George Brett was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999 after a 21 year career with the Kansas City Royals. According to Baseball Reference, he ended his career with a Wins Above Replacement rating of 88.4. Brett is the only MLB player to ever win 3 batting titles in 3 different decades: 1976, 1980, and 1990. In 1980 he was selected American League MVP after posting an amazing slashline of .390 BA/.454 OBP/.664 SLG/1.118 OPS. Over the course of his career, Brett was awarded 3 Silver Sluggers, 1 Gold Glove, and appeared in 13 All-Star Games.
Brett finished behind Mike Hargrove and Bucky Dent for 1974 American League Rookie of the Year honors, neither of whom are in the Hall of Fame. Brett hit 665 doubles in his career ranking him #5 all time among Hall of Famers.
Brett was a consummate hitter who rarely went down on strikes. Among Hall of Fame members from the modern era with at least 10,000 plate appearances, Brett ranks #5 with the lowest strike out rate of just 7.81%. Only Tony Gwynn, Ozzie Smith, Luis Aparicio, and Wade Boggs had lower strikeout rates. Click here to see the table.
Here is a list of the George Brett cards that I currently have in inventory. Send an email message to BigBubbo@yahoo.com about any cards you wish to purchase or talk trade. I personally collect Bob Gibson, Roberto Clemente, Tom Seaver, St. Louis Cardinals – especially from the 60’s, 1969 and 1986 New York Mets, and 1985 Kansas City Royals.
- Other Baseball Hall of Fame players cards in my collection.
- Career Strikeout Rates and Hall of Fame Membership
1983 Topps All Star
I love this facial expression. I can just hear Brett thinking “What is that Billy Martin up to now?!”
1986 All Star (1985 Batting Average Leaders)
That classic George Brett smile! Certainly one of the most personable players in MLB history.
It is so strange to see a picture of George Brett wearing batting gloves!
That trademark follow through pose after a base hit. Notice the lack of batting gloves!
1989 Donruss MVP
With the first-base mitt!
1990 Fleer Players of the Decade
This card commemorates the 10th anniversary of Brett winning the 1980 batting title with a .390 average – the highest average in 39 years dating back to 1941 when Ted Williams hit .406.
The classic George Brett batting stance: weight back, hands back, bat down, and ready to squish the bug with the left foot.
1990 Bowman Tiffany card
The classic George Brett swing just as the left hand is about to release the bat.
1991 Score The Franchise
Probably my favorite Brett card. The three bats in this photo are for the three batting titles that George Brett won over the course of three decades – the only player ever to do so. In 1990 at the age of 37, Brett became the third oldest player to win a batting title by hitting a blistering .388 after the All Star break.
1991 Donruss Highlights
Here is the Donruss card commemorating the three titles in three decades accomplishment. Again, that classic batting stance.
1993 Pinnacle Now and Then
Pictures of Brett as a rookie in 1973 and the future Hall of Famer in 1992.