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Saturday, December 31, 2016
"Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
But there is no joy in Mudville - ........."
Thanks to Ernest Lawrence Thayer for the words above and allowing me to butcher his style with the words below.
In the Comiskey Park picnic area we used to sit and play,
eating Mazzone's italian ice and watching Carlos May;
We always went to give-aways, thanks for doing that;
I love the coffee mug, I wish I still had the bat.
Trips to Wrigley Field were amazing; an adventure every time,
Riding the train and watching the lovable Cubs nine;
I was partial to outfielders chasing flies in the sun;
But you said Ron Santo was always your favorite one.
In the bleachers we basked in the sun - not yet in the stars,
Getting autos at the green gate and at the players' cars;
I'll always think of you when I go to grab my glove,
And whenever I heard the 70's song Radar Love.
You gave us Flash, your car and trips to Lake Pukaway;
You officiated many sports and coached baseball without pay;
The Sugar Bowl was fun and card shows were amazing;
CB radios in your car and in our room were always entertaining;
I wonder who you spoke with that last long night on the train;
All of us wish we had been there walking in the midnight rain;
I'd guess you talked about the trains, and the Cubs promising season;
You were probably mentioning your kids for so many reasons.
We last went to Wrigley Field way back when the lights were new;
I'll think about you the next time I'm there and I'll be missing you;
Neither Ernie or Ron remained with us to enjoy the day with the fans,
but I hope all of you are celebrating like only you three can.
I've driven down that street you walked that last day,
wondering what you thought that early morning in May.
There is still no joy in Mudville, since it is in Ohio.
It is still easy to envision your World Series victory smile.
When it came to the ninth Casey may have been at bat,
But you were always there for me doing this and that;
Thanks for everything that you were able to do;
There will be joy in Mudville, If I can be a brother like you.
There is no joy today, tomorrow more of the same;
We are deeply saddened, that you're out of the game;
Today one of my longest ever hug with our mother,
because she already misses you immensely big brother.
The Cubs had a parade yesterday; I didn't get to see it;
You did a lot for me I wish I did more for you
#18 - Rick Reichardt
Great to see a college graduate who also got a big bonus. Two homers in an inning is great, but the stats show him hitting no homers in 1964. It turns out that the card is incorrect. He accomplished that in 1966. Was it ever corrected? I will have to check that one out.
#17 - Bill Singer
His no-hitter was in the minors. I like his diverse hobbies - swimming, dancing and water skiing.
#16 - Carlos May
This is a beautiful car. Well-loved. Lee May of the Reds is his brother.
IT'S A FACT - Only six times in MLB history did a first basemen not record a putout in a game. I'm not going to check to find more instances of that. Big strikeout games would be easy to check.
Friday, December 30, 2016
That's a good group. A lot of first-base/outfield types.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
The player selection is quite good. Check it out if you don't have this set.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
White appears in the 1971 set as well. He played from 1965 to 1979 with the Yankees. Amazingly, he was with the Yankees for his entire career, beginning in the minors in 1961.
I found out that his high school, Centennial in Compton, CA, has produced more than 10 major league players. Even more surprising is that eight of them found their way onto a Kellogg's card.
Many of these guys played at Centennial together.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
I heard that these were distributed in Texas and places around there. The sets focused on players from the local teams and not just the stars of the league. I don't see them in Illinois. I certainly don't see the only Bear in the sets - Walter Payton.
Payton is part of the 18-card 1979 set.
The 1980 set contained 48 different cards. If they had followed Kellogg's formula of having lots of future Hall of Famers, maybe they'd have continued for 14 years like Kellogg's did. Seven Cowboys and seven Houston Oilers are featured in the set. Other teams featured frequently include San Diego (5), Atlanta (3), L.A. Rams (8), Pittsburgh (5) and San Francisco (4).
The 1979 set contained four Cowboys and six Oilers in the 18-card set.
Monday, December 26, 2016
Ted Williams also got MVP votes in 18 years. It took him 22 years but he missed three of those years due to military service. The only year in which he didn't get any MVP votes was 1952 when he played six games before reporting for military due. So, ever year in his career he got MVP votes. Somehow he got votes even when playing only 37 games in 1953.
Those two didn't get a regular Kellogg's baseball card. The most years with MVP votes for players on a 1970 - 1983 Kellogg's card is 15. That list includes Pete Rose, Frank Robinson and Willie Mays.
