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Saturday, March 31, 2018
Friday, March 30, 2018
I was sorting through these cards on my day off today. It is nice not to worry about cards that I put in a top loader now being cracked.
These cards also seem to keep their color well. That is not always the case with these 3-D cards.
Sure, they do seem more like regular baseball cards than Kellogg's 3-D cards, but that's a nice diversion when I'm organizing the cards.
Since they don't crack, their prices also don't seem to be as high as comparable cards from other years.
So, if you don't like them, I certainly will take them off your hands. I've decided to make a few extra sets. I'm missing the usual three (Rose, Ryan, Jackson) and a variety of others (Blyleven, Blass, Brock, Seaver, Gibson, Carew, Kaline, Stargell).
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Monday, March 26, 2018
1970 Kellogg's Set
1971 Kellogg's Set
1982 Kellogg's Set
I don't remember these cards being on the boxes. I do remember them being displayed in three-card panels near the Raisin Bran. Does anyone else remember that?
Sunday, March 25, 2018
#38 - Mickey Lolich
#37 - Lee May
Friday, March 23, 2018
These look like they were packaged for a discount store. Does anyone know where they were sold with this packaging? According to the packaging, the cards had a value of $7.00 when sold in this format. The back also mentions that the cards were randomly inserted into Raisin Bran boxes.
Why was I thinking about basketball? For the second time this week I decided to spend a few minutes before school shooting around in the gym since the basketball coach was there. The first day was uneventful, but today was quite different.
Why was today different? Three of my runners walked through the gym and laughed at me, before even watching me do anything. I would have been okay with their behavior if they at least waited until I missed 12 shots in a row, but no. They just chucked and went on their way. Ouch.
Thursday, March 22, 2018
#42 - Andy Messersmith
#41 - Nate Colbert
#40 - Dick Drago
I really like the design of these card backs. It's great that they've added lots of text, but they really didn't do enough to make the backs interesting. I'm guessing that I even thought this way in 1972.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
#45 - Bob Robertson
#44 - Steve Blass
Like Robertson, Blass was known well because he had a great World Series performance. He won two games against the Orioles.
The card back wasn't too interesting so I think the kid in me focused on the fact that he was one of the first players I knew of that had an apparent swear word in his name. Hey, we didn't have cable or any other electronics back then so our cards were our entertainment on rainy days.
#43 - Dave Johnson
I love the facts on the bottom, but they aren't on a lot of cards. There were 10 20-game winners in the AL in 1971. Can you name them?
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
#48 - Lou Brock
Not much of interest on the back. He led the league in steals and stole 50+ bases for the seventh time - a record. How did he become the only player to hit a homer into the right-center bleachers in the Polo Grounds? He hit nine homers that year.
#47 - Juan Marichal
I've got a few problems with this card back. First, the card uses the word commensurate. As a nine-year-old I had no chance of understanding what this meant. I doubt anyone in my family could have helped me at all.
Second, the first line starts with "still one of baseball's top pitchers". He was only 33 at this time and I guess the Kellogg's writers expected that he should be done by this age. He won only 22 games while losing 33 from 1972 - 1975. That certainly hurt one of baseball's best winning percentages.
#46 - Billy Williams
Here it is. the most common phrase that could have been on any T-206, Goudey, Bowman and Topps cards - until 2016. The bio for Williams starts with the sad line - "Most Cub fans were disappointed with their ballclub last year".
He held the NL record with 1,117 consecutive games played. Steve F****** Garvey broke that record.
Brock and Williams were teammates from 1961 - 1964.
Brock faced only one pitcher in his career more than Marichal. Can you figure out which pitcher that was? Against Marichal Lou batted .320 with four homers in 128 plate appearances. Marichal did strike him out 18 times.
Williams also only faced one pitcher more in his career than Marichal. Can you name this pitcher, who is not the same one from the question above? Against Marichal Williams batted .266 with six homers in 135 plate appearances. Marichal struck him out 22 times.
So far, the 1972 card backs haven't been very interesting. I hope that changes.
Monday, March 19, 2018
Is 39 the number of pounds I can bench press? Sadly, that might be close to the truth.
Card #39 is Cookie Rojas. I've given up cookies, cakes, candies and similar items as I try to get in shape for a marathon in the fall. I came home to my teens making chocolate chip cookies. Of course the smell is now everywhere in the house since one can't open windows in Illinois until June.
I need a better version of this card back but I'm too busy avoiding the scent of cookies to find it.
Rojas is primarily a second basemen, but he has played all positions in his career. He played seven seasons in the minors before making the majors.
Not on the card - that means he was a 17-year-old in the minors.
