Sunday, March 18, 2018

Card Of The Week March 18

There was a trade last week in NPB - this is notable only because trades in NPB are somewhat rare.  The Hanshin Tigers sent pitcher Daiki Enokida to the Saitama Seibu Lions for pitcher Yosuke Okamoto.  Here's a card of each of the players:

2011 Bandai Owners League 02 ##086

2013 Front Runner Lions Rookies & Young Stars #24
It'll be interesting to see if either of them end up getting cards this year with their new team.  Neither of them have appeared in a flagship set for a couple years now so they will most likely only show up in team sets from either BBM or Epoch.  BBM has not announced either team set yet so it's possible that both players will end up in the set for their new team.  Epoch on the other hand has already announced their Lions set and it will be released in less than a month so it's likely that it will include Okamoto.  There's a pretty good chance that Okamoto will also be in their Tigers set (assuming they do one) and Enokida doesn't get an Epoch team set card at all.  (This happened a couple years ago when the Fighters and Giants made a trade - the two players sent from the Fighters to the Giants showed up in both team's sets but the two going the other way showed up in neither of them.)

Broder Takahashis

A while back I did a post on the six NPB sets that Ed Broder did in the mid 1970'sJason had asked a question in a comment about a couple players who were not completely identified in Engel's checklists for the sets.  Both the JA5 and JA6 sets list a player named "Takahashi".  Unfortunately it's not clear which of about five or six players with that family name active at the time the cards are for.  Engel does not indicate which team "Takahashi" was playing for.  Luckily there was someone selling the cards on Ebay recently and I was able to see the cards and figure out who "Takahashi" was.

The JA5 Takahashi is Kazumi Takahashi of the Giants.  This is a pretty easy id as Kazumi wore #21 and we can see the number on his uniform.

The JA6 Takahashi is a little harder.  There were three Takahashi's with the Fighters that season - Hiroshi, Naoki and Kazumi (who had been traded to Nippon Ham by the Giants for Isao Harimoto in the 1975-76 off-season).  However Naoki and Kazumi were pitchers so I'm pretty confident that this Takahashi is Hiroshi (who was one of the two other players that Nankai sent to the US in 1964 to play in the San Francisco organization along with Masanori Murakami).

I want to point out that I didn't buy either of these cards so I need to thank the Ebay seller (who of course I didn't take note of) for posting the images.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

BBM Holograms

Ryan did a post a few months back talking about the 1991 BBM team logo holograms and I thought it might be good to do a post on the holograms that BBM did in their first four years doing cards - 1991 to 1994.

BBM was not the first card manufacturer to do holograms.  Calbee did a six card hologram set in 1989 that's extremely rare.

Like Ryan mentioned, the 1991 BBM set included team logo holograms.  These were the only insert cards and were quite rare - according to Engel they were distributed at a rate of one every two boxes.  Each box had 30 packs containing 10 cards each so that's 1 logo per 60 packs.  All 12 cards were assigned number 240 - the base cards were numbered 1-239 and 241-399.  The latest Sports Card Magazine (SCM) that had a price guide for BBM cards (SCM #116) has a value of 2000 yen for each card.

The 1992 BBM set featured player holograms.  There were 12 in total - one for each team (as you probably guessed).  BBM issued the 1992 set in two separate series of 259 cards and there were six holograms inserted into cards of each series.  Series One had holograms of Takahiro Ikeyama, Masumi Kuwata, Hideo Nomo, R. J. Reynolds, Kazuhiro Satoh and Hiroshi Yagi while Series Two had Koji Akiyama, Mitsuchika Hirai, Katsuyoshi Murata, Yukihiro Nishizaki, Hiromitsu Ochiai and Shinji Sasaoka.  The cards are all unnumbered but officially the Series One holograms are all card number 250 and the Series Two holograms are all card number 500.  SCM has values for the cards starting at 1500 yen and going up to 3000 yen for Nomo, Akiyama and Ochiai.

For 1993 BBM returned to the team logo holograms.  This time they were not only inserted randomly in packs but all 12 were included in the factory set (the last time BBM issued a factory set for their flagship set).  Despite the fact that the set was not issued in two series this time there were still two numbers were set aside in the checklist for the holograms - numbers 237 and 500.  Again the holograms are unnumbered but according to SCM the six Pacific League team logos are assigned to #237 while the six Central League logos are #500.  SCM has the value of each card at 500 yen.

