Random Rookie Recap: 1975 Topps George Brett
Don’t ask. I wish I could tell you what happened to this card, but I can’t — it was like this when I obtained it a few weeks ago for about $5. This is the definition of a filler, a card in such a condition that its sole purpose is a place holder in a collection to be upgraded at some point in the future.
I’ve got some big name rookies in my collection, but one that always eluded me for some reason was Brett. Maybe it’s because he’s got a huge following and it’s tough to find a bargain on his rookie. Maybe it’s because I’m too cheap to spend $20-30 on a decent-looking copy; the cards book at $80. Nonetheless, I decided to pounce on this nasty copy; I figured at least I could have one in my collection until I had a change of heart.
I never truly appreciated George Brett as a player or as a cardboard icon until his career was over. I mean I was collecting cards in the early 1990s when collectors were clamoring over this Brett, and the Robin Yount rookie from the same set, but both were way out of my league. At that time, I was too busy focusing on youngster Chipper Jones and my now-defunct football collection: I actually once traded a Browning Nagle 1991 Stadium Club rookie for a Brett Favre from the same set. That was one of the greatest trades I ever made.
I digress, when this card arrived the other day, I flipped it over to read the back. That’s when I learned something new — Brett spent the 1972 season playing minor league baseball for the San Jose (Calif.) team — currently an affiliate of the Giants — which plays less-than 10 miles from my home. Pretty cool factoid.
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