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Monday, July 31, 2017
I also didn't see the any of the following -
factory sets before 1979.
advertising items or cereal boxes.
1971, 1972 1974, 1975 - 1978 baseball sets.
Roberto Clemente cards from Puerto Rico.
Japanese Kellogg's cards.
I also only saw 1968 Topps 3-d cards at one table. That dealer only had two cards.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Saturday, July 29, 2017
I was hoping to go today, but I got home at 2:30. I didn't want to hurry through the show again, so I will go Sunday without major time restrictions.
The picture below shows all of my purchases other than eight Sportscaster cards.
The Crawford cards are a bit blurry, which I've seen a lot with that card. The Jenkins looked great. The Stop N Go cards are nice - I need Cowboys for an extra set. The 1971 football cards aren't great but I'm working on VG sets since I can't afford nice ones.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
I've got my ticket and my two-hour time limit for tomorrow. I've been too busy to think about it until now. Now I need to get ready to race through the show.
I bought a nice item on ebay yesterday. More about that if/when it arrives.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Here are a few nicknames while I keep thinking about sprinting through the National for two hours on Friday.
Thunder - Andre Thornton
Louisiana Lightning - Ron Guidry
How have I yet to get his picture in here?
The Human Rain Delay - Mike Hargrove
Who won lightning or thunder? Thunder had 2 homers against lightning in 61 plate appearances. The .137 average and five RBIs also favors lightning as thunder hit .254 for his career.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
What hard-to-find cards would be the highlight of your trip if you were heading to the National? It doesn't need to be a Kellogg's card, but I'd love to hear what people can't find. Without looking at any of my lists, I would be extremely excited to find a 1970 Kellogg's football ruler which I know nothing about.
Monday, July 24, 2017
Most people seemed to write the year on the packages. Some years are easy to identify without the years due to the mailing information, the size and/or other markings. Does anyone have detailed information on all of these? I would love to gather three sets of pictures for the factory sets - one with the mailer showing the back, one with the mailer showing the front and one with the set that is packaged inside the mailer.
If anyone has photos that they can send along for the earlier sets that would be great. There are many that I have never even seen listed on ebay.
This picture fits none of the categories.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
It's always good to learn something about your favorite cards, teams, players, different times in baseball history, etc.
Friday, July 21, 2017
I could try to get there early and see if anyone has an extra VIP pass to get in early. That worked before when lots of people knew me and mostly my son when he was under the age of 10. That was always fun because there has always been a small amount of kids at the show.
To complicate if further, on Saturday I'm with a group where I won't be in charge. That means I might not even get back in time to go on Saturday at all.
All things considered, I will probably need to go for it on Friday and just hurry through because Sunday might be my only other chance this year.
I know that I should be grateful that the show has been near me so often, but I've gone a lot because I don't mind driving, I only work part-time in the summer and I don't really spend much when I'm there. Believe me, I would like to spend, but I only do so if the price is right. I had fun last year even though I was only there for a few hours. I didn't buy much.
I wouldn't stay up late for an individual card like this Rose, but I might do so for a large lot of cards or something unique like an uncut sheet.
I do lose sleep when the National is out of town since I've always driven to the event. Last year that was definitely the case as I started the day in PA, went to the show in NJ and then drove for six hours after the show.
Liking golf, track and the Tour de France makes this week fun. It also makes it difficult if I wake up in the middle of the night because I'm likely to turn on The Tour or The Open which means I end up not getting back to sleep too quickly.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
It looks like I won't be able to make it on Wednesday or Thursday so I will probably miss any super deals. I expect to be there on Friday, but I've probably only got three hours so I will be moving quickly around.
I'm not sure if I can attend on Saturday either. I know that I can take my time and check out things on Sunday. That can be good since sometimes there are deals to be had on Sunday, but good stuff will be gone by then if it is priced fairly.
I hope to see some of you there on Sunday. I've almost always gotten to go on Wednesday and Thursday so that will be disappointing for sure.
I always look for cheap cards featuring Cubs.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
I haven't seen sheets that have some of the cards upside down. Has anyone else seen that?
Monday, July 17, 2017
#30 - Rod Carew
He is mentioned as one of the few career .300 hitters in the majors. He appeared in a career-high 149 games. I would have never guessed that.
Not on the card - he played over 150 games four times in his career after 1973. I was surprised to see how many games he missed or rested in his career. As a result of these numbers he reached 200 hits only four times in 19 years which isn't many for a guy with a .328 career average.
Not a power hitter, in 1972 he became the first AL batting champ to have no homers. He "slugged" six homers in 1973 and he later hit 14 homers in two different seasons.
He stole 41 bases in 1973. He ended up with 353 in his career.
#29 - John Mayberry
Houston wasn't patient enough with him and the Royals benefitted from that. He hit 25 homers and had 100 RBIs in his first full season. He followed that with a season of 26-100.
Not on the card - he reached 100 RBIs only one more time in his career but he reached 30 homers twice.
He went to the same Detroit high school as Willie Horton, Alex Johnson and Ron Johnson (NFL).
Not on the card - all three can be found on Kellogg's cards.
#28 - Johnny Bench
Bench's hobbies include bowling and singing. I think I've seen video of him doing each of these things. He had lung surgery after the 1972 season.
