Wednesday, June 24, 2020

1949 Football Back Menko JCM 62

In the past few months I have picked up a lot of Japanese menkos on several websites. For those who are not very privy to menkos, they are vintage Japanese miniature cards named after their backs. In this post, the design of the backs resemble a football so it's aptly named "Football Back." This process was done by Gary Engel. Gary released a menko catalog called "Japanese Baseball Card Checklist and Price Guide" and Dave has covered menkos in great detail in numerous posts. You can buy the price guide through Prestige Collectibles here.

What I love about this menko set, and many others I hope to cover, are the illustrations of the players on the cards. What's even cooler is that sometimes the illustrated backs are just as awesome. At the time of this post I have seven cards from this set with several more to go. In this set, the player is illustrated on the front with the player's last name in cursive. The backs have no illustrations, but have a single card number in the middle and a random, five-digit number in the bottom center. Some card numbers are repeated. I think these card numbers might be jersey numbers. I put these cards in order of jersey/card number, not the random, five-digit number Gary uses to put them in oroder in his catalogue. I may change it later to match. I feel the colors pop on these, especially when they are in better condiiton. Please note that I edited these card scans so they appear more presentable for viewing.

In Engel's price guide, he gives a description of the fronts and backs of every set. Many of the sets can have similar looking fronts and backs and he does his best to describe them. I will update this post as I acquire more of the cards.


#3 Makoto Kozuru


#4 Torao Ooka


#5 Shinpei Ichii


#15 Michio Nishizawa

#17 Hideo Fujimoto

#18 Jiro Noguchi


#19 Takeshi Doigaki


#21 Susumu Yuki


#23 Noboru Aota


#25 Kaoru Betto

Sunday, May 24, 2020

2018 Vittum Foreign Attack set update #2

I received the remainder of my 2018 sets from my friend in the States and to my surprise the card stock was not what I ordered. If you have received the 2018 set, it is not what I requested to be printed. I despise that UV coating they have on there. I have been exchanging emails with the company and will exchange a few more to make sure the sets are produced and cut correctly. I will then do the process all over again regarding shipping. So assuming everything goes smoothly, everyone will have both the correct and incorrect KBO sets for 2018. Sorry for the inconvenience. This was very upsetting for me because I will have to spend more of my money on this due to the company's error.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

2018 Vittum Foreign Attack set update

For all of those who bought a 2018 set, my friend received the sets from the printer and should be shipping them out soon. For those of you in Korea and Japan, they will be shipped to me then I will ship to you.

I am also hoping to finish the 2019 set sometime this year and will keep you updated on that set. I was getting a lot of it done over vacation and school being pushed back due to COVID-19, but school (online teaching) has started up here and I have a little less time.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Vittum Foreign Attack update

For those of you who don't know, I have created a few custom sets for KBO foreign players under the name Vittum Foreign Attack, since foreigners are not included in the Korean released sets. Thus far, I have created sets for years 2015, 2016 and 2017. The serials for each are 2015 (/20), 2016 (/20) and 2017 (/25). In the past I would take a poll to see how many would be interested and order that amount or a few more.

2015
2016
2017


Well, last year I ordered 20 sets for my 2015 set but I still have nine remaining since people backed out or haven't responded. I have considered quitting it all together but have instead decided to push forward and create as many years of KBO foreign player sets as I can but limiting the serial run to ten, maybe 15.

I am currently working on a 2018 set and am about 65% finished. I touched it for the first time in several months. I have also considered using a different printing company that would be significantly cheaper but it would require me to have the sheets shipped to me and cut them myself. I have a guillotine cutter at work that should suffice but I'm afraid I wouldn't make all the cards universally uniform so I may stick with the company I have been using. If you are reading this for the first time and may be interested in a set, please let me know.

For those of you who have purchased my sets the past few years, thanks for your support and your interest in Korean baseball.

Dan

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Haitai Homerun Balls

I've known about these for sometime but wasn't overly concerned about completing the set and thought I'd find one here or there. Haitai, who used to have their own team in the KBO, the Haitai Tigers, who became the Kia Tigers in 2002, released a set of mini cards in the Homerun Ball chocolate snack treats starting in 2006. After speaking with a fellow Lee Seung-yuop collector, there appears to be 23 cards in the set (22 in image). I currently own five of them.



A 2006 Haitai Homerun Ball mini card


Not sure if anyone has heard or read about this topic from me before, but I found a Korean blog that has more ads and a brief summary from the Korean blogger about the Haitai Homerun Balls. I couldn't post asking questions because I'm not a member of that blogging site. The reason I am posting is because he mentions Calbee in his blog but I am not sure if he thinks they released them. I know Calbee, a Japanese confectionary, has released food-issued trading cards for a long time. I want to break down the commerical and ads I have seen. I would not have doubted that Calbee may have released these in Japan but I spoke with a Japanese friend who told me he never saw them for sale in Japan and that it was indeed a Korean-only product, as I suspected.

