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Saturday, June 30, 2018

1991 Kellogg's Leyendas Card Backs - Part 5

Back for another Kellogg's Leyendas card.  This time - Mike Cuellar.

Another picture on the back that looks like it is from an MLB alumni golf outing  

Cuellar won won 20 or more games four times.  He won the Cy Young Award in 1969 and he pitched in three consecutive World Series (1969 - 1971).  

Not on the card - he won 185 games in his career.  He was a four-time all-star.  In his 12 post-season starts he averaged over seven innings pitched.  He hit seven career homers and one in the 1970 ALCS - a grand slam off of Jim Perry.

Friday, June 29, 2018

I Guess I'm Not Blurry

Posting today more about my track meet experience last night than about Kellogg's cards.  

In an old Michael Johnson commercial he's running by a family so fast that a little kid asks mom - 'why is that man so blurry".  Last night at a track meet I was acting as coach but I was also competing.  The first event was the 4x100 relay and one of my teams was competing.  My event was next so I was helping the kids get ready while sometimes warming up on the track for my event - the 5000-meters.

As I was warming up on the track I ran past a seven-year-old girl who was getting her starting blocks ready for the relay.  As I ran past all she said was "wow" in a nice, loud voice.  A few minutes later I ran past her in the other direction so I decided to stop and ask her about her comment.  

I posed a multiple choice question for her to explain what she meant by "wow".  Here's what I gave her - 
(a) was I really "wow" fast
(b) was I really "wow" slow
(c) was my hair "wow" gray

She chose none of those and quickly replied - "wow, you're old!".  Ouch.  I laughed for a long time and then I even found out that one the coaches from my school is her summer track coach.  

So, to keep with the old theme, who were the oldest players to appear in each Kellogg's set from 1970 - 1983?  My database is MIA so I won't be able to check answers until next week.  

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Something I Rarely Can Say - "Set Completed"

After today's mail I've completed another Kellogg's set - the 2006 set of autographed cards that were inserted into Kellogg's products.

I've been looking for this card for a while.  I'm glad to have this done.  I hope to actually attempt to fill some items from my want lists at the National.  I'm probably going without my kids so that might make it easier for me. 

Not much to talk about regarding the card back. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

1991 Kellogg's Leyendas Card Backs - Part 4

Back for another Kellogg's Leyendas card back - Cesar Cedeno. 

Those 1970s Astros uniforms are not easy to ignore.  I love seeing those.  The color scheme of the card also fits the uniform perfectly.  Is that picture from Wrigley Field?  It turns out that the Astros did something odd - they wore the same uniforms at home and on the road.  Did other teams do that?

He hit 199 homers and stole 550 bases.  He won five Gold Gloves.  He helped St. Louis to the 1985 World Series.

Not on the card - he is now 27th all-time on the career stolen bases list. 

Monday, June 25, 2018

1991 Kellogg's Leyendas Card Backs - Part 3

Here's my third look at a Kellogg's Leyendas card.  Today it's Bert Campaneris. 

Now it's obvious that the pictures used on the back were taken closer to 1991 than to 1971.  

As a kid, the best players on each team in Little League played pitcher, first base and shortstop.  When I was a kid, Bert Campaneris was the shortstop in the World Series every year.  The card back mentions that he played in five consecutive AL West champs and three World Series winners in a row. 

Not on the card - he stole 10 bases in the post season and had 35 hits in 37 career playoff games. 

He certainly was a star - six stolen base titles, played all nine positions in a game.  I didn't see him play as much because (a) he was in the AL, (b) when the White Sox played the A's no one gave up their tickets, and (c) when the White Sox played in Oakland the games were on late. 

Not on the card - he received MVP votes in eight different seasons. 

Saturday, June 23, 2018

1991 Leyendas Set Card Backs - Part 2

Time to check out another card from the 1991Kellogg's Leyendas set.  I'm tired, so I will probably do this during commercials of a fun baseball movie - Brewster's Millions.

Minnie Minoso was before my time, but not really since he stayed with the White Sox for years after his playing career ended.  Or did it end?

How is this for a playing career - 1949, 1951 - 64, 1976 and 1980?  The White Sox brought him back in 1976 and 1980 to bat in a game.

