Working on US sets from Japan has its difficulties. Namely, I'm stuck using only eBay, COMC, and SportLots. And I guess the Beckett Marketplace. I can't browse card shops or attend shows. That said, with a few exceptions, I could finish off pretty much my entire want list - assuming cost wasn't a concern.
In Japan, though, modern cards can sometimes be difficult (I think some collectors hoard certain players) and vintage is a real pain.
I'm still a few cards short of my 1975 Calbee Giants Spring Training subset, for example. And I can't find that one BBM 1993 hologram. And there are two cards, which I believe are commons, that I still need for my 2001 BBM set. I'll have to check on that tonight when I get home.
I have made some progress on several sets, though, which you'll see here.saw this on Sean's blog and decided it had to be added to my collection! That's a beautiful shot - Shigeo Nagashima in the foreground watching Sadaharu Oh at the plate. A beautiful day for a day game, the stands are full. And you can see the stadium and its advertisements well, including a little bit of the neighborhood behind it. Topps: this is why you don't have to crop your card images so tight. The image itself has even more significance, but for that, see Sean's post.
One more card from that '75 Spring Training set came up in auction, so now I'm one more step closer to the full subset!