Best Retirement Gifts Ever

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Best Retirement Gifts Ever
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When I finally retire one day far, far in the future, I hope to treat myself to a nice dinner and maybe, if I'm lucky, get a few thoughtful cards from friends and family.

Since his announcement that the 2014 MLB season would be his last, legendary Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has gotten so, so much more than that.

On this year-long farewell tour, Jeter gets a standing ovation every single time he steps up to the plate and is given a customized—and often useless—gift from each team after playing in opposing stadiums for the final time.

Special Jeter gigantic surfboard! Special Jeter cowboy boots! Special Jeter bench made of baseball bats!

Yes, these gifts certainly top the thoughtful cards that I hope to one day receive—but are they better than the retirement gifts that players have gotten in the past?

Does Jeter's loot even make the list of the greatest athlete retirement gifts of all time?

Let's find out.

Disclaimer: I decided to set a limit of one gift per player for this list. For players who received many gifts, I featured the one I liked best and mentioned the other notables.

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