bert blyleven - excuse me, hall of famer bert blyleven - attempted to extend his career with the minnesota twins in 1993, but did not make the team out of spring training. that means that his 1993 cards are true final tributes, and there are a fair number of them. these are the ones in my collection.
the backs of the pinnacle cards just give the single season stats
here's his 1993 score select card with another very similar photo
and again with the single year stat line, but some interesting text
he 'held' opponents to a .285 batting average? 'amazing durability' yet missed all of 1991 due to injury? granted, he hadn't missed a full season prior to that rotator cuff injury, although he had missed some time with a broken foot during his cleveland days. i just found it odd that score used that phrase right before noting that he came back from injury.
no surprise, here's my favorite of bert's final tributes - 1993 topps
although it gets tough to read with the inset photo.
one other blyleven card i have in my collection is a 1990 topps card that he signed for a friend of mine back during his time with the angels.
here's to you, bert - circle yourself for a change!