There has been much buzz recently about the possibility of Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters pitcher Yu Darvish being posted at some point in the near future. This past week, there was an article about Darvish written by Jim Caple on Espn.com along with something on the "Outside The Lines" TV show. I don't really know how likely it is that the Fighters would post him - under the current system, he wouldn't become a free agent for another 5-6 years and it's not like the Fighters aren't contenders. On the other hand, the Fighters would make a boatload of money. Of course, Darvish ultimately is the one to make the decision - the Fighters can't post him unless he wants to go.
There's been some discussion about this by people who have much more insight than I do in a couple threads over at japanesebaseball.com - here and more recently here. While I would tend to defer to their arguments, I also remember at least one member of that community pooh-poohing a report in Baseball America in 2003 that Kenji Johjima was considering leaving Japan as a free agent following the 2005 season in this thread.
So who knows? Since I've been seeing cards show up on Ebay, I thought as a public service I'd make an attempt at listing some of Darvish's more prominent cards. Luckily, since he wasn't drafted until the fall of 2004 (when he was 18 - I'm not trying to suggest he was drafted late), there's not a lot of cards to talk about. His BBM rookie card is #116 in the 2005 BBM 1st Version set - I assume he has a card in the 2005 BBM Rookie Edition set but I don't have it. He's in both the 1st Version and 2nd Version sets in 2006 and 2007 as well as the 2008 1st Version set (well, we can assume he'll be in the 2008 2nd Version set when it comes out). He also has cards in the 2006 and 2007 BBM Nippon Series sets as well as the 2007 BBM All Stars set. I think his first Calbee card is in the 2006 set. (This is not a definitive list, but just some of the highlights.)
Here's some cards:
From top to bottom, that's 2005 BBM 1st Version #116, 2006 BBM Nippon Series #S02, 2007 BBM All Stars #A07, 2007 BBM 2nd Version #503 and 2008 BBM 1st Version #461.