On the flip side, getting specific American cards is tricky, card shows aren't as common in Tokyo as in San Francisco, and the selection of US cards is really limited, so most of my MLB cards come from eBay, Just Commons, COMC, and SportLots. And all of those cards get shipped to my mom's house, so other than quick iPhone pictures, I don't really get to see or "play" with them. I can only imagine the sorting job it's going to take to reorganize my collection that's currently spread out among four locations.
My mom tends to include shots of addresses or invoices so I can identify the sources of cards, but that doesn't always happen. Usually, I can link cards to purchases on the various websites or trade emails, but sometimes that isn't possible.
Case in point: I received a package in the US at some point last year, and these are the pictures that came:
Four more minor league singles round out the lot. The Nunez and Ocasio cards are autographed (!), while the two Salem-Keizer Volcanoes cards here are not. But that's okay.
I know most if not all of them are needed for my type collection, though I think it's going to have to wait until I do finally consolidate my collections and do a full inventory. When will that be?
And more importantly, my mom didn't give me any hint as to who these cards came from. I have an idea but I don't remember anyone saying anything was headed my way.
Thanks, Prowling Cat for the fun cards! I thought they might have been from you but I'm not sure if I sent my side of the package yet either. I'll get on that for my trip to the US!