Panini issued their latest USA Baseball set called "Stars & Stripes" about a month ago and for the second year in a row the set includes autograph/memorabilia cards for last year's Collegiate Samurai Japan team. This is the squad that played against the USA Baseball team in the 43rd USA vs Japan Collegiate All Star Series played last summer in Japan (Japan won 3 games to 2).
This is the third time Panini has done cards for the Japanese College All Stars (2019 and 2013 were their previous ones) and the fourth time a US company has done them (Upper Deck in 2008).
Here's the list of players in the set and their respective colleges. Five of the players were in last year's set (Hiromi Ito, Ryosuke Kodama, Masato Morishita, Toshiya Sato and Takashi Umino) and seven of them were taken in last fall's NPB draft.
|Name||Position||College||School Year||Year Drafted||Team||Round||DOB|
|Hiromi Ito||Pitcher||Tomakomai Komazawa||3||N/A||8/31/1997|
|Ryosuke Kodama||Infielder||Kyushu Sangyo||3||N/A||7/10/1998|
|Hiyu Motoyama||Infielder||Tohoku Fukushi||3||N/A||12/4/1998|
There are 11 different varieties of these cards - Silhouettes Signatures Jerseys Prime (#'d to between 17 and 19), Buttons Signatures (#'d to 7), Signatures (#'d to 5), Signatures PE (#'d to 5), Silhouettes Sig Jerseys PE (#'d to 5), Silhouettes Signatures Jerseys (#'d to 5), Laundry Tag Signatures (#'d to 2), Prime Signatures (#'d to 2), Silhouettes Signatures Jerseys Samurai Japan (#'d to 2), Silhouettes Signatures Jerseys Brand Logo Asics (1 of 1) and Signatures Jerseys GungHo (1 of 1).
The two cards I have so far are both of the Silhouettes Signatures Jerseys Prime variety - the Shota Morishita card at the top of this post and this card of Kazuya Maruyama:
Wow. Those patches are sweet. I really like the card design and Panini's decision to include these Japanese collegiate all-stars in their product.
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