Best Player to retire in 2009. Randy Johnson.
Did he have a 2010 card? Yes, 2010 Topps and Topps Heritage
Johnson was in the Bronx in 2005 and 2006, winning 17 games both years. He went back to Arizona for two more years but was hurt in 2007. He came back in 2008 but wasn’t quite the pitcher he used to be. Arizona didn’t resign him and he caught on with the Giants for one last season in which he became the most recent 300 game winner. Some think he may be the last.
2010 began the start of Topps exclusive license with MLB – a recreation of the monopoly Topps had from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Johnson didn’t have a card in Upper Deck’s litigated release from 2010, but he did get base cards in two Topps sets.
This is also the first year I’ve done where the players aren’t eligible for the Hall of Fame yet.
Apologies to: Pedro Martinez. After 4 fairly ineffective seasons with the Mets, Pedro sat out for the first half of the 2009 season, coming back to fill out the rotation of the World Champion Phillies. He helped them make it to the World Series, though he lost 2 games against the Yankees. Pedro didn’t have any cards in the 2010 Topps set – he had no cards in 2010 with his full career stat line. He did get a couple of cards in 2010 Upper Deck’s season biography insert set for his time with the Phillies.
Gary Sheffield also retired after the 2009 season and was featured in 2010 Topps and Heritage like the Big Unit.