Sunday, March 15, 2020

SCM Cards From Ryan

Ryan also picked up some cards that had originally been published inside issues of Sports Card Magazine (SCM) for me.  At my request he bid on (and won) a couple auctions for some cards from 2005 and 2006.  I wanted to do a quick post on those cards.

The first batch of cards had been published in SCM #50 which came out in March of 2005.  There were cards of five players issued with that edition of the magazine - Hisashi Iwakuma, Munenori Kawasaki, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Michael Nakamura and Ryota Igarashi.  The Nakamura card was a bonus card for the 2005 BBM Rookie Edition set and the Igarashi card was a promo for the Swallows team set.  The other three cards were an original design for SCM.  SCM cards usually have some sort of parallel version and I somehow got the gold signature parallels for all of these cards - I think the auctions were for several "hot packs" of all parallels as this wasn't the only issue that I got parallel versions of all the cards.  Here are scans of all the cards except the Nakamura card - I already had it and if you're interested, you can see it here.

SCM #47

SCM #48

SM #49

If you're curious, the Nakamura card is SCM #50.

The next issue I got the cards from was SCM #51, published in May of 2005.  It included two cards commemorating the first inter-league games ever in early May of 2005 (which means the cards got turned around in just a couple weeks as the magazine was published at the end of that month).  Again I got the signature parallels for the cards:

SCM #51

SCM #52
The Chiba Lotte Marines won the 2005 Nippon Series and SCM #54 (published in November of 2005) included four cards celebrating the championship.  I only got three of them and they are not the parallel versions.  Here's the front and back of all three (you can see that the missing card is SCM #60):

SCM #58

SCM #59

SCM #61

SCM #56, published in March of 2006, contained cards for five players who had changed teams over the winter.  Three of these players were returning from North America - Norihiro Nakamura, Kazuhisa Ishii and Shingo Takatsu.  The other two were essentially traded for each other - that winter Kiyoshi Toyoda left the Lions as a free agent and signed with the Giants, who sent Akira Etoh to Seibu as compensation.  It may not be obvious at first but these cards are also parallel issues - the regular cards have white rectangles at the bottom, not yellow.

SCM #64

SCM #65

SCM #66

SCM #67

SCM #68
The final batch of SCM cards Ryan sent me were from issue #57, published in May of 2006.  These four cards celebrated the Monthly MVPs for April (and the last little bit of March) of 2006.  I did not get the parallel versions of these:

SCM #69

SCM #70

SCM #71

SCM #72

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