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Saturday, January 4, 2020

2018 Topps Set Discovery

In mid-November 2018, the MLB sent an "All-Star" team to play a series of games in Japan, playing in Fukuoka, Tokyo, Hiroshima, and Nagoya. The team itself didn't have many all stars on it, however, and Samurai Japan won five of the six games they played. But attendees at at least one game at Tokyo Dome received a six-card set of some of MLB's biggest stars. None of these players were on the all star team, but they got cards anyway.

The cards are identical to the players' flagship 2018 Topps cards, except for the card numbering on the back; they are numbered MLB-1 to MLB-6. They were distributed as a packaged set. I do have some cards along with a clear file from the event, though I don't know if they were distributed separately or together. It seems that they were available by visiting the US baseball booth at the stadium, and it appears they were given away to people who bought merchandise there on November 10th, though it could have been for any date during the event.

Here are all six cards. I wish my scanner didn't mess up the images on the right-hand side. It's about time for a new scanner, if I can find one that suits my needs.
 MLB-1: Ichiro
 MLB-2: Clayton Kershaw
 MLB-3: Aaron Judge
 MLB-4: Mike Trout
 MLB-5: Shin-Soo Choo
MLB-6: Yu Darvish


  1. Wish they would have given them a stamp or serial #. Still cool they handed out cards at all.

  2. Love stadium giveaway cards. I had not heard of this set before. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Cool oddball set. They should have made it bilingual though. If I ever stumbled across one of these, I never would have guessed it came from Japan.

  4. It took me a little while to actually figure out where these cards came from. I'm surprised there was no distinguishing logo or foil stamp either, nor is there any other marking indicating it was distributed in Japan. It doesn't help that Topps' CPSIA site isn't really working, or if it is, it's worthless.