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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Unknown Bromides

A couple weeks ago, I took an overnight trip to Nagoya. I got a late start, putting me in town around 1 p.m. But that was fine, since I was spending that whole day just going from card shop to card shop. My first stop was CAPS, a former Mint shop that will be closing down in the next few months. They're slowly clearing out a lot of their singles, though apparently they plan to keep some sort of online business going.

I picked up a lot of good cards there, but most importantly and confusing were these bromides. I can't identify them. I can't tell you much about them, but if you know anything to add to them, let me know!

Note: the measurements are being made with my iPhone app, so they might not be very accurate.
 This card is about 9 cm wide and 13 cm long. There are no markings or borders at all, and the back is white. I have no clue about the player, though it is obviously a Yomiuri Giants player.
 This is Michio Nishizawa, who is pictured with the Dragons. He played with them his entire career, though I'm guessing this card was issued sometime from 1947-1958 (his final season). Nishizawa started as a pitcher, even throwing a no-hitter, but eventually left the mound and developed into a pretty good hitter. He went on to manage the team for a few years, compiling an over-.500 winning percentage. He's in the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame and his number, 15, has been retired by Chunichi. This card has a white or off-white back. You can see the border and the horizontal, white text on the front. It measures about 8 cm by 10 cm.
 Makoto Kozuru is another Dragons player who is now in the Hall of Fame. He played with the Dragons from 1942-1943, and 1946-1947. Like Nishizawa, this card has a white back. The image is colorized, with a green background, red shoes, and yellow socks. I believe it's about 7 cm by 11 or 12 cm.
Finally, this colorized card has a yellow border, though it doesn't show up well in my scan. The text at the bottom looks more like type, where the other cards have text that looks handwritten. It has a tan back, and is printed on thinner stock than the others. It measures about 9 cm by 14 cm. The player featured is Michinori Tsubouchi, another Dragons player. He was with the team from 1949-1951 as a player, though also managed the team through 1954, and again from 1965-1967. He, too, is in the Hall of Fame.

I wasn't able to identify the cards looking through Engel's guide, but I might have missed something. Regardless, they're neat cards, and given their sizes, are probably prize cards from various sets. And at least three of the four are hall of famers!

And I got one more big bromide, but it's so big I couldn't scan it. That one has Shigeru Chiba, who is also in the Hall of Fame, so I'm at least four for five.

Until next time...

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

2019 BBM Time Travel 1979

BBM's first 2019 set was released in late 2018. American card collectors might understand this concept, since manufacturers rushed to release the first sets with the prior year's stats as quickly as possible. I remember finding cards with prior-year statistics before Christmas in the 1990s. Of course, a lot of that changed around 2006 or so, when the MLB started setting some rules on card releases.

These days, the year's first release is a flagship - 2019 Topps came out recently, and 2019 Donruss will be out soon. Some manufacturers (Leaf, mainly) seem to issue some sets into the next year; there are still some "release-pending" 2018 issues six months into 2019.

But in Japan, BBM issues its first 2019 sets long before its flagship. Both this set and Glory came out before New Years, the annual retirement set came out this month, and Rookie Edition is either out now or will be out very soon. In fact, a couple of BBM's team sets might be released before the flagship First Version.

Time Travel focuses on a particular year in the past; if you haven't guessed from the title, the 2019 set goes back 40 years to 1979. This is BBM's only "throwback" set.

I really look forward to this set every year, mainly because of the throwback design and the inclusion of some pop culture references. It's a nice replacement for the Historic Collection sets BBM used to do. And it must be pretty popular, as it is always a bit difficult finding a full set at a reasonable price.
 Base cards use a brown card stock with very little gloss. Backs use just one color, similar to menko cards of the era. The regular cards are #1-72.
 Six players who retired in 1979 are featured in the first subset (#73-78).
 The next eight cards are titled 1979 Retrospective (#79-86).
 I'm sure you can guess the topic of "Born in 1979", card #87-92.
 The final four cards look at society in 1979. While pop culture is featured, this NEC computer got its own card as well.

Moving on to inserts, we get to the Title Holders series.

There really isn't much difference between the Central League Title Holders and Pacific League Title Holders sets. Each set has nine cards, and both have parallel versions #/30.
The only premium insert in this release are autographs. Those are #/90 or less. I don't have a copy of one yet for my collection, so the above photo is a promotional image from BBM.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Neat-Oh!

From time to time, cards and/or sets don't properly get added to my lists. As accurate as I try to be, my type collection is missing plenty of listings, I'm sure, and I know my inventory isn't always accurate. 

One set that isn't quite right is BBM's 2000 O-N box set. The set was originally sold for 30,000 yen, which is about $300. Each set came with a 54-card set, and actually, there were two versions. You can read about the two versions, and NPBCardGuy's adventures with the set, here.

And you might recognize this card from his post:
This is #ON-B26. It comes from the Basic set. This card was sent to me by NPBCardGuy, and it's my first and only card from the set. I now need to chase down a regular base card of the basic and limited versions of the set... or just get the whole set. However I might do that.

Thanks, NPBCardGuy!

Until next time...