Best Player to retire in 1973. Willie Mays (Hall of Famer)
Did he have a 1974 card? No and Yes.
Mays was featured on a card displaying game 2 of the 1973 World Series, a game the Mets won. They’d lose the series, however, and like Sandy Koufax some 7 years earlier, Mays didn’t have a final Topps card with his full statistical prowess on the back. Wish he had.
Was a “retro” card ever produced? No – Topps didn’t do a “never was” card of Mays. Here’s an awesome custom card, however, made by the blog “When Topps had (Base) Balls!“.
Apologies to: Luis Aparicio (Hall of Famer). Aparicio did in fact get a 1974 Topps card – which is shown above.