Tuesday, August 14, 2012

RIP Mitsuo Inaba

Mitsuo Inaba, the Dragons minor league pitching coach, passed away suddenly over the weekend.  Inaba pitched for the Dragons (1971-76) and Braves (1977-83) and had coached for both the Dragons and Fighters.

I don't have any cards of him from his playing days, but he's been showing up in a lot of the OB sets in the past five years or so.  Here's a couple recent cards:

2008 BBM Back To The 70's #002

2010 All Japan Baseball Foundation 1977 #45


drbillellis said...

I like this kind of cards - made with photos from the past. I call them "flashback" cards.

NPB Card Guy said...

I like to call them OB cards and sets because I'm amused by the term for retired players - OB stands for "Old Boy"

I'm happy that BBM does so many OB sets because it's a great way to get cards of guys who played before 1991. My biggest gripe is that they tend to concentrate on the 1960's-1980's - I'd love to see more cards of guys from the 50's and earlier.

drbillellis said...

The 2006 BBM Nostalgic Baseball set (Engel JMC 651) is wonderful for Old Boy photos back to the 1940s. I bought a set I keep in 9-pocket sheets in alphabetical order by player name, and another set I broke up to go with each player's cards I have, grouped by player position.

NPB Card Guy said...

That's one of my favorite sets. That and the 2000 20th Century Best 9 set are the only two BBM sets that really have a lot of pre-1960's players.