Saturday, May 11, 2019

Determining year of Yomiuri Giants playing cards

This is more of a note for myself. I bought two Lee Seung-yuop playing cards a little while ago but just started researching them. I was unsure if they were from the same deck but they have the same back and assumed so. Lee played for the Yomiuri Giants from 2006-2010. I decided to look at the other players in the set I was able to determine in various pictures on websites as I do not have a deck in-hand.

Pitcher Hiroshi Kisanuki is on top of the wrapped deck, thus the only visible card (of wrapped deck). Looking at their roster, I see that he was not on the Giants in 2010 but was for the others years in question. So 2010 is out.



Another image I found was of Koji Uehara and Shinnosuke Abe. I knew Abe was on the team for many years (2001-2019) and was of no help. I knew Uehara played in the MLB but didn't know much else. I looked at his BR bio and it shows he was on the Giants from 1999-2008, he went to play for the Baltimore Orioles in 2009. Thus this card set cannot be from 2009.




So this leaves 2006-2008.

Lee had two different numbers while with the Giants. In his first year, 2006, he wore #33. In the other four years, 2007-2010, he wore #25. In this deck he is wearing #25.. so 2006 is out.



2007-2008 remain.

Looking at other images I've found online, it's too hard to determine the names or players on the rest of the cards. Can you help determine if this is a deck for the 2007 or 2008 Yomiuri Giants?



I am not sure when I will receive the deck in hand from my friend in Japan but wanted to determine ASAP because these two Lee cards will then need to be sent to friends in the US for a PSA submission.

UPDATE: A few hours after posting this, I think I figured it out. I zoomed in and saw a foreign player (#42) too light-skinned to be Marc Kroon. I looked up Kroon and he wasn't a Giant in 2007. I looked up the 2007 Giants roster and I saw Jeremy Powell listed with #42. He was on the Giants in 2006 and 2007 seasons. Kroon came to the team in 2008 so I'm sure this is a 2007 set and I will go with that.



Tuesday, April 9, 2019

2000 Teleca Korea Japen Super Game phone cards

You may already know about the 2000 Teleca '99 Korea Japan Super Game 46-card set which is a tough one to complete but I didn't know these phone cards, for the same game, existed until I saw them last week on a Naver sports card forum. NPBcardguy did a review on the card set here The images for both the card set and phone card set are the same but the designs are significantly different.


#KJ23



I picked up a batch of 10 but I do not know how many there are all together. I'd much prefer to buy these as a complete set but having never seen these before, I pulled the trigger and bought the ten phone cards. I have no idea how many there are. I would like to complete a full checklist so I can send the Lees for grading.





I do not own the following cards in the paper set thus they are not scanned and uploaded to the TCDB set but I was able to match up the players images to the checklist names:


This would match to be #KJ41 (Min-Ho Kim, Tetsuya Matoyama)


This would match to be #KJ44 (Min-Ho Kim, Joon-Hyuk Yang, Dong-Joo Kim)


The back of one of the phone cards


I am thinking of uploading these cards as a set to TCDB and insert any I find later.

Friday, February 8, 2019

1999 Teleca Seung-Yeop Lee Homerun Card set (55 cards) review

This review has been a long time coming because of the difficulty finding this set. The 1999 Teleca Seung-Yeop Lee Homerun Card set is a 55-card set commemorating the 54 home runs Lee hit in 1999. The set is serialed to /1999, the year of release. I uploaded the checklist and set images to Trading Card Database (TCDB) here: 1999 Teleca Seung Yeop Lee Homerun Card

I have seen this set being sold by Korean collectors (whom I believe over-value their cards) for W150,000-W200,000 along with a folder, but unsure if this folder came with initial give-away. I was able to trade for this set (bought for Y5500 in Japan) with my friend Jin in Japan, so I was able to save money. I traded him several cards of Korean players such as Bum-ho Lee, Byung-kyu Lee, Chang-yong Lim, Byung-hyun Kim as well as two plaques of SK Slugger Jamie Romak. He also traded me several of these players' Japanese cards. He has also purchased my custom sets and enjoys collecting cards and memorabilia of foreign players.

