The package I got from him yesterday was no exception. I'd been eagerly awaiting this package since he told me he'd be shipping me stuff when he was back in the States in early February AND since he'd found a couple cards that I was looking for from the 2000 Upper Deck Olympics set (that he busted a couple boxes of a few months back). Sure enough, there were two of the five cards of the baseball team that I don't have in the box:
|2000 Upper Deck Olympics #229|
|2000 Upper Deck Olympics #220|
I ask Ryan to track down opened box sets for me as they can generally be had extremely cheaply - frequently 500 yen or less - but that price skyrockets when I have to pay kuboTEN fees. Ryan found three box sets for me - one he'd been looking for for most of 2015 but the other two were released late in the year.
In January of every year since 2011 BBM has published a box set commemorating the players who have retired during the previous year. I usually refer to this set as "Farewell" but the translation of the title is more along the lines of "Regret at Parting Ball Players". Last year's set contained 36 cards celebrating the careers of 32 players (four players - Atsunori Inaba, Makoto Kaneko, Alex Ramirez and Tomoya Satozaki - had two cards each in the set). The photos in the set are usually action shots from when the player was active (and may be from a year previous to last year) or from their retirement ceremony. Beyond the players mentioned already, the set includes cards for Masao Kida, Shugo Fujii, GG Satoh, Yoshinori Tateyama and Tomochika Tsuboi.
|2015 BBM Farewell #09|
|2015 BBM Farewell #13|
|2015 BBM Homecoming #12|
|2015 BBM Homecoming #18|
|Epoch Chunichi Dragons X Mizuno #01|
|Epoch Chunichi Dragons X Mizuno #15|
|2014 Front Runner Lions Signature Edition #04|
|2015 Front Runner Giants Game Used Bat Edition #02|
|2015 Front Runner Giants Game Used Bat Edition #09|
Thanks as always Ryan! And let me know what I owe you for these!