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What Happened to the Players in the 1970 Kellogg's 3D Baseball Card Set?

Tom Lohr has eaten a hot dog at all 30 MLB ballparks and is the author of "Gone to the Dogs: In Search of the Best Ballpark Hot Dog."

Johnny Bench

Johnny Bench

Three-Dimensional Stardom

If you have ever collected sports memorabilia, you know that every collector has at least one weird item that they admire more than most. For many baseball card collectors, that oddball favorite are food issued cards. Cards that either came inside of a box of something, or was printed on the box itself and cut out by the user. After all, baseball cards started by being given away with tobacco products.

Of all of the food issued baseball cards, the run of Kellogg's three-dimensional cards are by far the coolest and set the standard for food related giveaway cards. Beginning in 1970, and ending in 1983, Kellogg's put a 3-D card in specially marked boxes of cereal. Now, you could not only eat your Wheaties, but admire a baseball star in 3-D glory.

The cards were made to look three-dimensional by laying down a blurred background photo (usually of a ballpark), then placing an in focus picture of the player on top of it, and then laying over a coat of specially designed plastic. While not true 3-D, this process did a good job of mimicking it.

Players were chosen to appear on these cards were picked based on their 1969 performance or being a fan favorite. Kellogg's tried to represent every team, although, for reasons unknown, there are no Atlanta Braves in the set, a team that included home run king Hank Aaron. Despite the Atlanta outlier case, the company did a decent job of choosing players to represent. Several went on to have Hall of Fame careers.

So what happened to all of those players that were deemed worthy of three-dimensional enshrinement? There were 75 cards in the inaugural set. Let's find out how they fared. (card number and affiliated team accompany player history).

Bob Gibson

Bob Gibson

Hall of Famers

The players we don't need to discuss are those that had Hall of Fame careers. To make it to Cooperstown, you had to be the best of the best and every baseball fan knows who they are and what they did. If you don't know who Johnny Bench is, you should probably pick another sport to follow. Kellogg's must have done its research before selecting players to be immortalized, 21 of the 75 players ended up in the Hall of Fame:

#4 Willie McCovey-San Francisco Giants

#7 Tom Seaver-New York Mets

#8 Don Sutton-Los Angeles Dodgers

#12 Willie Mays-San Francisco Giants

#13 Juan Marichal-San Francisco Giants

#15 Frank Robinson-Baltimore Orioles

#20 Gaylord Perry-San Fransisco Giants

#21 Brook Robinson-Baltimore Orioles

#22 Luis Aparicio-Chicago White Sox

#27 Roberto Clemente-Pittsburgh Pirates

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#29 Willie Stargell-Pittsburgh Pirates

#32 Reggie Jackson-Oakland A's

#37 Billy Williams-Chicago Cubs

#40 Ernie Banks-Chicago Cubs

#42 Ron Santo-Chicago Cubs

#44 Lou Brock-St Louis Cardinals

#47 Rod Carew-Minnesota Twins

#58 Johnny Bench-Cincinnati Reds

#61 Harmon Killebrew-Minnesota Twins

#71 Bob Gibson-St Louis Cardinals

#72 Joe Morgan-Houston Astros

If nothing else, this list should tell you that the Giants and Cubs had pretty good farm systems in the day.

Frank Howard

Frank Howard

Guys You Should Know

If you are really a fan, you know good players, and sometimes great players, don't always make it into the Hall of Fame. If you know late 60's and early 70's baseball, these names should be known to you as they had careers that included at least a few stellar seasons.

#2 Pete Rose-Cincinnati Reds. This guy should, and will eventually, be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. It seems Pete liked to gamble, and gamble on baseball. Rose was manager when he wagered on games, which is a BIG no-no in sports. The baseball commissioner banned him for life, which is why he has yet to make the trip to Cooperstown. There has been a push for several years to forgive Pete, he has been banned for decades now, and get him into the hall. It will happen, when is the question.

#6 Frank Howard-Washington Senators. Frank cleared the fence 382 times during his 15 year career. He was also the 1960 National League Rookie of the Year, twice the American League home run champ, was on a World Series championship team, and a four-time All-Star. After his playing days, he was either a coach or manager for an array of MLB teams from 1977 thru 1999. Apparently, all of that is not enough for the HOF. Today, Frank raises money for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

#19 Boog Powell-Baltimore Orioles. I have a special place in my heart for Boog, he is the only player in this set that I have met in person. I still have the photo of he and I together, and every time I look at it I am amazed at how large he was. He makes me look like a dwarf. He is in the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame, and for good reason. He was a four-time All-Star, was on the same 2 World Series championship teams as Dave McNally, and was the 1970 American League MVP. Apparently, swatting 339 home runs and driving in over 1000 runs doesn't cut the mustard for the Hall of Fame committee. After 1977, Boog called it quits and appeared in several Lite Beer commercials, was mentioned in a episode of Cheers. Today, Boog owns several barbecue restaurants, one of which is in Camden Yards ballpark. He often frequents the ballpark location. He loves his fans and is very approachable if you see him there.

