Best Player to retire in 1955. Ralph Kiner (Hall of Famer)
Did he have a 1956 card? No.
Kiner’s last card was 1955 Bowman, and his last Topps card was actually 1953.
Was a “retro” card ever produced? No – Topps never created a Kiner card from 1956. I was hoping maybe he’d have made Bowman Heritage for the 1956 cards that never were. But the blog, Cards that Never Were, just put together a nice looking card of Kiner with the Indians, where he played in his final season.
Apologies to: Hal Newhouser (Hall of Famer). Newhouser didn’t have a 1956 card – his last card was 1955 Topps for his brief stint with the Indians. Interesting fact about Newhouser – if he hadn’t pitched that last season-plus with the Tribe, he’d have been one of 5 Hall of Famers to play his full career the team from the city he was born in. The others are Barry Larkin, Lou Gehrig, Whitey Ford and Phil Rizzuto. If you wanted to be a little more liberal you could include Cal Ripken and Newhouser’s teammate, Charlie Gehringer, who were each born in towns about an hour out of Baltimore (Aberdeen) and Detroit (Fowlerville), respectively.
Note: The card at the top is the 1956 Topps card design of Stan the Man’s card from the 2011 “Cards that Never Were” set.