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Friday, July 31, 2015
When I was a kid I sent some cards for him to autograph through the White Sox I think. When I got the cards back they were all signed. He also included a postcard on which he wrote "We live about two miles apart". I still have that postcard.
At card shows in the 1980s and 1990s Mr. Pierce was a frequent guest. His autographs were always cheap or free and he spent lots of time chatting with everyone. That was a great part of the card show experience for me since I don't really collect autographs.
I mentioned Pierce in a post a few days ago regarding Hall of Fame voting. On Wednesday night at the National card show I purchased a 1952 Topps Pierce card that I saw in the $1.00 box. I couldn't pass that up even though I already have that card autographed.
He's another guy I hope to make a Kellogg's card for someday.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Usually I see a few dealers with high-priced cards and not very many. The cards tend to be located with all of the other oddball/insert cards. That held true again this year.
This year was different. Many vintage card dealers had Kellogg's cards as well. Here is what I saw without even spending much time on bargain boxes.
I saw about 10 unopened 1970 packs including a Willie Mays with a grade of 10. That's more pack than I've seen in the last 5-6 years combined. Prices seemed fair on the packs that had prices listed. I could have asked for prices on others, but that's not something I do unless I see a dealer with fair prices on other items.
The only factory sets I saw were two from 1980. I probably should have purchased them, but in my hurry I kept moving on without making an offer. I still don't see older (pre-1979) factory sets at any shows.
I saw at least six 1970 baseball sets and one dealer had sets from 1970 - 1981. A few other dealers had Kellogg's sets on display. Prices were much higher than my budget.
There were a lot more singles available than usual. Maybe Kellogg's cards are growing in popularity? Many dealers had 50 - 100 different singles from different years. Those with prices listed were not in my range, so I didn't look at too many cards.
I'm not against dealers charging whatever they need to charge, but since I've already got everything but variations now I can afford to be cheap. Sure, I need to upgrade some 1971s and 1975s, but that is not a big deal to me. Maybe prices will be better during the upcoming days. I can't blame them for trying to get a higher price on Wednesday at the show. That's why sometimes going on Sunday can be better.
Tomorrow I will talk about the only big purchase I made at the show. I'm certainly glad I was at the show on Wednesday for this item. It wouldn't have made it to Sunday.
If you get to the National let me know about all of the good stuff that I missed by hurrying through it.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The 1975 set is my least favorite set. Oops, I was supposed to save that for a separate post. Most of the cards that I see are just not colorful at all like the Brett. Many also have cracks.
At the National I usually see two types of Kellogg's cards. The first is the high-priced PSA 10 card. The other is usually stacks of damaged 1970 - 1972 cards. I will report back tomorrow on how that goes.
When PSA grading became popular I remember one of their full-page ads in a magazine. The add showed a large stack of 1989 Craig Biggio cards that had been graded. I thought that made no sense since the card was worth about 10 cents.
Now about 25 years later Craig Biggio is a Hall of Famer and that card is probably worth about 11 cents. My first thought was there is no way someone paid to have those cards graded. PSA must have been doing everything possible to get people to grade cheap cards. I'd love to hear some inside scoop on how PSA got everyone to jump onboard for cheap cards.
I understand how PSA has helped people with old cards, expensive cards, one-of-a-kind items and items that have been counterfeited. That is all great for everyone involved.
I went to PSA and checked their price report on 1989 Donruss cards. They don't even bother to list anyone except Randy Johnson and Ken Griffey Jr. A Johnson in PSA 8 is listed as being worth $2. So, one could only do well if the card graded as a 10.
Over 44,000 1989 Donruss cards have been graded including over 26,000 Griffeys and 1,695 Biggios. Really!
How does my rant relate to Kellogg's cards? I don't collect PSA cards, but I probably have about 15 in my collection. The only non-Kellogg's ones are ones that were thrown in when I bought some Kellogg's cards.
Here are my PSA cards that might go on sale soon since I'm not a big collector of them.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
A few of the auction houses have some Kellogg's sheets and proof cards and I hope they display them at the show. We'll see.
Here is one sheet I bought recently, but it's not a proof sheet.
Monday, July 27, 2015
No Inductees to the Hall of Fame This Year Had a Kellogg's Baseball Card. Will There Be Another One Someday?
Sunday, July 26, 2015
I've never gotten a card graded, but I do own a few graded cards. About 15 of the 1971 Kellogg's baseball cards are probably good enough to be graded. I may have to ask someone for advice on this one.
Since my 1971 baseball cards are not in great condition, I got about 15 upgrades for my set and one new variation. That gives me 152 cards toward the master set.
I will be heading to the National Card Convention on Wednesday. Normally I don't find many cheap Kellogg's cards, but I'll be looking. Upcoming posts will probably mention what variations I need.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
The ten players are listed in order with the most recent winners listed first.
Davey Johnson won the award twice (2012 Nationals and 1997 Orioles). I never liked him when he was a player or when he was a manager. After playing 12+ years plus two in Japan managed five teams over 17 years including the 1986 Mets. That's probably a big reason that I didn't like him.
