Posts in category: Japanese Baseball Cards
Variants In BBM’s Flagship Sets

One of the things I’ve noticed when I’ve been leafing through Sports Card Magazine’s Price Guide listing for BBM’s baseball issues is that there are a number of variants listed among the flagship sets.  I noticed a number of times in the Price Gui…

Card Of The Week August 21

I went to the Cardinals – Phillies game last Friday night up in Philadelphia.  I was hoping to get a chance to see former Samsung Lion and Hanshin Tiger reliever Seung-Hwan Oh pitch for the Cardinals – especially since Oh has been the Cardinals cl…

More New Stuff

Several new sets have been announced recently:- The last time I did a “new cards post” I mentioned that Sports Graphic Number was releasing a set in September featuring Hiroki Kuroda and Takahiro Arai of the Carp to celebrate the two of them reaching t…

RIP Yasumitsu Toyoda

Hall Of Famer Yasumitsu Toyoda passed away yesterday at age 81.  Toyoda was signed by the Nishitetsu Lions out of high school (in Ibaraki) in 1953 and was the Pacific League Rookie Of The Year that season.  He spent 10 years with the Lions, m…

1994 Calbee Hokkaido

Sean did a post a few weeks back talking about a 1994 Calbee Hideki Matsui card he had recently picked up.  He mentioned in the post that Calbee actually did two separate sets in 1994 – the “regular” set (which appears to have been issued in four …

Card Of The Week August 14

The Chunichi Dragons have been having a very poor season so far this year and last week their manager, Motonobu Tanishige, resigned after being asked to step down.  He is being replaced on an interim basis by head coach Shigekazu Mori.  Rumor…

Card Of The Week August 7

The National High School Baseball Championship tournament (better known as Summer Koshien) kicked off today in Nishinomiya.  This tournament is hugely popular and many NPB players made a name for themselves here before they became professiona…

Ichiro 3000

In honor of Ichiro getting his 3000th hit in the majors, here’s all eight of his BBM “flagship” set cards:1993 BBM #2391994 BBM #4031995 BBM #3381996 BBM #3821997 BBM #2831998 BBM #4221999 BBM #4522000 BBM #326

Card Of The Week July 31

I ordered a book off of Amazon Japan a while back called something like “Nostalgic Stadiums Of Kansai”.  It’s a mostly picture book showing vintage photos of the various former (and one current) ballparks in the Kansai area – Koshien Stadium, Hank…

New Stuff

There’s several new sets coming out in the next month or so that I haven’t had a chance to write about yet so let’s get caught up:- The final BBM pack based team set for the year will be out on Wednesday of this week (the 27th).  It’s for the Chun…

2016 BBM Fighters Autographed Edition "Opening" set

BBM has been issuing a number of “Autographed Edition” box sets over the past few years.  Each of these is dedicated to a single team and typically feature 27 players from the team – usually including the manager.  Each of the cards in the se…

Card Of The Week July 24

Yoshitomo Tsutsugoh had a pretty good week last week.  On Tuesday he hit two solo home runs against the Swallows, the second one accounting for the winning run in the top of the ninth in the Baystars 9-8 win.  On Wednesday he again hit t…

Hiroki Kuroda

Hiroki Kuroda joined the Meikyukai today by getting his 200th career victory (121 in NPB and 79 in MLB) by defeating the Tigers 7-0 today.  Kuroda was originally drafted by the Carp in the second round of the fall 1996 draft.  He remained wit…

2016 Calbee Series Two

The latest Calbee release (and the second Series for the season) was released a couple weeks ago and I got my copy in the mail the other day.  I’d mentioned in my write-up for Series One that it was the smallest Calbee Series set in recent memory …

White Whale Finally Defeated

Well, it took almost 16 years but I was able to finally defeat my white whale – the 2000 BBM 20th Century Best 9 set.  While I had finished the base set almost two years ago, there was one final insert card that had eluded me until recently. &nbsp…

Hideki Okajima

Hideki Okajima announced his retirement today.  He was originally drafted out of high school by the Yomiuri Giants in the third round of the fall 1993 draft  and debuted with them in 1995.  He was a starter for his first couple seasons b…

