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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

1980 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #07 - 09

COVID really impacted my free time.  Last year I just ended up working way too much.  During the school year that just ended the same thing happened since I taught half of the kids in-person while the other half was remote - every period of every day.  I hope to not do that again - ever!

I didn't get to finish looking at the 1980 Kellogg's baseball card backs.  It seems like I struggle to read the small print more each time.  I don't think that this will help the 1980 set when I list my favorite Kellogg's sets.

Back to the countdown --

#09 - George Brett

These are the same poorly-done scans that I did a long time ago when I started looking at these backs.  I will add all of the good comments instead of getting a better scan.

Brett finished second in the AL in batting with a .329 average.  He led the league with 20 triples.  

Not on the card (of course) - only Willie Wilson, Lance Johnson and Curtis Granderson surpassed that total since 1979.   

Though not considered a "speed merchant" he stole 17 bases. 

Not on the card - he finished his career with 201 stolen bases.  

#08 - Steve Rogers

Hobbies - coins, stamps and arrowheads.  I don't remember seeing anything like that before.  Sounds like a guy who would also collect cards and memorabilia from his playing days.  

Through 1979 he had the most wins for an Expo pitcher - 86.  He graduated with a petroleum engineering degree from Tulsa.  

Not on the card - he played his entire career in Montreal and finished with a record of 158 - 152 for a team that had a winning record on only six of his 13 seasons.  

Different era - he had 129 career complete games.  

#07 - Jeff Newman

Not a nice start by Kellogg's with the bio - "though still not a high average hitter...".  He was a .229 hitter at this point in his career.

Not on the card - after nine years he ended up with a .224 batting average.  

His 22 homers were a team high.  

Not on the card - he finished with 63 career homers.  

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Sports Collectors Daily Writes About Kellogg's Cards Again

 Another nice article from Sports Collectors Daily.  This time it is 1976 Kellogg's.

This is one of my favorite sets, in part because I was collecting it as a Little League kid.  Over the years I've noticed that this set is likely to have borders that fade to a yellowish tint.  They look great with the white borders, and not so nice when yellowed.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Finally Got Myself Back Into This Account

 I had a few technical issues with the account.  Now I am back.  I plan to attend the National.   Please let me know if you are heading there.  I will probably be around on Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday.

I'm still not finding anything at reasonable prices.  I don't expect to have any luck at the National either since I am not going on the first few days.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

You'll Never Guess What I've Been Buying This Week - Maybe You Can Tell Me Why

 I've been trying to find some Kellogg's cards for sets, but prices have gone up too much for a cheap guy like me.  Since I've been selling stuff I've been itching to buy things. 

I did find a John Henry Johnson from 1979 in the original wrapper.  That was the highlight of the week even if I overpaid by paying $10.  

The only thing that I've been able to find cheaply has been the Kellogg's hockey cards of Lemieux and Hull from the 1990s in Canada.  I made about 10 orders, all small ones.  Some included a few other cards that I don't even know anything about since I don't collect hockey cards much.  

If you are a Kellogg's collector and you are buying all of the good cards, please stop doing that so I can buy them.  Thanks for your support.  

Is the Kellogg's market feeling the same craziness as the entire sports card market?  Are there investors jumping in and grabbing all of the most popular cards?  I haven't had time to check out sale prices to know, but is the uptick happening to just the best cards - 1971s and stars?

Monday, February 15, 2021

1980 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #10 - 12

 I've been spending a lot less time with my Kellogg's cards because I am organizing basketball cards to get rid of by either selling, donating or throwing them away.  They sure seem to be popular now, even some of the junk era ones.

Back to thoughts about baseball even though I shoveled a few inches of snow this morning and I will probably be doing that again tonight and tomorrow morning.  When do pitchers and catchers report?

#12  - Darrell Porter

I remember Porter as a Brewer, which shows my age.  He played for Milwaukee from 1971 to 1976.  I didn't remember him finishing his career with Texas for two seasons.  In between he played with St. Louis and Kansas City.  With St. Louis he was the World Series MVP in 1982.  That was all after this card, which shows him with the Royals.  

Darrell had career highs in almost all batting categories in 1979 but the Royals didn't win their division.  No wild card, so no playoffs for them.  Porter was named the starting catcher for the AL in the All-Star Game.  

Not on the card - he was a four-tme all-star.

