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Old 02-15-2018, 09:58 PM
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Default 1975 Hostess Printers Proof

Recently, I picked up a rather large collection of George Brett memorabilia, some of which was relatively scarce. One of the pieces I picked up was this printers proof strip. After studying the photos for a time, I realized that the George Hendricks and Richie Zisk shots were the ones used for the 1975 Hostess panel set. However, the Brett photo was a puzzle because he did not appear in the '75 set. In fact, the final panel distributed by Hostess had Zisk and Hendricks together with Bobby Mercer instead of Brett. Brett first appeared in the Hostess set in 1976 with a completely different photo. To my knowledge, the Brett photo was never used in any published set. The question I have is why was his photo eliminated from the set in favor of Murcer? Also, I believe this printers proof is pretty rare and somewhat desirable since it includes the unpublished Brett photo. Any Hostess collectors have thoughts about this?
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Old 02-15-2018, 10:52 PM
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Canít add anything other than that is super cool!
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Old 02-16-2018, 01:48 AM
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The 1975 Brett Hostess is included in his article:

8 Cards Rarer than the T206 Honus Wagner

As it would be his rookie, I think it's a very desirable proof
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Old 02-16-2018, 07:09 AM
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While I canít really add anything worthwhile since Iím not really a Hostess or Brett collector, but figure since I think the printers proof is VERY COOL I could at least comment. I would think both a Hostess and Brett collector would be very interested in this piece. I know as a single player collector this would be a must have item.

I could only speculate why this Brett wasnít used. Iím sure Mercer was, at the time, more of a popular player since he had been in the league for quite some time by 1975.
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Old 02-16-2018, 08:12 AM
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Awesome piece!!!!
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Old 02-16-2018, 08:27 AM
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Yup, that's a sweet find.
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Old 02-16-2018, 09:03 AM
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Default Love that photo of Brett!

If you would send me a hi-res scan of that Brett photo, I would be very grateful. So grateful, in fact, that I will design a 1975 Hostess "What If" card for your set. Thanks!
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Old 02-16-2018, 09:56 AM
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Thanks for all the input and nice comments. David, that's a great article, very interesting read. Keith, I'll send you a scan this evening. That would be very cool. When I first saw this strip, I thought it was interesting, but it took me awhile to put the pieces together. This is what makes collecting so challenging and rewarding.
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Old 02-16-2018, 05:12 PM
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There was a thread awhile back about Topps providing the photos for Hostess' cards: http://www.net54baseball.com/showthr...=224628&page=2

Wondering if maybe there was an exclusivity or licensing issue with young George? Terrific item either way.

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Old 02-16-2018, 10:18 PM
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I would have to go digging to get a better photo, but picked up a few of those years back on the bay.
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