I checked baseball-reference.com. He did play every position at some point in this career. Even after this card came out he managed to DH 16 times once that came into being.
The card didn't mention his quick moves from Philly to St. Louis to Kansas City. He was traded at the end of 1969 to St. Louis in the Curt Flood trade. Then in June of 1970 he was sent to K.C. for Fred Rico.
Why was he sent to K.C. He batted .106 in limited action over 23 games. Fred Rico never played in the majors after 1969 and Rojas was named to the All-Star team from 1971 - 1974 with K.C.
Milk goes with cookies. Maybe in October. At least I can eat the Fruit Snacks that I just bought. The kids better not expect me to share them.
Sunday, March 18, 2018
One of my athletes started reading this blog last week. I warned her that I rarely talk about much other than baseball cards, but she kept reading on. So I might as well add something about me.
When one of my kids needed a physical for summer camp I took them to one of those drugstores that can do this without an appointment. I found out that I needed a physical too. Since it wasn't a complete physical and nothing about it was intimate, we were all in the room together.
I've been involved in sports for all of my life and I've been a runner since high school. I've been blessed with good feet I guess. So, it didn't come as a surprise to me when the nurse told me that I could be a foot model.
I took that as a compliment for about five seconds. The sarcastic person in me immediately spun it the other way and as soon as the nurse stepped out of the room I had one thing to say to my kids. My immediate reaction was that she thought I could be a model - only from the ankle down. That is no longer a compliment and unfortunately probably a true statement.
Sadly, she's probably correct. That was never more clear than when I was asked how I met my wife during a team dinner on Friday. I mentioned that I met my wife after a race in 1988 and that she met me in 1989 at a track workout. How is that? My wife doesn't remember meeting me in 1988. One of my runners quickly retorted that why would she remember a scrawny, distance runner who didn't even with the race? She'll regret making that comment during tomorrow's practice. FYI - my wife refused to refute the athlete's thoughts on the matter.
If Al Bundy can be a model then maybe there is hope for me. But, I never scored four touchdowns in the city championship high school football game. I did exactly the opposite in freshmen football - during the few times I entered a game I never touched the ball at all. In fact in the entire season I only touched a football once in practice.
Friday, March 16, 2018
This could be a resources, but my i-book should be better if I ever get it going.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Questions came from a few of the runners. What about a nickel or even a dime, which is smaller than the penny. I had an easy response to those questions. There is no way that I would eat a dime since that dime could buy me a pack of baseball cards.
Today I went to a card show that I attend often before going for a run. I found a bunch of Kellogg's cards in a 0.25 box and then a bunch in a 0.10 box. Check out this one from the cheaper box.
It's not a beauty, but it matches quite well with all of my 1975s that are in poor condition. I also picked up a handful of 1975 commons that were in nice condition. That never happens for me.
That will keep me going back every other month or so.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
#51 - Don Wilson
Not many players listed their hobbies as cabinetmaking. Not many people probably even think that cabinetmaking is one word, but I guess Kellogg's knew that.
Kellogg's starts their paragraph mentioning the arm problems that are hurting Wilson's career. His two no-hitters are mentioned.
Not on the card - as kids we always thought that anyone who had thrown a no-hitter must be one of the best pitchers.
Not on the card - his death in 1975 was memorable to me and my friends who new him well due to our baseball card collections.
#50 - Mel Stottlemyre
Like lots of players, Mel liked hunting and fishing.
The steadiest pitcher on the Yankees had seven shutouts last year. He also had 19 complete games.
Surprisingly, the card admits that Mel was signed without any bonus. Now other teams are asking for him during trade talks.
Experts think he'd win 20 games every year if the Yankees weren't so bad. So far he's won 20 games in three seasons.
Not on the card - he pitched three more seasons with the Yankees before being released at the end of spring training in 1975.
#49 - Roberto Clemente
Roberto liked to listen to classical music and read. He had a great season and a fine post-season. His 178 hits was his most in four years.
Not on the card - he had less hits in each season in the prior three seasons because he played less games, not because he couldn't hit.
Not on the card - that's two of these three who died during their careers.
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Too bad he doesn't like the 1973 set. I like it.
Sunday, March 4, 2018
#54 - Willie Mays
#53 - Willie Stargell
#52 - Sal Bando
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Why am I doing this? I want to see if there are any spikes since I don't really track this much since I've still never sent a card to PSA.
Does anyone have any history or is this readily available and am I wasting my time with this?
What about the other grading services? I may check that some other time.
Friday, March 2, 2018
I don't remember seeing volleyball as a hobby on the back of any Kellogg's cards.