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Friday, February 1, 2019
Three Great Japanese Cards From 2018
Continuing to clear out my scan folder from last year, these three cards are notable for their imagery. And while only one was issued in 2018, I picked all three up last summer.
So, let's start with the 2018 card. Yoshihiro Maru got a "Secret" image variation card in BBM's 2nd Version set, and I pulled the silver signature parallel from one of the packs I opened. It's a great image because it's unique, and framed really well.
This is a promo card featuring a manga character. I really like it, despite not being a "real" baseball card, since the artwork is interesting. What exactly is happening here? Is that a rose or some other flower between his lips? Is he spitting tobacco juice? I've never seen a full, complete set of these cards, though I come across singles from time to time.
Finally... this. Many might disagree with chopping off Justin Verlander's head and replacing it with a pitching machine hidden under a giant baseball with eyes, and several will raise concerns about the pitcher having a bat of his own to attack the hitters.