Monday, May 1, 2017

2005 Hanwha Team Set

Although it is not complete, I was able to pick up this mostly complete 2005 Hanwha Eagles set. What's interesting about this set is that the names on the back are spelled in English but also have Chinese below the English names. I have yet to add this set to the Trading Card Database. I also noticed an error. All the player cards list 2005 as the year but the mascot/checklist card says 2005 on the ball in the upper right but at the bottom in the title of the set it shows 2000. The checklist seems to match the player cards for the 2005 roster so I will go with that.

I picked this up on a Korean blog café where Koreans buy, sell and show off what they have. I paid ~$20 and have some doubles even though the set isn't complete. Unfortunately I'm missing the fan favorite and KBO star Kim Tae-Kyun. The seller mentioned this was a commemorative set with the team's practicing in Japan. There is a checklist card with the Eagles mascot on the front and some unnumbered cards which have veterans and rookie cards.

Kwon Yung-keun (권영근) - base numbered card

Checklist with mascot

김인철 (Kim In-Chul) - unnumbered veteran

Yang Hoon (양훈) - unnumbered rookie

Friday, April 28, 2017

KuboTen package received!

I made multiple purchases on KuboTen the last few weeks and had them shipped together. They arrived yesterday (super fast too, 2 days?) and here are the pictures.

All together I think I bought 93 cards and about 58 are different.. all Lee Seung-yeop cards. My plan is to submit these to PSA for a Master Set Registry. BBM, Calbee, Konami, and Yomiuri Giants. I don't believe I have any Owners League in this shipment. When I saw the large envelope I wondered what was inside. I didn't realize the folder was a folder, I thought it was a card so I was a little bummed but it's a cool piece to have.

Ryan, over at This Card Is Cool, is helping me acquire more Lee Seung-yeop cards, and I, helping him with Korean cards.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Lee Seung-yeop statue

I've been putting this off for some time but I finally purchased the Lee Seung-yeop statue that's been for sale for maybe two years now. I paid W59,000 won (~$54), a bit pricey, but that's what it costs. Initially I thought it was a bobblehead so I was surprised to realize it wasn't when I opened the box. It comes with a detachable stand. The likeness is one of the best I've seen in any statue/bobblehead. It's beautiful and well-detailed.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Added Lee Seung-Yeop cards

I've scanned and uploaded new Lee acquisitions to the Lee Seung-Yeop page. I am in the process of adding more cards to the PC using Buyee, KubeTEN and Noppin.

2004 BBM Marines Soul of Marines #SM13
2004 Calbee Newcomer #098
2004 Calbee Opening Game #OP-2
2005 Calbee #100
2005 Konami Baseball Heroes #B05W159
2005 Konami Baseball Heroes #B05S044
2005 Konami Baseball Heroes 2 #B06S044
2006 Calbee Top Player #TP20
2006 Konami Baseball Heroes 2 #B06S044
2007 Calbee #196
2007 Calbee Opening Game #0P-2
2008 Yomiuri Giants Players Day
2009 BBM 1st Version #238
2009 Yomiuri Giants Players Day
2010 Owner's League #008 Black
2010 Owner's League #008 White
2011 Owner's League #055 Black
2016 SMG Ntreev Baseball's Best Players - Forever Ace Gold Kira #SA002
2016-17 SMG Ntreev Super Star Black Edition #001-SS

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Nicaraguan (Correos '95) 1995 Korean Baseball Championship stamp set

I bought these on ebay last year for about $35USD and they appear readily available. These would look cleaner but my scanner needs to be replaced.

These were released by Correos of Nicaragua in 1995. All eight teams of the KBO in '95 make up this stamp set with 9 stamps per team (8 players, 1 mascot). For each team, players make up the outside border and the mascot is in the middle. The players name is in full Korean as well as the family name and first two initials in English. At the time of this post I have forgotten to scan the back. I will include one later. On the bottom of the sheet it says in Korean, Korea Pro Baseball (한국프로야구). The photos are of games played in Korea, during the season I'd assume.