I believe the photo below of the folder for this set was given away at the same time as the cards, perhaps the cards were already in the pages. I will try to find out more. I have seen numerous sellers posting photos of this set with these folders so the folders must have been released with the set, not custom made by someone. Though, I could be wrong because the folder cover image appears to below low-resolution and on cheap paper, so they may very well be custom-made. I have also heard from a seller on eBay that the last four cards of the set, cards #51, #52, #53 and #54 were released after the initial 50 cards. All the cards in my set have the same serial number of #1057/1999, so I am unsure if this is true.


Low-resolution cover image for folder


Appears it was a smaller folder with 4-card pages




Of the 55 cards in the set, eight cards have a facsimile auto on them, including the title card. Signed his name and jersey number (36)



The backs include lots of great information, almost everything you would want to know. Each card is specific to the day each home run was hit along with what type of pitch was thrown (fastball, slider, forkball), how fast the pitch was (km), how far the ball (m) was hit, the count/outs and where it was hit. I specified on the card what each piece of information in Korean means.






I was excited to get these cards in hand and get them online in a checklist. I was very disappointed at the quality of these cards. The photos themselves and the feel of the cards I personally like, but the resolution isn't great, many with white blemishes/blobs, not physical damage on the card, but graphically. I am glad I have these uploaded to TCDB now but I am hesitant on getting them graded because these will not grade out very well. I don't know if I have a bad set or if they are all like this. My friend bought the set online and the set came in a plastic case, so it didn't come with a folder. Here are a few examples of what I am talking about. Again, not sure if I bought a bad set. If I did, I will look to buy a new, cleaner one that I may grade.


Thursday, November 1, 2018

129 card Lee Seung-Yuop PSA submission popped

My 129-card Lee Seung-Yeop sub popped last week and these are the results. BBM/Calbee/Konami are Japanese. Teleca and SMG/Ntreev are Korean. The SMG/Ntreev, newer Korean releases, often have had imperfect cards out of the pack so those are disappointing, yet expected. The Samsung Lions HR Best 5 & Bingo Card were given away at the stadium so they were in a stack in someone's hand before giving away so 8s and 9s, not bad. I was pretty thrilled with this sub overall. Have to credit the Japanese collectors who take good of their cards (knock on wood).

Have totals at the bottom. My favorite GEMs in this sub would be 2006 Calbee Star Cards S-46 Gold Signature, 2006 BBM Touch the Game Ball B32, & 2013 BBM Legendary Foreigners 2 Deep Impact 66 Silver Signature. When I have scans I will upload some.


