Sunday, April 19, 2015

Breakfast of Champions

It's been reported many times over, that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  For many folks, this is likely true.  They rise, eat their Wheaties and go about their day.  I'm not usually hungry in the morning - drink my coffee, read awhile and out the door to conquer the world I go.
 
A package I received last month brought to mind yet another reason why I should've listened to my elders, "eat your breakfast."  Cereal.  Plain and simple, with or without milk. Renowned ROY Blogger Tony of Off Hiatus Baseball Cards sent a stack of cards with a note which reveals his sense of humor: I hope you don't mind the random stack of Kellogg's I've sent.  Oh Tony, what a knee-slapper!  Don't you ever do that again - ever  (I never said not one time.)


These fellas are from 1979, one of my fave K-3D designs with the bright yellow and blue combo. Skipping breakfast, going to high school I never saw their smiling faces staring back at me from my cereal bowl box.   It's a shame these days are gone, and not just because I want my youth back.  Young collectors will never know the joy of finding their favorite players' cards in food products, at gas stations, on advertising panels etc.  It's all about the big green $ now.


1982 brought another K-3D design to collectors. Still a good-looking set; blue background and white stars on slightly larger cardboard.  The bright yellow colors gone, not unlike my own cheerful disposition.  I would be graduating soon and not so excited to make the next move.


For their final release, 1983 Kellogg's returned to the smaller card and lost the color. Seems they'd lost all inspiration at this point. I know I had, but managed to pull it together, beginning my college days still unsure what to do or really, who to be. Years had to pass before I found it was ok to be ME. 

It's as if Tony knows me, that I like living in the past. He even included a fantastic oddball ticket to the 5th Annual Sports Collector's Convention in 1984.  I can't wait to go!  Maybe I can pick up some early Kellogg's cards while they're still cheap!  Today's prices on the early 1970s issues are jacked up!



Tony, thanks for another ride in the 70s time machine!  You're a great driver!



                                              70s heart-throb Scott Baio - or is it Lee Mazzilli?

  

20 comments:

  1. Heck, I'd even buy Lucky Charms today, with their miserable marshmallows, if they would only have some cards in them! Wheaties did have some Olympic athletes on their boxes a few years ago, and I was thrilled (I normally don't care for Olympic products).

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    1. We may be in the minority here but I'm not a fan of whatever it is they call marshmallows in Yucky Charms either. I tried to like this cereal but never could get it down and may have gotten my first chipped tooth one of those harshmallows.

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    2. Does anyone remember the mini MLB bats you could get free for two Frosted Flakes UPCs?

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    3. I don't remember those at all. I'm on the path of discovery though. so many fun cereal toys out there. kids today don't have the fun we did.

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  2. The only cereal we'd have back in the 70s were..Well, just your good ol' plain Corn Flakes. You can find some Lucky Charms today, but you'll have to pay $10 a box for it (same thing for Fruity Loops)

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    1. sorry to hear you missed out on all the extra-sugary breakfast options we had here in the States. what a terrible childhood you must've been subjected too. *<8^P

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  3. That Tony sends out some fun trade packages. If he had some Frosted Flakes cards I was all prepared to say "They're Grrreat"

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    1. would've been a good opportunity to mention a flakey trade package too.

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  4. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH LUCKY CHARMS' MARSHMALLOWS!!!

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    1. you are yelling but I know you've been under some job stress. ;) we'll save the marshmallows for you.

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  5. First off, I'm glad you got the package and that you enjoyed these cards as much as I enjoyed eating all the sugary cereals as a kid to get enough UPC symbols/proofs of purchase to send in and get them. I just wish I had gotten them in 1981 -- the regulation size of those yellow gems is incredible.

    Second, I don't know what is wrong with the Chop Keeper. Lucky Charms marshmallows made that cereal. If it weren't for the marshmallows, you were basically eating those sugarless Cheerios that parents loved their kids to eat. I'd add like 4 teaspoons of sugar to Cheerios (not the Honey Nut version, though)...that was the only way to make those palatable.

    So, in the end, the Night Owl is correct as always -- there is NOTHING wrong with Lucky Charms Marshmallows!

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    1. I don't argue with N.O or trial lawyers. It's no surprise kids battle weight at an early age with these breakfast options. I used to cake my cereal with a layer of sugar, oatmeal too. I gave that up a couple days ago.

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  6. Love me some Kellogg's! As for Baio... totally jealous the he hooked up with my childhood crush... Nicole Eggert.

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    1. Hi Fuji! Your crush is obviously mistaken. ;)

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  7. The Berra ticket is very cool.

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  8. Phenomenally gorgeous series, bravo! I only have a few scattered from various years, but that Zachary up top...what a bearded card!

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    1. Zachry should've played for the Pirates! One day when I've determined my dupes and set needs, I'll be able to share the extra K3Ds around. PS - love your profile pic!

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