Sunday, February 18, 2018

Card Of The Week February 18

There was a news story about a month ago about a researcher in southern Florida discovering several previously unknown varieties of wasp.  He decided to name one of them "Diolcogaster ichiroi" for Ichiro Suzuki, who has spent the last couple seasons in southern Florida playing for the Marlins.  He's currently a free agent and it's still up in the air if he's going to play in MLB or NPB this coming season.  I last heard a rumor that he was talking to the Rockies but I haven't heard anything more on that since last week.

Here's a Calbee card of Ichiro from 1998:

This is card #W-47 from the "West Special" set Calbee put out that year.  Besides the "standard" set that year, Calbee did three additional 54 card sets that I assume were sold regionally.  The "West Special" set just had cards for the six teams in Western Japan - the Hawks, the Carp, the Blue Wave, the Tigers, the Buffaloes and the Dragons.  The "East Special" set just had cards for the six teams in "Eastern Japan" (essentially Kanto) - the Baystars, the Swallows, the Fighters, the Giants, the Lions and the Marines.  The other set was devoted to the Giants.


SumoMenkoMan said...

I hope he signs another contract. I think he has a few years left in him.

NPB Card Guy said...

He says he wants to play until he’s 50 which would be 5-6 more years