He hit .298 and he almost got 2,000 hits.  He hit .300 eight times, and led the league in numerous other categories.  He was loved for his enthusiasm for the game and his aggressiveness on the bases.

He is one of only two players to play in five decades.  Who is the other guy to do that?

Friday, June 22, 2018

One Card Can Make A Great Day

Nothing else to say except I love it and the rip to the wrapper looks a lot worse in the photo than it does in person.

One more long-term search should be arriving soon too.  Stay tuned.

I probably won't buy much else before the National, but anything is possible.  I have yet to figure out which day(s) I will be attending the National. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Can Someone Tell Us More About These 1983 Kellogg's Cards?

This box is currently available on ebay.  It shows that the 1983s were in cereal boxes and they could be gotten with a mail-in offer.  What did the unopened packs look like?  I don't know since I've never seen one.  Did these cards come out of the boxes in a wrapper at all?  What about 1982s?

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

#26 Behind Home Plate at Wrigley Field

I was happy to hear to the Cubs placed a huge "26" behind home plate to honor him on his 80th birthday.  That's a lot different than seeing the "2" in St. Louis to honor the memory of Red Schoendienst.

Happy 80th, even if it was a few days ago. 

Monday, June 18, 2018

One More 1972 Unopened Pack Down

I am down to needing just seven unopened Kellogg's packs from 1972.  Does anyone have HOFer to trade?  

I don't have many unopened packs from 1971 and 1975, just like lots of others.  I've gotten a few from 1970 and 1974 and decent amounts from the other years.  

Do 1982 and 1983 single-card unopened packs really exist?  I was in college, so I didn't get to chase down cards while eating cereal at home.  Can someone send a picture of one?  

Thursday, June 14, 2018

1991 Kellogg's Leyendas Set Card Backs - Part 1

Time to check out the backs of the Kellogg's Leyendas Hispanas del Beisbol or the 1991 Kellogg's Hispanic Legends Baseball set. 

The set came with a header card/checklist of sorts.  On the front it listed the players in alphabetical order.  Quite odd that seven of the 10 players have a last name beginning with the letter "C".

Unlike the All-Time Greats set, this set made no attempt to have a player at each position.  Clemente is listed as playing RF.  Three other guys are listed as outfielders, there is a catcher, a first baseman,  a shortstop, an infielder and two pitchers.  A third baseman is missing. 

Tony Perez played five seasons at 3B until switching to 1B.  Luis Aparicio would be another star infielder but he played no other position on the field than shortstop during his 18-year career.  Has anyone played more games without playing more than one position. 

The shortstop for this set certainly played more than one position.  He played all nine positions on one major league game.  It was the only time in his career that he pitched or caught or played 1B.  Bert Campaneris is listed as shortstop on the card, but he played 76 games at 3B during his career. 

The introductory paragraph mentions Rod Carew and the great one, Roberto Clemente.  Clemente is recognized for contributions on and off the field.

Roberto Clemente

The card backs are well done.  A nice close-up picture is included.   Only one stat line, which includes his career totals, is included.

Clemente is mentioned as being the first Hispanic superstar in baseball.   He won four batting titles and 12 Gold Glove Awards. 

In two World Series he hit safely in all 14 games.  I'll need to research to find out if anyone has done better than that. 

The card mentions his plane trip to Nicaragua to help earthquake victims.  Roberto was a native of Puerto Rico. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Kellogg's Olympic Champions - Wow!

Check out what I received today.

Kellogg's provided a cardboard display for the 20 different cards.  As shown below, when card number 20 is not in the display, the card topic and number can be seen.

I really like this display.  The reverse side, shown below is even better.  Now I want another set so that I can display both sides.  

I will probably post the information about each card back/inside on my Sportscaster blog.  

As an unopened collector, I also want each card unopened now as well as this display in its original packaging.  Another fun thing to chase.  Has anyone seen these in the USA?

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

1994 Kellogg's Clemente Collection Card Backs - #1

No me gusta.  That's it from my high school Spanish class.

Kellogg's did something pathetic here.  They used the exact same card back as used on card #2.  I'm not impressed.  Oh wait there is one difference - they changed the card number only.  Boo.

