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1973 Kellogg's Baseball Cards

1973 Kellogg’s Baseball Cards

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Kellogg's baseball cards are known primarily for one thing: their 3-D designs. For whatever reason, 1973 Kellogg's Baseball passed on it and went for a more traditional look. It's a one-year blip but it makes the set notable more for what's missing rather than what's there.

The checklist maintains the previous year's 54 cards. Among the highlights are Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan, Reggie Jackson, Tom Seaver, Willie Stargell and Al Kaline. There's also Pete Rose who can be mentioned in the same breath as the Hall of Famers, but he's in a class by himself.

Other than the lack of lenticular 3-D, the overall look of 1973 Kellogg's Baseball is consistent with other sets from the cereal maker back then. The tops and bottoms of the card fronts have a line of stars, a shape the Kellogg's folks love to incorporate into many of their designs. Player images are inside a shield. This element wasn't used in other sets as a photo frame, but Kellogg's used shields as a spot for the player's position.

Card backs are consistent with other years. They come packed with a small portrait, vitals, full stats and even a writeup. The text is understandably small so it can be a little tricky to read.

1973 Kellogg's Baseball Nolan Ryan 1973 Kellogg's Baseball Nolan Ryan Back

1973 Kellogg's Baseball cards measure 2 1/4 by 3 1/2". This is slightly larger than their 3-D sets.

Starting in 1973, collectors could not only get cards in cereal boxes, but they could get an entire set in a mail-away offer. Today, this makes the cards more common. It also means that it's not too difficult to find them in top condition. Because of this, the set (and most Kellogg's sets going forward) is much more affordable.

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1973 Kellogg's Baseball Checklist

54 cards.
1973 Kellogg's Baseball Tom Seaver

1 Amos Otis
2 Ellie Rodriguez
3 Mickey Lolich
4 Tony Oliva
5 Don Sutton
6 Pete Rose
7 Steve Carlton
8 Bobby Bonds
9 Wilbur Wood
10 Billy Williams
11 Steve Blass
12 Jon Matlack
13 Cesar Cedeno
14 Bob Gibson
15 Sparky Lyle
16 Nolan Ryan
17 Jim Palmer
18 Ray Fosse
19 Bobby Murcer
20 Jim Hunter
21 Tug McGraw
22 Reggie Jackson
23 Bill Stoneman
24 Lou Piniella
25 Willie Stargell
26 Dick Allen
27 Carlton Fisk
28 Fergie Jenkins
29 Phil Niekro
30 Gary Nolan
31 Joe Torre
32 Bob Tolan
33 Nate Colbert
34 Joe Morgan
35 Bert Blyleven
36 Joe Rudi
37 Ralph Garr
38 Gaylord Perry
39 Bobby Grich
40 Lou Brock
41 Pete Broberg
42 Manny Sanguillen
43 Willie Davis
44 Dave Kingman
45 Carlos May
46 Tom Seaver
47 Mike Cuellar
48 Joe Coleman
49 Claude Osteen
50 Steve Kline
51 Rod Carew
52 Al Kaline
53 Larry Dierker
54 Ron Santo

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Ryan Cracknell  |  E-Mail Author
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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