Card Of The Week July 17

The All Star games were played this weekend in Japan,  The Central League beat the Pacific League 5-4 in Game One on Friday and the two leagues tied 5-5 in Game Two yesterday,  Among the highlights was Takumi Kuriyama of the Lions hitting a t…

Yulieski Gurriel Of The Houston Astros

The Houston Astros signed former Cuban star Yulieski Gurriel to a five year contract today.  Gurriel, who defected from Cuba last winter, was one of four Cuban players who were allowed by the Cuban government to play in Japan in 2014.  Gurrie…

Card Of The Week July 10

I had written a post a while back about the Yomiuri Giants training in Vero Beach, Florida in March of 1975 and how a number of cards from the 1974/75 Calbee set featured photos from this.  I’ve discovered recently that Calbee was not the only car…

More Memories Of Uniforms – Swallows Edition

The team now known as the Tokyo Yakult Swallows entered professional baseball as one of the new teams joining the Central League in 1950.  The team was originally known as the Kokutetsu Swallows until halfway through the 1965 season when Kokutetsu…

Card Of The Week July 3

One of the more scarce card issues of the 1970’s was the Pino Ice Cream set from 1978.  These were cards on thin laminated stock that were randomly inserted into boxes of “Pino Frozen Dessert Choco Ball”.  By randomly inserted I mean that onl…

Whatever Happened To The Class Of 2015?

The Shikoku Island All Stars tour of the CanAm League ends tonight with a game against the Cuban National Team (which has been doing their own similar tour of the league).  The team has gone 8-11 coming into tonight’s game which is somewhat better…

Pro Yakyuu AI Fighters

I made a trade with Dani recently and picked up a couple cards from the “Pro Yakyuu AI Fighters” set that came out in late April.  This set is a little unusual in that all the cards in the set feature photos of the players in street clothes. &nbsp…

More Memories Of Uniforms – Eagles Edition

Finally a reasonably easy one…The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles were born as an expansion team following the 2004 season to take the place of the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes who had merged with the Orix Blue Wave.  They’ve had no name changes since …

Kosuke Fukudome

Kosuke Fukudome became the latest member of the Meikyukai last Saturday when he singled for his 2000th career hit (498 in MLB and 1502 in NPB) last Saturday against the Carp.  Fukudome was the first round pick of the Chunichi Dragons in the fall 1…

Card Of The Week June 26

Inter-league play wrapped up last week* and once again, the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks were the “champions”.  This is the sixth time that the Hawks won inter-league in the 16 years it’s been held.  It’s also the second year in a row they’ve won a…

Nagashima Released

Jay Shelton sent me a link to a YouTube video showing how to liberate a baseball card from a PSA grading slab lat night and I decided to try out their technique on my 1973 Shigeo Nagashima card.  It was pretty straightforward – all I really needed…

Recently Announced New Stuff

Just doing a quick post to get caught up on what’s been announced lately in the way of new releases{- BBM has announced two more of this year’s pack based team sets.  The Swallows set might be out as soon as I post this – it’s supposed to hit the …

Card Of The Week June 19

To say Seiya Suzuki of the Carp had a good weekend would be an understatement.On Friday night, the Carp and the Orix Buffaloes had a 4-4 tie going into the bottom of the 12th inning.  Yoshitaka Isomura led off the inning with a double and Suzuki t…

Recent Ebay Win

I don’t very often crow about an Ebay win right after I’ve picked something up but I have to share this one.  Rather than tell you about it, I’ll just show you:Yup, that’s 1973 Calbee card #1 of Shigeo Nagashima, probably the most iconic Calbee ca…

Card Of The Week June 12

Nowadays the photos on Calbee cards mostly show action shots but that’s not always been the case.  They used a lot of posed shots in their first couple years.  Most of those posed photos were taken on the field but there were a few that appea…

Shikoku Island League All Stars 2 – Electric Bugaloo

For the second year in a row the independent Shikoku Island League has sent an all star team to North America to take on teams from the independent Can-Am League.  They kicked off the games last night (June 9) with a 7-1 drubbing of the Sussex Cou…