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Thursday, January 30, 2020
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Monday, January 20, 2020
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Does anyone know much about these cards? I will open a pack when I get another one, but I like this pack the way it is with Stockton.
When Starting Lineups got lazy and started using cards that already existed it was quite a disappointment. Most years they at least reprinted them with sequential numbers instead of using the number from the regular card set. They also usually put the SLU logo on the front or back.
I see no logo on the front here. I guess I'll need to check the back to see about the logo and card number. How else would one know it was a Kellogg's card unless it was in this pack with the checklist?
I wasn't really collecting cards much from 1995 - 1999. Things that caused it included the baseball strike, graduate school in another town and moving to Colorado. I wish I'd have done this things from 1990 - 1995 so I'd have less of the junk cards in my house.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Monday, January 13, 2020
The Lou Brock from the 1978 box above looks great. Why didn't we cut the cards off the boxes? Some of them were even actual size. Not only that, there were plenty of the game's biggest stars as well as my favorite players.
When looking at them together, a big difference can be noticed. On the left above is the picture that was used. The clouds look normal until the 3-D coating is applied as shown by the finished product on the right. That makes me want to get these cards. I see the actual-sized ones around but I don't see the small ones.
What is everyone seeing out there? Does anyone have a checklist of all of the possible cards that were shown somewhere on a box? I am going to work on that.
Do any cards differ other than the 3-D coating? That's another reason to get a checklist going. Any help would be appreciated.
Sunday, January 12, 2020
It might not be obvious from the image shown, but this 1981 Kellogg's card of Goose Gossage doesn't have any of the 3-D coating. It is obvious when looking at it. Also, when holding it, it feels thinner and lighter than a normal 1981 Kellogg's card.
Kellogg's cards didn't have the 3-D coating in 1973 since Xograph didn't produce the cards that year. All of the other years had the 3-D coating through 1983. In their sporadic cards that followed, some were 3-D and some were not.
I have a few of these from 1981 and 1983. Has anyone seen these from other years?
Thursday, January 9, 2020
There was also a post years ago that mentioned Kellogg's cards - https://sportscollectorsdigest.com/collecting-101/when-ordinary-took-a-holiday-10-oddball-items-to-collect.
In the 1970s someone in my neighborhood was a subscriber. A bunch of us found people to order cards from using the magazine and the Wholesale Card Co. catalogues. After college I subscribed for about 15 years and even sold lots of Starting Lineup figures through ads in SCD.
Does anyone subscribe today? Can it be done for less than $1 per issue? Are there lots of articles worth reading?
Sunday, January 5, 2020
I've mentioned collars on uniforms and Old Comiskey Park a few times. Here is a great photo showing both with a late 1970s White Sox jersey.
If my family was being annoying and I couldn't enjoy the game I would get the cone and stay there for a few innings.
Today there are plenty of picnic areas and other places to hang out away from the seating areas. They offer lots of amenities to keep fans happy. Back in the 1970s I was quite content with $1 for the cone and some time watching Carlos May play the outfield.
Saturday, January 4, 2020
How do you know when you've spent too much time sorting?
1. Driving down the street today I saw a license plate that had part of what I assumed to be Dennis Eckersley's last name and the number nine. Whey is that noteworthy? Well, if you have my problem you'd immediately think that Eckersley is card number 9 in the 1979 set. True story. Yes, I should probably seek help.
2. While sorting through cards, I realized that even though I don't know card number of certain players, I can easily figure out the number based on where the card is on a nine-pocket page. 1970 Billy Williams. I knew the card was in the 30 - 39 range. Now I know that it is #37 because I can picture it on the set in progress that I organized.
I use decimal, base 16 and binary at work, but I think I am now better at groupings of nine. Another instance where Schoolhouse Rock has helped me in life.
3. Playing the before/after game when putting a duplicate in a top loader into a box or stack of cards. To place a Billy Williams (#37 in 1970) into the box just take a guess near the middle of the cards. Then, if you've spent too much time with your cards you can probably immediately know if you need to go forward or back in the group of cards to place Williams correctly.
Has anyone ever figured out how to get rid of the cracks?
I do have a complete set of 1971 Kellogg's football cards. They are not all clean and bright, but they are a lot nicer looking than the 1971 Kellogg's baseball cards that I have.
Friday, January 3, 2020
As usual, the stars will be difficult for me because I don't have it in me to pay a lot for one card. I don't see that changing anytime soon unless the card would allow me to complete a set.
I have duplicates to trade of many commons. The commons that I need are - C. May, Singer, Reichardt, Powell, Horlen, Epstein, M. Alou, Cullen, Lolich, McLain. I don't need to Cubs but I would certainly go for them too. Does anyone have some of these in nice shape sitting around?
I don't know if I have the motivation to check out 1971 Kellogg's football cards next It will be more of the damaged cards to go through. I think I have the entire set but I'm not sure if they are all clean. More next time.
Thursday, January 2, 2020
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
The 1974 Kellogg's card below have what I am used to seeing. I can accept this. These cards easily fit in plastic pages. They also seem to work in top loaders even though that scares me sometimes.
After sorting most of my cards, I don't want to see more curled or cracked cards, so I will probably be buying less this year.
Do any of you buy curled or cracked cards? If curled, what is your cut-off?