write-in votes got him the spot.

He missed the 1968 due to tuberculosis.  He also had seven shoulder separations. 

Not on the card - his only post-season appearances were in 1969 against the Mets.  He was 3-for-10 with three walks in three games. 

Saturday, June 30, 2018

1991 Kellogg's Leyendas Card Backs - Part 5

Back for another Kellogg's Leyendas card.  This time - Mike Cuellar.




Another picture on the back that looks like it is from an MLB alumni golf outing  



Cuellar won won 20 or more games four times.  He won the Cy Young Award in 1969 and he pitched in three consecutive World Series (1969 - 1971).  

Not on the card - he won 185 games in his career.  He was a four-time all-star.  In his 12 post-season starts he averaged over seven innings pitched.  He hit seven career homers and one in the 1970 ALCS - a grand slam off of Jim Perry.




Friday, June 29, 2018

I Guess I'm Not Blurry

Posting today more about my track meet experience last night than about Kellogg's cards.  

In an old Michael Johnson commercial he's running by a family so fast that a little kid asks mom - 'why is that man so blurry".  Last night at a track meet I was acting as coach but I was also competing.  The first event was the 4x100 relay and one of my teams was competing.  My event was next so I was helping the kids get ready while sometimes warming up on the track for my event - the 5000-meters.

As I was warming up on the track I ran past a seven-year-old girl who was getting her starting blocks ready for the relay.  As I ran past all she said was "wow" in a nice, loud voice.  A few minutes later I ran past her in the other direction so I decided to stop and ask her about her comment.  

I posed a multiple choice question for her to explain what she meant by "wow".  Here's what I gave her - 
(a) was I really "wow" fast
(b) was I really "wow" slow
(c) was my hair "wow" gray

She chose none of those and quickly replied - "wow, you're old!".  Ouch.  I laughed for a long time and then I even found out that one the coaches from my school is her summer track coach.  

So, to keep with the old theme, who were the oldest players to appear in each Kellogg's set from 1970 - 1983?  My database is MIA so I won't be able to check answers until next week.  


Thursday, June 28, 2018

Something I Rarely Can Say - "Set Completed"

After today's mail I've completed another Kellogg's set - the 2006 set of autographed cards that were inserted into Kellogg's products.


I've been looking for this card for a while.  I'm glad to have this done.  I hope to actually attempt to fill some items from my want lists at the National.  I'm probably going without my kids so that might make it easier for me. 




Not much to talk about regarding the card back. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

1991 Kellogg's Leyendas Card Backs - Part 4

Back for another Kellogg's Leyendas card back - Cesar Cedeno. 


Those 1970s Astros uniforms are not easy to ignore.  I love seeing those.  The color scheme of the card also fits the uniform perfectly.  Is that picture from Wrigley Field?  It turns out that the Astros did something odd - they wore the same uniforms at home and on the road.  Did other teams do that?


He hit 199 homers and stole 550 bases.  He won five Gold Gloves.  He helped St. Louis to the 1985 World Series.

Not on the card - he is now 27th all-time on the career stolen bases list.