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Friday, December 28, 2018
I got this display a long time ago and I've yet to fill it with the 15 cards that belong in there. I guess that will happen sometime.
I'm going to use this to display my 15 favorite Kellogg's cards. I don't know which cards will be included, but I will come up with this list once I complete showing the 1972 All-Time Greats card backs.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Great photos on the front and back. He died from a paralyzing disease which caused him to retire after the 1939 season. His 2,130 games streak is mentioned too.
The career highlights start by mentioning Wally Pipp and his headache. Gehrig played every day until asking manager Joe McCarthy to take him out in early May of 1939. He stayed with the team all season, but he never played again.
After his retirement he was immediately named to the Hall of Fame in a Special Election. No vote counts are shown on baseball-reference.com. Only one other player has been named to the Hall of Fame via a Special Election - Roberto Clemente.
The card mentions Lou Gehrig day and Babe's 60-homer season when Gehrig took home the MVP Award.
One last Gehrig story. About 30 years ago I had my hands on a Ruth/Gehrig ball and a ball from the entire Yankees team from one of those years. How? A friend's grandmother was a classmate and friend of Gehrig's from Columbia University. It was cool to hold them knowing that they were authentic. Those baseballs weren't going to leave that family, which is awesome. I wonder if they still have them? If they lived in my area I would certainly find out.
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
I like that there is a picture, a bio, career highlights and career stats including World Series stats. I don't like that there are not year-by-year stats and some demographic information about the players who all played long before my time.
#15 - Ty Cobb
Cobb was called the most feared player in the game. A .367 career average, highest in history, will do that. Add stolen bases, RBIs and even homers and that makes him dominant.
He used a split-hand grip. I wonder if kids read about that in the early 1970s and then tried it out.
He led the league in hitting for 12 of 13 years at one point in his career. In the "off" year he hit .371. Baseball-reference.com now credits him with hitting .370 in 1916. Tris Speaker hit .386 to stop Cobb's streak. Cobb won 12 batting titles and he led the league in numerous other categories.
Cobb hit .401 later in his career without winning a batting title. George Sisler hit .420 in 1922 to deny Cobb another title.
He managed the Tigers for six years without taking them to the World Series. His last post-season game was in 1909 and he retired in 1928.
Not on the card but included on the regular 1972 cards -
Position - Outfield
Height - 6-1
Weight - 175
Hobby - being disliked?
Not on the card - when the first Hall of Fame class was voted in, Cobb had more votes than the other five elected - Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson.
Monday, December 24, 2018
Kellogg's then added photos to the back of their cards in 1971.
Saturday, December 22, 2018
These did not come from the same seller. The cards couldn't be more different, but they are both in the original wrapper. Both are also lacking the 3-D coating which is good in some ways because they won't be cracking. They are also not susceptible to curling. So, they really aren't 3-D cards at all.
Do I love them? Absolutely.
They have something else in common - neither was issued in the United States. One is from Canada and the other is from Puerto Rico.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
All of the cards on my table need to get organized, but I never seem to finish. If I don't finish in the next month I will be too busy coaching track to get it done. At least being unorganized means that I am continually getting new Kellogg's cards.
I really should get organized and sell off things that I don't need so that I can afford some other stuff. I just never seem to find time for that.
I'm going to make one goal - get my want list updated so that I can at least post what I am trying to find. That means going through everything, especially the 1971 variations - I know that I need a bunch of them and condition doesn't matter to me on those.
Now I need to get a new car. I haven't done that in 10 years.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Cobb had about 31% of the hits for players born on 12-18. Bill Skowron was second with 1,566. Roy Howell is the only other player on the list who got onto a Kellogg's card. Howell is fifth on this list with 991 hits. This group of players has over 13,000 hits. I have no idea if that is a lot.
Four days during the year have over 20,000 career hits by players born on that day.
06-15 - 56 players; Leader - Wade Boggs (3011), Billy Williams (2711), Brett Butler (2375);
10-30 - 66 players; Leader - Ed Delahanty (2597);
12-20 - 57 players; Leader - Cecil Cooper (2192); 10 players over 1,000 hits.
10-18 - 63 players; Leader - Willie Horton (1983)
What does all of this mean? Nothing. I just decided to check it out instead of just mentioning that today is Ty Cobb's birthday.
