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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Post Offered A Bonus In the Cereal Box

The Ernie Banks card given in the box is shown to buyers through a window.  As one might notice on the box, Post included two cards inside each box.  

Since Post shows the card as part of the display, should I try to get a box for each player in the set?

Here is the checklist for this set from 2001 - Ruth, Banks, Foxx, McCovey, F. Robinson, Killebrew, Schmidt, Jackson

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Canadian Cereal Boxes?

I bought this box recently without even realizing that it was a bilingual box from Canada.  I do have both versions of these cards but I forgot to consider the cereal boxes.  

Did Kellogg's change the boxes in Canada in years when there was not a different version of the cards in Canada?  Did Canadian law require the package be bilingual?  

Does anyone have other boxes from Canada? 

Monday, January 20, 2020

1976 Kellogg's Unopened Pack - Don Gullett?

There is a listing on ebay for the 1976 Don Gullett in an unopened pack.  Did the first three Kellogg's cards get into cereal boxes?

UPDATE - they had 10 of them and they went fast. 

Post Baseball Cards

I've gotten a few Post baseball cards from the 1961 - 1963 sets.  I knew that there were some more recent Post cards.  I found out there are at least sets from 1990 - 1995, 2002 and the one above from 2001.  Are there others?

After a quick ebay search I learned that there are a variety of different boxes that contained these Post baseball cards.  Maybe I've got a new project that will be affordable and free from cracked, curled cards?

I know that I have one of these sets.  If I got to the National that will give me something to look for in the bargain bins.  

Another quick scan through ebay confirmed what I guessed - all of the sets are cheap.  The empty boxes will cost me more, but I think that they are more colorful than some of these card sets.  

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Kellogg's Basketball Cards from the late 1990s

I don't remember anything about these cards.  I was surprised to see that a pack contained 11 cards.  This is my first pack of these. 

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

How to Be Sure A Card is a Proof Card?

I did a search on ebay and COMC to see what was listed for Kellogg's proof cards.  It seems that sellers assume that all blank-back cards must be proof cards.  I have no idea, but I am guessing that they are not.

Others mention that the card is a proof card but there is nothing obvious to prove that fact.  Does anyone have a better way to determine this?

I don't know much, but I've mentioned the Benanti Collection before because Beckett graded them and had them in some auctions about five years ago.  There are currently a handful of 1970 Kellogg's football cards from these auctions on ebay/COMC.  I'm still deciding if I want any of them.

BCG added the text "THE BENANTI COLLECTION" to the grading label.  Does anyone have Benanti Collection cards or uncut sheets from those auctions?

Monday, January 13, 2020

Why Didn't We Do That?

I collected the Kellogg's cards as a kid.  Hardly anyone saved the cereal box, which is why they are valuable today.

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

Kellogg's Cards Without the 3-D Coating

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

Sports Collectors Digest

They recently had a post about Kellogg's cards.  Here is the link -

There was also a post years ago that mentioned Kellogg's cards -

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

The Old Picnic Area Was Not Like Those Seen in Ballparks Today

I decided to continue organizing my collection.  Today I worked through oddball and oversized cards.  They have always just ended up in different places, so I don't know what I really have.  Some of these items could be in my attic with other junk.  I probably will work on that over Spring Break.

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.

I really wanted to show the left field wall at Old Comiskey.  Why?  I've mentioned the picnic area and the Carlos May card clearly shows the screens under the stands in left field.  The picnic area was quite low frills.  There were cheap picnic tables pushed up against the wall under the screen.  We'd just sit there eating our Italian Ice cones.  

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 to Tell When You've Spent Too Much Time Sorting

I worked on 1970 Kellogg's football cards today.  It is definitely time to finish this.  I've just got to work on the small 1991 and 1992 all-star sets, the 1971 football cards and the Stop N Go cards. 

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?

Finished With Sorting - Stop N Go Cards too

I finished just in time to start school on Monday.  I've got a few weeks before I start coaching track.  My only link to my cards will probably be the blog during the winter and spring.

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. 

