I wanted to share an oddball card I picked up on the trip. I got this 1998 card of Yoshinobu Takahashi at Mint Ponyland in Nagoya:
Here's what the back looks like:
I knew I had seen either this or a similar card before but it was driving me crazy trying to figure out where. I finally did a search for "Tokyo Dome" on This Card Is Cool and found that five years ago Ryan had discovered a similar card of Atsushi Kataoka of the Fighters. He says that these cards are part of a 4 card set (2 Giants and 2 Fighters) that both celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Tokyo Dome and promote a card show in December of 1998 (or were given away at it). The cards were meant to be paired together so the other Giants card (which I assume is #D-01) shows the other half of the Tokyo Dome. I'm curious who the other Giant was - I'd guess Hideki Matsui but it might be someone else.
UPDATE - Did some looking around on Yahoo! Japan Auctions and found someone selling all four cards: