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Thursday, November 30, 2017
Is it worth my time? A few years ago I bought a few large Kellogg's lots from one of these sellers and it worked out well, but I haven't done that since.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
TheNationalPastimeMusuem.com Article About Kellogg's Cards
It's a nice look at some things that happened with Kellogg's cards. It also mentions some odd things about players featured on these cards.
Monday, November 27, 2017
Once my learning about these cards slows I am planning to create an ibook on the topic. Does anyone see that being a worthwhile effort?
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Does anyone have a factory set from 1972? Does anyone have an unopened pack? Please send along a photo so that I can post it here. I'd like to see if the 1972 pack looks different than the 1970 pack.
Are there any cards from 1972 in individual packs that have the 1972 date or did they only change the date for the 1972 mail-in offers?
Friday, November 24, 2017
Mays won't be cheap of course so I will probably take my time getting that one, but Torre should be easy to obtain. I could probably go online now and get one for a few bucks.
I have two unopened packs with Torre inside. If either pack were discolored or flawed in any way I would just open it. Of course that isn't the case with these nice packs. Should I open one and risk that the card might not be as nice as the other 52?
If you have opened a pack how has that worked out?
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Here are my questions regarding the unopened packs.
1. I've seen some, not many, that are curled like regular cards. Have any of you seen lots of them that are curled in the envelope?
2. What do you think of condition? I have packs that have tears, stains, writing, and total discoloration.
3. Would you play less for packs where the envelope wasn't perfect?
4. Would you even collect packs with flaws?
5. Which years do you find the most flawed unopened packs/envelopes?
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
No commons in this group. I hope I can get at least a few of them before the National next year.
I am hoping to get going on the unopened 1977 set as well. I've picked up some recently and I might have around 40 different from the 57-card set. These should be a lot easier to obtain, especially since the set has very few big stars. I will try to put a list on the blog.
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Today I went to a card show in Rosemont, IL. I almost went to one in Ohio yesterday, but the timing didn't work out while I was in town.
I picked up a nice 1972 Kellogg's Clemente, a 1974 Gibson and a bunch of 1971 cards in VG-EX(?) condition. I don't have a great skill at grading cards, but these were not cracked, had decent corner and decent, but not great colors. Alas, no new variations but at least I got two upgrades.
Over Thanksgiving I will try to combine two broken Macbooks into a functional one while I await a new one from work.
Back to the show. The highlight was talking to a dealer from Wisconsin who was more collector than dealer. He had lots of Kellogg's cards including a 1970 Unopened football set and a large stack of unopened Kellogg's baseball cards from 1970 and 1975. He has been mentioned in a few articles on Kellogg's cards a dozen years ago. I will try to track them down and add those articles here.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Back for a few more 1975 Kellogg's baseball card backs. I started this a while back.
#36 - Mike Marshall
For younger readers, this is Mike Marshall the pitcher. The Dodgers also had a slugger named Mike Marshall beginning in 1981. Their careers overlapped by about four weeks. The pitcher was a Met at this point. In the old two-division format, teams only played division foes in the last month, so these two didn't face each other.
Enough of that, let's see what the card mentioned.
He won the 1974 Cy Young Award, setting records for most games and innings for a relief pitcher. He was originally a shortstop and he spent four minor league seasons at that position. I didn't know that.
He is seeking his doctorate and he teaches at Michigan State in the off-season. Not surprisingly, his hobby is chess.
Not on the card - he got that Ph.D. in kinesiology from Michigan State.
#35 - Ralph Garr
He won two minor league batting titles. He won the 1974 NL batting title.
Not on the card - He hit .306 during his 13-year career.
He attending Grambling College and the card mentions that he's "One of the few Grambling College athletes not to the enter the National Football League.
Not on the card - that is certainly written poorly. Since I'm not much of a writer, I can usually spot stuff like this.
His nickname - The Road Runner - is one of my favorites.
Not on the card - when he was on the White Sox they'd always play the cartoon sound from the Bugs Bunny Show - meep-meep.
#34 - Lou Piniella
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
A few days ago I saw a set for sale on ebay.
37 - Omar Malave / Carlos Moreno
Malave - played 25 seasons; never in the majors
Moreno - something doesn't match on the card with signing date and date-of-birth. I think he played in the minors for four seasons.
38 - Kelvin Escobar / David Davalillo
Escobar - 12 years in MLB; 101-91 record. Baseball-reference calls him "Kelvim". So does everyone else.
Davalilo - five seasons in the minors
39 - Jackson Melian / Ronald Caridad
Melian - 20 seasons, none in MLB
Caridad - eight seasons in the minors
40 - Pedro Castellano / Daniel Agli
Castellano - 51 games with Colorado over three years; birthday is a day different from baseball-reference.com.
Agli - eight seasons in the Italian League
41 - Edwin Hurtado / Igor Oropeza
Hurtado - 8-9 record in three MLB seasons; birth year is off by six years
Oropeza - four seasons in the minors
42 - Tomas Perez / Jairo Ramos
Perez - .240 average over 12 MLB seasons
Ramos - played 16 seasons in the minors and other leagues over 25 years
43 - Oswaldo Olivares / Cesar Vargas
Olivares - 16 minor league seasons
Vargas - not found on baseball-reference.com
Lopez - two minor league seasons
Liendo - one year in the minors