Best Player to retire in 1975. Bob Gibson (Hall of Famer)
Did he have a 1976 card? No.
Gibson’s last card was 1975 Topps.
Was a “retro” card ever produced? No – Topps hasn’t created any “cards that never were” of 1976 Topps that I know of. However, the website aptly titled “Cards that Never Were” has an excellent rendition of this potential card!
Apologies to: Harmon Killebrew (Hall of Famer), who also doesn’t have a 1976 Topps card. He ended his Topps run in 1975 with his last card as a Twin. This neglects his final season, when the “Killer” played for the Royals. The 1976 SSPC set created to tackle the Topps monopoly corrects this problem and does in fact show Killebrew with the Royals. It doesn’t have a statistical line, but the write-up on the back pretty much lists every major statistical career total for Killebrew.
Juan Marichal (Hall of Famer) also retired after pitching just 2 games for the 1975 Dodgers – his last card actually came in 1974 Topps, and had a Traded version in Topps early foray into that idea. Vada Pinson (see above) was the best player to retire in 1975 and get a final card in 1976.