We would give him our most treasured cards at a shot at one or two singles from that set. I was absolutely devastated that he traded away the Rickey Henderson to my other buddy, but he made it up to me by trading me the Tony Armas and Dwayne Murphy. This was back in the day when quantity meant something to me and two Athletics were better than one.
Fast forward thirty-plus years and I'm still looking for that 1982 Kellogg's Rickey Henderson. I'm sure I'll pick one up sooner or later, since many of these Kellogg's singles are fairly affordable.
Last week, I ordered a bunch of them off of Sportlots and was able to complete a full run of Steve Carlton cards for $13.12 (+ shipping):
Carlton first appeared in a Kellogg's set back in 1973.
1973 Kellogg's #7
Unfortunately that happened to be the one year the company decided to not use the 3D technology that makes these cards so desirable (at least to me).
Kellogg's left him out of their 1974, 1975, and 1976 sets, but made a card for him in 1977. That kicked off a streak of seven straight years of Steve Carlton Kellogg's cards:
1978 Kellogg's #1
1979 Kellogg's #18
1980 Kellogg's #14
1981 Kellogg's #50
1982 Kellogg's #27
1983 Kellogg's #45
During those seven years, the cards varied in card designs and sizes, but Kellogg's made sure to utilize their 3D technology. I thought it would be easy to pick a favorite design, but after a week... I'm still thinking about it.
Unfortunately the company ended the run in 1983 and collectors would have to wait eight years before they produced another baseball card set. However they changed up their checklist and decided to included baseball legends, instead of current players. This allowed Carlton to be featured one last time in a Kellogg's set:
1991 Kellogg's 3D #8
I'll eventually show off some of the other Kellogg's cards I picked up in future posts. But for now, I just wanted to share with you some of the coolest oddball cards ever produced.
Happy Tuesday and sayonara!