Top Ten George Brett Cards That Symbolize America
10. 1983 Perma-Graphic All-stars #1
You can't get any more patriotic then the Red, White, & Blue with Stars, Right? Some day I am going to do a top ten card brand list and the Perma-graphics are definitely in my top 5, maybe even my top 2. I am going to have to give it some serious thought, though. Nice design, but with most of Brett's posed cards, not the best picture,
9. 1988 Play Ball America
Some might argue that Football has become America's sport, and there is probably a lot of truth to it. Baseball, though, is still considered "The American Pastime". I chose this card mainly for the name of the card. These late 80s Broder cards are fun to collect and I have a couple complete sets of them.
8. 1999 Hasbro Starting Lineup #1
Again, whats more American that Old Glory, the Stars & Stripes, and the Red, White, and Blue. All names for the flag that stands higher than all other flags, well at least here in America. I wish that they would have just put the entire flag in this card, but I wasn't the designer.
7. 1990 All American Baseball Team #1
Again this one was mainly because of the title, but it still has a very American feel to the card. It makes me laugh how they could put the team name on the card, but could not have the teams logo's anywhere on the picture. If you look at most of the oddball cards from this era, you will see many examples of this.
6. 1976 Hostess #114
What's more American than Twinkies! I say nothing. Since 1930 it was one of the most request kid's snack. In 2012, when America saw the last package of Twinkies sold, because of bankruptcy, Americans stepped up an demanded their Twinkies be returned. What American's want, Americans get. Sometimes I wish they would get that passionate and organized about things other than snack foods.
5. 1993 American Holding Company 6 Card Set
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4. 2015 Panini Prizm #16 Fireworks Prizm & #165 Red/White/Blue Mojo Prizm
Finally something recent, and a 2 for 1! With a brand name like Panini, you know it screams "I'm American!" But what's more traditional on the 4th of July than watching Fireworks, whether they be legal or illegal, with a red, white, and blue backdrop. I am doing both of these cards because they are the same year, same brand, and have similar designs. Honestly when I decided to do this list I thought that they were a variation of the same card at first. I do like the prizm design and fact that there is a prizm on top of the prizm. Very hard to tell in the pictures.
3. 2002 Topps American Pie American Sluggers #19
I will admit that this was a tough top ten list, but I just didn't want to choose a color...don't make me do it. I love this set. One of the reasons I love it is because I have the complete set of 4. Though, I can swear it looks like Topps airbrushed out his puffy chaw cheek.
2. 1990 Score McDonalds #19
I am not sure if there is a brand that is more recognizable to kids in America. You can not miss the golden arches while you are driving down the interstate. Whether it be on a billboard or the restaurant itself. I can remember as a kid when I saw them asking (or maybe "telling" is a better word) my mom and dad that I wanted to go to McDonald's. Granted it was way cooler when I was a kid and they actually had characters other than a creepy clown. Who remembers Grimace, the Hamburglar, and Mayor McCheese? All forgotten by today's kids, but loved by my generation. It has been over a year since I did my overall top ten list and I did not own this card at that time, but it would definitely be on it if I redid it today.
1. 1991 Topps Dessert Shield #2 & #540
What makes America great? Its the people that gave their live for us to make sure that we are free. Those freedoms include to celebrate on this day and tell how great our nation is. They also gave us the freedom to spout hateful things about our nation. Things that in many nations would be deemed treasonous and worthy of death. That's how great our nation is, and I think that most people forget that freedom, because once it's gone, this country will cease to be that "shining city upon a hill." We can say what we want, but only because of brave men and women who sacrificed themselves for this country. These cards were distributed to men and women that were fighting overseas during Operation Dessert Shield. I feel it an honor to have them in my collection.
Thanks for checking out my top ten. Check back regularly for my semi-regular blog called "Random and Reflections." Also, again, don't forget to check out my website, "The Unofficial George Brett Card Catalog".