It's not so complicated. I collect a lot of players. My Pierce collection happens to be my most complete because he has a finite numbers of items available. They are easy to catalog and, with one or two exceptions, have not been difficult to obtain.
Brooks on the other hand gets a card in just about every single 'throwback' set that's printed and many more as base set inserts. I have far more Brooks Robinson cards that Billy Pierce cards but most of them are just run-of-the-mill modern issues.
Bottom line is that while I love collecting Billy Pierce, Mike Cuellar, Johnny Callison, Denny Martinez, Frank Robinson, Adam Jones, Jim Palmer, Elrod Hendricks, Juan Pizarro etc, etc...my favorite player is, always has been, and always will be Brooks Robinson.
That's significant because when I read a post on Collecting Cutch (who I sort of collect LOL) asking readers to post their ten favorite cards of their favorite player I immediately opened my Brooks Robinson binder.
I will admit that I thought about using Billy Pierce because his cards go back into early 50s sets and some are real beauties. But to be true to myself I went with Brooksie. BTW...this is a contest with some nice prizes but even if it wasn't it's a fun idea for a post.
I set myself a few guidelines...one actually. I would select from 'mainstream' card sets, cards that came from packs. As much as I love postcards, art cards, coins and the like I figured I'd leave those for another post. So without more of my babbling here are my Top Ten Brooks Robinson cards, unscientifically ranked in inverse order:
#10) 2011 Topps Marquee..this is one of two 'modern' cards to make my list. Both have similar qualities, a clear, borderless picture and minimal adornment. It's number #5 (his uni #) of 199 which is good I guess although I'm pretty indifferent about those things. This card would be right here in the same spot without the number,
#9) '64 Topps Standups... I love this set and my Pizarro, Steve Barber or Boog Powell version would make a Top 10 list for any of those players, too.