Kirk Gibson won the award in 2001 with the Diamondbacks. I never liked him when he was a player or when he was a manager. The 17-year veteran player managed the Diamondbacks for five years. About 50 people were in my small apartment when he hit his famous home run in the World Series.
Lou Piniella won the award three times (2008 Cubs, 2001 Mariners and 1995 Mariners), I never liked him when he was a player or when he was a manager. After playing for 18 years he somehow managed for 23 more winning the World Series with the Reds in 1990. He did what most other Cub managers did, not win a World Series.
Larry Bowa won the award in 2001 with the Phillies. I never liked him when he was a player or when he was a manager. He played for 16 years, but only lasted six years as a manager.
Dusty Baker won the award twice (2000 Giants and 1997 Giants). I never liked him when he was a player or when he was a manager. He played 19 years and somehow managed to still around for 20 years as a manager. Former Cub manager - see Lou Piniella.
Larry Dierker won the award with the Astros in 1998. Hey, I don't remember him being annoying at all as a player. He played for 14 years and only managed for five years. On his 18th birthday he made his debut in 1964 - no one that young has entered the majors since that time.
Joe Torre won the award twice (1998 Yankees and 1996 Yankees). He didn't get as much credit as others since the owners game him the typical lineup of stars that were expected to win. He played for 18 years and managed for 29 years. His Yankee teams won the World Series four times.
Don Baylor won the award in 1995 with the Rockies. I never liked him when he was a player or when he was a manager but I didn't really have a reason for that. He played for 19 years and managed for nine years. Former Cub manager - see Lou Piniella.
Felipe Alou won the award with the 1994 Expos. I always liked the Alou trio, but Moises not as much, especially after an infamous play and hearing about his pre-game rituals. Felipe played for 17 years and managed for 14 years.
Frank Robinson won the award with the 1989 Orioles. He played for 21 years and managed for 16 years. Take away two of those years where he was a player-manager and that still adds up to 35 years.
More about these players and their managing ups and downs in future posts.
Friday, July 24, 2015
I think I ended up with at least seven of these two cards during 1977 and 1978. Amazingly, I got three in one box of Frosted Flakes.
Carlton must have been one of the first students at Miami Dade College since it opened in the early 1960s. From baseball-reference.com I noticed that he was the first player from MDC to make it to the majors.
Carlton has been joined by 25 other players from MDC including Bucky Dent, Mickey Rivers, Kurt Bevaqua, Randy Bush, Tim Hulett and Warren Cromartie.
He managed 13 career home runs and a .201 average.
1977 Kellogg's Steve Carlton #57 and 1978 Steve Carlton #1
1977-78 Cereal Box rating -- 6 comment -- A star player, but I keep getting his cards.
Carlton actually appears on consecutive cards in the Kellogg's sets. If you hadn't noticed, he is the last card in the 1977 set and the first card in the 1978 set. That might be the norm now since players appear on multiple cards in every set, but in the 1970s that didn't happen much. Did it? I'll need to look into this more.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Alex Rodriguez passed Gehrig recently, recording his 24th.
Eddie Murray had 19 and Willie McCovey had 18. All of these guys were big home run hitters. Surprisingly to many, Robin Ventura is tied with McCovey with 18 grand slams.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
As mentioned above, a few players appeared in some of the later Kellogg's small sets. Minoso appeared regularly at White Sox team functions and at games. What a great ambassador for the team. He is surely missed.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Forty Years Ago Today - Joe Torre Had Quite a Day And Kids Like Me Probably Traded His Kellogg's Cards
Joe Torre batted behind Millan on that day. Torre did something that hadn't been done before in the history of baseball. He managed to ground into a double play on four consecutive at-bats.
Torre grounded into 284 double plays in his career. He ranks 15th all-time in that category. That isn't a surprise for a guy with 23 stolen bases in 18 years.
Who does Torre trail in this category? Guys who played a long time and didn't run extremely fast. The leader in this category grounded into 350 double plays and only had 36 career stolen bases. That "honor" goes to Cal Ripken. Check baseball-reference.com to check out the list.
Monday, July 20, 2015
While that is unheard of today, what I find interesting about the box score is that after these two games on July 20th Wood's record stands at 18-14. This was the year I mentioned in an earlier post (Pitchers to Loss 20 Games and Have a Winning Record) where Wood ended up with a season record of 24-20.
By July 29th he had 20 wins. As of 7/19/15 the leader this year has 13 wins.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Saturday, July 18, 2015
How many career home runs did Ruth have when he became the all-time leader?
Roger Connor was the former record holder. He played from 1880 to 1897 in the days before the A.L. even existed. Connor had a career high of 17 home runs. He hit 138 home runs so the answer is 139 for Ruth.
Connor had a solid career. He had 100 RBIs four times, he led the league in homers only once, he had 2,467 career hits to go with a .316 lifetime batting average.