1 1 MINT 9 1999 Teleca Korean Diamond Kings DK-8
2 1 GEM MINT 10 1999 Teleca Kolon Activ A-11
3 1 NEAR MINT-MINT 8 1999 Teleca Premium 52
4 1 GEM MINT 10 2004 BBM 558
5 1 GEM MINT 10 2004 BBM 113
6 1 GEM MINT 10 2004 BBM Promotion P4
7 1 MINT 9 2004 BBM Chiba Lotte Marines M46
8 1 N9: NOT GRADED No Spec Info, No Grade, No Charge
9 1 MINT 9 2004 BBM Soul of Marines SM13
10 1 MINT 9 2004 BBM Chiba Lotte Marines M71
11 1 GEM MINT 10 2004 BBM Opening Game Cleanup Hitters OB4
12 1 NEAR MINT-MINT 8 2004 BBM Touch the Game 046
13 1 MINT 9 2004 BBM Newcomer NC4
14 1 N9: NOT GRADED No Spec Info, No Grade, No Charge
15 1 NEAR MINT+ 7.5 2004 BBM Touch the Game B12 Ball
16 1 MINT 9 2004 Calbee 98
17 1 MINT 9 2004 Calbee Opening Game OP-2
18 1 MINT 9 2004 Konami Prime Nine 153
19 1 GEM MINT 10 2004 Konami Prime Nine Gold 182
20 1 GEM MINT 10 2005 BBM 149
21 1 GEM MINT 10 2005 BBM 621
22 1 MINT 9 2005 BBM 763
23 1 MINT 9 2005 BBM Chiba Lotte Marines M046
24 1 MINT 9 2005 BBM Chiba Lotte Marines M093
25 1 GEM MINT 10 2005 BBM Chiba Lotte Marines Takumi 21
26 1 MINT 9 2005 BBM Chiba Lotte Marines Takumi 35
27 1 MINT 9 2005 BBM Nippon Series 18
28 1 MINT 9 2005 BBM Nippon Series 57
29 1 MINT 9 2005 BBM Touch the Game 47
30 1 GEM MINT 10 2005 BBM Touch the Game 148
31 1 GEM MINT 10 2005 Calbee 100
32 1 GEM MINT 10 2005 Calbee All-Stars As-9
33 1 GEM MINT 10 2005 Konami Prime Nine 2nd Edition 160
34 1 GEM MINT 10 2005 Konami Prime Nine 2nd Edition Gold 160
35 1 GEM MINT 10 2006 BBM 382
36 1 MINT 9 2006 BBM 683
37 1 GEM MINT 10 2006 BBM 747
38 1 GEM MINT 10 2006 BBM All-Star A59
39 1 MINT 9 2006 BBM Touch the Game 129
40 1 GEM MINT 10 2006 BBM Yomiuri Giants G049
41 1 GEM MINT 10 2006 BBM Yomiuri Giants G082
42 1 MINT 9 2006 BBM Yomiuri Giants G105
43 1 MINT 9 2006 BBM Yomiuri Giants Giant Step GN16 Great Numbers
44 1 MINT 9 2006 BBM Yomiuri Giants Giant Step GN16
45 1 GEM MINT 10 2006 BBM Touch the Game Ball B32
46 1 MINT 9 2006 BBM Touch the Game Memorabilia M14
47 1 MINT 9 2006 Calbee 183
48 1 MINT 9 2006 Calbee 278
49 1 NEAR MINT-MINT 8 2006 Calbee Batting Leaders BL-11
50 1 MINT 9 2006 Calbee Opening Game OP-22
51 1 GEM MINT 10 2006 Calbee Star s S-46
52 1 GEM MINT 10 2006 Calbee Star s S-46 Wave
53 1 GEM MINT 10 2006 Calbee Star s S-46 Gold Signature
54 1 MINT 9 2006 Konami Powerful Baseball 150
55 1 MINT 9 2007 BBM 343
56 1 MINT 9 2007 BBM 343 Light Pack
57 1 GEM MINT 10 2007 BBM 649
58 1 MINT 9 2007 BBM Home Run Chronicles 45
59 1 MINT 9 2007 BBM the Climax Yomiuri Giants G19
60 1 GEM MINT 10 2007 BBM Yomiuri Giants G064
61 1 MINT 9 2007 BBM Yomiuri Giants Silver Kira G064
62 1 NEAR MINT-MINT 8 2007 BBM Yomiuri Giants G105
63 1 MINT 9 2007 BBM Yomiuri Giants Memorabilia GM2
64 1 MINT 9 2007 BBM Yomiuri Giants Photo s GP13
65 1 MINT 9 2007 BBM Yomiuri Giants Starting Lineup GSL3
66 1 NEAR MINT-MINT 8 2007 Calbee 196
67 1 GEM MINT 10 2007 Calbee 303
68 1 GEM MINT 10 2007 Calbee Opening Game OP-20
69 1 MINT 9 2007 Calbee Slugger SL-10
70 1 MINT 9 2007 Calbee the Record TR-10
71 1 GEM MINT 10 2007 Calbee Top Players TP-20