With Hall of Fame voting in the news I find it difficult to compare players based on statistics at different times and possibly in different leagues. MVP and Cy Young voting gives some indication of how a player was valued at the time he played. This doesn't work for players before 1931 since MVP voting rules were different back them.
I'm going to see which position players have the most Kellogg's cards and the least years with MVP votes.
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Aaron hit 40 homers in only 120 games to end the season with 713. That led to another one of our favorite cards as a kid - 1974 Topps card #1 - it declared Aaron as the new all-time home run king. I remember watching him hit #715 with a lot of my family. I know there were enough people in the room that I was forced to sit on the floor in front of the television. I also remember that the big color television was broken so we watched on a small set that was placed on top of the 200-pound paperweight. Is that part of a "you might be a redneck if..."?
Unrelated by interesting - I just noticed that Hank Aaron received MVP votes every year from 1955 to 1973. 13 times he finished in the top 10 of the voting. I've got to find out if anyone had more consecutive seasons with MVP votes. That is longer than most players' careers. Any ideas?
The serious card collectors knew the number 660 for another reason. From 1973 to 1977 that represented how many cards were in the Topps set. I didn't learn until years later that 660 was the number because 132 were on a sheet and 5 sheets x 132 equalled 660. Since no one in my circle had ever seen or heard of an uncut sheet that meant nothing to us.
Saturday, December 24, 2016
The same cards are in the 1972 Kellogg's All-Time Greats set. They only differ by the year designations on the back. I haven't seen a 1972 Kellogg's All-Time Greats factory envelope. Is it different?
I do see these sets frequently on ebay. From any set prior to 1979, I see this one the most.
As a kid I wasn't able to convince my mother to order any mail-in deals until the Sportscaster cards came out in the late 1970s. That was only manageable because I had a paper route and I caddied.
Friday, December 23, 2016
The envelope pictured below once held a factory set but now it just hold some of the panels. I've gotten a few like this after some decided to sell and/or grade the best panels in the set.
Where does one factory sets besides 1970 Rold Gold, 1973 Kellogg's Baseball and 1979 - 1983. The last five years are easy to find and quite affordable if you look around.
I don't even know what a factory set looks like from 1972, 1974 - 1976. Are they just envelopes like the one above or are they the envelope inside the box like the newer sets?
Thursday, December 22, 2016
The cards shown below were produced by Upper Deck in 2008. There is also a Jerry Rice in this set.
2006 or 2007 autographed cards include Hank Aaron, Troy Aikman, David Robinson and Kristi Yamaguchi.
I have no information on the complete set. Who else was included? Are there non-autographed cards at all?
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
I've seen many unopened cards through the years but the 1978s that I saw last week were lacking in quality control. Check out these Bucky Dent and Mike Schmidt cards.
Check out the right side of this card. It looks like there is not much of a right border. That's because the card has been cut shorter there.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
They always do a good job. They don't talk about factory sets or unopened packs at all. It's just about the individual cards.
Monday, December 19, 2016
Sunday, December 18, 2016
As a kid in the 1970s I assumed Traynor was one of the best players even since Kellogg's, Rold Gold and Topps told me that. Now I hear that he's one of the worst players in the Hall of Fame. Which is it?
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Brooks Robinson and Don Kessinger stayed Arkansas for high school.
Willie Davis, Rick Monday and Ellis Valentine went to high school in Los Angeles.
Lou Brock went to high school in Louisiana.
Alex Johnson wen to high school in Detroit.
Brock and Brooks Robinson are both in the Hall of Fame.
Friday, December 16, 2016
This story about Catfish Hunter slipped my mind - Hunter Declared a Free Agent in 1974! That happened on this day in 1974 and I probably read about it the next day before doing my paper route.
More about the paper route at the end of this post.
The A's didn't properly honor his contract so he was granted free agency. As the story above mentions, he cashed in with the Yankees.
Kellogg's started producing his 1975 cards with the A's logo on the back. Later they switched it to the Yankees logo.
Most checklists mention that the team logo on the back is the difference on the card. Sure, that will help one find a variation, but that's not all. The sketch of Hunter has the NY cap and the entire paragraph has been re-worded to fit the Yankee deal into it.
