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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Wednesday Top Ten - My Favorite George Brett Cards

It's Wednesday, so it's time for my first Top Ten list.  My top ten lists will mainly be based on George Brett cards, but they might be different players cards or if something else catches my fancy I might do that.

Today for my first Top Ten list I am going big. My top ten lists, unless otherwise stated, are limited to cards that I currently own, and front and back scans can be seen at georgebrettcards.weebly.com. The lists are strictly base on my opinion.  Cards might be listed because they have some memorable back story, cool design, or something that simply sticks out about them.  Feel free to comment, I love talking to other collectors.

GBCardGuy's Top Ten Favorite George Brett Baseball Cards

10.  1990 Topps Wax Box Cards #B 
I'm breaking a rule right away.  This specific card can not be found on my website georgebrettcards.weebly.com.  I do have a scan of another one of these cards.  This card is in super poor condition as you can plainly see.  When I re-started collecting George Brett cards (see my first post for more info on this) I found this in a box of cards from my childhood.  I would have hand cut this card when I was in 6th grade.  I remember looking for these boxes hoping to see only one or two packs of cards left so the store clerk would let me have the box. I am pretty nostalgic.

9. 2003 Fleer Fall Classics Pennant Aggression #20  (s/n 0190/1985)
Over 80% of my collection is from when Brett was an active player.  But I have started to turn my focus to post retirement cards.  I really like this one, because it is not your standard rectangular shape.  I am pretty patient waiting for certain cards to appear at a price I am willing to pay for them, but this card I had to get when I first saw it.  It didn't take too long to get it added to my collection.

8. 1989 Topps Baseball Talk/LJN #52 
I don't remember to many Christmas gifts that I got as a kid, except for 1989.  I got a complete set of 1989 Topps, and still have them.  I remember seeing the talking sets in stores and begging my parents to buy them for me.  It never happened, but once I started collecting again, this was on my immediate must have list.  Part of me wants to pick up the player, just to hear what it has to say.

7. 1984-89 O'Connell and Son Ink #13
This is a recent addition.  I am not totally sure why I like this card, but I do.  Knowing that these were hand drawn, originally just adds a cool factor to them.  There is a black and white variation of this card that I'm watch on eBay.  Maybe on day they'll drop their price.

6. 1977 Burger Chef Fun Meal Discs #71
Another recent addition to the collection.  I have several of the 1977 disc cards, but this set is different.  I like the back of this set of cards.  You can go to georgebrettcards.weebly.com to see the back of this particular card, but if you click here you can see more of the backs from this set.

5. 1983 Royals Police #2
I have this complete set.  Very similar to the 1981 version, but the backs are different.  Some day the 1981 set will be mine too.  I don't collect team sets, with the exception of sets that are exclusively made for the Royal.  I have many of those.

4. 1977 Topps Cloth Stickers #7
I have several of these particular cards, when they show up cheap on eBay,I have to pick-up them up.  Little known fact is that there is 2 different variations of this card.  You can see the two different variations at georgebrettcards.weebly.com.

3. 1986 O-Pee-Chee Box Bottoms #C
This card makes me cry a little on the inside.  First off, out of all the Topps sets that I am familiar with, the 1986 is my second favorite set as far as design.  You'll see my favorite shortly.  I stumbled upon someone that was selling several panels of the 1986 O-Pee-Chee Box Bottoms, and couldn't past up the deal.  At that time I was not collecting panels, so I cut the other cards off and sold them.  Now looking back, I wished that I would have left them alone.  It is so hard to find this as a full 4-card panel.  I have learned my lesson. Maybe some day I'll stumble upon another one.

2. 1988 Royals Smokey the Bear #20 
My favorite team set specifically made for the Royals.  Click here to see the entire set.  I can see how you can not look at this set and not smile.  As you will so find out, I like things that are silly and make me laugh.  This set was a must have when I first saw it.

Honorable Mentions 

2003 Topps Record Breakers #GB Series 2 
1991 Score #853
1990 Sports Illustrated for Kids I #162

1. 1975 O-Pee-Chee #228
This one shouldn't be a surprise. Not only is it a rookie card with the classic green and purple background('75 is my favorite Topps set), not only is it an OPC with the white card stock, not only is half of it in French, but also it is a pretty rare card and I still feel lucky to have it in my collection.

Do you agree with my top ten? Let me know your favorite cards are and it doesn’t have to be limited to George Brett.  Please comment below and I will respond.

I have two choices for my next Top Ten list, which will probably be in two weeks since I will be on vacation next week.  Comment below which you would like to see.

Choice 1: Top Ten Topps George Brett Cards
Choice 2: Top Ten Variation George Brett Cards

or...Something else

Thanks for checking out my blog.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Week of 03/15/15-03/21/15 Recap

It has been a busy week for this guy.  But I'm glad it is almost Sunday.  I want my blog to be a recap of some of the events of the week, whether it has to do with collecting cards, the website http://georgebrettcards.weebly.com/, twitter www.twitter.com/gbcardguy, or life in general.

Recap 1: Random(or Unrandom) cards of the day.  
Every weekday on Twitter I do a Random George Brett card of the day, Saturday's are an Unrandom George Brett Card of the Day, and Sundays are an Unrandom Non-George Brett card of the day.  In my weekly recap blog I want to do a quick go back over those cards with a couple thoughts by me. Sundays I choose a non-George Brett card from my collection to high-light.  I mainly collect late 80s and early 90's Royals cards, but some other cards might be highlighted during this time too.  All cards picture will be cards from my personal collection.  During the weekdays I have a random card selected for me that I post.  On Saturday it's my choice, it is very unrandom.  Usually there is something very quirky about the card or it has a good (at least to me) back story.

Sunday March 15th Unrandom Non-George Brett Card of the Day
1983 Perma-Grapgic Credit Cards - Gold #28 Hal McRae

I really like these sets.  I wish that they did more than just the 3 year run and the the gold cards for Brett were so pricey.  I am patiently trying to track down an '82 and '83 gold of his.

Monday March 16th Random George Brett Card of the Day
1984 Star Brett #18 The Quest For .400

Star sets are fun if you collect one particular player, like I do, because that what they do.  They devote an entire set of cards to just one, maybe 2, people.  This set original came in three card panels, I would really like to get another on of these sets just so I can have the complete set in a panel format.
Tuesday March 17th Random George Brett Card of the Day

1993 Ultra #206

I like action shots.  Cards which the players are posed always look a little goofy to me.

Wednesday March 18th Random George Brett Card of the Day
1988 Score #11

My 2 most favorite colors are green and purple.  These have been my favorite colors way before I saw a George Brett rookie card.  

Thursday March 19th Random George Brett Card of the Day
2005 Donruss Greats #30

My main focus of my Brett collection has been cards that were released while he was an active player, but I have recently gotten a fondness for post retirement cards. 

Friday March 20th Random George Brett Card of the Day
1984 All-Star Game Program Inserts #120

This "card" is what I would call a "Non-Card" card.  It's very little and came out of the 1984 All-Star game program.  I almost pulled the trigger on an EBay lot that had a complete the '81, '82, '83, & '84 programs for pretty cheap, but other priorities had to come first.
Saturday March 21th UNRandom George Brett Card of the Day
Panini Stickers #99

This card is what is I would call a "Non-George Brett" Brett card.  What I mean by that is that it isn't technically listed, in most directories, as a Brett card, but has something that is linking it to Brett.  In this case, his Jersey is pictured.

Make sure you check out my daily card posts, usually done in the morning on twitter @gbcardguy.

Recap 2: New Cards added to the collection
I added 9 new cards to the "Unofficial George Brett Card Catalog this week.  They are currently posted on the home page @ http://georgebrettcards.weebly.com/. Make sure you check out the site.  I am currently updating some of the homepage pictures.  I love talking to collectors, whether it is of Brett or other players, feel free to comment on the website or my blog.

Recap 3: Life in General
Its been a long week and happy for the weekend.  I don't know if I will be able to do a recap next week, because my family and I will be on vacation.  I'm not looking forward to the 9 hour card drive (yes it will be me driving), but looking forward to seeing some friends.   

I am very new to blogging, being that this is my second blog, and hoping to get better at it as the weeks go by.  Any helpful information and incite will be helpful.  But for now, this guy is ready for bed...Good night!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

My First Post

Hello I'm GBCardGuy,
Who am I? Good question.  First off I'm just a guy, but more importantly I am a husband, father, employee & when there is time and money left, finally a card collector.  Collecting cards for me is strictly a hobby, no matter what my wife thinks. ;-)  Collecting cards started for me in the 4th grade.  Every year in school we did a gift exchange at Christmas.  That year I got four packs of Fleer basketball cards.  After that I was hooked.  I had chosen one player from each of the 3 major sports(baseball, basketball, and football; sorry hockey) to be my favorite. Football was Randall Cunningham, basketball was Magic Johnson, and baseball was George Brett.  When I was in the fifth grade I wrote each of these players a letter saying how they were my favorite player in their sport, and I only got one response.  I bet you can guess who it was.  Looking back, I know now that it was probably some standard letter that was sent out and the autograph picture probably wasn't signed directly by George Brett, but to a fifth grade boy it was huge! George Brett had secured himself as my all-time favorite player in any sport.  I started doing all I could to collect his cards.  It wasn't much since I was 10, had no money, and only had access to packs that our grocery store sold, but over the next year I had a small collection.  Maybe 15 to 20 cards.  Then something happened.  They disappeared. I have no clue what happened to them.  I was devastated and that stopped my collecting of cards.

Fast forward twenty years, I had a little extra money that I could spend on myself and I decided to buy a George Brett rookie card and that started the fire all over again.  Now five year later, I feel that I have a very good George Brett collection.  Not by any means complete, but still good.  I also collect other KC Royals players from the mid-to-late 80s and early 90s.

Blogging is very new to me so hopefully it won't be boring.  You can follow me on twitter @gbcardguy and like my facebook page at facebook.com/gbcardguy. Also check out my website "The Unofficial George Brett Card Catalog" where I not only base, insert and oddball cards, but I also show panels and variation. Every card pictured I personally own.  Hope to be back soon.  Thanks for reading.