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Monday, January 16, 2017

Mini Find of Minis

As I've been poking around at card shops lately, I've come across a few good MLB cards for my collection.
 First is this Golden Age mini that I had probably flipped past a dozen times. This card is special because it's the blue Candy Croft's back, a parallel I hadn't come across yet.

When I met up with Zippy Zappy, one shop we weren't able to visit was Card Fanatic in Shibuya. This time, they were open, and they've rearranged their shop since the last time I was there. Gone are most of the Starting Lineup and McFarlane figures (some remain). There are some new boxes with card singles from many sports, including NPB, MLB, NBA, and NFL cards. There's also a multi-sport box which had lots of Goodwin Champions. I couldn't resist adding this four-card set of Aly Raisman to my collection.
 I think the red, white, and blue leotard card is my favorite. Aly has four cards in the set including the Goudey insert set, and I'm happy to see that each card has a unique image. It's kind of lazy having three cards per person in the 150-card base set. I didn't bother checking if the whole checklist is like that, but only 50 subjects is pretty ... lazy.
 I already have a relic card of Aly, so if I find an inexpensive autograph I'll be really happy. But the autograph isn't high on my want list. Actually, it isn't even listed on my want list.
 Sure, the title of this post implies Minis, but first there are some more full-sized cards to go through. These two Goudey inserts head to the type collection.
 I almost never buy hockey cards, but I'm not sure that these really are hockey cards. Upper Deck's 2015-16 Champ's Hockey set has about 20 non-hockey subjects on the checklist, though many of them overlap with Goodwin Champions. And the insert sets are generally non-sport related, including the fish set above and a Famous Foods insert set.
 I love these Topps First Pitch cards. I thought I was buying one from Update, but this is from the first series. But I love First Pitch. So I'm keeping it.
 Press Pass Fusion was a multi-sport set that wasn't on a throwback design. That alone interests me a lot. However, I had nothing to do with it when it was released in 2009, so just now I'm working on singles for my type collection. There's a typical range of inserts and hits to go with the base set, of course.
 And some of those insert sets have dual subjects. Making the connection between athletes at the same school or those who faced off together in school is a great concept, but unfortunately people shy away from these cards in general. I don't really like them in my player collections either.

Okay, as promised, more minis!
 Regular and canvas 2016 Goodwin Champions minis!
 A canvas 2015 Goodwin Champions mini!
 And from this year's Allen & Ginter, a few insert minis.
So that's a mini group of minis.

Now, a quick question. I've thought about putting together a frankenset of minis, but with a type collection already and plenty of other sets to work on, I'm not going to do it anytime soon. But do you think the idea of a mini frankenset is now overdone?  I know of a few collectors who do it, but I think it's something that's "been done" already.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

More Gum, More Cards

Yesterday's cards with the big team logos on them were more of a side purchase than an original intended search. I was really looking for these:
 These may look like 2002 Topps, but they're really Kanebo Gum cards from the first 2003 series.

When I first came to Japan, I focused only on my type collection. Really, I didn't know anything else and that first year was a learning experience. I had seen these cards in my guide so I knew they existed but I was only concerned with building my one collection. It wasn't too long before I started getting sets and finding smaller sets to collect, and recently I decided to go after these Kanebo sets too.
I'm only showing six cards, but I now have almost the entire set. This first series is only 55 cards, and Zippy Zappy beat me to having the full set (he found a complete set somewhere at a great bargain).

The real challenge will be getting or completing the second series; it has 110 cards and might be in shorter supply.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Recent Mail: Gum Cards, Gum Cards, Sausage Cards, and Photo Cards

I think I used to many plurals in my title.

All of the cards below came in some recent pickups from YJA. First is this card:
 Bumping off yesterday's sticker cards, this standard-sized card is actually a bunch of tiny stickers. Each of the little squares and rectangles is a separate sticker. These were issued in Lotte Gum packs in 2006, similar to the 2016 gum cards I have yet to post on. I now have a full set, though one of those cards is missing a sticker, so I will eventually replace it.

Lotte's gum cards are preceded by Kanebo. They have a few sets under their belt, but in 2002 they partnered with MLB to bring various products to Japan using Major League logos. This card has, well, MLB team logos:
 The fronts have the team logo and division, while the back has some team history, stadium information, popular players, and images of their jersey and caps.
 There are thirty cards in a full set, but not all thirty teams are represented.
I have found the above images from an (overpriced) eBay auction showing the front of the box as well as some of the cards. The thirty cards cover 27 teams (no Indians, Braves, or Pirates), as well as the NL, AL, and All-Star Game logos. Each box came with one pin and one card, though I don't know if it was a matching set. I usually see the pins but not the cards; I have several of the pins in my collection already and with this information I can eventually put together a full set of both the pins and the cards.

Next, the sausage. American card collectors could look to pizza, while here in Japan we could go for sausage. I never saw these cards in the store, but Home Run Sausage cards were issued in a couple series. I have below a homerun prize card redeemable for a binder and possibly something else. We'll have to see what comes.
 Oddly enough, there's no expiration. I'll be mailing this ASAP.
Finally, above is a photo card from BBM's 2008 Rookie Edition Premium. It was won from the same seller as the homerun card so I could save on shipping. I won a bunch more from that dealer, but you'll have to wait until tomorrow to see!