I was being a little lazy when I wrote this post the other day talking about the 2007 Japanese Collegiate All Star jersey cards that were inserted into the 2008 Upper Deck Team USA sets. I was kind of vague on where the players in the set were because I just didn't have time to look anyone up. But when Deanna left a comment raving about the players in the set, I figured I should pay a little more attention. So here's a list of the players, their college (if I could figure it out) and their current status. (I'll point out that the cards have no information about the player other than his name and position).
|Sho Aranami||Tokai||Toyota (as of 2009)|
|Takeshi Hosoyamada||Waseda||Yokohama BayStars|
|Takahiro Iwamoto||Asia||Hiroshima Toyo Carp|
|Tomoyuki Kaida||Komazawa||Nihon Semei|
|Mikinori Kato||Keio||Tokyo Yakult Swallows|
|Tetsuya Kokubo||Aoyama Gakuin||Hiroshima Toyo Carp|
|Keijiro Matsumoto||Waseda||Yokohama BayStars|
|Shinya Muramatsu||Kokugakuin||Did not sign up for this year's draft|
|Ryoji Nakata||Asia||Chunichi Dragons|
|Hiroki Nakazawa||Kokusai Budo||Yomiuri Giants|
|Tomohisa Nemoto||Yokohama Shoka||Chiba Lotte Marines|
|Shota Oba||Toyo||Fukuoka Softbank Hawks|
|Takashi Ogino||Kansai Gakuin||Chiba Lotte Marines|
|Shota Ohno||Toyo||Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters|
|Yuki Saitoh||Waseda||Will be drafted this week|
|Ryo Sakakibara||Kansai Kokuin||Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters|
|Yukinaga Tanaka||Waseda||Toyoda (as of 2009)|
|Shingo Tatsumi||Kinki||Fukuoka Softbank Hawks|
|Hiroki Uemoto||Waseda||Hanshin Tigers|
|Noriharu Yamazaki||Yokohama Shoka||Yokohama BayStars|
The card at the top is Shota Ohno (#JN-15) and the one on the bottom is Yukinaga Tanaka (#JN-18). I got the information for this post from a number of sources, including Marinerds, Yakyu Baka and Japan Baseball Daily. You know, I think it says something about the quality of information being published in English by these sources that a non-Japanese reader like myself was able to track down information on 19 of the 22 guys in the set.
Update: I wasn't paying enough attention. This is actually the "low end" memorabilia insert for the Japanese team in the set. There are five other sets of memorabilia inserts for the set, all with limited print runs. There are three sets that feature all 22 players: autograph cards (print run of 50 apiece), jersey patch cards (print run of 20 apiece) and jersey letter cards (print run of 15 apiece). There's a card (with a limited run of 5) featuring autographs of both Pedro Alvarez and Shinya Muramatsu (team MVPs). And finally, there's a set of Japan flag patch cards with a limited press run of 1 each. For some reason, this set only has 21 cards - there's no flag patch card for Shota Ohno.
FURTHER UPDATE: I filled in the missing information based on Deanna's comments.