Monday, December 17, 2018
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Friday, December 14, 2018
Rickey Henderson - 2,190 walks;
Barry Bonds - 2,558 walks
Omar Vizquel - 1,028 walks; he was H> G until age 41 when he became a defensive replacement
Brooks Robinson - 860 walks; he was H > G until his last three seasons - his averages were poor
Tony Perez - 925 walks; he was H > G until playing part-time from the ages of 42 - 44
Rusty Staub - 1,255 walks; the first guy way under (-235); part-time play from age 37 - 41
Rabbit Maranville - 839 walks; he hovered near even during his career and lost a bit at the end
Luis Gonzalez - exactly equal with 1,155 walks; some part-time play in his last season
Reggie Jackson - 1,375 walks; way under (-236); season high in hits was only 158
Steve Finley - 844 walks; his last two seasons dropped him under - part-time play?
Joe Morgan - 1,865 walks
Ozzie Smith - 1,072 walks; .262 average; some years batting 8th
Dwight Evans - 1,391 walks
Chili Davis - 1,194 walks
Lou Whitaker - 1,197 walks; one season hitting .233 got his G > H
Carlton Fisk - 849 walks; a few week averages with the White Sox (.231, .238, .221, .241)
Paul Konerko - was H > G until his last season when he didn't play full-time
Jim Thome - 1,747 walks
Dave Concepcion - 736 walks; .267 average; his first few seasons he had low averages and less ABs
Eddie Mathews - 1,444 walks; low averages his last four seasons - part-time play too?
Eddie Mathews ranks 24th in career walks with 1,444. Henderson, Bonds Morgan, Evans, and Thome are way up on the walks list.
Some of the guys are on this list since they walked so frequently. Some are on the list because of their batting average and their ability to get lots of walks.
Others are on the list because at the beginning of their career they'd get in lots of games but they wouldn't play the entire game. That limited their chances to add to their hit totals. Some guys got onto the list by playing into their 40s and being used in a part-time role.
I'm still not impressed that Baines isn't on this list, because of the top 148 players in career hits only 20 are on this list.
It turns out that there have been very few MLB players with the first names of Miles or Myles. I found two up until 2016 - I really need to update the data now that I've restored it. I found five players with a last name of Miles.
None of these players got onto a Kellogg's card. So, I went the extra distance and attempted to find someone who had a Kellogg's card. Nope. I got desperate and used the Spanish word Milla. Hey, that will work. Felix Millan will have to do. He is in the 1976 Kellogg's Baseball card set.
I will try to get back to the cards. Millan was also included in the 1974 Kellogg's set.
Update - I ended up racing someone named Miles. Since my qualifying time wasn't very fast I ended up running with lots of kids between the ages of 12 and 16 along with some old guys instead of being with the 17 - 30 year-olds who run fast. I ended up far in front by the end of the race with a time around 5:18 - 5:20. Unfortunately, the FAT system screwed up and had me at 5:27 and not even winning my heat. It was a good starting point to try getting myself under 5:00 by the Summer.
Thursday, December 13, 2018
This sheet doesn't contain the entire set. There are six rows of 15 cards, but there are only five different cards per row. So, there are 30 different cards here. Lots of Hall of Famers on this sheet including Harold Baines.
I picked up a sheet from 1981 sheet on ebay. It didn't cost much and I think they are still being offered. They are obviously not proof sheets. Other than having documentation, how does one determine if a sheet is just an uncut sheet or if it a proof sheet.
A few years back a bunch of proof sheets were auctioned off and I grabbed the images. I hope that I can find them on one of my backups.
Proof sheet or not, I still like these either way. Does anyone have any of these? Which ones? How did you acquire it?
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
I've been having problems getting these cards without cracks, especially the Schmidt. I seem to have problems getting Mike Schmidt in any Kellogg's set.
#03 - Mike Schmidt
How's shark fishing for a hobby. He must have clauses in his contracts like George Brett. Even batting last he had a career high of eight homers.
He was traded by the White Sox for Oscar Gamble who had a big year in Chicago in 1977.
Not on the card - Dent was also know for his HRs or should I say HR singular. In 1978 he homered in a tie-breaker game 163 against the Red Sox to give the Yankees a lead on their way to keeping the Curse of the Bambino. He had only 40 career homers in 12 years, but Red Sox fans still call him Bucky F*ing Dent..
Monday, December 10, 2018
Baines was on the Hall of Fame ballot for five years. He never received more than 33 votes - 539 ballots were cast that year. That's barely 6% of the vote when 75% was needed for induction. He was dropped for not getting enough consideration.
Smith was on the ballot for the maximum 15 years. He got lots of consideration each year wth his range of votes being between 150 and 290. That range varied be
tween 30% and 50.6%.
Why the difference? Baines accrued solid numbers since he played so long, but he managed 384 career homers without ever getting more than 29 in a season. He exceeded 100 RBIs in three of 22 seasons. He led the league only once in one category - slugging percentage. Baines had MVP votes in four seasons. He finished 9th, 10th, 13th and 20th.
