Today, I finally had some time to bust open a huge box sent over by Ryan a.k.a. SumoMenkoMan who runs the blog: Japanese Sumo Wrestling Cards and Menko. One quick look inside of the package and I knew my "back to school" diet would have to be put on hold. Inside there were a bunch of treats from Germany...
I'm a huge fan of Ritter chocolates. They're super smooth and come in a variety of flavors. Ryan hooked me up with brownie and caramel mousse. Both of these sound delicious.
He also sent me a box of these Ferrero Duplo white chocolates:
I've already eaten three of these and I'm not really a white chocolate kind of guy. They remind me of Kit Kat bars and are pretty good. If you look closely at the packaging, you'll notice it comes with trading cards. Here's what the pack looked like:
I'm a sucker for food issues. These take it up an notch by being a German food issue that celebrates their national football team. Here are the three cards I pulled from my pack:
Although with each passing year, I'm getting into soccer more and more... I don't anything about Hummels or Plattenhardt. I definitely recognize the third guy in the pack. ter Stegen is the current goaltender for FC Barcelona.
That wasn't the only ter Stegen I found in the package. Ryan also sent me a bunch of unopened packs, including these...
I'm not exactly sure what these packs are from, but it says Kinder on the back, so I'll assume this is another food issue. I collect unopened packs, so I'll probably open two more and keep one sealed.
Continuing with the German football theme, Ryan also included this glass cup featuring Thomas Muller:
I have no idea the story behind this cup, but this is one sweet collectible. Muller has scored ten World Cup goals for Germany and won the Golden Boot (top goalscorer) back in 2010. I'll have to clear a spot on a shelf in my office for this.
Ryan paired it with this Sanwald beer glass:
I'm not much of a beer drinker, but I'm thinking about buying a SodaStream. If I do, I'll use this glass to drink my sparkling water.
Getting back to the box... Ryan also included twenty packs of Edeka World Wildlife Fund stickers.
Here's a closer look at the packaging:
I haven't opened any of these packs yet... but I will eventually. One of my nieces is a huge fan of pandas and hippos, so I'm hoping I'm able to pull one of those.
Back in March, Ryan wrote a post on some Chuck Norris rookie cards that I had no idea existed. Obviously... it was love at first sight.
Well... now I can officially say I own a few Chuck Norris cards too.
The cards came in a special 1974 Yamakatsu folder that Ryan sent:
As a huge Bruce Lee fan, this folder is a huge addition to my collection. I'll definitely showcase some of my favorites in a future post.
Moving along... there was a giant stack of baseball cards featuring a ton of Japanese baseball players, some Tony Gwynns, and a handful of Athletics and Expos.
I haven't had time to actually sort these, but there are at least ten cards I don't recognize, which is always a good sign.
He also included this August 1992 issue of Tuff Stuff:
Tuff Stuff was one of my favorite magazines of the 90's. I've already read a few of the articles in this issue. Plus I've cut out the free stadium cards that were included:
Based on the card numbering, these seem to be part of a series of cards. I'm pretty stoked this particular sheet includes the stadium I grew up attending as a kid: The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
It's also been entertaining looking at all of the ads in this issue. Maybe one day, I'll do a post on some of the things in it.
Until then... I'll wrap things up these five sumo wrestling cards...
I've actually left at least one (maybe two) comments about the 2018 BBM Rikishi design on Ryan's blog. These cards are beautiful.
Thank you so much for another generous and delicious care package.
Happy Saturday and sayonara!