Monday, January 30, 2012

baseball cards around the world- part 2 (of 4)

Welcome back to my sporadically updated 'Cards from around the world' posts. Today we'll look at cards from Japan. In case you missed part one, check it out here.

This set is from 2002 and put out by BBM. I believe BBM is the "Topps" over there, as they seem to be the most abundantly found cards. At least from what I can tell anyway. If I'm wrong, please correct me.
Here is a base card or a parallel of a base card. Fukudome is one of the recognizable players out of the two packs I got. This is a really cool card due to it's silver signature, which I have to assume is a parallel because they all aren't like this.

More base cards:
They split up the set into the Pacific League (above) and the Central League (below).
The backs are pretty basic and unreadable to me (Ryan G will soon be able to read them though!). The base cards are nice though and you can see a second signed card above. They were one per pack, maybe it's like the old Collector's Choice, with a one per pack signature parallel. Team logos are on the bottom left and the team name is also running down the left side.

Team card!
A team checklist on the back. This was the only team card I got, so I don't know if they all are posed like this, would be cool though.

The cards are on a nice stock. It's thinner but not flimsy. Hard to explain but makes for nice cards. Both of the next two posts (parts three and four) also feature Japanese cards but are different in a bunch of ways. You'll see once I post them. Stay tuned!

I also received two trade packages in the mail today, one from Potch and one from Matt (from Card Anathema). Both included some Kimball Champions that I needed for my set, bringing me ever closer to finishing it up! Thanks guys and I actually just sent out both of your packages today, so look for them soon! Only six Kimballs left!!


  1. I'm a huge fan of Japanese baseball cards... and I think you're right... BBM seems to be the main producer of cards distributed in packs.

    I know Calbee cards are popular too... but I think most of them (if not all) are distributed with their snack products.

  2. Pretty cool looking cards, thanks for the post.

  3. BBM is the Topps of Japan as far as longevity goes but I think they're more like upper deck in terms of card quality and design. The silver sigs are a parallel and while I can't check now I know sometimes silvers are rarer than golds. Maybe someday I will be able to read kanji but I have a feeling it will be at least a year before I can read even the simpler hiragana.

    Looking forward to the rest of the posts!