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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 Set Details

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.

1972 Kellogg's Baseball Cards 1

Backs pack a lot of info including a smaller portrait, vitals and career stats.

1972 Kellogg's Baseball Cards 2

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 of 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 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 features many of the game's early legends.


Set Checklist

1972 Kellogg's Baseball Checklist



Base Set Checklist

54 cards.

1 Tom Seaver - New York Mets
2 Amos Otis - Kansas City Royals
3 Willie Davis - Los Angeles Dodgers
4 Wilbur Wood - Chicago White Sox
5 Bill Parsons - Milwaukee Brewers
6 Pete Rose - Cincinnati Reds
7 Willie McCovey - San Francisco Giants
8 Fergie Jenkins - Chicago Cubs
9 Vida Blue - Oakland Athletics
10 Joe Torre - St. Louis Cardinals
11 Merv Rettenmund - Baltimore Orioles
12 Bill Melton - Chicago White Sox
13 Jim Palmer - Baltimore Orioles
14 Doug Rader - Houston Astros
15 Dave Roberts - Houston Astros
16 Bobby Murcer - New York Yankees
17 Wes Parker - Los Angeles Dodgers
18 Joe Coleman - Detroit Tigers
19 Manny Sanguillen - Pittsburgh Pirates
20 Reggie Jackson - Oakland Athletics
21 Ralph Garr - Atlanta Braves
22 Jim Hunter - Oakland Athletics
23 Rick Wise - Philadelphia Phillies
24 Glenn Beckert - Chicago Cubs
25 Tony Oliva - Minnesota Twins
26 Bob Gibson - St. Louis Cardinals
27 Mike Cuellar - Baltimore Orioles
28 Chris Speier - San Francisco Giants
29 Dave McNally - Baltimore Orioles
30 Leo Cardenas - California Angels
31 Bill Freehan - Detroit Tigers
32 Bud Harrelson - New York Mets
33 Sam McDowell - San Francisco Giants
34 Claude Osteen - Los Angeles Dodgers
35 Reggie Smith - Boston Red Sox
36 Sonny Siebert - Boston Red Sox
37 Lee May - Houston Astros
38 Mickey Lolich - Detroit Tigers
39 Cookie Rojas - Kansas City Royals
40 Dick Drago - Kansas City Royals
41 Nate Colbert - San Diego Padres
42 Andy Messersmith - California Angels
43 Dave Johnson - Baltimore Orioles
44 Steve Blass - Pittsburgh Pirates
45 Bob Robertson - Pittsburgh Pirates
46 Billy Williams - Chicago Cubs
47 Juan Marichal - San Francisco Giants
48 Lou Brock - St. Louis Cardinals
49 Roberto Clemente - Pittsburgh Pirates
50 Mel Stottlemyre - New York Yankees
51 Don Wilson - Houston Astros
52 Sal Bando - Oakland Athletics
53 Willie Stargell - Pittsburgh Pirates
54 Willie Mays - San Francisco Giants



Base Variations Set Checklist

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.

User Reviews

Roger Ponds
Roger Ponds

The 1972 Kelloggs set is a rather attractive set. 1972 was the first year that I collected baseball cards, and so, it left an impression on me as a kid. I remember getting one card from the 1972 Kelloggs set (Glenn Beckert) from the Sugar Frosted Flakes cereal box. A few years later, I was able to add a few more cards from the the 1972 Kelloggs set. Finally, I bought a complete set of the 1972 Kelloggs set (special sale) for $30 at local baseball card store here in the Denver area, sometime in the early 2000’s.

Lee C.
Lee C.

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

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