Last January, however, Manny Ramirez signed with the Kochi Fighting Dogs and I decided I needed to see about any cards he might have this year - I'm a Red Sox fan and have many fond memories of Manny despite the somewhat acrimonious way he ended up leaving the team. I had figured out last June that Kochi was doing a team set and despite the price (3000 yen or almost $30!) I asked Ryan to pick up a set for me which he included in the box I got yesterday. (Ryan got a partial set that included a Ramirez card himself at a Kochi game he went to in August.)
The set contains 30 cards and actually has two cards of Ramirez. It's very similar to a team set that you would see for a minor league team here in the States - I'm half surprised that there isn't a "Multi-Ad" logo on the front of the cards. (Does Multi-Ad still make minor league cards? I stopped buying minor league teams in 2001.)
Here are the two Manny Ramirez cards from the set:
The Shikoku Island League finished up their schedule today with the Tokushima Indigo Socks defeating the Kagawa Olive Guyners in the league's championship. Tokushima will be taking on the champion of the BC League in the "Grand Championship" of the Japanese independent leagues. Manny Ramirez only played in 23 games with Kochi, hitting .413 with 3 home runs and 23 RBIs (I think). It will be interesting to see if he returns to Japan next season.