If you've gone to a baseball game, chances are pretty good you've at least heard a vendor walking down aisles selling any of the things in the title of this post. Salty snacks, maybe some ice cream, and cold beverages for a hot summer day. These vendors have been a part of the stadium experience for a while and they will be as long as baseball continues to try to milk every last penny it can from consumers. This is not just limited to baseball in America either.
In Japan they also have vendors, the most notable are probably "Beer Girls." Cute(?) girls around high school/college age (may just be college age now actually) who sell beer to thirsty
One of these beer girls who've gotten very popular is Honoka Suruga here. She was a beer girl for the Yokohama BayStars (aka the DeNA BayStars). Eventually she entered the entertainment industry and started working as model. Her agency marketed her as being "so cute, you won't believe she's just a beer girl," and she started appearing in sports related magazines before appearing in more general/non-sports magazines. Apparently she's also appeared in various TV talk shows, radio shows and even a music video.
Anyway she was popular enough that the card company Hit's decided to cash in and release a card set for her, which is where the sock relic above came from. It's numbered to 60 copies and yet it's the lowest on the rarity meter.
The back features another shot of Honoka, revealing that she's wearing a pretty generic jersey that says Florida and 9. Kinda looks like a Florida Gators jersey but I'm too lazy to really check what it is.
I picked up this relic because this marks the first time I've obtained any kind of card of a stadium vendor. Granted it's not "event used" at a game but, close enough? This has me thinking though, if Topps is willing to give autograph slots to dorks like Bayless and Hample, they might as well just get people like the vendors and people who do boring ordinary things at stadiums to fill those slots. We need another Director of Smiles card damnit. Or maybe The Freeze? Or the interns who run the Cubs' Twitter account?
Anyway that was my latest import from Japan.
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