Thursday, January 19, 2017

Profile: Y. Yoshizawa

I went back and forth when thinking about how to show off the cards I got in Japan on this blog. I thought of devoting one giant post that encompassed all of the stuff I got but such a post is problematic. If nothing else than because having too many cards in one post takes attention away from cards that probably deserve it/would get it if the post maybe had a little less going on.

With that I figure I'd showcase the cards I got by posts centered on the individuals on the cards. So posts dedicated to individual players and card subjects.

A lot of the baseball players require some research so I thought I'd start this new kind of blogging (for me) off with a Japanese gravure/porn actress, Yuki Yoshizawa. A Twitter poll I put up all but cemented this post would come out first as well.

Truth be told I didn't even know this Yoshizawa person did porn until I started doing research for this post. I just thought she was another pretty face in the vast gravure model world of Japan. Technically she is but she apparently switched at one point.

Yoshizawa's been active in the industry since 2015 and the 24 year old has already appeared in several adult films and is probably going to be in more as time goes on.

The cards in this post come from a set called the 恵比寿マスカッツ(Ebisu Muscats) Vol. 1. The Ebisu Muscats are a Japanese idol group made up of Japanese porn actresses. And of course the powers at be made a card set for them.

Even though these models have all been nude at one point on camera, none of these cards feature any nudity. The base set just has six of these actresses in a white two piece swimsuit against a black backdrop.

The backs just have these models in more colorful swimsuits, usually posing in a chair or seat in front of a wall.

The set does have special short prints, and of course the women are wearing more clothes in those cards than in the base set.

Like any card set devoted to idols, the set also features some "BOX PRIVILEGE" cards. Basically another set of short prints that come one per box.

There are also relic cards and such in this set but I didn't buy any boxes so none of those cards for me. I do have like 10 unopened packs though so who knows, I might be holding onto something good.

You know, reflecting on this post made me realize that what was supposed to be a post about the person depicted on the card turned into a post about product the card is from. I'll have to focus and have a better way of going about these profile posts in the future.

Something just kept distracting me this time. I don't know what though.

Still, I think I'm onto something. Showing various cards of the same person at a time to make a post. Hopefully I can find a groove and turn this into a regular fixture on this blog with more time and with more posts. Luckily this post will be carried by the cards.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sliding Glove

So while I was in Japan I regularly went to this one store where I suddenly became friends with the owner. The owner is a huge Chunichi Dragons fan and their store had the best (and neatest) arrangement of singles for NPB and J-League (Japanese soccer/football) cards. At least in my opinion.

Most of the key Dragons singles I got on my vacation came from this shop. I gave the store owner a souvenir cup from the Staten Island Yankees and a game used New York-Penn League ball as a token of my appreciation (my pseudo-Japanese, entirely nuts-so way of it at that).

In turn the owner gave me a piece of actual game used memorabilia from a Dragons game. Something he called a "Sliding Glove."

Upon quick Google searches in Japanese and English, it's basically just a glove used by base runners (kind of like the oven mitts Brett Gardner always sports) and I'm not sure anyone calls it a sliding glove. But unlike Gardner and his mitts, I'm not sure how many players actually wore this.

Apparently the Dragons players in the 90's used these gloves by clenching them in their hands and making a fist. That fist would then be the part of the hand that goes in to reach a base when the base runner had to slide to the next base. This was supposedly done to make sure players didn't hurt their wrists or fingers sliding into bases. These gloves were different from batting gloves in that coaches on the first base side kept these in their pockets to give to players who made it safely onto the bases.

Now all of this is what the store owner told me. I was going to do some research to see if this is really what Chunichi players did in the 90's but I'm still dizzy from jet lag so I'm just going to accept it as fact and go lie down.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


I just came back from a little vacation visiting my motherland (Japan). Those of you who read Ryan's blog This Card Is Cool probably read about the junk I gave him.

While fighting off fatigue and jet lag, I am bringing you this post. Mainly to announce that I have a new collection.

The rumors are true, I'm not collecting the Yankees anymore. Not that I was ever much of a big Yankees buff to begin with.

Now I'm a Chunichi Dragons collector. Why? Well because dragons in general are awesome (even if the team is a little lackluster right now). Also, the Dragons are technically a local team for me too so, why the heck not?

But I know that Dragons cards aren't exactly plentiful in the US so I guess an unofficial collection can be "Foreigners Who Played Baseball For The Dragons (Or In Japan In General)."

Currently the Chunichi Dragons has the following ex-MLBers:
*Alex Guerrero (LAD 2014-2016)
*Elvis Araujo (PHI 2015-2016)
*Jorge Rondon (STL 2014, COL/BAL 2015, PIT 2016)
*Raul Valdez (NYM 2010, STL/NYY 2011, PHI 2012-2013, HOU 2014)
*Jordan Norberto (ARI 2010, OAK 2011-2013)
*Dayan Viciedo (CWS 2010-2014)

And as far as ex-MLBers in Japan in general go the list expands to the likes of Brandon Laird and various others. And when you add in "all time" you can have everybody from Bobby Castillo to Phil Clark. I'll supply a followup post at a later time so people can know exactly who is on my radar.

That said, calling this a "personal collection" might be a bit misleading. At best this is just a collection of cards of gaijin I can accumulate and then pawn off in Japan to give me discounts for the NPB stuff I actually want.

Speaking of which, I went pretty wild on this vacation with Dragons singles (and boxes). I'll have posts coming up for that. As well as posts centered on non-Dragons NPB stuff, trades, half-naked Japanese women, etc...

Here's a sampling of what's to come.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).