72 1 VERY GOOD-EXCELLENT 4 2007 Yomiuri Giants Jersey
73 1 VERY GOOD-EXCELLENT 4 2008 BBM Yomiuri Giants G049
74 1 MINT 9 2008 BBM Yomiuri Giants G107
75 1 MINT 9 2008 BBM Yomiuri Giants Kira G100
76 1 MINT 9 2008 BBM Nippon Series S48
77 1 MINT 9 2008 BBM Chiba Lotte Marines 40th Season
78 1 NEAR MINT 7 2008 Calbee 007
79 1 MINT 9 2008 Calbee Opening Game OP-02
80 1 N9: NOT GRADED No Spec Info, No Grade, No Charge
81 1 N9: NOT GRADED 2009 BBM 238
82 1 MINT 9 2009 BBM 655
83 1 N9: NOT GRADED 2009 BBM Yomiuri Giants Exciting Road 13
84 1 MINT 9 2009 BBM Yomiuri Giants G046
85 1 MINT 9 2009 BBM Yomiuri Giants G046 Parallel
86 1 EXCELLENT 5 2009 BBM Yomiuri Giants G046 Gold Signature
87 1 MINT 9 2009 BBM Yomiuri Giants G103
88 1 NEAR MINT-MINT 8 2009 BBM Yomiuri Giants G103 Parallel
89 1 MINT 9 2009 BBM Yomiuri Giants Expression 11
90 1 MINT 9 2009 BBM Yomiuri Giants Memorabilia GM5
91 1 MINT 9 2009 Calbee 161
92 1 NEAR MINT-MINT 8 2009 Calbee Home Run Top 10 HT-14
93 1 GEM MINT 10 2010 BBM 19
94 1 GEM MINT 10 2010 BBM Yomiuri Giants G047
95 1 NEAR MINT-MINT 8 2010 BBM Yomiuri Giants G047 Foil
96 1 GEM MINT 10 2010 BBM Yomiuri Giants G126
97 1 MINT 9 2011 BBM 123
98 1 MINT 9 2011 BBM 537
99 1 GEM MINT 10 2011 BBM Legend of B's 12
100 1 GEM MINT 10 2011 BBM Orix Buffaloes BS75
101 1 N9: NOT GRADED No Spec Info, No Grade, No Charge
102 1 N9: NOT GRADED No Spec Info, No Grade, No Charge
103 1 N9: NOT GRADED No Spec Info, No Grade, No Charge
104 1 NEAR MINT-MINT 8 2011 Calbee 101
105 1 MINT 9 2013 BBM Legendary Foreigners 2 Deep Impact 66
106 1 GEM MINT 10 2013 BBM Legendary Foreigners 2 Deep Impact 66 Silver Signature
107 1 MINT 9 2013 BBM Legendary Foreigners 2 Deep Impact 66 Gold Signature
108 1 NEAR MINT-MINT 8 2014 Ntreev Duael Superstar Blue Edition 41 Min-Ho Kang Autograph
109 1 MINT 9 2006 Upper Deck World Baseball Classic 36 Seung-Yeop Lee World Baseball Classic
110 1 N9: NOT GRADED No Spec Info, No Grade, No Charge
111 1 EXCELLENT-MINT+ 6.5 2017 Samsung Lions Blue Star Bingo 36
112 1 NEAR MINT-MINT 8 2017 Samsung Lions HR Best 5
113 1 NEAR MINT-MINT 8 2017 Samsung Lions HR Best 5
114 1 MINT 9 2017 Samsung Lions HR Best 5
115 1 MINT 9 2017 Samsung Lions HR Best 5
116 1 NEAR MINT-MINT 8 2017 Samsung Lions HR Best 5
117 1 NEAR MINT-MINT 8 2015 Smg Ntreev Super Star Gold Edition 5
118 1 N9: NOT GRADED No Spec Info, No Grade, No Charge
119 1 N9: NOT GRADED No Spec Info, No Grade, No Charge
120 1 NEAR MINT 7 2014 Ntreev Duael Superstar Blue Edition 80
121 1 NEAR MINT-MINT 8 2015 Smg Ntreev Super Star 201
122 1 GEM MINT 10 2015 Smg Ntreev Super Star Gold Edition 5
123 1 MINT 9 2015 Smg Ntreev Super Star Stickers
124 1 NEAR MINT 7 2015 Smg Ntreev Samsung Lions Collection 1
125 1 MINT 9 2015 Smg Ntreev Samsung Lions Collection 60 Super Stick
126 1 NEAR MINT-MINT 8 2015 Smg Ntreev Baseball's Best Players Hell's Fireball 1 Kira
127 1 NEAR MINT-MINT 8 2015 Smg Ntreev Baseball's Best Players Hell's Fireball 1 Kira
128 1 GEM MINT 10 2015 Smg Ntreev Baseball's Best Players Hell's Fireball 1
129 1 N9: NOT GRADED No Spec Info, No Grade, No Charge

