1975 Topps #228 George Brett RC
I just got done watching the "Top 50 Most Memorable Ejections" on MLB Network. First off, let me just say how incredibly thankful I am that we have the MLB Network channel. Otherwise, I'd be relegated to the same three NFL and NBA news stories over and over again each day, and I'd hear next to nothing about the MLB "Hot Stove". It was certainly a pleasant surprise to come home for winter break last year and find out we had it after a horrendous semester at college. Thanks, Mom!
Back to George Brett. Number one on the "Most Memorable Ejections" list was indeed the "Pine Tar Game" (what else would it be?). I don't think I've ever seen anyone angrier on a baseball field than Brett on that fateful day.
As for the card displayed at the top of the post (although I'm not sure how much of a "display" it is), it certainly holds a special place in my collection. My dad always tells me that he had numerous copies of the Brett RC as a kid. But most of his collection was either given or thrown away as he got older. It's a common tale.
As I was flipping through a fifty-cent bin at a card show last month, I came across this card. (I also found another Brett card in a dime box that I'll be featuring later on this blog.) I'd guess that it was almost like going back in time for my dad when he saw it. Even with my dad's story attached to it, I almost put it back. But I just couldn't bring myself to do it. It was a card I just had to have, even though I don't even collect George Brett. So along with a 1959 Topps Billy Martin, a 1970 Topps Carl Yastrzemski, and a handful of others, I got a George Brett rookie card for fifty cents.
It's a "washer-used" card. And to top it off, it's badly mis-cut! But I don't care. As long as the card is in one piece and I need it, I'll buy it. The cheaper the better. Which is the motto of this "low-end collector".
Plus, now I can say I am the proud owner of a George Brett rookie card and not be lying about it.