Posts in category: Japanese Baseball Cards
Topps Now World Baseball Classic Cards

For the third straight tournament Topps has the license to produce baseball cards for the World Baseball Classic.  I don’t know what plans they have for sets later this year (or if they have plans for sets later this year) but I was tipped off by …

Card Of The Week March 19

Wladimir Balentien was named the MVP of Pool E of the World Baseball Classic this past week.  He went 8-13 in the three games in Tokyo with 3 home runs and 10 RBIs.  Overall for the tournament he’s hitting .591, which leads all batters with m…

2000 BBM O-N set

This is going to be kind of an odd story so bear with me for a minute.  I’ve been trying to make sense of something for a couple weeks and I think I finally figured it all out.According to both Engel and Sports Card Magazine, BBM issued a high end…

2003 BBM Fighters

I’ve frequently mentioned (well, complained really) that there hasn’t been an OB team set for the Fighters that covers their history before they moved to Hokkaido after 2003.  Recently I discovered that that’s not completely true – their 2003 BBM …

Package From Dani

Ryan is not the only one that I get cool stuff in the mail from.  I received a package yesterday from Dani that had a bunch of goodies in it.  We have kind of an ongoing trade in progress – I sent her a bunch of cards last year, she sent me a…

C.A.: 1991 BBM Hideo Nomo (base card)

(Hey, kids, we’ve arrived at my least favorite day of the whole year! Daylight Savings Time kicks in, we lose an hour, during one of the busiest sports weekends of the year! Where is the petition for me to sign? It’s time for Cardboard Appreciation. Th…

Card Of The Week March 12

Sho Nakata appears to like playing on the international stage.  In the 2015 Premier 12, he hit .429 with 3 home runs and 15 RBIs in 8 games.  In four games so far in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, he’s hitting .357 with 3 home runs and 8 RB…

BBM on YouTube

I discovered the other day that BBM has an official YouTube Channel.  There’s only a couple videos so far – box breaks for Rookie Edition and the “Fast Break 2nd Half” basketball cards for the B.League and this video showing off the Shohei Ohtani …

2007 BBM Home Run Chronicle set

Ten years ago BBM issued a box set called “HR Chronicle” which celebrated the top home run hitters in NPB history.  I’ve been wavering on picking one up for a while (I almost bought one at Wrappers in Tokyo four years ago) but it wasn’t until I fo…

2015 Lions Fan Club set

One of the sets I asked Ryan to pick up for me was the complete (I assume) 2015 Lions Fan Club set.  I had seen an auction on YJA for it for only 600 yen so I figured it was time to see what a complete team issued set looked like.  I previous…

2016 Epoch JWBL Set

I don’t know a whole lot about the Japan Women’s Baseball League (JWBL).  The league was founded in 2009 as the Girls Professional Baseball League (GPBL) and was renamed in 2013.  There have apparently always been four teams in the league alt…

Card Of The Week March 5

NPB Reddit shared an article from the Japan Times a little over a month ago about Kawasaki Stadium and a famous pair of games there.  Kawasaki Stadium was built in the early 1950’s and was home to first the Taiyo Whales (before they moved to Yokoh…

2017 BBM Farewell set

BBM’s 7th annual set for retiring players came out back in January.  As usual I don’t exactly know what to call this set – the translation of the title is something like “Regret at Parting Baseball Players” but I always refer to it as the “Farewel…

2014 Hawks "Special Baseball Cards"

Some of the other cards Ryan had picked up for me were some 2014 team issued cards for the Hawks.  Now I had previously seen cards from two other 2014 Hawks sets but these did not appear to be related to the other sets.  I saw these in two di…

Package From Ryan

Alan Walden, the ancient newscaster on WBAL radio out of Baltimore back 15-20 years ago, used to open his morning news casts with the phrase “Good morning!  We have a lot to talk about”.  I was never a particular fan of either him or the radi…

Hitoshi Tamura

I was looking through the cards of the latest BBM Retirement set (on-line at Jambalaya but I expect my set to show up in the new few days) and I realized that I had missed the fact that Hitoshi Tamura had retired at the end of last season.Tamura was bo…

Early Spring Releases

Something a little odd has been going on lately and I think I like it.  In the past, BBM’s website has typically been much later in announcing new sets than the card shop sites like Discount Niki and Hot Box.  But in the last week or so, new …

2016 BBM Carp Autographed Edition

For the second time in less than a year, I’ve had a seller on Yahoo! Japan Auctions include a bonus card set with the set I purchased from them.  Last summer a seller included the base set for the 2016 BBM Fighters Autographed Edition set with the…

Card Of The Week February 26

It’s a bit of old news now but the Brisbane Bandits swept the Melbourne Aces two games to none to win the Australian Baseball League championship for the 2016-17 season.  The Bandits won their second consecutive Claxton Shield under the leadership…

Other NPB Players On WBC Rosters

I thought I’d do a quick post rounding up the current and former NPB players on the rosters of the other (non-Japan) teams for this year’s World Baseball Classic.  According to the list on YakyuDB there are 11 current NPB players playing on variou…

Prestige Collectibles Auction #51

The latest auction from Prestige Collectibles started this past Wednesday.  There’s a lot of interesting vintage items up for sale, including bromides depicting touring US stars from the 1930’s and college stars from the 1920’s along with a number…