N9: NOT GRADED No Spec Info, No Grade, No Charge
8 - 2004 BBM Marines #MP10
14 - 2004 BBM SCM #37
80 - 2008 Calbee #TS01
81 - 2009 BBM #238
83 - 2009 BBM Exciting Road #13
101 - 2011 BBM Marines 20th Season #BS95
102 - 2011 BBM Back to Hankyu Braves #75
103 - 2011 BBM Memorabilia Cards #BSM2
110 - 2016 SMG Ntreev Baseball's Best Players Forever Ace #SA002
118 - 2006 Yomiuri Giants Phone Card #NNO
119 - 2010 BBM Bat Card #GM2
129 - 2016-17 SMG Ntreev Super Star Black Edition #001SS

Saturday, October 6, 2018

2018 Daewoo Media SCC KBO League Collection 2 Black released

I was at work deskwarming when Justin messaged me on Facebook asking if SCC released a new set. I wasn't sure so I looked on Gmarket and there it was. A $13 box of 20 packs (5 per pack) for the 2018 SCC KBO Collection 2 set of 115 cards (but 10 are "Hidden Hologram" inserts numbered to /200).

Looking at the box it appears only five teams are in this set: Doosan, Kia, Hanwha, NC and SK. I don't know why these five were chosen. I would assume there may be a Collection 3 with the other 5 teams being released later.



Friday, August 31, 2018

2018 Daewoo Media SCC set review

Daewoo Media has released their newest set, 2018 SCC. The boxes cost W23,900 ($22) and come with 30 5-card packs. You can buy the boxes here, Gmarket. Unfortunately the shipping will be $20-$25 via EMS. So expect to pay about $40-$45 shipped for a box.



This set is slightly different from their 2017 set. This set consists of 253 cards in total, the last 13 being autos (I believe all to be /10). This time around, the set does not have duplicate numbers for players but a straight 1-253 consecutively numbered set. The cards were ordered by the way the teams finished during the 2017 season, with Kia being first for winning the Korean Series. Each team has 24 cards.

Each player has one card and the various types of cards are mixed throughout the set and teams. I uploaded the set checklist and images, here 2018 Daewoo Media SCC.

This set includes the usual inserts but this time they have added a hologram card, perhaps the prettiest I've seen of Korean cards. The scans don't do this card justice. I will try to take a phone photo of the card in its glory. The number of each type of card is in parenthesis next to the card heading. All of the facsimile auto cards are horizontal. The worst part of this set is that they used a logo for the back with no statistics or photos of the player, like in the 2014 Duael Ntreev sets. But at least that makes it easier (less time) to scan these cards.


NORMAL (100)

Kyung-Chan Moon

Ji-Hyuk Ryu

Seung-Min Koo


RARE (45)

Ja-Wook Koo

Sung-Bum Na

Hyoung-Woo Choi


The "rare" inserts are the same as in the 2017 set. I wish they would have put some of the star players used on these on the "holo" inserts instead, like in the case of Ja-Wook Koo.


HOLO (43)

Yung-Soo Bae

Yung-Pyo Ko

Sung-Hwan Yoo


These are the prettiest cards in the set. I especially love the closer portraits that have a likeness to the All Star cards from the 2014 Duael Ntreev Super Star Season Two set (below).



FACSIMILE AUTO (43)

Jong-Hoon Park


Chang-Mo Koo


Soo-Haeng Cho


ROOKIE (9)

Baek-Ho Kang

Bin Kwak

Seung-Chul Yoo


There are nine (9) rookies in this set but NC and SK have none, Lotte has two and the remaining teams have one each. Baek-Ho Kang of the KT Wiz is the big, star rookie this year.

BACK


This set is the first set I didn't buy boxes for when building a set. I bought the set outright from a Korean friend who bought a case or more of these boxes.



WHERE TO BUY & VIEW:

2017 SCC boxes ($60-$65 shipped) can be bought here
2017 SCC checklist here

2018 SCC boxes ($40-$45 shipped) can be bought here
2018 SCC checklist here

2018 SCC KBO stickers (~$30 shipped) can be bought here
2018 SCC KBO stickers checklist here

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Lee submission received by PSA

My submission was received on 8/1/18 by PSA. It included 128 Seung-Yeop Lee cards and 1 Min-Ho Kang /10 auto card. I feel a vast majority should be 9s and 10s (as I received them from Japan) but who knows. I do know some aren't perfect, like relic cards with snowy corners. I wanted to have all of his cards slabbed for the registry and most will be POP 1s, so I am excited about that. A friend even suggested that I contact the Samsung Lions to display them at a later date, if I ever receive them in hand. Samsung had a tribute to Lee after he retired after the 2017 season so I have a feeling they would pass on the idea simply because the tribute already happened.

I am working on another sub that I need to mail off by the end of the month to get the 50-card sub pricing, which is rumored to end this month. The 50-card sub would include more Lees, other Korean rookies, and some of my PCs like Mattingly, Buehrle and knuckleballers for a friends collection. I am also trying to purchase some of the 1999 Teleca sub-set rookies for Lee as well as a few other cards of his that I was missing.