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Monday, January 5, 2015

Cardboard Inheritance

Speechless.  That's the best way to describe my reaction to the generosity and hospitality that flows through our cardboard community.  It's to the point where I actually feel guilty receiving some of your packages, because they are so insanely charitable and thoughtful that I wonder if I'll ever be able to return the favor to the same extent.

Today's post centers around a collection of baseball cards I inherited from one of my readers.  A few weeks ago I was contacted by a guy who also collects Japanese MLBers but is currently downsizing his collection to focus on more high-end cards.  He wanted to send the rest to someone who would enjoy them as much as he did.


A few days later, I received a medium sized flat rate shipping box in the mail filled with a bunch of goodies.  And simply put... it left me speechless.  See for yourself:


Unreal, right?  I had never seen a bunch of these cards before and there were over eight guys I had never even heard of.

I lost track of how many new cards were inserted into my Japanese MLB binders, but there were easily 50 to 75 new additions including these awesome rookie cards:



Plus a stack of memorabilia cards and autographs:




There was even a printing plate included:


My very first Japanese MLBer printing plate!

Other over the top and outrageously generous cards include these 2008 and 2009 Topps Silk cards:



And these two Akiko Morigami cards:


Wait... there's more.  Here's a Kurt Suzuki Sweet Spot autograph I didn't have:


Anyone familiar with this set, understands what's going on here with the disappearing ink.

Last, but certainly not least was this really cool set of Kenny Powers trading cards:



Never heard of Mr. Powers?  He was the main character on HBO's Eastbound and Down.  I had never seen the show before owning this set, but it inspired me to watch the first season this weekend.

There were hundreds of more cards in the package... but I spend over an hour scanning these cards alone and unfortunately it'd take weeks to show everything off.  That's how loaded this collection was.

Thank you so much Junichi!  You've definitely taken my Japanese PC to the next level.

Happy Monday and sayonara!

26 comments:

  1. So generous! That's awful nice man, congrats!

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  2. Where do I get myself some of those Kenny Powers cards?!?!

    Seriously, what a great haul. The card collecting community never ceases to amaze me.

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    1. Honestly have no clue... however, I'll probably write a future post on them and when I do, I'll do my homework and try to find out.

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  3. Wow, this is amazing. Very cool package to receive.

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  4. Wow that's a fantastic package that blows the one I had prepared for you out of the water (I'll have to go back to the drawing board).

    BTW if you ever want to move that Kuroda silk...

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    1. Lol... it's the thought that counts. I would have been grateful had he sent me one card, but you're right it was a pretty fantastic package.

      Sorry about the Kuroda... I can't move gifts. However if I ever stumble across another one, I'll send it your way.

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  5. That really is generous of him, a great example of what makes the sports card blogging community unique.

    I love the Kenny Powers cards, a couple of years ago I had started to put together a custom Kenny powers set but it ended up on the back burner. Maybe it is time to re-visit the project.

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    1. Kenny is a little over the top, but the show is growing on me. Watched another episode last night. Looking forward to seeing that project if you decide to re-visit it.

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  6. That is just incredible! ...And tremendously generous of the donator.

    The Japanese Ovation Koji Uehara by itself has me jealous! :-)

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    1. Yeah... I love that card. He had a stack of five or six Ovations in the package... including Dice and a few other guys. Great looking design.

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  7. Wait, there are Kenny Powers cards?!?

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    1. Lol... cool, huh. I didn't even know about the show until I saw these cards.

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  8. Sheesh, that's a haul. I'm down for any Nomo dupes you may now have.

    I posted one of those Kenny Powers cards on my blog before. They're a riot.

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    1. Out of all of those cards... there were only two Nomos (the rookie and a Nomo Studio Stained Glass). However... I probably have a couple of extras in my doubles box that I can add to your package.

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  9. Wow! What a great package! Tons of great cards!

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    1. Very, very generous. Left me shaking my head in awe.

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  11. What a great group of cards. Very generous!

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  12. Hope you enjoy the cards Fuji. The Kenny Powers cards were released by HBO when the show first aired. They came in 5 card packs representing each year he played in the majors. If you look at the pics and the stats on the back you can see how he "regressed" each year. I have another set so I sent you the extras. That show is hilarious.

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    1. Love the cards. I'll make sure to provide a warm, loving home for them. As for the show... I'm watching another episode tonight. Just wished the made a card of April ;) Thanks again for the amazing package!

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  13. Freaking kindness to match all kindness-he has kicked up the standard for the rest of us.

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    1. Yeah... back to back insanely generous packages has left me in awe with a side order of guilt.

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  14. Wow!That's pretty awesome :) Kenji Johjima was one of my favorites and then he up and went back to Japan.

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  15. i am compelled to ask about any duplicate ishii, saito, and/or kuroda dodger cards. so, any dupes in this fantastically large and generous group of cards?

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