Thanks to the greatness that is the Internet, NPB Card Guy went on vacation to Japan and I got souvenirs! He'd asked me before he left if there was any thing special (aside from the elusive 1994 Chiba Lotte Marines menko set) he could look track down for me, so I just said anything from my Tuffy Rhodes want list. Well, somewhere in the dozen or so card shops he hit while in the greater Tokyo metropolitan area, he and Ryan (from This Card is Cool and Chaos and Kanji) tracked down 13 hits from my list! Thanks guys!
One of the older finds was this gem from from the 1997 Takara Pro Baseball Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes set. I was really starting to think I would have to break down and buy a full set for this card, so this is a great score, and I'm really glad I don't have the rest of the set cluttering up the place.
|1997 Takara Pro Baseball Game Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes|
|2000 Epoch Pro-Baseball Sticker The Leading Players #12LP|
|2000 Konami Field of Nine Series 1, #FON00T-351|
|2001 Upper Deck Victory Japan #070|
|2003 Konami Prime Nine Title Holder #PN03T1-TI012|
|2003 Calbee Series 3 (All-Star Game) #AS-50|
|2004 Calbee 2003 Player of Glory #G-26|
|2005 BBM Yomiuri Giants #G058|
|2005 Calbee #134|
|2005 Calbee 2004 Best 9 #B-19|
|2005 Calbee 2004 Title Holder #T-08|
|2013 BBM Foreign Legends #53|
|2013 BBM Foreign Legends Foreign Leaders #FL6|
There was one last card of Tuffy in the batch from my Japanese baseball card blogging compadres, and nice though it is, it is one I already had. That said, it is still a nice enough card to display, though the silver foil trim doesn't stand out as well in the scan as it does in person. The combination of white background and matte finish really makes the foil pop. Since this a duplicate, it's up for trade if anyone is interested.
Thank you very much, guys! So far, this has been the best Japanese vacation I haven't taken.