Links to interesting stuff:
- Ryan's doing a series of posts on the history Of Calbee that's very interesting.
- Speaking of Calbee, I stupidly forgot that over a year ago Jason had sent me a link to a Japanese collectors site with tons of information about Calbee sets from 1973 to the present. It's all in Japanese but it's got hundreds of great pictures of cards.
- I was doing some Google searches in the last few days, kind of randomly looking around at stuff and I discovered that someone who has occasionally commented here, Sean, has a blog about baseball cards in general and Japanese cards in particular.
- I found the website for the "Giants Winning Game Cards", a series of cards put out by the Giants for each game they won this season. I believe that you order the set a month at a time but I'm not positive. I don't know if you can buy the sets from outside of Japan or not.
- I found an old article from the Los Angeles Times on April 21, 1991 regarding how a new manufacturer of baseball cards was going to change everything in Japan. Funny thing about the article is that the company in question appears to be Q-Cards, not BBM. I had not realized that Don Nomura (stepson of Katsuya Nomura and the agent who brought Hideo Nomo to the US) had been behind Q-Cards. The article implies that Q-Cards would really be the first licensed baseball cards in Japan which I don't think is accurate.