New in the Gallery: 1948 Kellogg’s Pep Cards

May 11th, 2010  |  Published in error cards, New in the Gallery, Uniforms  |  7 Comments

1948 Kellogg's Pep Charley Trippi football cardYesterday I added 1948 Kellogg’s Pep football cards to the Vintage Football Card Gallery. The five cards are part of a 42-card sport and entertainment set that was distributed in boxes of Kellogg’s Pep cereal. You can see the composition of the set on PSA’s web site, but you have to look in two places, since PSA split the set into athletes and celebrities. Apparently not many trading card sets contain both.

The cards are small, about half the height of a standard trading card. There is one variation among the football cards: some instances of Charley Trippi’s card have the image reversed, and some have it corrected. The Trippi card shown here has the reversed image, though I’m not sure how to tell. Perhaps by how his chinstrap is fastened?

1948 Kellogg's Pep Lou Groza pre-rookie football cardTrippi’s card shows him in his College All-Star uniform–note the stars on the shoulders. He played in the game five times: four as a college all-star, and one as a Chicago Cardinal, after the Cardinals won the 1947 NFL championship. The College All-Star Game site has a photo of Trippi in action in 1945, the year he was the All-Stars’ MVP.

Another notable card in the 1948 Pep set is a Lou Groza pre-rookie card, pictured here. Groza’s rookie card is a 1950 Bowman. Check out my pre-rookie card page for more pre-rookies.

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  1. Alan says:

    May 11th, 2010 at 1:21 PM (#)

    Hey Mike,

    Click here and you can see an example of both, side by side…

  2. Alan says:

    May 11th, 2010 at 1:25 PM (#)

    what I meant to add was that you can tell the difference on the trippi error by which way Trippi is looking. the error gives the appearance of camera left, while the correct version is camera right.

  3. nearmint says:

    May 11th, 2010 at 2:28 PM (#)

    How do you know that the correct one is camera right, though, Alan? (I mean, other than that’s what the card guides say.) Usually there’s a clue in the image, like whether the player is right- or left-handed.

  4. Alan says:

    May 12th, 2010 at 7:13 AM (#)

    Mike, good question. I’d wager that your chinstrap suggestion is a pretty solid one, but honestly, aside from what the guide says, I have no idea. (and the guide can NEVER be wrong, LOL.)

  5. Bob Griese and Mel Farr 1969 Glendale Stamps | Nearmint's Vintage Football Card Blog says:

    June 27th, 2011 at 10:54 AM (#)

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  6. Leonor says:

    August 9th, 2013 at 3:41 PM (#)

    Can enybody tell me what’s the value in some of this photos?

  7. nearmint says:

    August 9th, 2013 at 3:44 PM (#)

    You can see what they are selling for on eBay. Here is a link: