Top 10 George Brett Baseball Cards

Top 10 George Brett Baseball Cards

A familiar name for those that followed the game in the 1980s, George Brett is the only player in Major League history to win a batting title in three different decades. While Brett excelled on the field for the Royals for more than two decades, collectors have been enjoying his cards for the better part of five decades now. The top ten list below showcases the best cards from Brett's playing days and more modern issues which have connected the Royals great to a new generation of collectors.

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George Brett is best remembered by baseball fans as being one of the top pure hitters of the 1970s, 80s, and early 90s. The first-ballot Hall of Famer ended his career with more than 3,000 hits and a lifetime batting average north of .300. Along the way to compiling lofty numbers, the gritty third baseman won the 1980 American League MVP Award, 3 Silver Sluggers, and was named to 13 consecutive All-Star teams. George Brett also helped the Royals claim their lone World Series title in 1985 by defeating the St. Louis Cardinals.

Starting in 1974, George Brett spent his entire 21-year career with the Royals. However, collectors had to wait a year for his first cards. While a large portion of his career coincided with the "junk wax" era, Brett's cardboard has remained highly popular with collectors and made him an appealing subject for modern products.

This list of the top George Brett cards spans several decades and includes key rookie cards, inserts, and autographs of the greatest Royals player ever. Value is important, but the overall collecting relevance was taken into account to deliver a mix that works for all collecting budgets.

Top 10 George Brett Baseball Cards

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10. 2015 Stadium Club George Brett #210

Stadium Club has long been a popular product for its great photography and the first Stadium Club sets were released towards the latter years of Brett's career. However, the 2015 set offers collectors one of the most popular options and that is due to the iconic image shown. The picture on the card originally appeared in a 1976 copy of National Geographic Magazine, and interestingly enough, was later the inspiration for the song "Royals" by Lorde.

2015 Stadium Club George Brett

9. 1994 Topps #180

The final Topps base set card from George Brett's career features a great photograph of the Hall of Fame third baseman with Kauffman Stadium's iconic scoreboard and water fountains in the background. While it is commonplace to find cards of George Brett batting at the stadium, there have been very few cards over the years that have captured the distinct features in the Royals home park. This final George Brett card has been a favorite of card collectors for the past two decades.

1994 Topps George Brett

8.  1976 Topps George Brett #19

There is a huge contrast between the designs of the 1975 and 1976 Topps sets. While the unique design of the 1975 Topps set probably increases some of the interest in Brett's rookie cards, his second-year card has still been very popular with collectors, especially those interested in graded cards. The population of highly-graded 1976 cards is sparse and is often reflected in the high prices that collectors are willing to pay.

7. 1997 Donruss Significant Signatures George Brett #/2000

The 1997 Donruss Significant Signatures George Brett was the first chance for collectors to own a certified autograph card for the Hall of Famer. While the print run of 2,000 copies now seems to be an enormous amount of cards, this autograph is still a tough find and remains in high demand. Although Brett has signed plenty of cards over the years, his early autographs have held their value well, including this gem from the late 90s.

6.  1976 SSPC George Brett #167

Topps dominated the card market in the mid 1970s, but other card companies still tried to produce card sets. The SSPC set was produced by TCMA, which made their cards available via mail order. Despite its 1975 copyright, most collectors consider this set a 1976 product. In the case of George Brett, many collectors still view the card as one of his rookie issues. He also has a second card in this set that features him alongside teammate Al Cowens.

5.  1991 Donruss Elite Series George Brett #2

The 1991 Donruss Elite set was one of the great early inserts in the hobby. While the cards are serial numbered to 10,000 copies, they generally averaged less than one per case. The checklist only featured eight Elite Series cards and they are still highly sought-after by collectors. All of these factors make George Brett's Donruss Elite Series card one of his mostly popular cards.

4. 2000 Fleer Greats of the Game Autograph George Brett SP

Although George Brett did not appear in the original Greats of the Game set, he had been inducted in the Hall of Fame by the time that Fleer rolled out the sophomore version of this card set. While this card was not his first certified autograph, the card is a short print, making it one of the tougher autographs in the set. The gold borders on these cards are also susceptible to chipping, which makes this card condition sensitive as well.

3. 1993 Topps Finest Refractor Parallel George Brett #63

The 1993 Finest set was Topps' first venture into the premium card market and twenty years later these cards are still the gold standard. The most popular cards in this product were the parallel set of refractors. The exact odds of pulling a refractor were not ever officially released by Topps, but many collectors have found that the cards average around one per box. The refractor version of George Brett's Finest card have been extremely popular with collectors in both raw and graded forms.

2. 1975 Topps Mini George Brett RC #228

Topps has released several mini in recent years, but the card company first experimented with the idea in 1975 when they printed a parallel mini version of the normal base set. While many collectors flock to the regular base set version of George Brett's rookie card, the Topps Mini is also a must-own for die-hard George Brett fans.

1. 1975 Topps George Brett RC #228

The George Brett rookie card in the 1975 Topps set has long been regarded as one of the best baseball cards of the 1970s. The set design deviated from the norm and featured a two-toned frame around the player image. Several of the rookie cards in the 1975 Topps set featured multiple players, however the George Brett card is one of the few single-player rookie cards in the set. This certainly adds to the appeal for collectors. In addition to the base and mini cards, there is also an OPC version.

Top eBay Listings

GEORGE BRETT 2002 DIAMOND KINGS "GOLD FOIL" BLACK FRAMED #'d 016 100 ! ROYALS
$60.00

1977 TOPPS BASEBALL 231 GEORGE BRETT R B KANSAS CITY ROYALS NM-MINTCARD
$7.19

George Brett Autographed Signed 1989 Upper Deck Card Kansas City Royals PSA DNA
$59.00

1975 Topps 228 (R) George Brett PSA 9 (7072)
$4,000.00

1986 Topps Mini GEORGE BRETT #18 PSA 10 Gem Mint League Leaders
$20.00

1991 CLASSIC #T46 GEORGE BRETT ROYALS HOF PSA 10 B2486520-692
$13.99

GEORGE BRETT 2012 PANINI BLACK FRIDAY DIAMOND KINGS "CRACKED ICE" ! only 25 made
$40.00

2017 Topps Tier One Legends George bRett jersey #D43 200 #TIRL-GB *68968
$12.00

1977 Topps 580 George Brett EX-MT #D162124
$7.07

1977 Topps 231 George Brett RB NM #D159251
$6.38

2013 Topps Manufactured Commemorative Rookie Patch #RCP9 George Brett
$20.00

Wade Boggs & George Brett Autographed Signed 1986 Fleer Card #634 PSA DNA
$89.00

George Brett Autographed Signed 1992 Leaf Card #255 Kansas City Royals PSA DNA
$79.00

1981 MINT Topps Baseball EMPTY Sticker Album RARE George Brett Cover BRAND NEW
$14.95

1976 sspc #167 GEORGE BRETT kansas city royals BGS BCCG 9
$22.00

1977 Topps 231 George Brett RB NM #D163097
$6.38
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Eric Bracke opened his first pack of cards during the summer of 1983 and has not stopped since, dabbling along the way in a few other sports. His writing career started in 2012 when he started The Snorting Bull Baseball Card Blog.

User Comments

  1. Glad to see 1994T #180 make the cut.

    I like how the 1994 Topps Home Plate Design echoes the Royals scoreboard.

    The photo is from a game played on 1993 06 06

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/KCA/KCA199306060.shtml

    http://phungo.blogspot.com/2012/04/phun-cards-1994-topps-180-george-brett.html – see comments

  2. I love the outfield of Kaufman Stadium and could not imagine making a George Brett list without that 94 Topps card. I know that it has been remodeled in recent years, and that area looks a little different now, but I thought it was really cool that Topps squeezed the scoreboard into his final base set card. It would have been cool to see a little fountain action in there too.

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