I’ve tried to think back if I ever had baseball cards.
I thought and thought and only came up with the fact that I had hockey cards back in the late 80s and maybe had those sticker packets of baseball teams and books you buy at the checkout at a supermarket. When I actually collected cards, I had stacks of X-Files and Star Trek cards, some Magic Cards (yes I am a nerd)… but never really any baseball cards.
When I stumbled upon a card store in Chiba last winter, I took a look at the Japanese baseball card section. Had no idea that they existed but now I do! I bought a few Marines cards from the 2007 season: Saburo, Naruse, and Konayashi Hiro. Oh and a Ma-kun Rakuten Rookie card from the 2007 season as well. Last week I hit the store before heading to Marine Stadium and picked up a Karakawa “Born in Chiba” card (soo cute), a card with Satozaki up to bat, and a Bobby Valentine card dressed up in his Marines uniform taking a swing.
It turns out that Jarrod Shoemaker, triathlete and team USA member at this summer’s Olympics, is a big baseball buff. So I figured if I had the chance to see Bobby, I would ask him to sign a card for good luck. Not only did Bobby sign a Marines card, he opened his drawer to pull out some old cards he had lying around. He signed a couple of Texas Rangers cards!! How great is that?