#1 Lou Brock Record Breaker
#2 Sparky Lyle Record Breaker
#3 Willie McCovey Record Breaker
#4 Brooks Robinson Record Breaker
#5 Pete Rose Record Breaker
#6 Nolan Ryan Record Breaker
Good: The stars are a nice little feature to get these cards to stand out from the rest of the set, especially since they didn't use the script font we'll see on all the rest of the cards.
Bad: Those stars again. Look closely on cards 1 through 5 and you'll see that there's an odd gap between the first 5 stars and the rest of the stars across the top row. All 6 of the cards have a similar error on the row of stars above the player's name: there's a weird gap between the 4th and 5th stars. I guess stuff like that was more challenging in the days before computer layout. I'm also not crazy about the red and green color scheme on these cards.
Good: The Lyle photo on card #2 takes the cake here as a nearly full-body shot of the man in mid-pitch. I like Brooks Robinson's photo too, mainly because of the tiny people in the back. And the Pete Rose photo is a classic action shot of Charlie Hustle.
Bad: Clearly McCovey got the worst treatment of this group, with the top half of his face completely in the shadows. For anyone not familiar with his appearance, you couldn't even use this photo to ID him in a lineup, which means the photo is no good. Special mention of Nolan Ryan's extreme closeup with the 70s hair. I cannot recall another photo that shows him with such a big smile. Maybe he was thinking 15 years into the future about beating the crap out of some young White Sox 3B.
Good: Prior to The Steroids Era, the two most recent seasons where a guy qualified for the batting title while posting an OPS+ of at least 200 (think about that...an OPS+ of 200) were George Brett in 1980 and Willie McCovey in 1969. Despite being a Hall of Famer, I think McCovey might actually be a bit underrated. For guys with at least 8000 career at-bats, he has the 17th-best career OPS+, clearly making him one of the greatest players of all time.
Bad: Since 1901, 22 players have had at least 10,000 career at-bats, and Robinson and Brock have the 3rd- and 4th-lowest career OPS+ among them. We can forgive Brock since he was a leadoff hitter, but one might have expected that Robinson was a little better. Pete Rose is in the bottom half, too.
Hall of Famers: 4
(+1 for Brock, +1 for McCovey, +1 for Robinson, +1 for Ryan)
Future managers: 1
(+1 for Rose)
Fathers and sons of major leaguers: 1
(+1 for Pete Rose Jr.)
Loyalty counter: 1
(+1 for Robinson)
Rookies of the Year: 2
(+1 for McCovey, +1 for Rose)
Total all-star appearances: 55
(+6 for Brock, +3 for Lyle, +6 for McCovey, +15 for Robinson, +17 for Rose, +8 for Ryan)
Total MVP awards: 3
(+1 for McCovey, +1 for Robinson, +1 for Rose)
Total Cy Young awards: 1
(+1 for Lyle)