Continuing my post for the “year after” cards, where I’m figuring out the most notable player to retire each year, and whether or not he had a “final” card the following season. This is for 1964.
Best Player to retire in 1963. Stan Musial (Hall of Famer)
Did he have a 1964 card? No
Musial’s last card was in 1963 Topps.
Was a “retro” card ever produced? Yes – Topps created a Real One Autograph of Musial’s 1964 Topps card as part of 2013 Heritage. This card was signed by Musial in late 2012, and he passed away shortly thereafter, before Heritage hit the shelves. The card, shown above, was also my pick for card of the year in 2013.
Apologies to: Early Wynn (Hall of Famer), who retired in the middle of the ’63 season once he notched his 300th win. Gil Hodges (should be a Hall of Famer) and Red Schoendienst (Hall of Famer) also hung up their cleats in 1963. Hodges had a manager card with the Senators in 1964, but he never played for them, and the card didn’t feature his final statistics.