#11 - Gorman Thomas

He had to be a teammate of Porter for a while, right?  Yes, for four years - 1973 - 1976.

Not many guys have drag racing listed as a hobby.  He probably had a clause in his contract to protect the team's investment should be get into a big crash.  

I was surprised to see that he didn't play in 1977.  He was in the minors.  He spent time in the minors from 1969 to 1977 so his MLB career is impressive.  His batting average in the majors give a big hint as to why he was in the minors so long.

He did lead the league in homers in 1979.  He led the minors a few times too, including having 51 homers in 1974.  

Not on the card - he led the league in homers again in 1982 and he topped 100 RBIs three times.  

#10 - Bruce Sutter

This is one of my favorite pictures, but I am here to talk about the back of Howard Sutter's card.  Since he was a Cub we all knew that his real name was Howard not Bruce.

Bruce's 37 saves and six wins accounted for over half of the 80 wins that the Cubs had in 1979.  The 37 saves tied the NL record.  Managers didn't pad the save stats like they do today.  Sutter pitched in 62 games and logged over 100 innings.  

He finished 56 of the 62 games that he pitched.  Given time, I'd like to find out about the six games that he didn't finish.  Was he knocked out?  Did the game continue and the Cubs used a pinch-hitter?  Did the game go into lots of extra innings?

Sutter blew a save in one game but he pitched the entire 7th through 11th innings giving up two runs.  That game went 18 innings.  I found an 11-inning game where he pitched the 8th and 9th before being lifted for a pinch-hitter.  That's two.  He pitched the 9th through 11th in a game before pitcher Ken Holtzman pinch-hit for him in the 12th.  That's three.  Another one he pitched two innings before being pinch-hit for in the 10th inning.  That's four of six.  Another one - pitches 2 1/3 before being pinch hit for in extra innings.  And I found the last one.  Sure enough he pitches two innings and is replaced for a pinch hitter in the ninth inning of an extra inning game.

He went the entire season without being taken out in the middle of an inning?  Kind of.  He did blow saves in most of those six games mentioned above.  And he did lose a few games in the middle of the last inning when the Cubs were on the road.

The card mentioned a pitch that Sutter calls a "split-finger fastball".  That was a new pitch.

I like that the card reminds us that the save was not an official statistic until 1969.  

Sutter won the 1979 NL Cy Young Award but one of his six losses came as the Cubs lost 23-22 to the Phillies in a game that is shown on television each winter.  He gave up a homer to Mike Schmidt in the 10th inning after the Cubs rallying from being behind 17-6 in the fourth inning.  

Thursday, February 11, 2021

A Purchase That I Never Made Before..........

 ....and I wasn't able to do today either.

I took a trip to The Dollar Store this afternoon with my daughter.  Many years ago I bought a bunch of Starting Lineup figures there for a dollar each but I don't remember the last time I saw cards at any of their stores.

I saw nothing today until we were in the checkout lane.  There I saw a pack of Star Wars cards.  I know nothing about the pack since I've never purchased a pack, even in the 1970s.  The pack seemed to have maybe three or four cards.

When scanning it my daughter mentioned that it made a noise like it was being stolen.  The guy at the register asked for assistance and the manager said somewhat jokingly that she couldn't sell me the pack because it wouldn't scan.  So, it caught me quite by surprise when she threw it about 10 feet into a box of stuff that I guess they cannot sell since the item number didn't register on their computer.

This was odd because everyone who's ever been to their stores could figure this one out - sell it for a dollar!  

I don't have a picture because the pack went to the Island of Misfit Items that we all know cost one dollar each. When my daughter goes back there I will ask her to check to see if the pack is still in that box.  

On the bright side, I got a few Kellogg's hockey cards in the mail today along with a couple of 1970 baseball common cards that I need.  

Has anyone found cards at The Dollar Store in recent times?

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

1980 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs - #13 - 15

 Slowly working my way through this set.  I'm spending some time getting rid of lots of my newer basketball cards, especially those from 2000-01 Fleer Ultra since I have lots of them.  My age shows when I call 20-year-old cards newer.  

Time to check out the next three cards to end my evening.  I'm ready to work on another set, hopefully one with larger printing on the back.

#15 - Jim Palmer

Anyone was happy to get a Jim Palmer card from any year and getting his card from a box of cereal was just as good.  

Palmer had a series of injuries in 1979.  By this time he had four consecutive 20-win seasons - twice.  He was the youngest pitcher to throw a shutout in a World Series game.  

