i remember being perplexed by this card when donruss included it in their 1985 release.
it wasn't really a highlight card, and the two smaller pictures revealed too much of the striped card design - what, there were no photos of yankee teammates dave winfield and don mattingly together available? anyway, the american league batting title wasn't too much of a concern for me as i was growing up in southern california, especially when it was down to a pair of yankees. still, i collected this card because every card collecting kid hoarded don mattingly cards in the mid-1980's. for the record, donnie baseball went 4 for 5 on the last day of the season to overtake winfield (who went 1 for 4 that day) and win title .343 to .340.
fast forward 11 years, and the two players were again colliding in my collection thanks to their 1996 releases. both winfield and mattingly called it quits after the 1995 season, making their 1996 cards final tributes.
both were featured by upper deck in 1996, but only winfield got the 'tribute' banner on his card
here's mattingly's 1996 udcc card
both players were featured in 1996 upper deck as well, with winfield being part of the 'young at heart' subset
mattingly, meanwhile, got the multiple exposure treatment on his card
both players also got a sendoff from pinnacle in 1996 - here's winfield's
both showed up again in score's 1996 set. here's winfield
now mattingly's turn
and mattingly (front)
the fleer flagship was better in that regard, although they didn't get all the years on the backs. winfield:
i'll finish up with 1996 donruss. given the lack of a topps winfield card, i'd say this one is my favorite final tribute of the hall of famer
mattingly's card in the set