This will be the first Nippon Series that the Carp appear in without Hall Of Famer Koji Yamamoto in uniform. Yamamoto played outfield for the Carp in their first five Series (1975, 1979, 1980, 1984 and 1986) and was their manager in their sixth (1991).
Here's a card of Yamamoto from the 1975/76 Calbee set (#274) showing him in action in the 1975 Series. I'm pretty sure this is from Game Three of the Series played on October 28, 1975 and shows him rounding the bases after homering off of Takashi Yamaguchi of the Hankyu Braves in the sixth inning. The Carp would lose that game and the Series but Yamamoto would win the "Fighting Spirit" award - basically the MVP of the losing team.
Here's a card of him managing the Carp in the 1991 Series. They would lose that one as well, this time to the Seibu Lions:
|1991 BBM Nippon Series #S29|