Not on the card - he still holds that distinction.  The way pitchers are handled today he may hold that honor for a long time.  

Not on the card - the injuries mentioned remind me of something I saw on television last week.  I stopped channel surfing to watch an old Cub game because Bill Murray was announcing.  There were two different updates during the game about Palmer being rushed to a hospital.  I remember that being a big deal at the time. 

#14 - Steve Carlton

Carlton was a force, just like Palmer, but Palmer was seen a lot more on television - I don't mean that just because he kept showing up wearing only his Jockey underwear.

Lots of the basics on the back.  He's #10 on the all-time strikeout list.  He won 27 games for the last place Phillies in 1972.  

Not on the card - Carlton's debut was five days before Palmer's.  

Here are some stats that you won't see much of with current pitchers.

Complete Games - Palmer 211, Carlton 251
Shutouts - Palmer 53, Carlton 55

#13 - Roy Smalley

Smalley gets one of the longest paragraphs because he's not got the career that started in 1965 like Palmer and Carlton.  Roy wasn't even in high school yet in 1965.  

He was the starting shortstop in the All-Star game and had career highs in most batting categories.  

I knew that his dad played from a Topps Father-Son card but I didn't know that his manager, Gene Mauch, was his uncle.  

Not on the card - he played until 1987 but he couldn't improve on the career marks he set in 1979.  He didn't get into another All-Star game.  That's understandable when the guys who were named all-stars in the 1980s included Dent, Yount, Ripken, Trammell and Fernandez.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

New Ebay Standard Envelope Updates

 It has been a busy week.  I find myself looking at lots more individual cards on ebay now to see if sellers are using the new cheaper shipping plan.  I just checked and I ended up buying more individual cards than ever this week.

I've gotten a variety of cheaper and more expensive cards.  Maybe it is because everyone is busy buying basketball cards.  

This week I picked up Kellogg's cards of Babe Ruth, Nolan Ryan, Bill Madlock, Fred Norman, Bill Bonham, Dan Driessen and a few others.  I hope this trend continues, but I will start losing free time because track and field has been allowed to begin in April here in Illinois.

I didn't realize until now the variety of sports that I purchased.  I forgot that I grabbed some Lemieuxs, more track fact slides from the UK, Joe Greene and a few other damaged football cards and the baseball cards mentioned above. 

Is anyone else noticing more listings with cheap shipping?

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Lots of Comments Online About ebay's Standard Envelope

 I sold a few things using ebay's Standard Envelope for trading cards.  I can say that everything was easy for me since I purchased sturdy envelopes from ebay.  All of that means nothing until the buyers get their purchases in the mail and approve of this new feature.

I like the idea of sending cheap cards this way.  There is a problem when using ebay's envelope.  The envelope weighs 1.3 ounces and the maximum weight allowed with the Standard Envelope is 3 ounces.  I think ebay should consider bumping the maximum to 4 ounces since it would still fit easily into the envelope.

I'd like to find more cards like this.

I am hoping to find lots of cheap cards with this feature but it hasn't been a fast start.  I haven't made a purchase yet with this feature.  

Is anyone else planning to sell with this feature?  Will you purchase something if it is using this feature?

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Another Card Show in Indiana

I was fortunate that a card show existed in Indiana yesterday.  It was about 45 minutes from home so I decided to check it out after doing some work around the house in the morning and getting in a short run.

As I left for the show my wife called to let me know that Bobby Hull was signing at a mall close to our house.  Not a big deal since I don't really have an interest in autographs.  There was not much traffic, it was easy to find, the parking lot was crowded and the show offered free admission.  That was a nice start. 

It was a solid crowd, there were at least 50 tables and the facility did a good job of keeping the spacing between rows.  Still all good.

I took a few laps around and the two things I noticed most were new insert cards and unopened boxes, mostly the blaster boxes seen at Target or Walmart.  I did see a few graded Kellogg's cards but that really isn't my thing.  

No photos since I didn't buy anything.  I don't know if I will go back to another show there.  I was debating going to the show or to the Baseball Card Exchange.  Next time I will go to BBCE.    

Saturday, January 30, 2021

1980 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs - #16 - 18

 Working my way through the set that causes me more eye strain than any other.  Here are the next three cards to read.

