OK, getting behind again. Here's another Katsuya Nomura card from the 2000 BBM 20th Century Best 9 set. It's from the "Combination" insert set (#T-04) and shows him with TIgers pitcher Minoru Murayama:
This is one of the few BBM "Historic" sets that Nomura has appeared in. I mentioned last fall that he did not appear in the Nankai, Seibu or Lotte anniversary sets nor did he appear in BBM's "Back To The 70's" set a few years ago. Kind of weird.
Even weirder is that I realized that I had no Yamakatsu cards from the late 1970's of him. I figured out why - he only had a card in one of the sets. This would be like Topps only having one card of Jorge Posada or Joe Mauer in a five year stretch. He was in the Calbee and NST sets from around the same time, so it wasn't like he didn't want to be on cards. Very strange.