Was the term "free agent" ever used in this context on a baseball card before this one? Time to do research. Merriam-Webster found the first use of the term "free agent" in 1955.
Based on the details in the story about Hunter and the last day of hunting season, Kellogg's certainly got his hobbies correct.
I can't pass up the great story of that Christmas on the paper route. I was tall for my age and my younger brother wasn't. We split the payment collection by blocks. One of the elder customers on my block only knew me. When it came to a Christmas gift I think that I got a calculator which was fine. That wasn't what made the walk home so much fun - his gift did that. I got to bring my brother, who was about to turn 10, a coloring book and markers. 40+ years later and he still gets kidded about that.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
George Scott was born in 1944. He attended high school in Mississippi.
Bill Melton was born in 1945. He attended high school in California.
Frank White was born in 1950. He grew up in Kansas City, MO near the site where the stadium was located - the team was the K.C. Athletics. His high school isn't listed on baseball-reference.com because he didn't play baseball in high school.
Dave Parker was born in 1951. He attended high school in Ohio.
Chet Lemon was born in 1955. He attended high school in California.
Three of them (White, Parker, Lemon) appeared in the 1981 set.
Parker and White made their debuts in 1973 one month apart. Lemon and White played their last game in the same week of 1990.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
#30 Tim Cullen
It isn't common to see a guy go from one team (Washington) then to Chicago and back to the first team. Remember, this is before free agency.
IT'S A FACT - both of Cullen's teams were in that game. Each team had three guys caught stealing and the White Sox had one picked off. Cullen pinch hit and got a walk. Hansen was 3-for-8 with 2 RBIs.
Not on the card - in both trades (Feb. 1968 and Aug. 1968) Ron Hansen was part of the deal for Cullen.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Help! I might give up on ordering these cards in the future. Does anyone have nice, clean 1979 or 1980 Kellogg's cards in their individual wrappers? Are the wrappers firmly sealed?
Monday, December 12, 2016
#33 Dick Allen
Another trade mentioned on the back of the card. Notice that on the front they still show him dressed in a Phillies uniform. Topps would have airbrushed him into a Cardinals uniform.
The card mentions two brothers in professional baseball.
Not on the card - both of his brothers made it to the big leagues. Ron played seven games in 1972. Hank and Dick Allen were both on the 1972 White Sox while Ron played for the Cardinals.
#32 Reggie Jackson
Reggie's hobby was already cars after just two full seasons. That's still a big thing for him today.
The text mentions his homers and strikeouts. He tied the single-game record with five strikeouts and he set the record for most strikeouts in consecutive games with seven.
Not on the card - Reggie said "I was reminded that when we lose and I strike out, a billion people in China don't care. He also said "fans don't boo nobodies".
#21 Randy Hundley
He set records for most games as a rookie catcher as well as the most games in a season for a catcher.
Not on the card - The 1960s Cubs were known for not resting their players. From 1961 - 1971 Billie Williams and Ron Santo played more games than any MLB player.
Sunday, December 11, 2016
#34 Ray Culp
Not on the card - they usually like to mention all-star game appearances and McCarver played in two of those games. His Cardinal teams won two of those three World Series titles.
Saturday, December 10, 2016
1991 Kellogg's Corn Flakes Commercial
Here is a link to a previous post about the 1970 Kellogg's football cards and a commercial.
1970 Kellogg's Football Card Commercial
Friday, December 9, 2016
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
As a kid I usually kept the three-card panel together but lots of my cards were from Twinkies individual packs so I cut them - poorly.
Now as a collector I am interested in getting the complete boxes like these. They are great display items.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
I had to move a few miscellaneous posters to get the table in place. I decided to check out some of the posters and I found this:
A nice 1983 uncut sheet that I had forgotten about. I must have purchased this before starting the blog or I certainly would have written about it. I can't remember how I got it or how much it cost.
This sheet contains 30 of the 60 cards. Now I need to find the matching sheet.
Monday, December 5, 2016
I've also added this so that I can better recognize these cards that I rarely see. I've now got 17 different cards from these sets.
This set has a dark border on the front and the back. They were made by Upper Deck and it looks like an Upper Deck card.
2008 SetTopps produced these cards. They look just like an insert I got a few years ago.
2010 SetBack to Upper Deck in 2010. The cards differ from 2007 since they have a light border.
If someone has the 2009 images please send something along so that I can add it to this page.