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Monday, January 27, 2014
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Monday, January 6, 2014
How about curling? How does it impact grading? Can we come up with a curling scale?
How about these possible scales for grading curling? I've heard that PSA doesn't bump the grade for some level of card curling.
1. Measure the number of 1981 Kellogg's cards that can be stacked under the bottom of the card that is curling. Keep adding cards until they touch the highest point in the curl. I will try to add pictures of this soon.
2. Measure the number of inches, in 1/8-inch increments, from the ground to the bottom of the curled card.
Can we also come up with a scale of cracking? Does anyone have ideas?
I saw this 1976 Kellogg's Pete Rose variation for sale on ebay, so I checked my collection. Luckily, I have both variations. In the statistical portion of the card, the error for 1975 spells Cinncinnati with 4 n's. The corrected version correctly spells Cincinnati with only 3 n's. Since I have no factory set, does anyone know which printed had which version of this card?
I'm still not sure of exactly how many cards would constitute the master set since I'm including all variations of team logos and trademarks/registered logos. I'm up to 142, though not all of them are in great condition. Maybe all of the team logo and statistical variations match up with the trademark/registered symbol variations, but I haven't been able to find out a lot about that.
The cards from the cereal box print run(s) are hardest to find in great shape. The factory set variations are not a problem.
I finally got some of the first print variations today including the Geoff Zahn with the Minnessota spelling error.
If anyone has information on why some cards are thicker and more yellowed, let me know.
I found this story on sportscollectorsdaily.com a while back. It talks about the 1970 Kellogg's set and how it didn't include Hank Aaron and Carl Yastrzemski. It doesn't get into details as to why these two are not included. If you know, please pass along that information. Did Topps have an exclusive deal, did the players not agree to a contract with Kellogg's, did Kellogg's not want them?
For Aaron, he appeared on Topps cards through 1976 but didn't make it into any Kellogg's set until long after his career - 1991. It would have been nice to get a 1973 and 1974 Kellogg's card of Aaron when he was chasing the home run record.
Yaz didn't appear until 1975, so his first Kellogg's card is (a) more expensive and (b) usually cracked and curled. Lots of these 1975 don't display well.
I sorted through my cards and found the three stickers that I was missing. They were in a few of the unopened packs that I enjoyed opening a few months ago.
Here's a link to Keith Olbermann's article about the 1968 Kellogg's test issue and its variations.
1968 Topps Variations.
1968 Topps Description from BaseballCardPedia.
In the past year I bought four 1970 Kelloggs packs. One has Rod Carew on the top, so I didn't open it. The other three had more common players on top, so I opened them. The cards had a bit of a curl to them, but none were cracked.
More recently I've decided on a new project. It is now my goal to collect an unopened pack for each player in the set - yes, 75 different unopened packs. I guess there is no way to find two different packs for the Bob Gibson variations and it is likely that all Gibsons assembled into packs are from the same print run.
I didn't see any of these packs at the National during the last few years. I will look again next year.