I liked Kenner Starting Lineup cards when they were unique creations.  Eventually some of the Kenner cards were just regular-issued major brand cards with a Kenner logo and a different number scheme.  Eventually they didn't even bother re-numbering the cards.  Boo again.

Monday, June 11, 2018

1994 Kellogg's Clemente Collection Card Backs - #2

This shouldn't take long because there are three cards in the set and all of them are Roberto Clemente.  Kellogg's issued these in 1994 in cereal boxes in Puerto Rico.

I've mentioned this small set in numerous blog posts.  Now I will check out what they wrote on the back of the cards.

The card doesn't have the 3-D coating, so it lays flat like a regular baseball card.  The back has a nice picture.  

The information section mentions that he played right field, bats right, throws right but then it lists 1961 - 1972.  I don't know what the 1961 date is related to at all.  

The bio sticks with his basic career accomplishments so I can figure it out with my Spanish class from 30+ years ago. 

He played right field from 1955 - 1972.

He was a 12-time NL All-Star.

He won four batting titles.

He led the Pirates to World Series wins in 1960 and 1971.  

He was the NL MVP in 1966 and the World Series MVP in 1971.  

In his last game he got his 3,000th hit.

He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973.  

Not on the card - shows him playing right field 2,306 times, center field 63 times, left field 24 times, second base twice and third base once in his career.  After 1956 he only played RF or CF.

I miss the DID YOU KNOW? that was on some of the 1972 Kellogg's cards.   I just learned that Ken Reeves and Zack Morris both attended Bayside H.S.   Reeves went to high school in Queens but Zack was California all the way. 

Reeves father on the show loved the Yankees and Mickey Mantle appears in the episode that I am watching now.  I need to make a Kellogg's card of The Mick.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Got Chocolate Milk?

Yogi Berra used to be a pitchman for Yoo-Hoo Chocolate drink.  I know that doesn't really compare to chocolate milk, but I've had chocolate milk on my brain, my clothing and my stomach since yesterday.

I was dumb enough to join a bunch of high schoolers in a chocolate milk mile yesterday.  The event was held on an outdoor track, so a full mile is just over four laps.  When the race begins the competitors drink 12 ounces of chocolate milk and then run a lap.  For the next three laps the drinking precedes running the lap.  

The clock doesn't stop when one is trying to drink the mile, so speed there is important.  To make things worse, the meet directors chose the thickest chocolate milk that they could find.  That didn't make things easier.  

I managed to complete the event with a surprising total of zero in the all-important vomit count.  I really expected to hurl with 48 ounces of chocolate milk in me.  My son exceeded my total by five - he barfed three times in the race and twice afterwards.  To add insult to his upchucking, anyone hurling during the event has to run an extra lap.  He did the lap before even being told to do so.  I think there were plenty of competitors who skipped this penalty.  

Will I do it next year?  Yes.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

A Kellogg's Box Started a Baseball School

This was a good read.  I loved to read the back of the boxes over the years, but it was never like this.  I would have been first in line to sign up for a school like that.  Anyone who did sign up would be about 88 years old today.  I guess that means I'm not too likely to talk to anyone who participated even though I am in the Chicagoland area.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Rosemont, IL - Sports Spectacular

I went to the show today since I had a day off and my family had other plans.  I decided in advance that I'd at least buy some supplies so that I would at least have a plan for the meet.

I attended this show a few years ago and it was nothing like the other two Rosemont shows in March and November.  This year's was the same.  There weren't a lot of tables and the main focus seemed to be the autograph guests.  I probably won't be returning to this show.

I bought some pages, some $1 cards that were older than me (54-56s) and a few packs of 2018 Topps cards.  I didn't see many Kellogg's cards.  There was a 1982 set for $35.  Quite a disappointment.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Another Blog That Discusses Kellogg's Cards from the 1980s

I enjoyed reading this today -

I hope to get to the Rosemont show this weekend even though I don't collect autographs unless they are free.  Last time I went there there wasn't much of a card show but I am willing to give it one more chance.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Another Proof Card That Varies From the Actual Card Produced

I already found that I had a few proof cards that weren't exactly the same as the card produced by Kellogg's.  Today I noticed that one of my favorite cards, Lou Gehrig's All-Time Greats card, varies slightly from the product issued. 

