In terms of blog trading, I've been on quite a roll the first four months of 2012. This past week, I completed my 6th blog trade of the year when I sent BasicWoogenomics over at The Lost Cards File a 2008 UD Masterpieces Captured on Canvas jersey card of recently retired Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez.
In return, he helped me out by adding a couple of cards to my Japanese PC.
First up... a 2011 Topps Lineage "The Rookies" insert card of Tsuyoshi Nishioka:
Nishioka signed with the Minnesota Twins in 2010 and became their starting second basemen in 2011. He's currently starting the season in Rochester for the Twins' AAA affiliate. Hopefully he'll find his bat and eventually get another shot in the Bigs.
Next is this 2003 Fleer Tradition jersey card of Kazuhiro Sasaki:
Sasaki pitched for the Seattle Mariners' bullpen from 2000 to 2003 and won the AL ROY Award in 2000. He returned to Japan in 2004 and was out of baseball by 2006.
The final card in the trade was this 2010 Allen & Ginter autograph of Koji Uehara:
Uehara had a fairly successful career in Japan playing for the Yomiuri Giants from 1999 to 2008. During that time he was an 8x NPB All-Star who won several major awards including the 1999 Central League ROY Award. In 2009, he crossed the Pacific to play in the MLB for the Baltimore Orioles. Last season, he was traded to the Texas Rangers. So far this year, he's made 6 appearances, pitched 5.0 innings, and has given up two home runs.
Thanks BasicWoogenomics for the smooth trade. I look forward to future transactions.
Happy Saturday everyone... and sayonara!