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Tuesday, January 23, 2018
This Set Is Cool: 2016 Vittum KBO Foreign Attack
CPBL (Taiwan) has had a fairly short history, but it has been riddled with scandal, and as a result the sport just isn't that popular. However, the league itself has issued card sets for the past several seasons. The last set I can see covers the 2016 season. Their current format is pretty extensive, but again there are several players from the past who can't be collected.
And while baseball is really popular in Korea, there has never been a real, consistent, comprehensive set. Lately, a company called Ntreev Soft has been issuing sets, first with Duael Entertainment as a gaming card, and now with SMG Holdings as a more traditional trading card. But from what I understand, there are no foreigners in the sets, leaving out some of the most impactful and popular players.
Dan over at Korean Cardboard produced a card set featuring all of the foreigners who played in the KBO (the Korean professional baseball league) in 2016. His card brand is called Vittum, and the set is titled Foreign Attack. While these are custom cards, he went with a professional printer and the cards are pretty high-quality. Not Museum Collection, perhaps, but the card stock reminds me a lot of 1992 Topps... in a good way. (By the way, the '92 Topps set is a great set. Maybe I should do a post about it someday.) Just for the record, while this set covers the 2016 season, it was released in late 2017.
Turning the card over, the entire set is hand-numbered (I have an eBay 1/1 - #20/20!). A different photo is used at the top in black and white, and card numbers are very easy to read. Players' complete career statistics are included, too.
Dan's blog. I like the use of the set logo on the back of the checklist, too.
Dan's mentioned a 2017-based set, so I'll be getting that one too! And someday... maybe someday... I'll finally print my own set as well.