1994 saw BBM go back to doing player holograms.  This time there was a bit of twist on them - they had the player's home stadium in the background.  Oddly enough the stadium photo was oriented horizontally while the player's photo was oriented vertically.  Once again the holograms were unnumbered but this time there was no number or numbers put aside in the checklist to account for them.  The 12 players (one from each team of course) were Akira Etoh, Atsuya Furuta, Mel Hall, Shinji Imanaka, Kazuhiro Kiyohara, Hideki Matsui, Koji Nodo, Hideo Nomo, Hiroki Nomura, Tsuyoshi Shinjyo, Matt Winters and Koichiro Yoshinaga.  SCM has values starting at 2000 yen for these cards and going to 9000 yen for Matsui and Nomo.

I will point out that the cards look better in person than they do in the scans.  You'll notice that there's text on the front of each card.  I'm not sure what this says but it's on a small decal for the 1991 and 1992 cards.  For the 1993 and 1994 cards I think the text is on a clear "shield" covering the entire card.

 As far as I know BBM did not do any more hologram cards after 1994. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Prestige Collectibles Auction #53

Just a quick FYI - Prestige Collectibles' latest auction (#53) went live today and will be accepting bids until the 29th.  There's a lot of very cool vintage stuff available - it's not cheap but if nothing else the auction is a great place to see some pretty rare stuff.  Information on how to register and bid is on the website.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Some New Old Stuff - 1976 Yamakatsu JY1a cards

I don't usually do posts on what I've just gotten on Ebay but I thought the stuff I received today was just too cool not to.  I love the big (almost 7 inch by 10 inch) cards that Yamakatsu published in 1976 and 1977 and I just got five cards from the 1976 JY1a set - a set that I previously only had one card from (although it's an awesome card featuring Isao Harimoto and Dave Johnson).  Here are the five cards:

Senichi Hoshino

Makoto Matsubara

Hiromu Matsuoka

Yoshito Oda

Tsutomu Wakamatsu
All the cards are blank backed and unnumbered.

I don't know for sure that the Matsubara card is from this set - it is not in Engel's listing for the set.  It could be from one of the other 1976 blank backed sets (JY1 or JY1c) but it's not listed there either - there's another Matsubara card listed with JY1.  As Engel points out, these sets are very confusing.

Engel lists the Oda card simply as "Fighters vs Buffaloes - action shot".  I wouldn't have known it was Oda if the seller hadn't included the name in the listing.  The Buffaloes pitcher is Toshio Kanbe.  You can tell the card is for Oda because the copyright line at the bottom says "Nippon-Ham Fighters"

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Card Of The Week March 11

After 9 seasons in the majors pitcher Koji Uehara is heading back to NPB.  He's returning to the Yomiuri Giants, the team he left following the 2008 season and the team that had drafted him out of the Osaka University of Physical Education in the first round of the draft twenty years ago this fall.  He'll be assigned uniform number 11 as his old number 19 is in use by Tomoyuki Sugano.

Here's a card of Uehara from his rookie season of 1999.  This card is a signature parallel of his card from Calbee's All Star subset that year (#252):

Calbee issued complete gold signature parallel versions of their cards in 1999 and 2000.  I believe that hese sets were available as a mail-in redemption of one or more "lucky" cards randomly inserted into packs.  I got a near complete 1999 Series Four parallel that included this card at a store in Tokyo when I was there five years ago this week.

More Cards From Dan

Got a package from Dan last week - he tracked down a bunch of KBO cards that I was looking for.  We didn't trade this time - I just paid him for the cards.  He was going to use what I paid him to pay Ryan for some stuff so ultimately my money was going to end up in Ryan's hands like so much of the rest of my hobby dollars!

Anyway I wanted to do a quick recap on what Dan sent me.  First up I got two more cards from the 2000 Teleca Korea-Japan Super Games insert set.  I still need 30+ cards from this set so it's probably a pipe dream that I'm ever going to finish it but progress is progress.


The bulk of the cards that Dan sent me were all short prints from the 2014 Superstar Baseball Season One set.  That set had 126 cards (14 per each of the then nine KBO team) but 54 of those cards were short printed.  The short printed cards fell into three categories - "Superstar" (gold facsimile signature), "Big Star" (holographic foil text) and "All Star" (different card design).  I had still needed 16 of these and Dan was able to locate 15 of them!  So I'm down to only needing one card to complete the set.  Dan sent me six "Superstar" cards, three "Big Star" cards and six "All Star" cards.  Instead of showing all the cards he sent me I'm just going to show one of each type:

#SBC01-113 (Superstar card of Tae-Kyun Kim)

#SBC01-072 (Big Star card of Jung-Kwan Park)

#SBC01-089 (All Star card of Jong-Ho Kim)
The final cards Dan found for me were the last five cards I needed to complete my 2016-17 Black Edition base set.  Here's one of them:

#SBCBK-103-N (A-Seop Son)
My "modern" (post 2014) KBO want list is now down to just that one 2014 Season One short print (#SBC01-001 Sok-Min Park) thanks to Dan's efforts.  So thanks Dan!