It looks like this trade is going to be a four-parter. Here, I start by presenting some cards for my fledgling Japanese Player Collection.
I have a pretty good start on my two-player collection. I picked up a couple bulk lots from Yahoo Japan Auctions to knock a lot of the base cards out of the way, and some other cards came when I was hunting for other singles late last year.
I'm not really sure why I collect Motonobu Tanishige. His name is fun to say, that's for sure. And he's a player who has managed to be very popular despite not being very good at the plate. I'm sure that has something to do with his skills behind the plate and as a team captain. He was a manager, too, but hasn't really been successful so he stepped down last year.
Rami-chan (Alex Ramirez) is an interesting character. He has fun on the field, as evidenced by the cards below, and arguably has had the best gaijin career in Japan.NPB Card Guy sent me six cards for that collection. I think the photos say a lot about the players - Tanishige showing energy as a catcher and Rami-chan interacting with the mascot and dressing up.
More to come! See you tomorrow.