Saturday, February 15, 2020

Sportscaster Series #17 Variations That I Have Found

Here is what I found for the 24 cards in Series #17 so far.   I have all of the blank/Italy print run and I have most of the  "A" print run.  I only have two cards from print run "B" so there are probably more variations.  I'm working on getting all three versions for Series #17.

Here are the back variations I've seen.  I have yet to check for variations on the front of the cards.

17-07  Vitas Gerulaitus - 'A' has updated results
17-08  50 and 125 cc WCH - 'A' has updated results
17-11  Hans Schmid - 'A' has updated records mentioned his retirement
17-12  UEFA Junior Cup - 'A' has updated results
17-20  World Cup Skiing - 'A' has updated results
17-22  The Forest Hills Tournament - 'A' has different text and the sub-title is different

Friday, January 24, 2020

A Challenge With Collecting Cards from the Kellogg's Boxes

It would be great to be able to easily collect cards from the cereal boxes.  They have a different look with the printing on cereal box stock.  To me that makes me want to collect them. 

What's the problem?  Check out the 1980 box at the top of the picture.  There are six cards together.  The bottom three could easily be cut out and displayed as cards since all of the cards are visible.  The top three cards don't offer that same possibility since these cards were overlapped in the image created. 

Kellogg's used a few different formats to do these cards.  Some of them involved the overlapping.  If I have a box without overlaps I'd be tempted to cut it into individual cards, especially if the box isn't complete or if it isn't in great condition.  I guess if would also depend if I got a duplicate of the box or back panel.

Some years also contain card images on the front and/or sides of the box.  The 1980 box above has a small image on the side. 

I haven't created a list of what different boxes were produced each year.  I will start that and then hope to get help from others with it.  I also want to know what products offered cards - Frosted Flakes, Corn Flakes, Raisin Bran, etc. 

Monday, December 30, 2019

More About Triptychs

I was told that the Triptych's began with Series 5.  They were then issued during every third set so the next ones were series 8, then 11, etc.  That makes sense based on the large number of these that I have acquired.  The highest numbers I have are 77 and 101.  

If that pattern is correct I am missing #68, #80, #83 and #86.  

Does anyone know why the series numbers go from 88 to 101?  What happened to 89 - 100? 

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Sportscaster Promo Cards - Numbering System?

I've seen that the promotional cards have the numbering system 993-xx.  This has been found in a few of the different sets.  Has anyone seen anything else?

I found a few oddities with the set from Finland.  The cards below have no numbering at all.  I have more of these cards than others, so I am guessing they might have been promotional cards as well.

Does anyone know much about these cards?

Martti Vainio and Pekka Vasala were both Finnish athletes.  I imagine that this factors into the distribution of these cards. 

Monday, December 23, 2019

Sportscaster Triptych Anyone?

These three-fold pamphlets were included in some of the decks.  They are numbered with the same number as the deck/pack/series.  

I have the unopened pack above that doesn't contain a triptych.  Does that mean that there is not a #21 which would mean they are skip numbered.

Here is a pack with a triptych included.  It is deck #23 and the triptych is numbered 23.  Without getting all of the unopened packs, how do I know if I have all of the triptych pamphlets issued?

This is why I love Sportscaster cards.  They are a challenge since no one really seems to care about them. 

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Belgian / Dutch Cards - What is the Difference?

I just finished sorting the cards from the Belgian set of Sportscaster cards.  Even though I don't have anywhere near the complete set, I did find a variation.  Two different cards are listed with the card number 33-773.

Both cards seem to be French athletes, so that doesn't help me at all.

Since Belgium has three official languages, which language is used on these cards?  It appears to be in Dutch.  So, what makes the Dutch cards different?  I haven't seen the country code on the back of any Dutch cards.  Can someone provide that number?

There are a few cards on ebay now, but I am guessing that their country code is the same as the one from Belgium.  I am inclined to believe that there is only one combined Dutch/Belgian set, but finding the two different cards with the same number makes me wonder if there are two different sets.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Graded Sportscaster Cards

I don't own any graded Sportscaster cards.  I own a few graded cards just from group purchases or good deals at card shows.

I checked SCG's population report and found that they haven't graded many Sportscaster cards.  I didn't check BGS because I don't have a login that I can remember. 

PSA had the following totals by country -

North American - 6080 graded cards
Finland - 728
France - 391
Sweden - 258
United Kingdom - 226
Germany - 190
Italy - 80
Belgium - 58
The Netherlands (Dutch set) - 47

With over 2,000 cards in the set the North American version has only an average of three of each card graded.  I was surprised to see that 13 cards had more than 50 graded versions.  That's over 14% of all of the graded cards.

11 of the 13 cards made sense - Orr, Ali, Nicklaus, Howe, 1969 Mets (Ryan), Dr. J., Rose Ryan, Bird, Gretzky, Magic.  I was surprised at the last two on the list - Pete Maravich and Jim Rice.  Great players, but not really on par with the first 11 names. 

I still don't know the numeric country code for the Dutch cards.  A few are for sale online, but when I zoom it becomes a bit too blurry.  Can anyone help with that?