“Lost Cards”: The Year After, 2009

15 03 2014

2009

2009 Topps Maddux

Best Player to retire in 2008.   Greg Maddux (Hall of Famer).

Did he have a 2009 card?   Yes, quite a few – including 2009 Topps as shown above

Maddux finished up his career with a second stint in Los Angeles for the end of the 2008 season.  He actually pitched a few relief innings in the postseason under Joe Torre that year.  He finished his career with 355 wins, the most of any player to play exclusively after World War II.

Apologies to:   Frank Thomas (Hall of Famer).  Thomas finished up like Maddux – with a second stint back to a team you wouldn’t remember him with.  After the majority of his career was in Chicago, Thomas went to the A’s, Toronto and then was sent back to Oakland for the end of the 2008 campaign.  Like Maddux, Thomas had a few 2009 cards showing his full statistical prowess.

Tom Glavine, Mike Mussina, Jeff Kent and Luis Gonzalez also finished up their careers in 2008.  It’s not as impressive as the 2007 list, but still an exceptional retirement class!

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