He has a career of "peaks and valleys" as Kellogg's put it. His 1973 season was seen as a valley after MVP seasons in 1970 and 1972. His off year had the following results - 25 homers and 104 RBIs. Not bad when considering how recovery was from surgery back in 1972.
Not on the card - he had 33 HR and 129 RBIs in 1974 so Kellogg's wasn't far off in their prediction. Steve Garvey (10), Lou Brock (5) and Mike Marshall (1) finished ahead of Bench in the MVP voting.
Sunday, July 16, 2017
This group has two former Cubs and one former White Sox player. Getting Cubs autographs after a game was fun. We weren't allowed to stay around after White Sox games since we parked in the neighborhood to save money. I remember being scared to walk under the leaky train viaduct from the park.
#33 - Dick Allen
Allen broke his leg during the 1973 season so he only played in 72 games after being the 1972 AL MVP. He still hit .300 for the sixth time. I didn't realize he'd done that or that he had a .299 career average at this point.
His injury "erased the White Sox pennant hopes".
Not on the card - they remained erased until 2005.
Not on the card - he ended up with a career average of .292.
#32 - Billy Williams
He keeps rolling along toward Cooperstown.
Not on the card - he is not mentioned as the 1972 NL MVP. Why? Somehow he finished second to Johnny Bench again (1970). I recall that this really bothered in 1972.
Williams only played 150 games in 1972. He could have used the extra games to pad his stats. I say only because his lowest number since 1961 was 157. He played 1,117 consecutive games at one point.
#31 - Ken Holtzman
He threw two no-hitters as a Cub. After being traded to the A's he won 40 games in his first two seasons and also earned post-season wins.
Not on the card - he ended up 6-4 in the post-season while earning three World Series rings.
Not on the card - he had only two homers in 665 career plate appearances but he homered in the 1974 World Series. Since the DH began in 1973, he had no regular season or playoff at bats in 1974 and he had one AB in 1973 - he walked.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Friday, July 14, 2017
This doesn't mean a lot to me since I'm not really into getting cards graded. It is good to know more about Kellogg's cards since we each have our own way of collecting.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
I'm not finding much about them online.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
He also had 1980 and 1981 baseball cards that looked to be in really nice condition. They weren't priced so I didn't bother asking about them since I've got the sets already.
The show was smaller than usual and there wasn't much that I wanted to look at unfortunately. I was out of there in about 10 minutes. I bought a 1970 Topps Super of Deacon Jones. I'd never gotten one of the Supers with a football player so that was nice.
I guess that leaves me more money for the National. I doubt that there will be other shows to check out before the National. Maybe a flea market before that?
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
#39 - Bobby Bonds
#38 - Pete Rose
#37 - Willie Stargell
Monday, July 10, 2017
Of course I still call him Cookie Ro-Jazz since that is how my brother said his name.
Movies make for a different hobby than the usual sports.
Not on the card - I would never had known that he got MVP votes in three different seasons including one with Philadelphia.
Sunday, July 9, 2017
#45 - Willie Davis
Even though I'm looking at the backs, Why does it show Wm. Davis on the front? Sure card #43 is Tommy Davis, but he's shown as T. Davis. There was only one other Davis who played in 1973 - Bob Davis. He played five games in what was his first MLB season.
His trade to Montreal is mentioned on the back of the card. Both photos show his as a Dodger but the Expos logo is on the back of the card.
Not on the card - he had 2,561 career hits. That was a surprise to me since he was already an older player to me when I learned about the game. He even stole 398 bases during his career.
Not on the card - the Dodgers got Mike Marshall, the pitcher, for him. That was quite a good deal for the Dodgers since Marshall won the Cy Young Award in 1974.
FYI - Mike Marshall the Dodger outfielder debuted in 1981(09-07) while Mike Marshall the pitcher played his last game that same year (10-01) for the Mets. The rookie Marshall didn't play much and they didn't face off against each other.
He won 21 games for the third year in a row. He allowed only 69 walks. His is 49th all-time for the least walks plus hits per nine innings in his career.
Not on the card - he was never traded. He was a free agent signing.
Saturday, July 8, 2017
#46 - Bert Blyleven
#47 - Pat Kelly
Kelly likes dancing. I never heard them mention his given name of Harold when he played for the White Sox.
He led the team in steals with 22. That not impressive. Those White Sox teams had nothing going on the bases.
He is the brother of Cleveland's football player Leroy Kelly, who can be found in the 1970 Kellogg's Football card set. Are there any other brothers with cards in the football and baseball sets? I will check that out sometime.
#48 - Ken Singleton
The card mentions that the Mets had great hopes for Singleton. They give him even two full seasons to try and impress them. In 1973 he had a great season for Montreal.
In 1972 the Expos found out that Ken was allergic to the wool in the uniforms. What? They found a new uniform for him and his career improved immensely.
Not on the card - his trade from the Mets to the Expos was mentioned, but the card doesn't give specifics. He was traded by the Mets with Tim Foli and Mike Jorgensen for Rusty Staub.
Friday, July 7, 2017
#49 - Manny Mota
Thursday, July 6, 2017
#53 - Felix Millan