“Lost Cards”: The Year After, 1977

2 02 2014

1977

1977 Topps Indians Robinson

Best Player to retire in 1976.   Hank Aaron (Hall of Famer)

Did he have a 1977 card?   No.

Aaron’s last card was in the 1976 Topps set.

1976 Topps Hank Aaron

Was a “retro” card ever produced?   No – Topps hasn’t created any cards showing Aaron on a 1977 design.  They did recreate the 1977 Topps sticker set in 2012 Archives, but Aaron wasn’t included in that subset.  Oh, the lost potential!  But Uncle Doc’s Card Closet again has helped to right this wrong (virtually, at least)!

Apologies to:   Frank Robinson (Hall of Famer), who has to be the best player ever to not be the best player to retire in a given year (say that 5 times fast).  He doesn’t have a regular 1977 Topps card, but since he became a player manager for Cleveland in 1975 and continued on for a few more years after that, he’s shown on the 1977 Indians’ Team Checklist above.  Billy Williams also retired after the 1976 campaign – his last card is 1976 Topps just like “the Hammer”.

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