the cardinals took a one-two punch last fall, losing hall of famers lou brock and bob gibson within the span of a month back in 2020. brock passed away on september 6, and gibson died on october 2 (the day the cardinals played their last game of the season). the timing of their deaths allowed for the club to add a memorial patch for brock for the remainder of the season, but not for gibson - that would wait until 2021.
even though the team wore the lou brock patch for just a short time, there are cards that show the patch. the first one i found was paul goldschmidt's 2021 topps heritage in action card:
this season, the team has been wearing a similar patch for gibson. i went ahead and bought some 2021 topps now cards that featured the patch in its various colors. nolan arenado has cards showing the white
the cardinals seem to have adopted a template for their hall of famer memorial patches in recent years, as each of the patches worn for stan musial and red schoendienst match this design, while they've used a simpler motif for players like oscar taveras. as always, i appreciate the recognition that teams give to their former players and staff when adding a patch or armband to the uniform.
bonus content! i recently added a card to my collection that i had wanted for a while.
that's a 1978 topps lou brock signed card. it's card #1 in the very first set that i collected. with it, i feel fairly complete in my efforts to obtain signed 1978 topps cards. never say never, but i don't really plan to send out any more ttm requests or shop for signed cards from the set.