When it comes to baseball goodies, I try to get something different every time. There's only so much selection with a small budget and a limited amount of luggage and storage space, though, so sometimes I find myself getting some fairly strange stuff, or buying the "same old stuff" I have for many other teams.
What Korean cats do to entertain themselves.
Korean baseball souvenirs are fairly limited. There is a great selection of clothing, mainly focusing on jerseys, shirts, and a decent range of hat styles. Every team had logo baseballs, keychains, and visible goods that you could wear or apply to publicly-viewed belongings. Beyond that, I saw a couple toy team buses, which I wouldn't mind having. Korea and Taiwan teams use buses to get from stadium to stadium, and given the size of the countries that's not too tough. But those buses ran over $30 each!
I went to six games in Korea, but I tried to find one item for each of the nine teams. Let's see, shall we?
During the season, at least on game days, there's a store inside the Jamsil Sports Complex subway station that sells a lot of baseball souvenirs. I think they're quite intelligent because I'm pretty sure they have at least one souvenir from every team. Yes, that souvenir is probably the team logo ball. But if that shop had been open in January when I visited in 2013, I would have bought one team logo ball for every team.
But back to the team goods.
Okay, let's run down the teams:
- NC Dinos: check.
- LG Twins: check.
- Nexen Heroes: check.
- Kia Tigers: check.
- SK Wyverns: check.
- Hanwha Eagles: check.
- Samsung Lions: check.
- Lotte Giants: ...
- Doosan Bears: ...
Actually, if you recall in an earlier post I showed my jerseys from the Giants and Bears, so they are "check" as well. So I came home with at least one thing from every team on this trip! And in 2013, I also bought a few souvenirs so my collection feels pretty much complete. Until the new team (KT Wiz) starts playing next year. Oh well, there will be three stadiums to visit next time I go to Korea (Busan, Daegu, and the new team in Suwon). Suwon is part of the Seoul metro area.
Okay, that's almost all of my souvenirs from Korea. I still have the cards I picked up, which I should bring you tomorrow! Until then...