This 16-player set's numbered by uniform, so Brooks gets #5. For a small, orange-and-black rectangle, this card features a lot of uniform detail.
- That's the "Cartoon Bird" hat used from 1966 to 1989 (with black hat and orange bill)
- Baltimore used black half-sleeve undershirts for during the late 1960s and early 1970s
- Brooks added a T-shirt layer under his uniform; probably a chilly night
- His left shoulder shows MLB's 100th Anniversary patch, calling back to 1869 as pro ball's (debatable) starting point
This patch means the photo came from 1969 or perhaps 1970 spring training, since teams often reused a prior year's uniform during their spring games. (Given the huge light standard looming over Brooks, I think it's a 1969 home game in Baltimore.)
A local promotor distributed this set in the Baltimore area, though it's not clear exactly how it got into the hands of collectors. I've seen dealers with small bunches of them at shows and a full set once or twice, so perhaps you could buy either singles or sets. Here's the checklist.
- 4: Earl Weaver
- 5: Brooks Robinson
- 7: Mark Belanger
- 8: Andy Etchebarren
- 9: Don Buford
- 10: Ellie Hendricks
- 12: Dave May
- 15: Dave Johnson
- 16: Dave McNally
- 20: Frank Robinson
- 22: Jim Palmer
- 24: Pete Richert
- 29: Dick Hall
- 35: Mike Cuellar
- 39: Eddie Watt
- 40: Dave Leonhard
Value: This #5 cost me $25. Brooks, Jim Palmer, and Frank Robinson are the only players who run that much--most cost a few dollars.
Fakes / reprints: It'd be easy to fake these with modern printers, so be wary of buying them from unknown dealers.