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Saturday, September 30, 2017
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
#54 - Reggie Jackson
The card mentions that Reggie finished second in the AL in homers to "Rich Allen". I don't remember him being called Rich Allen much.
Among the things that make Jackson one of best players - power hitting, stolen bases, RBIs and great outfield play.
Not on the card - he stole 226 bases in 21 seasons. Only 40 of those steals came in his last 10 years.
#53 - Hal McRae
McRae was "never really satisfied with his assignments in Cincinnati". What does that mean? Maybe he just wanted to be a DH.
He finished third in batting average to Rod Carew and Jorge Orta.
He was signed as a shortstop.
Not on the card - he played no games at shortstop even though he played in 1,837 career games. He played a few games at 2B and 3B, but most of those games were played in the outfield or as a DH. In fact he played the field in only 17 games in his last 10 years. In his last five years he didn't ever play in the field.
#52 - Ken Brett
He was born in Brooklyn. Brother George was born in West Virginia.
He has nine career homers including homering in a record four consecutive starts. He batted .310 in 1974 to lead all NL pitchers.
Not on the card - he hit .262 for his career. He was mostly a relief pitcher so he didn't bat much. In two seasons as a starter he had 15 and 16 RBIs.
Sunday, September 24, 2017
I like this site even if it is trying to sell cards. It not only shows a picture of the card, it includes the card number, player name, position, college attended, honors won and other notes.
I also like their set descriptions. I was surprised to find their note that only five players appeared in both the 1970 and 1971 Kellogg's football card sets.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
#57 Richie Hebner -- the last card in the set
number of cards graded by PSA - 51
10s - 3
09s - 10
08s - 17
07s- - 11
4-6 - 10
#57 Mike Schmidt
number of cards graded by PSA - 122
10s - 8
09s - 29
08s - 54
07s- - 14
4-6 - 17
#55 Rollie Fingers
number of cards graded by PSA - 55
10s - 9
09s - 15
08s - 17
07s- - 7
4-6 - 7
Even though people bought factory sets in 1975, the last card still got some abuse - Only three Hebners graded as 10s.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
#57 - Richie Hebner
#55 Rollie Fingers
Fingers won the World Series MVP in 1974. His "elegantly twirled" mustache seemed to be as well-known as his success on the mound.
His career W-L record at this point was 44-44.
Not on the card - he ended up 114-118 with 341 career saves. He started 37 games early in his career, but none after 1973. He played until 1985.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
The card was in a top loader, so it was secured quite well in the plain, white envelope. Like many of these items, the card was wrapped in paper so that it wouldn't move around so much. When I unfolded the paper I found out that the paper was a Chapter One Geometry test.
After dinner I decided that I'd check out the test. Did I mention that I took Geometry in 1978? Since it didn't look too difficult I tried to complete it. Now, I've decided to send it back to the seller for grading or a nice surprise. I hope he doesn't read this blog but it is going in the mail tomorrow.
I will let you know if I pass.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Getting pictures onto this computer is slow, but I'm back in business. Back to the 1975 card backs this week.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
No time for checking them until at least Sunday since I'm busy with school projects and coaching. But, I did find a variation that Mark, a regular commenter, needs. I'm glad to send that along to him.
These fine print variations are getting tougher on my eyes all of the time.
After going to the National and see everything graded, I thought it might cloud my opinion on all of my damaged, well-loved 1971s. Not a chance! It was great to look at them tonight. I was not phased by the faded colors, the cracks, the edges that were probably in pockets, etc. Would other years look like that if there were no factory sets or mail-in offers?
In fourth grade we brought our cards to school for a long time for trading and showing off our best cards. Lukily, Mrs. Delaughty wasn't one to take away our beloved cards from the early 1970s.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
I've always heard that the Rold Gold cards were more valuable. I've seen lots of sets that were hand made that contain cards from both sets.
