Best Player to retire in 1997. Eddie Murray (Hall of Famer).
Did he have a 1998 card? Yes – Leaf, Collector’s Choice, Donruss Preferred
Murray hung it up in 1997 and got a few 1998 cards. But not 1998 Topps. And I haven’t seen a custom card made on the internet.
Apologies to: Ryne Sandberg (Hall of Famer). Sandberg retired for the second time after the 1997 season, and was included in a few sets, but not the Topps flagship. He was in a similar collection of sets as Murray.