1972 Kellogg's Baseball Cards

1972 Kellogg’s Baseball Cards


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1972 Kellogg's Baseball cards marked the third consecutive year the cereal maker produced a 3-D set. Although the checklist is smaller than the 1970 and 1971 sets, it still focuses on many of the game's top stars at the time. Plus there are enough errors and variations to make up the gap created with the shrunken set size.

1972 Kellogg's Baseball has a similar design to earlier years. Besides looking on the back, fronts can be distinguished by the name plates. 1970 uses a baseball. 1971 has a star. 1972 cards have one diagonal stripe in the top corner with their last name and another at the bottom for their position. Backs pack a lot of info including a smaller portrait, vitals and career stats.

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The cards aren't only smaller than traditional cards, but they're slightly smaller than their earlier counterparts. 1972 Kellogg's Baseball cards measure 2 1/8 x 3 1/4".

The checklist has 54 cards. Pete Rose, Roberto Clemente, Willie Mays, Tom Seaver and Reggie Jackson are among the most valuable cards. That being said, the set remains largely affordable.

A total 21 players have variations. The vast majority are only small statistical mistakes so they're not obvious. The error versions of these cards carry a small premium, but nothing huge.

Like all of the Kellogg's 3-D sets, cracking is the biggest issue as far as condition goes. The materials used to make the lenticular finish are great for corners and general condition issues. However, it is common to find that the lenticular images have cracked so look carefully when buying singles and lots.

This is one of two sets of baseball cards put out by Kellogg's this year. There's also 1972 Kellogg's All-Time Greats Baseball, which focuses on many of the game's early legends.

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1972 Kellogg's Baseball Checklist

54 cards.
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1 Tom Seaver
2 Amos Otis
3 Willie Davis
4 Wilbur Wood
5 Bill Parsons
6 Pete Rose
7 Willie McCovey
8 Fergie Jenkins
9 Vida Blue
10 Joe Torre
11 Merv Rettenmund
12 Bill Melton
13 Jim Palmer
14 Doug Rader
15 Dave Roberts
16 Bobby Murcer
17 Wes Parker
18 Joe Coleman
19 Manny Sanguillen
20 Reggie Jackson
21 Ralph Garr
22 Jim Hunter
23 Rick Wise
24 Glenn Beckert
25 Tony Oliva
26 Bob Gibson
27 Mike Cuellar
28 Chris Speier
29 Dave McNally
30 Leo Cardenas
31 Bill Freehan
32 Bud Harrelson
33 Sam McDowell
34 Claude Osteen
35 Reggie Smith
36 Sonny Siebert
37 Lee May
38 Mickey Lolich
39 Cookie Rojas
40 Dick Drago
41 Nate Colbert
42 Andy Messersmith
43 Dave Johnson
44 Steve Blass
45 Bob Robertson
46 Billy Williams
47 Juan Marichal
48 Lou Brock
49 Roberto Clemente
50 Mel Stottlemyre
51 Don Wilson
52 Sal Bando
53 Willie Stargell
54 Willie Mays

Errors Checklist

The following cards have both error and corrected variations:

1 Tom Seaver
Error: 2.85 ERA in 1970
Corrected: 2.81 ERA in 1970

3 Willie Davis
Error: 842 career runs
Corrected: 841 career runs

7 Willie McCovey
Error: 360 career home runs
Corrected: 370 career home runs

9 Vida Blue
Error: 2.35 career ERA
Corrected: 2.31 career ERA

13 Jim Palmer
Error: 170 career games
Corrected: 168 career games

15 Dave Roberts
Error: NL not in bio writeup
Corrected: NL mentioned on second line

18 Joe Coleman
Error: 394 career BB
Corrected: 393 career BB

26 Bob Gibson
Error: 2,577 career strikeouts
Corrected: 2,578 career strikeouts

27 Mike Cuellar
Error: 3.80 ERA in 1971
Corrected: 3.08 ERA in 1971

29 Dave McNally
Error: 3.18 career ERA
Corrected: 3.15 career ERA

31 Bill Freehan
Error: 497 career runs
Corrected: 500 career runs

32 Bud Harrelson
Error: 634 career hits
Corrected: 624 career hits

33 Sam McDowell
Error: "Less than 200" in third line of bio
Corrected: "Less than 225" in third line of bio

34 Claude Osteen
Error: 3.25 ERA in 1971
Corrected: 3.51 ERA in 1971

39 Cookie Rojas
Error: 149 career doubles
Corrected: 150 career doubles

40 Dick Drago
Error: "Poyals" in third line of bio
Corrected: "Royals" in third line of bio

43 Dave Johnson
Error: 3,110 career AB, .262 career BA
Corrected: 3,113 career AB, .264 career BA

46 Billy Williams
Error: "Missed only one game" in bio
Corrected: "Missed only one game" not in bio

52 Sal Bando
Error: 355 career RBIs
Corrected: 356 career RBIs

53 Willie Stargell
Error: 197 career doubles
Corrected: 196 career doubles

54 Willie Mays
Error: 1,855 career RBIs
Corrected: 1,856 career RBIs

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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  1. Nice write up on The Kellogg’s Set. Have you done the other years?

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