Saturday, January 6, 2018

George Brett Card of the Day #6

2008 Topps Triple Threads #53

My first card from a Triple Threads set was the 2008 variety numbered 164/1350.  The Triple Threads set debuted by Topps in 2006 as a high-end product.  I have never purchased a box because of the price so I have purchased the singles that I want on the secondary market and at card shows.  Each of the non-autographed base cards like this one has six different parallels numbered from 525 down to the 1 of 1's.

Besides the career batting records, the "Triple Take" on these cards highlight 3 things about each player.  Brett is the only player with 3000 hits, 300 home runs, 600 doubles, 100 triples, and 200 stolen bases.  Brett also helped popularize Charlie Lau's hitting methods as detailed in "The Art of Hitting .300".

The third take is that George has owned several minor league teams following his playing career.  These teams have been co-owned by his brothers, most notably Ken, who played for several teams in the 60s and 70s before finishing his career alongside George in Kansas City in 1981.