#24 Dave McNally-Baltimore Orioles. A top-notch pitcher in his day, Dave was a three-time All-Star, was on two World Series championship teams, and let the American League in wins during the year this set came out. The following year, he would become one of the hurlers on the last pitching staff to have four 20 game winners. He is a member of the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame. He retired after the 1975 season and opened a car dealership in Montana. He died in 2002.

#33 Rich Allen-Philadelphia Phillies. Rich was an offensive wonder. He smacked 351 homers during his stint in the majors, and drove in 1,119 runs. His lifetime batting average is near .300. You don't get to be an All-Star seven times without having an impressive bat, and on top of his career stats, Allen was 1972 American League MVP and 1964 National League Rookie of the Year. He led the American League in home runs twice, and was the RBI leader for a season. If you watched baseball in the 60s and 70s, you dreaded every time he played against your team. Today he is considered the best former player not in the Hall of Fame.

Randy Hundley

Randy Hundley

#34 Tim McCarver-Philadelphia Phillies. His name should sound familiar to you, he is one of only 29 MLB players to have played in four different decades. He had a decent career as a catcher, and made his way onto 2 All-Star teams. But you probably know him for his post career career. Upon retiring after the 1980 season, Tim set a path to become a baseball broadcaster and is still calling games today. He is one of the most recognized voices in the sport and received the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting in 2012. He is also one of the most criticized broadcasters in the sport.

#36 Jim Fregosi-California Angels. Jim had decent stats during his days with the Angels, where he spent ten seasons. He wasn't a superstar, but he was good enough offensively to be selected to 6 All-Star teams, and won a Gold Glove. The reason you should have heard of him (unless you are an Angels fan, who retired his number), is his longevity in the game. He played for 17 years and then managed or coached for another 22. Jim died of a stroke while on an MLB alumni cruise in 2014.

#38 Blue Moon Odom-Oakland A's. You probably would have never hear of Odom, except he sported one of the coolest nicknames in the history of the game. Once you heard it, you never forgot it. He did pitch in three consecutive World Series during the A's powerhouse days of the early 70s. After quitting baseball, Odom had a bit of rough go, including a few arrests in the 80s.

#39 Bert Campaneris-Oakland A's. If you followed baseball in the early 70s, you knew Bert. He was part of that same A's team that won three straight World Series. He was never a power hitter, or even a great average hitter. He was famous for being a speedster. In addition to playing on 6 All-Star teams, he led the American league in stolen bases six times. After retiring, Bert coached in Japan. These days he is mainly seen participating in baseball camps.

#46 Reggie Smith-Boston Red Sox. Reggie hit over 300 dingers during a 16 year MLB career. He also played an additional year in Japan. With over 2000 hits and 1000 RBIs to go with his homers, he was an offensive threat to any opposing team. That bat earned him a spot on 7 All-Star rosters. He was a pretty slick fielder as well, winning a Gold Glove. He coached for a while after his playing days were over and currently runs a baseball academy in California.

#48 Curt Flood-St Louis Cardinals. Curt was a pretty good average hitter, achieving a .293 average for his career. He was also an outstanding fielder, winning seven Gold Glove Awards. But that's not why you should have heard of him. Without boring you with all of the history and legal speak, Curt Flood led the charge to break the stranglehold owner's had on player's contracts. He likened the situation at the time to modern day slavery. The end result of his struggles was what we call Free Agency today. After baseball, Curt tried his hand at owning a bar, and was involved in the operations of two alternative baseball leagues. Curt Flood succumbed to cancer in 1997.

#49 Jim Lonborg-Boston Red Sox. You know Jim Lonborg if you watched baseball in 1967. Jim had several good years, but in '67 he led the American League in wins and strikeouts, was an All-Star and won the Cy Young Award. You could say 1967 was a career year for Jim. He is also a member of the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame. After baseball, Jim didn't waste time finding a new vocation. He became a dentist. If you read Boog Powell's history, you know that he was mentioned in an episode of Cheers. The main character is a retired relief picture turned bar owner named Sam Malone. One of his claims to fame was striking out Boog in both games of a doubleheader. In the bar is a picture of him pitching. The pitcher in that photo is actually Jim Lonborg.