Baines had a great reputation with the White Sox and he's still a big part of their organization. I happy for him, but is this smaller committee going to compare future nominees to Baines? That puts a lot more guys in and I'm okay with that.
Lee Smith was at one point the all-time career leader in saves. I was all for his entry into the Hall of Fame because he was a league leader. He led the league in saves four times, In all four of those seasons he finished in the top-10 in the Cy Young voting - he finished 2nd (to Tom Glavine who I'd not been a fan of since he actively spoke during the 1994 strike), 4th, 5th and 9th. He also got MVP votes in four different seasons, finishing as high as 8th.
Baines had a card in the 1983 Kellogg's baseball card set. Here is an image that I took for an uncut sheet of 16 cards. Smith was just a bit too late to get included because he first led the league in saves in 1983.
Sunday, December 9, 2018
06 - George Brett
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
From cereal boxes I think the most I've gotten was about five Steve Carlton's in 1978, three of them at once.
Have any of you gotten large numbers of a single card without really trying to do so? How did that happen?
Monday, December 3, 2018
Sunday, December 2, 2018
09 - Tom Johnson
It was surprising to read that Gossage led the Pirates in strikeouts in 1977 since he only pitched 133 innings. 151 K's is impressive in 133 innings. John Candelaria won 20 games but only managed 133 K's in 230+ innings.
Gossage played out his option after the 1977 season and he was in the re-entry draft. The Yankees signed him after the 1977 season. The Yankee logo appears on the back of this card.
Not on the card - Gossage's 1977 Topps card shows him on the White Sox and his 1978 card depicts him as a Yankee. Does he have other Pirate cards? I found that he has at least one Hostess card, even if it has a poorly airbrushed hat.
Saturday, December 1, 2018
#12 - Dan Meyer
Friday, November 30, 2018
Can you figure out who is shown above without looking at the photo below? If so, then you are much better than me.
I bought this because I just couldn't resist. Sure, I can't prove that it is real, but I've only seen about five different cards available in this format over the years.
Why do I love this card?
1. It shows everything I liked about baseball players in that era including great hairstyles. Youngsters are wondering - did players had ears in the 1970s?
2. The uniform is outstanding.
3. He is wearing high socks that are just like the ones we wore in Little League.
4. His glove is really old school. It is so old, that it isn't even obvious what brand he is using. That wouldn't happen today because the player would be losing an endorsement.
5. He is on my favorite team even though he will appear on a Kellogg's card with a different team.
6. Is he hiding his hand because his famous pitch is easily shown by the unique grip?
7. It is about nine inches tall, so it looks much better than the small 1980 Kellogg's card that it was used in creating(?).
Has anyone seen others?
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Not only is the card cracked, some of the plastic could easily be peeled off the card.
Sometimes when someone is completing a set, they search for upgrades. I think I am going to take the damaged 1972 set that I purchased recently and keep replacing the cards with worse ones.
Sunday, November 25, 2018
I've yet to find a Kellogg's or Xograph employee to talk about their history, but there certainly must be more information about how other companies produce their cards. This card was produced by Visual Panographics since Kellogg's didn't use Xograph in 1973. Without the 3-D effect, this card was probably produced in a similar fashion to Topps cards from the 1970s.
If anyone has a link on this subject, please forward it.
Friday, November 23, 2018
#15 - Jeff Burroughs
Burroughs was involved in a big trade from Texas to Atlanta where he hit 41 homers. He was unhappy with the Rangers because as Kellogg's stated the Burroughs was "unhappy with the southerly breezes at the Rangers' Arlington Stadium."
Not on the card - he was traded for five players and cash. Have other players been traded because they complained about the direction of the wind?
Not on the card - he was AL MVP in 1974.
Not on the card - Burroughs played for the Washington Senators in 1970 and 1971. His last game was in 1985. Do you know who was the last active major leaguer to have played for the Senators team that moved to Texas for the 1972 season? How about the last active player who played for the Senators team that moved to Minnesota for the 1961 season. Hint - both had Kellogg's cards.
Players who were the last active players for the Milwaukee Braves, New York Giants and Kansas City A's also got onto a Kellogg's card. Any ideas?
Thursday, November 22, 2018
#18 - John Candelaria
#17 - Mickey Rivers
Two cards in a row where the player's nickname is mentioned in the text. He hit .326 in 1977.
His base running is mentioned, but not how many steals he had. He led the league with 70 in 1975 and he swiped 267 in his career.
Not on the card - he was traded by the Angels to the Yankees for Bobby Bonds.