i had hoped that, even though rodriguez retired during the 2016 season, there would be an honest to goodness final tribute card to add to my collection. alas, i was disappointed. thankfully, topps (through their bowman brand) issued a chrome card of a-rod for the 2017 national sports collectors convention
that did feature a truncated career stat summary line
i was never a huge arod fan, although i respected the talent and was excited when he appeared in topps product 20 years ago. later on, i continued to respect the talent, but learned not to respect the man. i am very much ok with the fact that he didn't stick around to get to 700 (or even worse, 715) home runs. i am not an arod apologist, but i can appreciate what he was able to do over the course of his career, and that is why i added this card to my final tribute collection.