Ernie Banks 2013 Topps – 1972 Topps Mini Insert
The 1971 baseball season was the last one in Ernie Banks’ major league career. He was featured in the 1971 Topps baseball card set, but he did not appear in the 1972 issue.
So, maybe this is what his card would have looked like if he did have a card in that set:
Topps oftentimes will retired players in sets the year after they retire, and I am not sure of the reason. Maybe the cards are already designed? Maybe the checklists are already complete? Maybe they do it as a tribute to the player?
Either way, we can ‘Thank’ Topps for giving us a card of Mr. Banks using their 1972 baseball card design. The card pictured above comes from the 2013 Flagship set, it is a mini and obviously it employs the sweet, and legendary 1972 design.
Thank you, Topps!