#50 Sam McDowell-Cleveland Indians. McDowell is runner-up for having the coolest nickname of any player in the set. “Sudden Sam” was a six-time All-Star, led the American League in Earned Run Average in 1965, and was the league's strikeout leader for five seasons. He finished his 14 year career with an impressive 3.14 ERA and just shy of 2,500 strikeouts. Sam should be in the Baseball Hall of Fame, but will have to settle for the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame. Sam had some alcohol issues post retirement, but attended rehab, turned it around and became an addiction counselor. And he is yet ANOTHER Cheers related player from the Kellogg's set. The protagonist in the sitcom is Sam Malone, whose life is based on Sam McDowell's.

#52 Sal Bando-Oakland A's. You know Sal from one of two places: as the third baseman for the Oakland team that won three straight World Series, or as his stint as General Manager for the Milwaukee Brewers.

#56 Luis Tiant-Cleveland Indians. Although he appears as an Indian in the 1970 set, he is best remembered as a Boston Red Sox player and is a member of that team's Hall of Fame. His 19 year playing career with a lifetime ERA of 3.30 along with 2,416 strikeouts and 3 All-Star appearances earned him votes for selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame, but fell short every year he was eligible. That's the Hall's loss. He was also a guest star on a episode of, you guessed it,Cheers.

#60 Bobby Murcer-New York Yankees. During his 18 year career, he is best remembered as a Yankee where he spent the bulk of his playing days. He was an above average hitter and was on 5 All-Star teams and won a Gold Glove Award in 1972. If you don't recall him from his playing days, you probably have heard him in his post-retirement career as a broadcaster. As a broadcaster he was nominated for the prestigious Ford C. Frick Award and won 3 Emmy's for broadcasting.

#63 Tony Oliva-Minnesota Twins. Tony is a Minnesota legend. He played for 15 years, all for the Twins, and accumulated an impressive .304 lifetime batting average. He was the 1964 American League Rookie of the Year, an eight-time All-Star, won a Gold Glove in '66 and was the league batting champion three times. Plus, he played on two World Series Championship teams. The Twins think he was great. How great? There is a statue of him outside of their ballpark. Despite being immortalized in bronze, and although considered several times, he was never selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, thought by many a baseball travesty.

#64 Jim Perry-Minnesota Twins. Jim is best known as one of the MLB pitching Perry brothers. His brother Gaylord is also in the set (#24). Jim had an impressive career, accumulating 215 wins and racking up over 1,500 strikeouts coupled with a lifetime 3.45 ERA. He won the Cy Young in 1970 and led the league in wins twice, as well as representing the AL in 3 All-Star games. While he didn't quite make the mark for the Hall of Fame, his brother did. After baseball, Jim did what you are supposed to do in retirement: play golf.

Willie Horton

Willie Horton

#65 Mickey Lolich-Detroit Tigers. Mickey was an impressive pitcher from the late 60s to mid 70s, but you probably best remember him for being the only left-hander to pitch three complete games in the same World Series. The three-time All-Star is second on the list of most strikeouts by a left-hander in the American League. He was given a look by the HOF Veteran's Committee, but fell short of garnering enough votes to be selected. After baseball, Mickey did what many dream of doing: he opened a donut shop.

#67 Dean Chance-Minnesota Twins. The mid to late 60s belonged to Dean Chance. He won the 1964 Cy Young Award, led the league in wins and ERA and was a two-time All-Star. In 1967, he pitched a no-hitter By 1970, Dean's career was on the wane and he only pitched until 1971. He barely made the set. After baseball, Dean opened a company that employed 250 people operating games of chance at carnival midways. He was quite successful as a carnie. Dean passed away in 2015.

#68 Ken Harrelson-Cleveland Indians. Known as “the Hawk,” Ken played less than a decade and only had one standout season. In 1968 we was the American League RBI leader and was selected to the All-Star team. The reason you know him is from his 33+ years as a broadcaster, primarily for the Chicago White Sox. While his playing days never landed him in the Hall of Fame, he was the 2020 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting, which is given out by the Hall of Fame.

#69 Willie Horton-Detroit Tigers. Willie play for 18 seasons, mostly with Detroit. He had a solid career hitting 325 home runs and driving in 1,163. He was a four-time All-Star and playing on the 1968 World Series championship team. While you have maybe never heard of Willie, the fans in Detroit worship him. His number was retired by the Tigers and there is a statue of him at their ballpark.

