Card for card, it's hard to match the quality found within the 1972 Kellogg's All-Time Baseball Greats Baseball checklist.
Today, retired greats are common in a lot of sets. But back in the early 1970s, it was something a little different. A few sets existed here and there, like a handful of the early Fleer baseball sets, but they were the exception. Perhaps that's what makes 1972 Kellogg's All-Time Baseball Greats so interesting.
1972 Kellogg's All-Time Baseball Greats Baseball Set Details
A spinoff of sorts from the MLB sets the cereal producer was releasing at the time, 1972 Kellogg's All-Time Baseball Greats has a small checklist of just 15 cards. But what a checklist it is. All 14 players in the set (Babe Ruth appears on two cards) are Hall of Famers.
Like Kellogg's other sets from the 1970s, this one brings 3-D images. Considering how far the technology has come, they still look very good today. They're smaller than traditional cards, measuring 2 1/4" by 3 1/2". A small white border gives way to a starred blue inner border. The player's name is displayed inside a yellow ribbon along the bottom. A yellow shield at the top of the card notes their place as a great.
Card backs squeeze a lot of info onto them. Besides a small photo, there are two sections of text. The first is a brief bio. The body of the card has a write-up of career achievements and highlights along with some stats.
Because of the material used to produce the cards, 1972 Kellogg's All-Time Baseball Greats are prone to cracking. This is common for all Kellogg's sets from that period. However, if the plastic manages to stay intact, these cards don't have a lot of other condition issues.
One might think that the strong checklist, unique theme (for the time) and cereal box distribution might make 1972 Kellogg's All-Time Baseball Greats cards pricey. It couldn't be more opposite. Cards are extremely reasonably priced, even graded. The small checklist also makes it a relatively easy set to build.
1972 Kellogg's All-Time Baseball Greats Checklist
Base Set Checklist
2 Rogers Hornsby - St. Louis Cardinals
3 John McGraw - New York Giants
4 Mickey Cochrane - Philadelphia Athletics
5 George Sisler - St. Louis Browns
6 Babe Ruth - New York Yankees
7 Robert "Lefty" Grove - Boston Red Sox
8 Harold "Pie" Traynor - Pittsburgh Pirates
10 Eddie Collins - Philadelphia Athletics
11 Tris Speaker - Cleveland Indians
12 Cy Young - Cleveland Indians
13 Lou Gehrig - New York Yankees
14 Babe Ruth - New York Yankees
15 Ty Cobb - Detroit Tigers
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