PSA has graded 2,570 Rold Gold cards and 6.061 Kellogg's All-Time Greats. There are 339 10s that are Rold Gold cards and 1,016 10s that are Kellogg's. The Rold Gold breakdown of 10s is quite surprising.
Player # submitted #10s
Cobb 221 28
Wagner 220 49
Ruth (#14) 214 7
Gehrig 213 9
Ruth (#6) 210 11
Young 196 34
Hornsby 174 31
Collins 171 49
Grove 156 34
Traynor 144 26
Sisler 137 20
Speaker 135 14
Johnson 134 14
McGraw 134 7
Cochrane 111 6
A big portion of the 10s come from just a few of the cards. I'll need to look at an uncut sheet to see if that caused these numbers.
Monday, September 11, 2017
Sunday, September 10, 2017
There were probably 15 less tables than usual. On top of that, I think some of the other dealers put some of their junk on other tables that also would have been empty.
There was a nice variety of oddball stuff from the 1970s and 1980s, but I was disappointed that I didn't find any Kellogg's or Hostess cards.
I doubt that I will be heading back to that location regularly. Is the flea market season over? I will need to check on that.
Saturday, September 9, 2017
I also picked up a few more 1971 Kellogg's baseball cards. 0-for-7 on those ones. I've got a lot of variations in off conditions that I'm willing to trade for variations that I need. Let me know if we can make a deal.
Friday, September 8, 2017
I clearly remember getting a lot of the vinyl/cardboard records that were on cereal boxes - maybe Alphabits or Sugar Smacks? I bet my sisters could have snagged some 3-D cards if they selected my cereals.
I will end this rant with one of my favorite quotes from an athlete - "I'm not complaining; I'm just explaining." No, I need to continue since my sisters probably did the same thing when buying Twinkies. Why not check the bottom so that I get the best three possible players? I would check every box on the shelf before deciding which one to buy.
If you couldn't get a baseball card, what were your favorite cereal box prizes? Please estimate the years so that the rest of us can follow along. I wasn't a fan of most of the 1970s cars that were inserted because they couldn't match the Hot Wheels cars that we played with a lot in the winter.
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
I hear stories that these cards can be graded and later crack. Has anyone seen that happen?
I haven't seen it with the 10 - 15 graded Kellogg's cards that I own. I guess time will tell. In time I also hope to get back to pictures on this blog. That should happen by the weekend.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
I've got the Peter Jacobsen card that I showed a while back, but how about some other players?
Will Kellogg's ever produce any cards again?
What other sports should they consider and which players?
Monday, September 4, 2017
We learned about older card sets and regional issues by checking out books like this and checklist books. At one point I thought I would complete all sets from 1948 to today so I started marking off who I had in the checklist book.
Do any of you use these books today? Is there anything new about Kellogg's cards in any of these books? If so, please send along any informatoin.
Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards
Sunday, September 3, 2017
I'm not a fan of small sets that differ only from regular issues by the addition of a logo. I liked Starting Lineup cards since they were unique. Somewhere along the line they got lazy and starting using regular cards and just stuck their logo on them. Some years they didn't even change the card numbers on the back so the set wasn't sequential. I don't like that either.
Enjoy the commercial. It is short.
Friday, September 1, 2017
There have been 4,943 1975 Kellogg's cards graded by PSA. Only 977 (19.8%) have gotten a grade of 10. That's an average of only 17 per player. Some players must have very few since some of the stars will certainly have more 10s since everyone is more likely to get them graded.
I was certainly wrong on some of my assumptions. I knew that card number 01, Roy White, was difficult to find in great condition but I see that there are only three (3) of them graded as a 10.
The final card in the set, Richie Hebner, also has only three (3) cards graded as a 10. Leroy Stanton only has two cards that got a grade of 10.
Nolan Ryan leads the way with 55 cards graded as 10s.
Sorry for the lack of pictures. I switched to a different computer and I've got nothing on it yet.
It took me way to long to get these three lines done so I give up for today.