The proof card listed is dated 1972, but it is most likely a 1970 Rold Gold proof card.  Why do I think that?  The first card shown below could be either a 1970 Rold Gold or 1972 Kellogg's.  Notice where the signature is located on the card.   The signature is in the same place on both cards. 

The proof card has the signature in a different place.  The signature doesn't look that good on the proof card so they lowered it to make is more visible. 

I am still looking to find more proof cards from the Benanti Collection.  If you know how I can do that please let me know.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Here's A Card With Lots to Say

Check out these Stop-N-Go cards.  They've got lots to say about the player.

College background - his junior college and four-year college are both mentioned. 

Personal information - he's a popular speaker in the off-season and "Hello Ladies" he's single. 

He's one of the smallest defensive ends in the league. 

I like the DID YOU KNOW section.  More about these cards in the future. 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

More Information on the 1991 Kellogg's Olympic Champions Set - and a Great Website

This site does it all and even shows the TV commercials - it is all about UK Kellogg's products.

1972 Kellogg's Unopened Packs Update and Question

I picked up a Reggie Jackson in its original wrapper this week.   It has been common to find the unopened packs with the card number written on the back.  Did any of you ever do that?  If so, why?

For most of the sets you can see the card number if you put in a bit of effort.  Today, one can just read the name on the front or back and look online for a checklist to determine the card number.  I realize, and remember, that in 1972 there was no using the internet to get a checklist.

I'm not concerned with some writing on the back, especially for the star cards in the set.  I don't like writing on the front of the card. 

Now I am down to needing eight unopened packs for the 1972 set - Seaver, Rose, Gibson, Williams, Brock, Clemente, Stargell and Mays. 

Friday, June 1, 2018

Kellogg's Cards That Didn't Appear in My Neighborhood

I found a few Kellogg's cards that jumped immediately to the top of my list of favorites recently.  This set combined my interests in both Kellogg's cards and track and field.  I believe that it originates from England.

The company took great care in creating this set.  Check out the images that I will try to describe.  The checklist is listed below.

The image below shows the front of the card for the 400 Metres Hurdles.  The card on the right below actually was inserted into the card on the left.

The cards below show the backside of the cards above.

I was surprised to then be able to open the to read about the event.  I haven't done so yet.  I will save that for another blog post, maybe on my Sportscaster blog.

The inserted card was slides up/down to reveal different stories about the stars of the 400 Metres Hurdles.  I just noticed that there are two different stories highlighted on the inserted card.

On the top half A. Phillips (USA) won the Seoul Olympics in this event.  Notice the red circle next to the category Seoul under Olympic Winners.

On the bottom half the text mentions someone's second gold medal came during his streak of winning 122 consecutive races.  The answer, The Great Ed Moses, has a red circle next to it.  In the USA he was always called Edwin Moses.

At the same time, when sliding the card, the women's results are utilizing the same style of highlighting winners, record holders and highlights.

That's a lot of stuff to put in a card in a box of cereal.  Has anyone seen other items like this?

Now I want an entire set in the package and out of the package.  Has anyone seen these in the USA?

1*          100m (Carl Lewis)
2*          200m (Florence Griffith Joyner)
3*          400m (Marita Koch)
4*          800m (Alberto Juantornena)
5*          1500m (Sebastian Coe)
6*          5000m, 3000m (Said Aouita)
7*          10,000m (Brahim Boutayeb)
8*          Marathon (Joan Benoit)
9*          Sprint Hurdles (Roger Kingdom)
10*         400m Hurdles (Edwin moses)
11*         3000m Steeplechase, 20K Walk, 50K Walk
12*         4x100m Relay (USA team - Graddy, Brown, Smith, Lewis)
13*         4x400m Relay (USSR team)
14*         High Jump (Dietmar Mogenburg)
15*         Long Jump (Jackie Joyner-Kersee)
16*         Shot (Ilona Slupianek)
17*         Discus (Jurgen Schult)
18*         Javelin (Tessa Sanderson)
19*         Pole Vault, Triple Jump, Hammer (Pierre Quinon)
20*         Decathlon, Heptathlon (Daley Thompson)