Roger Connor held the home run record for a long time. I'll need to do more research to figure out how long, but it will be at least 25 years.
Ruth held the record from 1921 until 1974 when Hank Aaron passed him. I remember watching that game on a horrible television. I also used a cassette recorder to tape the event. The cassette didn't last long.
Friday, July 17, 2015
Sorry, but after six hours of sweating today I am sitting with the A/C on and a Fisk card showing him on the White Sox is two rooms away. Not today.
Fisk's number 27 was in use when he was signed by the White Sox. Even though the number was available before the season started Fisk stuck with his new number of 72.
None of the other players wearing #72 made it onto a Kellogg's card. None wore the number for more than four years either. Here is the short list. Enjoy.
Luis Aquino - Expos, Giants
Xander Bogaerts - Red Sox
Jason Giambi - Indians
Robert Machado - Cubs, Brewers, Orioles
Jack McDowell - Angels
Juan Miranda - Yankees
Pat Neshek - Twins
Carlos Rivero - Red Sox
Miguel Rojas - Dodgers
Adam Wilk - Angels
A future project might consider why some of them wore this number. Was this because of Fisk for any of them?
Thursday, July 16, 2015
1977 Kellogg's Pete Rose #20
1977 Cereal Box rating -- 9 comment -- One of the best players in the game. Like anyone who wasn't a Reds fan, I despised his win-at-all-cost style of play. Little did I know.
Lots of air time for him this week at the All-Star game. His image is now stained in a few ways.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
I looked through my 1982 Kellogg's set and quickly found Neil Allen who didn't make an All-Star team. When I pulled his card from the 9-pocket sheet, I decided to check the card behind him. Sure enough, John Castino didn't make an All-Star team either. Now I want to get the stats going. It might take a few days since I am busy at work.
Both players made it to the big leagues in 1979.
Castino was the 1979 AL Rookie of the Year. He was born in Evanston, IL near Northwestern University.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
It was so exciting to get a seat to the 1990 All-Star game.
Then I went to the game.
Wikipedia has so little to say about the game. One of the first things that they mention is that it is first, and as of now only, All-Star Game to have two players with the same name. Both Greg Olson (Orioles P) and Gregg Olson (Braves C) were in the game.
Then the site mentioned that Ernie Banks threw out the first pitch.
Still nothing about the game. There were 9 hits in the game and a two-run hit by Julio Franco accounted for the only runs. Boring.
My biggest memory of the game was batting practice. Two of the leagues star players refused to throw and baseballs into the crowd. Interestingly, both hold famous all-time MLB records.
Monday, July 13, 2015
Usually, the packs were kept on the counter near the register, but at a few places the cards would just be mixed in with all of the gum and candy. The quick scan of the candy boxes at those stores was fun. Seeing a box of cards between the Charleston Chews and Marathon Candy Bars made for a great day.
Whenever I see a Lance Parrish card it brings back great memories from my younger card collecting days. He entered the league in 1977 when I was already big on these bike trips in search of cards. I was never a big fan of his or anything but there was just something about his card that brought back great memories.
It turns out my friend grew up to look a lot like Lance Parrish. There are songs that remind me of people, but not many cards that do. Any time I see a Lance Parrish card I can easily think back to chasing cards at White Hen, Crestline Drugs, Dairy Queen and many other stores whose names elude me.
Sunday, July 12, 2015
My sister entered my 12-year-old brother in some kind of contest to win tickets to the game. I may have some of the details wrong, but either way the two of them were among the winners so they attended the game at Comiskey Park.
They saw an All-Star game record 13 runs by the AL. Not that I'm jealous, but when I went to an All-Star game at Wrigley Field I was the most boring game in the history of the All-Star game.
They also witnessed lots of ceremony since the game celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first All-Star game in 1933.
Dave Stieb was the winning pitcher in a 13-3 AL Victory.
The big news was Fred Lynn's grand slam off of Atlee Hammaker. Hammaker's name sounds like someone who would get a grade of at least 94.50 on every math test ever. Unfortunately for him 94.50 was his ERA for the game. He gave up 7 runs and recorded only two outs. Jim Rice also homered off Hammaker.
Hammaker did have a 15-year career in which he played parts of 12 major league seasons. His career record was 59-67.
Check out the list of pitchers who were selected for the game and those who played. Not many stars were involved at all. A future post will examine years when the All-Star game ended up without star players.
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Friday, July 10, 2015
The MVP Award at the All-Star game began in 1962 when there were two games. Maury Wills and Leon Wagner were the MVPs. Neither got a Kellogg's card. Wagner's final season was 1969 so he left too soon to get a Kellogg's card. Wills' career was winding down around 1970 and his final season was 1972.
That's quite a streak of MVPs getting Kellogg's cards. Let's see how many of these players appeared in the set the year after being the game's MVP.
1985 MVP Lamar Hoyt didn't become a star until 1982 so it was a bit late for him to get into the 1983 set.