Posts in category: Japanese Baseball Cards
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).

Card Of The Week January 22

I’ve been trying to follow the Australian Baseball League this winter and I’ve been listening to the Strike Zone Australia podcast lately.  It’s a weekly podcast with player and coach interviews and a wrap up of each week’s action.  A couple …

New Releases For The New Year

There was a couple weeks where I was starting to wonder what was going on – there didn’t seem to have been any announcements being made about any 2017 releases.  Then about a week or so, BBM made an announcement about their annual Retirement set a…

Fighters in Arizona, 2017 Edition

As I mentioned a few weeks back, your 2017 Nippon Series Champion Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters are returning to Peoria, Arizona for spring training this February.  More details have come out in the last week or so, including the schedule and the r…

2017 Hall Of Fame class

The results for this year’s Hall Of Fame ballot were released today and there were five new inductees.  Longtime Lions catcher (and one time Lions and current Marines manager) Tsutomu Itoh was elected from the “Players Division” while the “Expert …

Mitsutaka Gotoh

Mitsutaka Gotoh of the Tohoku Rakutea Golden Eagles announced his retirement last month.  Gotoh had been released by the Eagles at the end of the season and attended the 12 team tryouts in early December but did not get any offers.  The Eagle…

Card Of The Week January 15

When Prince Fielder retired last summer due to a herniated disk in his neck, I immediately thought of former Hanshin Tigers outfielder Norihiro Akahoshi.  Akahoshi had been forced to retire in 2009 after suffering a similar neck injury. BBM did a …

1970’s Yamakatsu Albums

I did a post a few months back on the Calbee card albums of the 1970’s and 80’s (and I just did an update to the post with some images I swiped off of Ebay).  But Calbee wasn’t the only card company from the 1970’s who had albums.  Yamakatsu …

2017 BBM Time Travel 1975

BBM didn’t do a “Historic Collection” set this year, replacing it with the Fusion set.  For those looking for their OB player fix (beyond the 55 OB players in the Fusion set that is) BBM issued a set in late December called “Time Travel 1975”. &nb…

Fake Ohtani Card

I’ve been resisting pointing this out because (1) I shouldn’t draw attention to it and (2) it’s not like it’s not obvious but there’s a Shohei Ohtani card being sold on Ebay that depicts him as a high school student that is not a legitimate card issue …

Card Of The Week January 8

Several years back I discovered that the Lotte Orions had employed a former Olympic sprinter named Hideo Iijima as a pinch runner between 1969 and 1971.  I compared Iijima to Herb Washington, the sprinter that Charlie O. Finley had brought in to p…

2016 In Review – Everything Else

There were 21 sets issued in Japan by outfits other than BBM or Calbee last year, which is probably a record. Actually I need to caveat that a bit because one of the sets I’m counting was a joint issue between BBM and Nippon-Ham – it was a 66-ish card …

2016 In Review – Calbee

Calbee’s been generally very predictable from year to year.  Each year since about 2003 or so, Calbee has issued their cards in three separate Series.  While they still did that for what is essentially their “flagship” set this year, they iss…

RIP Daryl Spencer

Former Hankyu Brave (as well as New York & San Francisco Giants, St Louis Cardinal, Los Angeles Dodger and Cincinnati Red) Daryl Spencer has passed away at the age of 88.  Spencer joined Hankyu in 1964 after a 10 year MLB career – he hit the f…

2016 In Review – BBM

BBM issued 41 sets in 2016, down slightly from the 42 they published in 2015 (I’m counting sets that have “2016” on the front, even if they were actually published in 2015).  23 of these sets were the ones that they issue every year – the 1st and …

Card Of The Week January 1

Happy New Year to everyone!2016 was bookended for me by a couple business trips to Arizona.  I spent about two weeks in Yuma back at the end of January and beginning of February and had two trips to the Tucson area in late October/early November. …

Ed Broder Sets

In the card collecting hobby parlance, a “broder” is an unlicensed card.  The name somewhat unfairly comes from the Broders, a father and son duo who were famous/infamous for publishing unlicensed cards in the 1970’s through the 1990’s.  Ed B…

More Memories Of Uniforms – Giants Edition

The oldest continuous professional baseball team in Japan started life in late 1934 as the Dai Nippon Tokyo Yakyu Kurabu or “Great Japan Tokyo Baseball Club”.  The team was made up primarily of the All Nippon team that had just played against an M…