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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

2016 Nipponham BBM Nippon Ham Fighters

I’ve read a lot about food issues coming from the US this year. I’m sure everyone who follows US baseball card blogs knows about the WalMart pizza cards. Well, Japan has its own new food issue this year too.

Actually, including cards, stickers, or other goodies with candy or food has been going on for decades here. Bikkuriman stickers continue to be popular, and there have been some baseball versions in the past. Kanebo Gum included MLB cards in 2002 and 2003, and walking down the candy aisle in the supermarket shows a lot of products usually packaged with a piece of gum.

Of course, Japan has had Calbee Baseball Chips every year since 1973.

But new on the scene this year is an odd-sized oddball set issued by Nippon Ham. It’s smaller than a regular card, similar to Calbee size, and manufactured by BBM.
As you can see the card design is fairly simple. There is a gold facsimile signature on the front, though it isn’t in foil. Note that the card number is found on the front of this set; the number on the back is the player’s jersey number.

Nippon Ham is a food producer which focuses on meat and dinner products. They have ready-to-bake pizzas in supermarkets all over the country.

Right now I’m not sure about any details for the set. But hopefully I’ll be able to find out more in the future. I picked this card up through Yahoo! Japan Auctions.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Charlie Hustle Ink

Should Pete Rose be in the Hall of Fame?

Everybody always talks about this each time the Hall of Fame voting begins. What Rose did as a player is amazing, though his gambling as a manager did him in.

While time heals all wounds, and people would like to forgive him for what he did, the Hall of Fame and MLB still mark him ineligible.

The Reds inducted him into their Hall of Fame this year and Rose is a member of the All-Century Team, showing that perhaps things will change.
It’s not hard to find Pete Rose autographs, as he signs anytime, anywhere. But his signature has eluded me until I picked up the Leaf card you see above. I’m pretty happy to finally have one in my collection, and I might go ahead and try to put together a small player collection of him.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Two for Altuve

My player collections come in three flavors. I have regular collections with just the base Topps card from each year for that player; most of my PCs are in that bracket. There are some super collections - Charlie Hough, Geoff Geary, and Buck Farmer are up there. And then there’s Jose Altuve, who falls in the middle.

I get pretty much any Altuve card I can, though parallels, autographs, and relics stay off my want lists. I did pick up an autographed bat card and a jersey card so I could have a “trifecta” but those cards are in the US so I can’t show them here.

I did, however, pick up a couple new regular cards of his:
I busted a few packs of Opening Day this year, as usual. It’s cheap and helps me scratch that itch. I didn’t get Altuve, but I was able to trade for it.
And this 2014 Topps Turkey Red card popped up somewhere so I grabbed it too. 

With the exception of 2016 cards, my Player Collections are pretty well-managed. There are 18 Altuve cards I’m looking for, which can be found in my want list link. Most of them I just haven’t pulled the trigger on because I’m focusing on other parts of my collection.

(Sorry, the formatting on my posts seems to be completely screwed up. So words are randomly splitting. I'll try to fix that next time.)