Thursday, January 15, 2009

Kenshin Kawakami of the Atlanta Braves

Chunichi Dragons pitcher Kenshin Kawakami signed with the Braves this week. Kawakami has rookie cards in both the 1998 BBM (#385) and Calbee (#091) sets as well as the 1998 Takara Dragons set. He appears in BBM All Star sets from 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004-06 and 2008 and the Nippon Series sets from 1999, 2004, 2006 and 2007. He's also in the 2008 BBM National (Olympic) Team set. He surprisingly is not in any of the Upper Deck sets from 2000 and 2001. (OK, actually that's not quite true. He appears in the "Rising Stars" insert set for the 2000 Ovation set.) (This is not meant to be a comprehensive list, just some of the highlights.)

Here's some cards:

From top to bottom, that's his 1998 BBM rookie card (# 385), 1999 The Television Sports, 2003 Calbee (#102) and 2008 BBM National Team (#JPN05).

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