In fairness, this appears to be some sort of promotional card for a Meikyukai event at the Tokyo Dome in November of 2018 and not something that would have come out of a pack or a box. But still, this is the first Japanese card that I've seen of Nomo in a Buffaloes uniform since 1994.
UPDATE - I got several responses on Twitter to my tweet about this card from folks who attended the Meikyukai event which was essentially an old timers game. Apparently it was billed as a "Nomo vs Hiroki Kuroda" game. RT_262 tweeted out a number of photos from the game which he was kind enough to give me permission to include in this update:
|Kuroda (I think that's Makoto Matsubara in the background)|
|Kazuo Matsui (I think)|
RT_262 is a Marines fan and attended the game to see Kazuya Fukuura who had just joined the Meikyukai two months earlier and was still an active player at the time.
|Fukuura in the field|
|Fukuura at the plate|
|Fukuura, Matsui and Kazuhiro Wada (I think)|
|Nomo and Fukuura (that might be Choji Murata to the left of Nomo)|
The Nomo card was not the only card for the event. RT_262 shared the card for Fukuura. He said that the cards were given away when you entered the Dome.
Kicks82 shared the card he got of Harimoto:
He also shared the promotional image for the event:
I really like how the cards look. I'd love to find some of these for myself.
Thanks to RT_262 and Kicks82 for sharing their photos!