That's exactly what I did yesterday afternoon after receiving a 400ct. box filled with Japanese baseball cards from Jason over at Clyde's Stale Cards.
This box of cards doubled the size of my Calbee and BBM baseball card collection. In fact I ended up adding a new binder to my shelf. I even had to start putting 18 cards into each 9-pocket binder page, because space is a premium.
But enough about sorting and reorganizing... let's get to the goodies. First off... I've been Bipped:
1987 ProCards #128
Well... not literally. But Jason did send me my first Bip Roberts minor league card. He also hooked me up with 15 cards for my 1986 Donruss baseball set:
I'm also building the first four Marvel Universe sets from the early 90's. He also sent a few of these as well:
But the bulk of his care package were original Calbee and BBM baseball cards from Japan. Let's start off with the newest addition to my Fujimoto collection:
2004 Calbee #195
I'm still waiting for a Fujimoto to play in the MLB, so for now... I'll settle for a couple of minor leaguers and a handful of NPB players. Atsushi played the better part of his thirteen year career with he Hanshin Tigers, where he's currently one of their infield coaches.
Masanori Murakami was the first Japanese baseball player to cross the Pacific and play in the MLB, but it was Hideo Nomo who really opened the floodgates for them.
1991 BBM #202 and #206
Back in the mid 90's... I dove head first into Nomo-mania, but I didn't really start my Japanese athlete PC until I jumped back into the hobby in 2008.
2005 Calbee StarCard #S-03
It started with guys like Daisuke Matsuzaka, Ichiro Suzuki, and Kenji Johjima. But eventually I discovered these guys had Japanese baseball cards too. That's when I expanded my collection to include these as well as unopened wax packs.
Murakami, Nomo, and Ichiro will always highlight my collection, because of their impact in the MLB... but I also enjoy some of the lower tier players like Munenori Kawasaki:
2005 Calbee Title Holder #T-10
I love the energy and entertainment he brings to the game. Another guy I like is Koji Uehara of the Boston Red Sox:
2005 Calbee StarCard #S-42
But my favorite current Japanese player is Yu Darvish...
2006 BBM Fighters #F02 and 2007 BBM FIghters #F088
Hopefully he'll be able to bounce back after undergoing Tommy John surgery. And finally... I'll leave you guys with two mystery cards:
As for the sweet looking hologram... I can't figure out the player, because it's mostly written in Japanese. But I'll go ahead and guess "Mel Hall", who had a monster season for the Marines back in 1993.
Thanks Jason for this generous package. You're one of the guys who might need to wait a little longer in terms of return "care packages". You collect very specific players, so I need to see if I can scrape up some stuff for your collection.
Happy Sunday and sayonara!