I thought I'd do a quick little summary of what cards the guys on the rosters have, in case anyone wants to try to get something autographed at one of the games. (Obviously I'm talking NPB cards as I don't know much about what's available for the Shikoku Island teams).
The player with the most experience in NPB is tonight's starting pitcher - Itsuki Shoda. Shoda was the first round pick for the Fighters in the fall 1999 draft. He was named Rookie Of The Year in the Pacific League in 2002. He was traded to the Tigers before the 2007 season and was released by them at the end of 2008. He spent the next two years with the Sinon Bulls in Taiwan before actually getting an invite to spring training with the Red Sox in 2011. He didn't make the Red Sox, however, and he ended up spending the season with the Niigata Albirex BC team in the Baseball Challenge League. He then returned to NPB for the next two years, joining the Swallows. After being released at the end of 2013, he returned to Taiwan with the Lamigo Monkees but he was let go after two months. He then signed with the Ehmine Mandarin Pirates of the Shikoku Island League.
Shoda's rookie card is #366 in the 2000 BBM set. He appears in the 2003-06 BBM 1st Version sets and the 2003-04 and 2007 2nd Version sets and the 2003 Calbee set. He also appears in the BBM team sets for the Fighters (2004-06), Tigers (2007-08) and Swallows (2012-13).
|2013 BBM Swallows #S29|
|2012 BBM 1st Version #188|
There are a trio of Western players on the roster. Two of them are former collegiate players from America - Edward Brandsema and Tomo Delp. The other is an Australian pitcher named Drew Naylor who had pitched in the Phillies organization from 2006 to 2010. He was also a member of the 2009 Australian WBC team and was in the Topps WBC box set that year:
|2009 Topps WBC #24|
|1990 Lotte #25|
|1997 BBM Nippon Series #S2|
This is not a comprehensive list for these players but I tried to hit the highlights of the most common cards you might run across for these guys. You can get more complete lists over at the Inventory Manager at SportsCardForum.com.