#18 - Graig Nettles

Kellogg's starts with great compliments on his power, run production and defense.  The card mentions that the Yankees rewarded him with a long-term contract.  

I like that the card mentions that his defensive stardom was not even noticed when he played in Cleveland.

Not on the card - the Yankees traded nettles before the 1984 season.  

#17 - Jason Thompson

I don't remember seeing him play too often as a Tiger but I remember him as a Pirate.

Kellogg's starts the story, like it often does, by mentioning that he didn't do as well as in past seasons.  He was a pitcher in high school and he only played in 79 minor league games.  His home run power got him called up.  

He had a solid career with over 200 homers and three all-star selections.  

#16 - Bob Bailor

Bailor got on his second Kellogg's card in 1980.  He was the Blue Jays first pick in the 1976 Expansion Draft so his name was well known.  There were certainly some guys on the Blue Jays who had better seasons that Bob.  

He was a good base stealer in the minors.  His .310 average for the 1977 Blue Jays was the highest ever for a first-year team player.  Maybe that got him another Kellogg's card.

Not on the card - he stole 90 bases in 11 years with a season-best of 20. 

Friday, January 29, 2021

Snowstorm Set #2 - 1977 Topps

 I taught on that day, but the time that I saved by staying home was used to check out some of my old cards that I haven't seen in a long time - probably at least 20 years.

When I went through the 1977 Topps set I realized that I didn't recognize lots of the cards.  I always knew that I had a lot less of them even though I did manage to complete the set.  I started thinking about why.  

That was my first summer as a caddie, so I was no longer riding my bike to stores that sold baseball cards.  Add to that a few injuries which kept me off my feet for a few weeks, high school sports and a teenage appetite and I guess I bought less cards that usual.  That didn't stop me from buying lots of cards in 1978-79 and 1981.  

Here are some of the 1977 cards that stood out in my quick look at the set.

A nice start to the set.  Lots of George Brett cards in this set.  One of my favorite Cubs too.

It didn't take long to find a card I didn't recognize.

I remember the back of this card since Topps had already celebrated this achievement against the Cubs on a 1976 card.

It seems like this should be a Joe Ferguson card.  I don't even remember Joe Ferguson as a Cardinal or Red. 

School dress code required collared shirts.  Good to see the White Sox comply.

Jim looks so happy. 

Tito and his bandana are in full view on another one of his cards. 

The All-Star logo works well again in 1977.

"You'll need to upgrade this card in your set since there is a huge gum stain" said no one ever to me in 1977.  

I don't know Mike but I love that scoreboard in the background.  They used to do a race before games and I have a picture of myself running with the scoreboard in the background.  

I don't know what happened to this card but it definitely is a mess.  I actually might upgrade a few cards in this set.  

The Sutter card was not a big deal when 1977 started, but Cub fans quickly liked this guy.  

This is how a Tom Seaver card should look.  

Not as many mis-cuts in this set for me.

Lemon's card doesn't show off the hat at much at this one of Francisco Barrios.

George Brett again.  

He got 3+ hits in six consecutive games.  

Ouch.  He was no longer a Cub at this point.  Traded.  Ugh.

Fidrych has it all here - Trophy and All-Star.  He was the talk of baseball for a while.

Zoinks.  This Brock card is worse than the Tommy John.  Since I plan to keep these cards forever, I might upgrade this one.  

Ouch again.  He leaves the Cubs and saves the American flag as a Dodger.

The Turn Back the Clock subset featured some of the great moments from different years.  From 1957 this is the best that they could find?  We new from a previous Topps subset that Mantle and Aaron were MVPs that year.  They didn't do something to warrant inclusion?

Everyone knew that Murphy was a catcher.

It looks like Kingman is admiring a homer.  Us old guys like to complain about younger guys doing that, but it must have existed a little bit back in the 1970s.

This does not look like Klu Haywood at all.  

Where was my quality control in 1977?  Kirkwood's card is a mess.

I just like this Niekro card even though there are hundreds of other shots just like it over the years.

Ken and his brother.  George is everywhere.

Bunting doesn't fit the analytics today so don't put it on new cards.  I do like this shot of Yount. 

One of the most well-known cards in the set and for good reason.  What a great shot. 

Nice to list Matt as an outfielder instead of as a pinch runner.  

Lots more games than at-bats for Matt.  I really like the layout of the back of the card.  

Not much to say about this Nolan Ryan card.  I just like it with the clouds.