Here are the players that never played a game after 1984 (or sat out 1984) but have a card in one of the 1984 sets. There were four players who hung it up after 1983 that ended up in the hall-of-fame with cards in 1984 (all pictured above). What is cool about this is that you can get their entire career stats on one card.
One cool thing (or cool to me) is the old school ESPN logo on the microphone on Johnny Bench's card. Since ESPN debuted in 1979, this may be the earliest reference to ESPN on a baseball card. I wonder who it is that is doing the interviewing?
And what is up with Gaylord Perry's card? Do you realize he was only 44 when this picture was taken. I am only 7 years away from that, and good god, I hope I don't look that old. He looks at least 60 in that photo. What is even funnier is that he looks like grandpa asking you to pull his finger in that card. Not a good way to go out.
There are actually less players in this situation in the 1984 sets than there is in any other year we've looked at so far. So we get more active players in the sets this year. One interesting case is Bert Campaneris. This is the second time he is listed under retired players, as he was listed under the retired players checklist for 1982 as well. He came back in 1983, and Topps put his final card in the 1984 set showing him with the Yankees. Warren Cromartie is on this list as he went on to play in Japan, and he will show up again in sets in the early 1990s.