#73 Denny McClain-Detroit Tigers. You know Denny, he was the last pitcher to win 30 games in a season. He was also quite the hurler. He was a three-time All-Star, won two Cy Young Awards, was the 1968 AL MVP and played on a World Series championship team. While he racked up impressive career numbers, he is just as famous for his post-retirement antics. His after-baseball life included a few trips to prison for various crimes. After he put the his criminal tendencies behind him, he became a radio talk show host.

Don Sutton

Don Sutton

Guys You Have Probably Never Heard Of

#1 Ed Kranepool-New York Mets. Ed never swung a stellar bat, hitting just .261 and banging out 118 home runs. Not a bad home run total...unless you count that Kranepool played for 18 years. He spent every one of those seasons as a Met. His 1969 performance was nothing to write home about, but he was probably selected as part of the set due to Ed being part of the '69 “Miracle Mets.” He was an All-Star in 1965, but few remember him. Mets fans know him due to his longevity with the team. I only recall Ed because my brother had a first baseman's mitt, and it had Ed Kranepool's autograph etched into it. After his last season in 1979, Ed worked as a stockbroker and as a restaurateur.

#3 Cleon Jones-New York Mets. The year 1969 is what made Cleon Jones' career. In the first half he hit .341 with 10 homers and that landed him a starting spot in the All-Star game. He probably made the 1970 Kellogg's set because he was a pivotal member of the '69 “Miracle Mets.” Cleon lives in his native Mobile, Alabama these days, where he refurbishes homes for seniors.

#5 Mel Stottlemyre-New York Yankees. Despite playing for 10 seasons, sporting sub 3.00 lifetime ERA and being a ten-time All-Star, if you have heard of Mel it is likely because of his 23 year coaching career. Apparently, he had good genes to pass on as well; two of his sons became major league pitchers. Mel passed away in 2019.

#10 Jim Maloney-Cincinnati Reds. Jim pitched for ten years for the Reds. Even though he is a little known player, he pitched two no-hitters during his career, as well as making the 1965 All-Star team. After baseball, Jim was the director Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council for his hometown of Fresno, California.

#11 Tommie Agee-New York Mets. As the 1966 Rookie of the Year and two-time All-Star you would think you would have heard of Tommie. If you are a Mets fan, you probably have as he was also part of the “Miracle Mets.” He was known for his fielding, which earned him two Gold Gloves, rather than his bat. While fielding is important, it isn't near as sexy as offensive output. It also didn't help his being embedded in fans memories by bouncing around several teams in his 11 year career. After baseball, Tommie operated a lounge near Shea Stadium. He died in 2001.

#16 Carlos May-Chicago White Sox. May's career was rather unremarkable, but he did make two All-Star teams. As a member of the 1969 American League All-Star team, he and his brother Lee became the first brothers in MLB history to play against each other in the mid-summer classic. After his time in the MLB, Carlos was a mail carrier for the USPS for 20 years.

#17 Bill Singer-Los Angeles Dodgers. Bill made two All-Star teams and pitched a no-hitter. Still never heard of him? Yeah, me neither. He spent the bulk of his MLB time with the Dodgers, and then bounced around for a while. He posted a very respectable 3.39 career ERA. After his time in the majors, Bill stayed in baseball and worked for several organization, chiefly as a scout.

#18 Rich Reichardt-California Angels. Most fans have never heard or Rick. His career performance was lackluster. He was never selected to an All-Star team, but he did lead the league in hit-by-pitches once. A two-sport wonder, Rick played in the Rose Bowl before choosing baseball as his career. He is probably best know for two things: his obscene signing bonus leading to a revamping of the draft system, and hitting the first home run in Angel Stadium. His pitching teammate Andy Messersmith, who had a stellar ERA in both '69 and '70 would have been a better choice for the set. After his MLB time, Rick sold insurance and was part owner in a restaurant.

#23 Joel Horlen-Chicago White Sox. Joel only had a few good seasons, but they were timely enough to land him in the 1970 set. It was in1967 that Joel shined. That year he was an All-Star, led the league in ERA and pitched a no-hitter. If you are a fan of baseball trivia, Joel is the only player ever to have played on teams that won a World Series in the Pony League, College and Major League Baseball. After his MLB days, Joel was a member of the short-lived Senior Professional Baseball Association.

