1970 KELLOGG’S ED KRANEPOOL
What makes this card special, is that aside from it being the only time Ed Kranepool was on a Kellogg’s card, it
was also the very first card in Kellogg’s very first set.
In 1970, the Mets were coming off their championship season. Three of Kranepool’s teammates were also featured in the 75 card set: Cleon Jones, Tom Seaver, and Tommie Agee. The Kellogg’s cards were available in selected brands of their cereals. These cards were 3-D with the players shot appearing in front of a blurry stadium photograph. The cards were smaller than the standard Topps card and measured up at only 2 1/4 x 3 1/2. These cards tended to become brittle and their top layer would crack if not taken care of properly.
It is interesting that Kranepool was one of the choices. He was a contributing member of the team but Donn Clendenon, the MVP of the World Series, wasn’t represented in the set and neither was Jerry Koosman (who won two games in the World Series including the deciding game) nor Ron Swoboda (who made a spectacular catch in the Series).
If you wanted to put together a complete set of these, it might cost you around $125.00 or so. Don’t forget to factor in a Bob Gibson variation with his 1959 IP numbers showing up or not showing up depending on which version of the variation you have.
Kranepool, of course, walked into team history when he replaced Gil Hodges at first base on September 22, 1962 at the tender age of 17. He would later become an excellent pitch-hitter for the club and was inducted to the team’s Hall of Fame in 1990. Overall. in 18 years with the club, he compiled a .261 BA in 1,853 games.
He is also still a fan favorite and was one of the team’s former players to appear at the first QBC two years ago.