COMMERCIAL: First, in the commercial you will see Lee Seung-yuop driving a car while seated in the right seat, which would make this recorded in Japan, not Korea. Secondly, the Haitai Homerun Ball jersey he is wearing is in the colors of the Yomiuri Giants (Tokyo). Thirdly, the blog states the commercial aired in 2006 while the YouTube video information specifically stated it aired on Sept 9, 2006. The jersey he is wearing in the commercial is #33, which he wore in his first of five years with Yomiuri in 2006 but changed to #25 in 2007-2010. Lastly, all of the snack packaging (Haitai) and commericial writing is in Korean. There was no mention of Calbee in the commercial.

Link to: 2006 Haitai Homerun Ball commercial (Unable to embed)

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Like the commercial and the cards, all the text in the ads is Korean


There even appears to be baseball's released over this product


I submitted the five mini cards that I own to PSA but they were N9'd (unable to identify) this week. I will have to be more diligent about giving them the info I have. Also, next time I will attempt to call them 2006 Haitai Homerun Ball, which sounds better, than 2006 Haitai Confectionery as I had listed on the online submission form.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

My most recent two submissions at PSA.

These are two submissions currently at PSA. This is mostly a note for myself so I know what I have submitted but thought others may be interested to see.



1958 Mitsuwa Menko JCM 129 Masaichi Kaneda #AS
1994 Teleca #16 Jong-Beom Lee
1994 Teleca #17 Jong-Beom Lee
1994 Teleca #18 Jong-Beom Lee
1999 Teleca Golden Glove Phone Card #NNO Seung Y. Lee
2000 Teleca '99 Korea Japan Super Game #KJ23 Seung Y. Lee / Min-Tae Chung
2000 Teleca '99 Korea Japan Super Game #KJ46 Seung Y. Lee / Sadaharu Oh
2000 Teleca '99 Korea Japan Super Game Phone Card #NNO Seung Y. Lee / Min-Tae Chung
2000 Teleca '99 Korea Japan Super Game Phone Card #NNO Seung Y. Lee / Hideki Matsui
2000 Teleca '99 Korea Japan Super Game Phone Card #NNO Seung Y. Lee / Sadaharu Oh
2005 BBM Gold #621 Seung Y. Lee
2005 Chiba Lotte Marines Playing Card #7D Seung Y. Lee
2005 Konami Baseball Heroes Black Special #044 Seung Y. Lee
2005 Konami Baseball Heroes White #159 Seung Y. Lee
2006 Haitai Confectionery Homerun Ball #NNO Seung Y. Lee
2006 Haitai Confectionery Homerun Ball #NNO Seung Y. Lee
2006 Haitai Confectionery Homerun Ball #NNO Seung Y. Lee
2006 Haitai Confectionery Homerun Ball #NNO Seung Y. Lee
2006 Haitai Confectionery Homerun Ball #NNO Seung Y. Lee
2006 Konami Baseball Heroes 2 Black Special #044 Seung Y. Lee
2006 Konami Baseball Heroes 2 Power Up Version Great #010 Seung Y. Lee
2006 Konami Baseball Heroes 2 White #160 Seung Y. Lee
2006 SP Authentic WBC Future Watch #WBC-70 Seung Y. Lee
2006 Upper Deck Inaugural Images #II-20 Seung Y. Lee
2006 Upper Deck Ovation Ovation Nation #ON-SL Seung Y. Lee
2007 BBM Touch the Game #118 Seung Y. Lee
2007 BBM Yomiuri Giants Triple Bat Card GM4 Seung Y. Lee
2007 Konami Baseball Heroes 3 Black #194 Seung Y. Lee
2007 Konami Baseball Heroes 3 Power Up Black #004 Seung Y. Lee
2007 Yomiuri Giants Playing Card #5C Seung Y. Lee
2007 Yomiuri Giants Playing Card #5D Seung Y. Lee
2008 Konami Baseball Heroes Black #015 Seung Y. Lee
2008 Yomiuri Giants Players Day #25 Seung Y. Lee
2009 Konami Baseball Heroes Black #135 Seung Y. Lee
2009 Yomiuri Giants Giants Winning Game Card #7 Seung Y. Lee
2009 Yomiuri Giants Giants Winning Game Card #26 Seung Y. Lee
2009 Yomiuri Giants Players Day #25 Seung Y. Lee
2010 Bandai Owners League #008 Seung Y. Lee
2010 BBM 20th Anniversary Yomiuri Giants Parallel #G047 Seung Y. Lee
2010 BBM Yomiuri Giants G126 Parallel Seung Y. Lee
2010 Konami Baseball Heroes Opening Version White #006 Seung Y. Lee
2011 Bandai Owners League #055 Seung Y. Lee
2011 Konami Baseball All Stars #091 Seung Y. Lee
2011 Konami Baseball Heroes Opening Version White #056 Seung Y. Lee
2011 Konami Baseball Heroes Test Issue #019 Seung Y. Lee
2011 Orix Buffaloes #3 Seung Y. Lee
2015 Ntreev Duael Superstar Season One #112 Seung Y. Lee
2016 SMG Ntreev Baseball's Best Players Forever Ace #SA002 Seung Y. Lee
2019 Epoch #04 Seung Y. Lee
2019 Epoch Gold #04 Seung Y. Lee
50 cards