#24 Mike Epstein-Washington Senators. Kellogg's chose Mike for their inaugural 3-D set because of his 30 home run 1969 season. In his short eight-year career, Mike never played for the same team more than a few years. He never made an All-Star team, but did win a gold medal in the 1964 Olympics as part of the US baseball team. After the MLB, Mike tried his hand at running a restaurant. These days, he runs a hitting school.

#25 Tom Haller-Los Angeles Dodgers. It's a shame Tom doesn't get the notoriety he deserves. He ranks 23rd on the all-time list of best catchers and was considered one of the best during his playing days. However, once again, defense is not sexy. He did make three consecutive All-Star teams. After the MLB, Tom served the sport as a coach and executive. He passed in 2004.

Don Mincher

Don Mincher

#28 Matty Alou-Pittsburgh Pirates. You may not know Matty, but you know at least one Alou. Matty and his brothers Felipe and Jesus were the first all-brother outfield in baseball when tall three started for the San Francisco Giants in 1963. Felipe went on to manage in the majors and his son was an MLB star. Back to Matty, he had one really spectacular season. In 1966 he was the National League batting champion. He also made 2 All-Star teams and was on the 1972 Pirates championship roster. Matty played for a slew of teams over a fourteen-year career. After the majors, he played a few seasons in Japan and ended up managing teams in his native Dominican Republic. Matty left us in 2011.

#30 Tim Cullen-Washington Senators. In his short seven years in the big leagues, Tim accumulated a lifetime batting average of .220 and hit only 9 home runs. He was never an All-Star and not known as a good glove. Why Kellogg's chose him is a mystery. After his time in the show, Tim became an executive in the San Francisco Giants farm system.

#31 Randy Hundley-Chicago Cubs. Don't confuse Randy for Todd Hundley, who was a catcher for 15 years. Why the same last name? Randy is Todd's father. Randy was noted for his defensive skills and role as a Cubs leader. He was on the 1969 All-Star team and won a Gold Glove in 1967. After baseball, he managed in the minors for a while and then was one of the pioneering players to start a fantasy baseball camp.

#35 Ray Culp-Boston Red Sox. Ray was a decent pitcher who was easily lost in an era of great performers. He made 2 All-Star teams, and unfortunately led the league twice in hit batsmen. His claim to fame is being ranked 95 on the all-time list of career strikeouts per nine innings (6.69). After his playing days, Ray opened a real estate company in Texas.

#41 Chris Short-Philadelphia Phillies. You might know Chris if you are a Phillies fan, he ranks 4th on the all-time list for Phillies victories. He also played for 15 years, 14 of them with the Phils. He ended up with a decent 3.43 lifetime ERA and 1,629 strikeouts. He made 2 All-Star teams. He was in the twilight of his career when the Kellogg's set came out, but was likely selected as a fan favorite. After baseball he taught at baseball camps and worked for an insurance agency.

#43 Glenn Beckert-Chicago Cubs. Probably most known for ending Bill Mazeroski's five-year streak of winning the Gold Glove as a second baseman, Glenn took the prize in 1968. He was also a four-time All-Star. While his offensive numbers were decent (.283 lifetime average), his glove earned his pay. After retirement, Beckert was a regular at Randy Hundley's fantasy baseball camps.

#45 Larry Hisle-Philadelphia Phillies. Larry had just finished his rookie year when chosen for the 1970 card set. The fact that he hit 20 homers in 1969 probably led to his selection. His best seasons came after the cards were issued, making 2 All-Star teams in the mid 1970s. He would later also become the AL RBI leader. His best success came after his playing days, winning two World Series rings as a coach with the Toronto Blue Jays. He still works in major league baseball today.

#53 Gary Nolan-Cincinnati Reds. Probably best remembered at a member of Cincinnati's “Big Red Machine” dynasty, he started out as a very promising rookie which probably led to his 1970 Kellogg's selection. He doesn't get the credit or remembrance he deserves, he posted a lifetime 3.08 ERA and 1,039 strikeouts over 10 seasons along with an All-Star appearance in 1972. After baseball Gary became a blackjack dealer in Las Vegas and rose to the rank of executive host.

#54 Rico Petrocelli-Boston Red Sox. Rico is a household name in Boston, but only Boston. An average hitter, his steady work made him a regular in Bean Town. He made 2 All-Star teams in the late '60s and was eventually inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame. After his work on the field, Rico spent some time as a broadcaster and minor league manager.

