Best Player to retire in 2001. Cal Ripken Jr. (Hall of Famer)
Did he have a 2002 card? Yes, a bunch, but not 2002 Topps.
This is quite the year of retired stars, and Ripken is the best of the bunch. He didn’t have a Topps card, though for whatever reason.
Apologies to: Mark McGwire. Ripken is credited with bringing fans back from the strike, and McGwire’s chase of Roger Maris is credited with really bringing the game back. Unfortunately it came, to a certain extent, at the expense of the game’s integrity. McGwire did have a 2002 Topps card, as shown above, among many others.
I said it was an impressive retired class – who else was in it? Tony Gwynn is particularly notable, but Jose Canseco, Bret Saberhagen, Paul O’Neill, Eric Davis and Harold Baines all called it a career (well, Canseco was done in MLB I guess) after the 2001 season.