1. Where do you get your cards?
2. Do you own all the cards you show on your blog?
Unless I specifically say so, everything I show on the blog is something I own.
3. Can you help me identify a card?
Sure. Send me a scan at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll do my best.
4. Why do you moderate your comments?
I got tired of the spam. I try to be good about approving comments quickly but sometimes it takes me a while.
5. Are your cards for sale?
I'm not really looking to sell anything but if you're really interested in something, make me an offer. I once put something in a post that I had no intention to sell and someone made me an offer I couldn't refuse.
6. Who died and made you the expert on Japanese cards?
I'm not an expert - I'm just a collector looking to share information. The experts are guys like Rob Fitts, Gary Engel, Robert Klevens, Ralph Pearce and others who pretty much invented the American hobby of Japanese baseball card collecting in the 1980's and 90's.
7. Can I use your pictures for something?
I don't have a problem with you using anything I've posted but I'd appreciate it if you'd give me credit.
8. Why Japanese baseball cards?
I was asked this question by people a couple of times in Japan and I realized that I really didn't have a good answer. I've always been interested in Japan and I've always been interested in baseball. I've read a lot about the history of baseball in the US and have always found it fascinating. Japan is really the only other country that has as compelling a baseball history as the US.
I remember once walking into a sporting goods store in Sydney, Australia filled with merchandise for football, rugby and cricket and realizing that there was a history to all of this that I knew nothing about. It's the same with Japanese baseball. I've learned quite a bit since I started collecting nothing but Japanese cards but mostly I learn how much more there is to find out about.
9. Where can I find checklists for Japanese cards?
Jason Presley has done an amazing job adding Japanese and other foreign cards to the database over at SportsCardForum.com. To search their database, you'll first have to register for a free account. Once you've logged into your account, you'll need to select "Inventory Manager" from the menu at the top of the page. This will take you to a search page where you can search by either player or set (or both).