Thursday, July 13, 2017

Peanuts. Cracker Jacks. Water. Ice Cold Beer.

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 men fans.


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.

As always thanks for stopping by.

11 comments:

  1. Pretty cool! And timely given the sock relics Topps just produced for Judge.

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    1. I had no idea about the Judge sock relics. But I'm not surprised in the least.

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  2. I immediately thought of the Director of Smiles card! That's a classic for sure. And, you're right. Maybe a set of baseball operations and game day staff would be a seller?

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    1. I can see it being an insert in something wacky like Archives or Gypsy Queen.

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  3. Believe it or not... I actually want a Bayless auto for the collection. But honestly... I'd much rather have a sock relic of Honoka. Great card.

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    1. Oof, well Fuji all I can say is, what did your poor collection ever do to you?

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    2. What can I say... I'm addicted to those damn Fan Favorites autographs. Although... I'm not sure many people are fans of Skip.

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  4. Socks! Socks! Socks! I love it.
    As for your idea, I nominate that angry Mets mascot, Roger the peanut man from Dodger Stadium, and the racing chorizo (from Milwaukee?)

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    1. Great idea. We need more of the people actually involved with the games.

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