2017 Flagship Set Announcements

Information on the first of the 2017 “flagship” sets from BBM and Calbee were released in the last week or so.- Calbee’s Series One will be released in late March (the official release date is March 27 but I would expect to see it available a few days …

Samurai Japan World Baseball Classic Roster

I’m a bit late on this but ten days ago the final roster for Samurai Japan’s World Baseball Classic team was announced.  After seeing George’s post showing off the Korean team and a post on Not Another Baseball Card Blog for the Canadian team, I t…

Card Of The Week February 19

75 years ago today President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 which lead to the relocation and internment of around 120,000 people of Japanese descent who were mostly living on the US west coast at the time, roughly two thirds of whom were Am…

Card Of The Week February 12

I came across this oversized (3 12 inches by 5 1/2 inches) bromide card of Tetsuharu Kawakami a little while back when I was doing research for my post on the Giants uniforms.  As far as I can tell the card is uncatalogued.  Assuming that the…

Disappointed!

The Can-Am League’s schedule is official now and Shikoku Island League All Stars will NOT be touring the league again this summer.  Instead the Yeoncheon Miracle, an independent team from Korea, will be spending three weeks in June playing each of…

More Memories Of Uniform – Japan National Team Edition

This will be a bit different from all the other uniform posts.  There have been a variety of “Japan National Teams” over the years made up of professionals or amateurs (and in some cases both).  The coverage of these teams on baseball cards h…

Card Of The Week February 5

Hiromitsu Ochiai’s tenure as Dragons GM ended on Tuesday as the three year contract he signed after the 2013 season expired.  Ochiai had been the most successful manager in Dragons history between 2004 and 2011 – he lead the team to the Nippon Ser…

More Memories Of Uniforms – Kintetsu Edition

The team that was ultimately known as the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes began life in 1950 as the Kintetsu Pearls and were one of several teams that joined the new Pacific League when the old Japan Baseball League transformed into the new two league Nippon …

Card Of The Week January 29

Former Orix Buffaloes, Fukuoka Softbank Hawk and Seattle Mariners player Dae-Ho Lee is returning to Korea and his original team, the Lotte Giants.  Lee has spent the past five seasons away from the KBO – four seasons in NPB with Orix and Softbank …

’99 Korea-Japan Super Games

I had been aware for while that there was an insert set in the 2000 Teleca KBO baseball card set for something called the “’99 Korea-Japan Super Games” but it wasn’t until recently that I learned more about it.  Dan Skrezyna contacted me a fe…

2002 Mizuno All Star Super Dream Cup Premium Cards

     I happened across this set of playing cards scouring Yahoo! Auctions Japan for Tuffy Rhodes cards, and managed to snag it for the minimum bid of ¥2000 (~$18USD).   From what I can gather, this set was a promotional give away with the pur…

Jae-Gyun Hwang Of The San Francisco Giants

Jae-Gyun Hwang of the Lotte Giants of the KBO has signed a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants.  Hwang was originally a third round pick in the 2006 KBO draft by the Hyundai Unicorns who folded after the 2007 season and became the Woori Heroes who became the Nexen Heroes in 2010.  He was traded from Nexen to the Giants during the 2010 season.  He also played for the Korean National team in the 2015 Premier 12 (and made the All World Team for the tournament).

As far as I can tell, there are about eight base set cards for Hwang among the well known KBO issues of the past few years.  He had a card in the 2010 KBO “game” set and also appears in base sets of the 2014-15 Blue Edition, 2015 Season Two, 2015 Hell’s Fireball, 2016 Diamond Winners and 2016 Forever Ace sets, all from Super Star Baseball (or whatever the company is actually called).  He also has insert/short print cards in Super Star Baseball’s 2014 Season One and Three sets and the 2014-15 Blue Edition set (in addition to the base set cards), autograph cards in the 2014 Season Three, 2014-15 Blue Edition and 2015 Season One sets and (I think) a patch card in the 2015 Season One set.  You can see a list of these (including some parallels) here.

Here’s the cards I have from this list:

2010 KBO “Game” set #AN-007

2014-15 Super Star Baseball Blue Edition #SBCBE-159-GN

2014-15 Super Star Baseball Blue Edition #SBCBE-177-GN

2015 Super Star Baseball Season Two SBC1502-111-N

2015 Super Star Baseball Season Two Sticker

2015 Super Star Baseball Hell’s Fireball #PA01-LO006

2016 Super Star Baseball Diamond Winners #PA02-LO001

2016 Super Star Baseball Forever Ace #PA03-LO004

I’m assuming the “D. H.” is a tribute to former Lotte Giant Dae-Ho Lee, whose uniform number (#10) Hwang switched to this past season.

And I don’t know why this hadn’t occurred to me earlier, but I had actually seen Hwang play in Arizona last February in the game Lotte played against the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters.  He was the one Lotte player to get a hit against Shohei Ohtani.  Here’s the tweet from @MyKBO that reminded me:

Here’s a GIF of Hwang Jae-gyun’s single off of Otani today in the 1st inning (via https://t.co/Gvhd4vBGqy) pic.twitter.com/OQryeBUqdd

— Dan Kurtz (@MyKBO) February 11, 2016

You can almost see Deanna@the_hereford and me behind the Fighters’ dugout (the Padres’ side).