Sunday, December 18, 2011

Munenori Kawasaki of the Seattle Mariners

Another Hawk has flown away from Fukuoka as infielder Munenori Kawasaki signed a minor league deal with the Seattle Mariners last week.  Kawasaki's rookie card is #291 from the 2000 BBM set.   He didn't appear again in another of the main BBM sets until the 2003 1st Version set (#267).  Since then, he's been included in each of the main BBM (1st & 2nd Version) sets.  His first Calbee card was a 2003 "Jump Up To The Star" insert card (#J09) but his first "regular" Calbee card wasn't until 2004 (#006).  He appears in the BBM All Star sets from 2004-2011 and the Nippon Series sets from 2003 and 2011.  He played on the Japanese National Team for the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics so he has a couple Upper Deck memorabilia cards from the 2006 team and a "Bowman Draft Picks WBC Prospects" card and associated parallel cards from the 2009 team.  He also appears in the 2008 BBM Japan National Team set for the 2008 Olympic team.  As usual, this is not a complete list, merely some of the highlight.  Check SportCardForum's Inventory Manager for a more comprehensive list.

Some sample cards:

2000 BBM #291

2002 BBM Hawks Brightest Hope subset #080

2003 Calbee "Jump Up To The Star" subset #J-09

2007 BBM All Stars #A21

2009 Bowman Draft Picks WBC Prospects #BDPW11

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