George Brett was and still is my all-time favorite baseball player. He gave his all every time he took the field. He loved the game and it showed. To him, there was only one way to play and that was hard, not like many of the players today who are more worried about their bank accounts than the outcome of their games.
I've been collecting George Brett merchandise for most of his career and even more so since he retired. I love reading books about him and reliving so many memories of him through the years. My collection includes an autographed baseball and biography, plus a large number of other items from magnets to nesting dolls.
The biggest and most impressive item I own is a signed lithograph of Brett, done by the famous artist, LeRoy Neiman. If you don't know the artist's name, I assure you, you've probably seen his work.
I was in an art gallery while on vacation and spotted a lithograph of Cal Ripken, Jr. There was also a boxing lithograph that was so detailed that it was hard to comprehend. There were tiny little faces in the crowd watching the boxing match, but if you looked closely, you could recognize the people. It's really amazing. Neiman's work is unlike anything I've ever seen before.
While talking with the gallery owner, I asked if Neiman had done one of George Brett. It turned out that he had, but it wasn't there to be seen. I was really just curious as this type thing wasn't something I could normally afford and I was almost glad I couldn't see it in person. I knew I'd want it.
For Christmas that year, I was surprised with a beautifully matted and framed George Brett lithograph, signed by both Brett and LeRoy Neiman. It's one of my most prized possessions and hangs on the wall beside me in my office. The print size alone is 24" x 33", but the matte and frame make it much larger. There's not a day that goes by that I don't marvel at the detail and enjoy seeing my favorite player as if he were still actually playing. The muscles in his arms are so clear and his stance is perfect. It takes me back in time to being there in person, watching Brett play and being in awe of his natural abilities and all-out style of play.