The Stop N Go were issued in 1979 (18 cards) and 1980 (48 cards).  The Cowboys and Steelers cards are the ones that seem to be most challenging to find.  The 1979 set has Walter Payton and Roger Staubach.  Archie Manning is one of the most popular cards in the 1980 set.  

I only found three players who appeared in Kellogg's sets and Stop N Go sets - Fred Dryer, Joe Greene and Bob Griese.  Did I miss anyone?

I have the 1982 Kellogg's Raisin Bran football set, but since I bought them as sets I don't need to do any sorting.  Yeah! 

Friday, January 3, 2020

1970 Sorting and Set Building - Any Traders for Really Clean Commons?

After sorting 1971s it was nice to see some clean, sharp corners on a Kellogg's card again with the 1970 cards.  Having no factory set in 1971 sure shows since clean cards don't show up often.

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

Sorting 1972s and 1971s - Anyone Looking to Trade Damaged Cards?

I went through my 1972s.  I always liked these cards because when I was a kid someone had them all.  They must have sent away for them.

I was able to get a bunch of them as a kid.  When we went to card shows in the mid-1970s we never looked at any card that wasn't from the 1960s or older so I didn't pick them up there.

I haven't picked up 1972s at all so the sorting was easy and enjoyable.   Even the variations are easy to figure out.  1971s were a different story.  

I've been trying to get all of the 1971 variations without regard to condition.  That is a good thing since I have very few 1971s that are in nice shape.  I used to buy small lots of these to see if I could get some variations.  Now that I have over 160 different ones the lots don't seem to help much.  Is anyone else trying to get all of these variations in bad condition?

It looks like I need about 31 cards.  I have some others in bad condition that I could trade.  Any takers?  I'd like to start by getting the more common players first since they should be easy to trade.

For those with Xograph on the back I need Clemente, Mays, F. Robinson, Merritt, Cater, McCovey, Blair, Stottlemyre, Kaline, C. May, Banks, Killbrew, Palmer, Torre, Rose, Monday.  

For those with 1970 Xograph on the back I need Robertson (95 RBI), Merritt (249 BB), Cardenal (829 H), Dobson (625 SO), McCovey (1400 H), Blair (385 R), Stottlemyre (880 SO), Gaston (113 R), Dietz (199 RBI), C. May (273 H), Cuellar (990 SO), McNally (1067 SO), Palmer (567 SO), Northrup (2772 AB), Osteen (3.82 ERA in 1970). 

Putting this in a post also helps me even if no one else is pursuing this.  I can read this a lot better at a card show than whatever I scribble into a notebook.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Curled Kellogg's Cards

Some years are just worse than others.  The first picture shows a few 1970 Kellogg's baseball cards that I picked up recently.  Not only are they curled, they are cracked, discolored and the edges are in poor shape.  They might as well have writing on the back to make them a complete wreck.  

I want to focus on the curling.  This level of curling seems to be beyond repair.  Has anyone been successful flattening something that is this bad?

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?

The Most Damaged Kellogg's Card That I Own & My Odd Sorting Methods

I wish I had a good story about how this card got this way but I am not the original owner.  Bob Costas talked about carrying a 1958 All-Star Mickey Mantle in his wallet.  On some late-night talk show he pulled it out and it looked like this card.

This card reminds me of the Old Judge and other pre-WWII cards.  I wasn't sure I would be able to put it in a nine-pocket sheet because I thought it was going to break into pieces.  

I never flipped cards or put them in my bicycle spokes.  Mine got damaged for a few reasons.  First, I read them a lot and sorted them in different ways frequently.  Second, since we didn't have hobby supplies, we used photo albums with the sticky backing.  When leaving a card in there for a while we found out that the color leaking into the sticky backing.  That certainly took a toll on some of our best cards in the mid-70s.  

Now to sorting.  Kellogg's cards are easy to sort because the sets are small.  As I mentioned before, some of the card numbers are really small and my old, overworked screen use eyes can't always handle that depending on the lighting.  What did I do?  Revert back to my favorite sorting method from my childhood.

It helps being in an area with two major league teams.  I show my age by sorting the cards into the four divisions - AL East and West and NL East and West.  Then I pull up the checklist online and I can easily put them in order.  It keeps me from looking at the fine print at all.