1973 Kellogg’s Baseball Cards
While Kellogg's baseball cards are known primarily for their 3-D designs, 1973 Kellogg's Baseball opted against the signature lenticular style 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.
See also: 1972 Kellogg's Baseball Cards
1973 Kellogg's Baseball Set Details
The 1973 Kellogg's Baseball checklist maintains the previous year's 54 cards. Hall of Fame highlights include Nolan Ryan, Reggie Jackson, Tom Seaver, Willie Stargell, and Al Kaline. Pete Rose is another noteworthy name in the set.
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 write-up. The text is understandably small, so it can be a little tricky to read.
1973 Kellogg's Baseball cards measure 2 1/4 by 3 1/2", which is slightly larger than the 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.
1973 Kellogg's Baseball Checklist
Base Set Checklist
2 Ellie Rodriguez - Milwaukee Brewers
3 Mickey Lolich - Detroit Tigers
4 Tony Oliva - Minnesota Twins
5 Don Sutton - Los Angeles Dodgers
6 Pete Rose - Cincinnati Reds
7 Steve Carlton - Philadelphia Phillies
8 Bobby Bonds - San Francisco Giants
9 Wilbur Wood - Chicago White Sox
10 Billy Williams - Chicago Cubs
11 Steve Blass - Pittsburgh Pirates
12 Jon Matlack - New York Mets
13 Cesar Cedeno - Houston Astros
14 Bob Gibson - St. Louis Cardinals
15 Sparky Lyle - New York Yankees
16 Nolan Ryan - California Angels
17 Jim Palmer - Baltimore Orioles
18 Ray Fosse - Cleveland Indians
19 Bobby Murcer - New York Yankees
20 Jim Hunter - Oakland Athletics
21 Tug McGraw - New York Mets
22 Reggie Jackson - Oakland Athletics
23 Bill Stoneman - Montreal Expos
24 Lou Piniella - Kansas City Royals
25 Willie Stargell - Pittsburgh Pirates
26 Dick Allen - Chicago White Sox
27 Carlton Fisk - Boston Red Sox
29 Phil Niekro - Atlanta Braves
30 Gary Nolan - Cincinnati Reds
31 Joe Torre - St. Louis Cardinals
32 Bob Tolan - Cincinnati Reds
33 Nate Colbert - San Diego Padres
34 Joe Morgan - Cincinnati Reds
35 Bert Blyleven - Minnesota Twins
36 Joe Rudi - Oakland Athletics
37 Ralph Garr - Atlanta Braves
38 Gaylord Perry - Cleveland Indians
39 Bobby Grich - Baltimore Orioles
40 Lou Brock - St. Louis Cardinals
41 Pete Broberg - Texas Rangers
42 Manny Sanguillen - Pittsburgh Pirates
43 Willie Davis - Los Angeles Dodgers
44 Dave Kingman - San Francisco Giants
45 Carlos May - Chicago White Sox
46 Tom Seaver - New York Mets
47 Mike Cuellar - Baltimore Orioles
48 Joe Coleman - Detroit Tigers
49 Claude Osteen - Los Angeles Dodgers
50 Steve Kline - New York Yankees
51 Rod Carew - Minnesota Twins
52 Al Kaline - Detroit Tigers
53 Larry Dierker - Houston Astros
54 Ron Santo - Chicago Cubs
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The 1973 Kelloggs 2-D set is a rather attractive set, quite different from the other Kelloggs set of that era. 1973 was the second year that I collected baseball cards, and so, it left an impression on me as a kid. I remember getting one card from the 1973 Kelloggs set (Bob Gibson) from the Sugar Frosted Flakes cereal box that year. Unfortunately, my older brother decided to try out his “artistic talents” on the Gibson card by coloring his face black with a black marker, against my wishes – LOL. Later on, I had the chance to replace the “defaced” Gibson card, by buying one in better condition at a baseball card show here in the Denver area. A few years later, I was able to add a few more cards from the 1973 Kelloggs set. Finally, I bought a complete set of the 1973 Kelloggs 2-D set (special sale) for $30 at a local baseball card store here in the Denver area, sometime in the early 2000’s. Actually, I bought 4 Kelloggs sets 1972-1975, all for $120, at the local baseball card store here in Denver that same day.