Monday, April 20, 2020

I Finally Got Some New Sportscaster Cards

There are usually a lot of shows in the Chicago area and flea markets would have opened by now in a normal year.  So, I haven't been able to pick up anything lately.  I took a chance on a Sportscaster lot on ebay.  It was listed at 500+ cards without stars.  It looked like a lot more than 500 and I could see there were many track and field cards so I took a chance.

Surprisingly there was a Steve Prefontaine card and lots of other track stars.  There was not an NCAA Cross Country card with Prefontaine on the front.

The biggest stars were not there and I doubt that there are any high numbers.  It will be good to have a new pile of cards to sort and check for variations.

I was happily surprised that there were some boxing, football, hockey, basketball and baseball stars.  Unfortunately, many of the baseball cards were taped onto something and there is some paper loss as a result on some of them, notably Nolan Ryan, Ted Williams and George Brett.

All in all a good lot.  I won't count them but there has to be a lot more than 500.  If the stay-at-home order goes for all of May I will probably find time to go through them.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Sportscaster Series #19 Variations That I Found

I have all of the blank and "A" print run cards from deck 19.  I have a few cards from the "B' print run.  Here are the only variations that I found.  I don't count the photo credit city change because I count the "A" itself as being different and that includes the city change.

19-13  Swimming - Basic Rules and Distances

The last line on the right side of the text is formatted differently.

19-15  Hockey - World Championship

The "A" version has added the 1978 and 1979 results.


The "A" version has added the 1978 and 1979 winners.

19-18   Rowing - The Origins

The text is different. 

1919 Skiing - Franz Klammer

More awards and records information was added to the "A" print run.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Sportscaster Corporation Correspondence

It's great that a few collectors have contacted me about this blog.  I work in spurts due to my schedule of teaching, coaching and working summers on a golf course.  All of that is up in the air now so I will try to post a few things.

One collector who reached out, Rich, sent copies of the official correspondences he's gotten from the Sportscaster Corporation along with the original packaging.  One of the letters clearly mentions the leaflets that were included with every three sets.

Enjoy reading the letters.

I think that I got this letter about prompt payments.

I definitely remember them advertising safari cards.  No way I'd buy them.  I spent my cash on baseball cards, Wacky Packages, ice cream and candy.

These envelopes look familiar.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Sportscaster Series #18 Variations That I Have Found

I have all of the blank and A print runs from series 18.  I have only a few of the B print run cards.  The first two print runs only have one variation - 18-17.  It is shown below.  The A print run contains the 1978 results.  Nothing much to report on this one.

I might have more time at home for this if I am stuck at home for weeks on end.  This could help me keep my sanity.

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?