#55 Ollie Brown-San Diego Padres. To be honest, until I looked him up, I had never hear of Ollie Brown, the only one in the set that was a stranger to me. Ollie played for a variety of teams over the course of a decade. Never making an All-Star team or winning any awards, his claim to fame was his cannon arm. In 1969 and 1970 he did hit over 20 homers, and hit .292 in '70. Those stats alone must have been what earned him the right to be immortalized in 3-D. That and being the first pick for the Padres in the expansion draft. Other than for about three seasons, he was a bench player. After hanging up his cleats, Ollie helped run a promotional products company. He died in 2015.

#57 Bill Freehan-Detroit Tigers. Bill was one of the best catchers of his day. The reason you have not heard of him is, again, defense. Winning a remarkable 5 Gold Gloves and being selected for an astounding 11 All-Star teams, it was his defense that got him there. His best offensive years were the late 60's when he hit over 20 home runs in three seasons. After his time behind the dish, Bill was a catcher instructor for the Tigers and head coach for the University of Michigan baseball team.

#59 Joe Pepitone-New York Yankees. A mainstay in the 1960's Yankees team, Joe was a decent bat and had soft hands. The three-time All-Star won 3 Gold Gloves. Joe had the most interesting post-retirement life. He has served as hitting coach in the majors, worked in the minors, had a front office position in the American Professional Slow Pitch League, wrote a book, had several run-ins with the law, posed nude for a women's pornography magazine, and has been mentioned in several Seinfeld episodes.

#62 Don Wilson-Houston Astros. The flame throwing pitcher accumulated 108 wins and 1,283 strikeouts in eight seasons. His lifetime ERA is an admirable 3.15. Don pitched two no-hitters in his career, including the first one in a domed stadium (Astrodome). One of his no-hitters came the day after Jim Maloney (set #10) no hit his team, becoming the only back to back no-hitters in MLB history. Don was still throwing heat when he died at the age of 29 from a weird carbon monoxide poisoning incident.

Jose Laboy

Jose Laboy

#66 Jose Laboy-Montreal Expos. Never heard of Jose? Me neither. He only played for four years, all with the Expos. His rookie year in 1969 was his best when he smacked 18 homers and hit .258. Not that impressive, but it was the first year for the expansion Expos and considering their roster, was the least worst choice for the 1970 Kellogg's set. Jose's career was cut short by a knee injury. Afterwards, he returned to his native Puerto Rico and worked in the government for nearly three decades, serving time as their athletic director.

#70 Wally Bunker-Kansas City Royals. Wally had an awesome year in 1964, winning 18 games had sporting a 2.69 ERA. He never matched that performance again. Season '68 and '69 were decent and enough to get him into the Kellogg's set. After arm troubles cut his career short, Wally and his wife became author-illustrators of children's books.

#74 Tommy Harper-Seattle Pilots. Considering the Pilots only existed for one year, their 1970 3-D cards are special. In their short history, Tommy Harper was the first Seattle Pilot to ever bat. The following year (1970), he became the first Milwaukee Brewer to ever bat (Seattle had moved to Milwaukee). He was an All-Star in 1970, and led the league in stolen bases twice. His speed made him a natural as a leadoff hitter. Tommy spent the bulk of his post MLB career working for various teams as a coach or scout.

#75 Don Mincher-Seattle Pilots. Don seemed to have a knack for playing on doomed teams. He played on the first Washington Senators team that relocated to become the Minnesota Twins, the Seattle Pilots in their only season, and on the second Washington Senators team that would move and become the Texas Rangers. Despite the constant moves, Don managed to make it on 2 All-Star rosters and was a member of the 1972 World Series champion Oakland A's. After his time on the field, Don was a longtime minor league baseball executive. Don passed away in 2012.

Baseball in Another Dimension

One of the beauties of the 1970 Kellogg's 3-D set is its diverse selection of players. It has Hall of Famers, well-known top performers, and some players that had very average careers. Additionally, considering its age and uniqueness it is a relatively affordable collection for the serious collector. You could pay a couple grand and purchase a complete set, but it would be much more fun to visit memorabilia shops and card shows to hunt down the set yourself. Consider it a quest. If you can handle a crack or two in the plastic, the set is very affordable. Occasionally, you can even find an unopened box of cereal with the undisclosed card inside. Word of advice: if you purchase a box, don't eat it. I'm pretty sure it's past its expiration several decades.

If you want to see many of these stars in action, most of the 60s and 70s All-Star games on on YouTube. Watching those games is a near religious experience. If you don't collect cards, but want to check out how the players look in 3-D, attend a card show in your area. Trust me; plastic never looked so good.

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