I sent them a bunch of junk wax Giants, some retail exclusive Giants and a few other things, and in return they sent back over a hundred cards of my favorite NPB team.
This Takagi Morimichi autograph (that's numbered 37 of 90!) alone would've made this trade worth it but it wasn't the only card in the package. Not even close.
There was also this Takuya Kinoshita autograph (numbered 30/44). Kinoshita is a former PC-guy who I dropped pretty quickly lol. I like him, but when you're a catcher with the ceiling of a backup catcher it's hard to get excited about you.
The autographs weren't the only numbered cards though. Peep the super shiny star parallel above of Takamasa Suzuki. It's numbered 09/50!
A Yohei Oshima SMASH insert that scans like shit (spoilers, a lot of these Japanese parallels are cards that look super shiny in person but scan like I used a potato). It's numbered 12/30.
This is a pretty neat concept for a card. It's a photograph embedded into a card. It's numbered 188/200 and would make for a unique card if done right by Topps.
This is an even better concept for an insert, great players in the same franchise who've worn the same number. Unless you're the Yankees who retires or unofficially ghosts every number used by a great player, your team probably has a lot of super great players who just happened to share the same jersey number. I think that'd be a great idea for an insert in a Topps flagship set. This insert was numbered 093/200 BTW.
We now move onto the unnumbered inserts. Like this faux-auto dual insert of two (likely) former cheerleaders for the Chunichi Dragons.
This was interesting. This is a spherical insert that I'm guessing is some sort of modern card based on a menko-type of motiff. This one features Dragons legend Hiromitsu Inoue.
More cards that look really great and shiny in person but look like shit scanned.
I love the insert names too. Top Prospects is my kind of concept, Hot Blood is something that could only exist in Japan, and No Mercy is something I can see catching on in another Topps product that's so focused on #attitude you'd think it was from the 90's (like Topps Fire or some shit like that).
Of course the inserts and hits were nice but the real meat of the package was the 100+ base cards sent my way. This included a full completed base set of the 2017 BBM Chunichi Dragons set. Thanks to this I finally got my first Yota Kyoda rookie. After winning ROY honors in 2017, he's started the year off really slow but has managed to put up some okay results as of late. Hopefully he avoids the sophomore slump.
A sunset card of Dragons longtime slugger Masahiko "Three-Bags" Morino.
I loved this set because it is the first (and only) one to feature the pitchers that I coined as being "the big three". As in, the Dragons drafted these three with their first round picks in three consecutive drafts and were really banking on their success. My favorite of the bunch being Nomura. Nomura was DFA'd last winter, Ogasawara's having a rough 2018 and Yanagi isn't faring that much better. The Dragons suck at player development.
Calbees are an underrated part of the Japanese baseball card game. These are cards that come free with potato chips. Why don't baseball cards come with potato chips in America huh? Answer me that Frito Lays!
So let's switch it up with some non-Dragons coolness. Like some numbered faux-autos, a CALBEE(!) Ohtani commemorating him throwing 163 kilometers per hour and a Matsui insert.
OH DAMN, I was not expecting to get a Masahiro Tanaka rookie card.
Much less two of them. This second one is to commemorate him being selected to the All Star Game (as a rookie) BTW.
Eyyy, a Tanak jersey relic. This one is numbered 172/200. It's dope. Jersey relics made by American companies suck because they're all mass produced and not worth caring about. Jersey relics made by Japanese companies rule because the print runs are much smaller and thus it actually means something to pull them.
Here's a first for my collection, a ball relic!
I've seen Topps and others make base relics, ticket stub relics and even dirt relics, but I don't think I've ever seen a ball relic. Or if I have this is still the first to fall into my clutches. I love touching the ball piece, it's so rubbery and bouncy. It's numbered 010/300 for extra coolness points BTW.
I'll end this post with an insert card that, surprise surprise, scans like shit.
Luckily I was sent a normal base version too. This is going to be for a future post for sure, but here's a preview...
So that was my second international trade this year. I know that I kind of glossed over a lot of things and didn't get into much detail. I wanted to but there was just so much stuff that it would've been impossible to condense it into one post. So expect multiple posts about some of these cards (and the players on them) at various times later.
Ha, this package was so dense and big that I almost didn't even mentioned the stack of Yankees sent my way. My favorite of them all being this Japan fractor of Tyler Austin. Love these things.
And that was my first trade with @you_oh_. 今回は楽しいトレードどうもありがとうございました！
Will this be my last international trade of 2018? I don't want to jinx anything but certain things are in motion right now...
As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).