I may consider breaking up a team set to get a player graded by PSA (maybe Jong-Beom Lee, Min-Tae Chung or Ki-Tae Kim). I have a Mattingly Grenada stamp graded so hopefully they will grade these as well. I will even see if I can add this to TCDB but I have a feeling it's not allowed since these are stamps. I added the checklist for this stamp set to TCDB located here. It is listed under Oddball (as is the Grenada), not Korean League.

Haitai Tigers
해태 타이그즈

Dong-Yeol Sun
Jong-Beom Lee
Jung-Soo Kim
Sung-Han Kim
Kang-Chul Lee
Gae-Hyun Cho
Sang-Hoon Kim
Soon-Chul Lee

Hanwha Eagles
한화 이글스

Jong-Hoon Jang
Yong-Duk Han
Kang-Don Lee
Ji-Sang Park
Min-Chul Jeong
Jin-Woo Song
Jung-Gil Kang
Dae-Sung Koo

LG Twins
LG 트윈스

Dae-Hwan Han
Yong-Su Kim
Ji-Hyun Yoo
Yong-Bin Seo
Jong-Ho Park
Sang-Hoon Lee
Dong-Soo Kim
Jae-Hyun Kim

Lotte Giants
롯데 자이언츠

Hak-Gil Yoon
Dong-Hee Park
Hyung-Kwang Joo
Eung-Kook Kim
Jung-Tae Park
Pil-Sung Kong
Jong-Suk Yeom
Min-Ho Kim

OB Bears
OB 베어스

Myung-Soo Lee
Chul-Soon Park
Hyung-Suk Lim
Kyung-Won Kim
Jong-Suk Kim
Tae-Hyung Kim
Hyung-Suk Kim
Sang-Jin Kim

Pacific Dolphins
태평양 돌핀스

Kyung-Won Jung
Kyung-Ki Kim
Hong-Jib Kim
Min-Tae Chung
Byung-Won An
Duk-Gyu Yoon
Sang-Duk Choi
Dong-Ki Kim

Samsung Lions
삼성 라이온즈

Jung-Il Ryu
Sang-Yeop Kim
Sung-Rae Kim
Bong-Chul Dong
Ki-Woong Kang
Choong-Sik Park
Joon-Hyuk Yang
Tae-Han Kim

Ssangbangwool Raiders
쌍방울 레이더스

No-Joon Park
Kyu-Jae Cho
Ki-Tae Kim
Won-Hyung Kim
In-Ho Baik
Sung-Ki Park
Kwang-Lim Kim
Jin-Suk Park

Monday, March 6, 2017

Noppin Japanese Card Order

I just received my first order of Japanese cards from Noppin (dba Crescent Trading), a Japanese "middle man" company who places your bids and ships to you. I think you would need a Japanese Yahoo! Auction account which I don't think non-Japanese can get, otherwise I would attempt this myself.

When using this site, and others like KuboTEN, who I am awaiting an order from, they charge you 1000JPY (~$10) per seller you buy from. So if you want seven cards from seven different sellers, you are paying $70 off the bat. The good things is that they will hold all your packages and ship them all at once so you can save on shipping. These sites require you to deposit money ahead of time to bid on items, similar to COMC, and I use PayPal. Since they are in Japan, they charge you JPY (Japanese Yen) which is less than the U.S. dollar at the moment so I make a little more on the exchange; unlike my more important monthly exchange from Korean Won to US dollars.

I decided to take photos of the packaging received from Noppin. I ordered 17 different Seung-Yeop Lee (이승엽) cards from different sellers. Keep in mind, you have to go by the pictures unless you can read Japanese, which I can not, though I use bad Google translator for assistance. The auction sites also use the translator so you don't have to cut and paste everything to a translator, but it may not always give you what you need. I decided to pay the $14 to ship via EMS instead of Air Mail.

In this order, I received two Yomiuri Playing Day cards of Lee with the Giants which are packaged inside a Giants postcard, some Calbee, BBM and Konami. I did read on one of the auctions that it said the card was dirty, but it was cheap so I bought it anyway. