Card fact: This is George Brett's rookie card. What else do you need to know?
What I thought about this card then: I did not see it in 1975. However, this card is the first card I acquired solely because it was a player's rookie card. The "rookie card" was still a novel concept when I purchased this card (probably around 1980, 1981). But I had to know it was a desirable card to seek it out in a mail-order catalog and buy it. I can remember only one other card I ordered with the Brett card (you'll see it soon), and I remember being quite pleased when Mr. Brett arrived -- even though it has a faded stripe through the middle of it. I thought I had gotten a steal on the price.
What I think about this card now: I was very happy that I went through the trouble of getting the card when I was a teenager, because when I worked to complete the set six years ago, the price of the Brett card had ballooned to one of the highest in the set. The card I had ordered as a teen was still in decent shape, enough for me to not even consider buying a new Brett card.
Other stuff: It's interesting that the two most coveted rookie cards in this set (Yount and Brett) are five cards apart.
Otherwise, you all know George Brett. He was my non-Dodger hero during his career. His home run against Goose Gossage in the 1980 ALCS was, for me, the sign that the Yankee dynasty that I had endured for most of the previous four years was about to end. The Yankees were conquerable! Brett had just shown how it was done. The Dodgers followed suit in 1981.
I remember Brett's quest for .400 in 1980 very well. I can recall sitting in my grandmother's home during that summer, reading the newspaper accounts of Brett's latest games. I also remember those same newspapers detailing his hemorrhoids battle during the 1980 postseason. George Brett taught me the misery that is hemorrhoids. I never knew what they were before 1980. It was all quite horrifying.
One other thing. A guy I work with knows the Brett family. He says they're all nuts. I believe him.