1993 BBM #423 Hideki Matsui
1993 Tomy #102 Ichiro Suzuki
1999 Teleca Korean #19 Tyrone Woods
2000 Teleca 2000 Sydney Olympics Korea Team Phone Cards #NNO Seung Y. Lee
2001 Teleca 2000 Golden Glove Phone Card #NNO Seung Y. Lee
2004 BBM #OB4 Parallel Seung Y. Lee
2004 BBM Sports Card Magazine #37
2004 Konami #CN236 Seung Y. Lee
2007 BBM #343 Silver Signature Seung Y. Lee
2007 BBM Yomiuri Giants #G064 Parallel Seung Y. Lee
2007 Yomiuri Giants #NNO Seung Y. Lee
2007 Giants Magazine Monthly January #NNO Seung Y. Lee
2008 BBM Yomiuri Giants #G049 Seung Y. Lee
2008 BBM Yomiuri Giants #G100 Seung Y. Lee
2008 BBM Yomiuri Giants #G100 Parallel Seung Y. Lee
2009 BBM 1st Version #238 Seung Y. Lee
2009 BBM Yomiuri Giants #G046 Gold Signature Seung Y. Lee
2009 BBM Yomiuri Giants #G046 Red Signature Seung Y. Lee
2010 Yomiuri Giants Giants Winning Game #7 Seung Y. Lee
2010 Yomiuri Giants Giants Winning Game #26 Seung Y. Lee
2010 Yomiuri Giants #G047 Gold Signature Seung Y. Lee
2010 Yomiuri Giants #NNO Seung Y. Lee
2019 Epoch Lotte Orions Marines 50th Anniversary #4 Gold Parallel Seung Y. Lee (x2)
2014 Pokemon Korean Evolutions Mega Blastoise EX #015
24 cards

On deck:
1999 Samsung Lions Lee Seung-Yuop Sniper postcards (x17)
1999 Teleca Premium Super Teleca #1
2000 Teleca '99 Korea Japan Super Game #KJ20
2000 Teleca '99 Korea Japan Super Game #KJ43
2004 BBM Touch the Game Ball #B12
2010 BBM Yomiuri Giants Bat Card #GM2 /100
2011 Orix Buffaloes #BsG5
2011 BBM Orix Buffaloes Gold Signature #45 parallel /100
2011 BBM Orix Buffaloes Jersey Card #BsM2
2016-17 SMG Ntreev Super Star Black Edition #001-SS /50
2018 Epoch Orix Buffaloes Stars & Legends Gold #26 /10

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Off topic: Star Trek and baseball

I wanted to make a post for this because of how excited I am about it, although it's a few years old.

I'm a Star Trek fan and Deep Space Nine is my favorite series for various reasons. I met Avery Brooks a few times at conventions I attended in 2012 and 2013. At the first convention I bought a 8x10 at his desk to have him sign, but before the second convention I thought his character through some more and I brought a MLB ball to have him sign because his character was a huge baseball fan. I had him sign the ball with his name and his character's name. For a Star Trek souvenir, I thought it was tops...



Until this.. I'm a huge fan of baseball, a Trekkie, and love the episode, "In the Cards." I'm sure most of you know it. It's Season 5 Episode 25 where Jake is adament about buying the Willie Mays rookie card from an auction of Quark's. He and Nog weren't able to win the auction but after going through various obstacles they finally attain it and give it to Benjamin at the end.

Video clips of episode
Link 1
Link 2

So, to my story of how it happened. I'm not sure I can come up with a more creative idea (to me anyway) revolving around baseball and DS9. I bought the Willie Mays rookie card reprint, not realizing it was a mini, and joined the FB 50th Star Trek Con group and was able to find a fellow fan to get the autos of actors Aron Eisenberg and Cirroc Lofton for me! I mailed him the card, a protector, and a special marker for autos on cards. After getting the autos at the convention he sent the card to another friend who then sent it to PSA for authentication. Honestly, Im not sure I can top this idea for myself. Im so happy with this outcome. Here it is.

A PSA authenticated Aron Eisenberg and Cirroc Lofton signed 1986 CCC reprint of Willie Mays' 1951 Bowman rookie card. I hope you can appreciate it as much as I do.