i am happy to see jeff bagwell and tim raines finally get the votes they needed to make the hall of fame. i am also pleased that ivan rodriguez didn't have to wait, but disappointed that vladimir guerrero will have to sit patiently for at least one more year.
as some of you know, one of my mini collections is 'final tributes' - cards that show a player's final career stats on the back, issued the year following their final season. i don't count cards issued well after the player's career ended that happen to show the career stats on the back (think 1962 topps babe ruth story 'babe coaches for the dodgers' card for example), although i have made one exception - that being the 2012 topps archives jim hunter card, since that card used the 1980 topps design which is the appropriate design for a catfish final tribute and a great example of a card that should have been finally being.
i digress. i was able to find one card that fit the criteria for tim raines - this 2003 donruss card - front
there are more jeff bagwell cards that serve as final tributes, most likely because he wasn't planning to retire going into the 2006 season. even with his arthritic shoulder, bags showed up to spring training, but wound up on the disabled list for the entire season. he formally retired near the end of 2006. here are two cards that i have in my collection - his 2006 topps - front
finally, ivan rodriguez retired in april of 2012 after some thought he would try to play one more year in order to get closer to 3000 hits. instead, he called it quits following the 2011 season, and (partially because he was ignored by topps) i am counting this 2012 panini prizm card as a final tribute - front
congrats to these guys, and i'm glad that there is at least one final tribute for each. next year's class may not be so lucky as the only 2013 card that would count for chipper jones is an sp in topps update, and there are no jim thome cards that meet the criteria anywhere. at least trevor hoffman has a 2011 topps card, assuming he gets 1% more votes in 2018.