And here we are nearly two decades later and I'm still collecting Nomo cardboard. As it stands, I currently have seventy-four different Nomo cards in my Japanese athlete binder, plus eighteen memorabilia cards, seven graded cards, and eleven rookie cards.
They're all well cared for and have a special place in my collection, but one card stands out. It's the 1997 Zenith 8x10 of him and it literally towers above all of my other Nomo's.
Here it is next to the standard size version of the card:
Everything about this behemoth is awesome. The size (you know what they say... bigger is better). The photo (almost V.J. Lovero-ish). The design (borderless with a simple logo). And of course the player himself.
Best of all... you can pick these up for less than the price for a cup of Starbucks coffee.
Happy Saturday and sayonara!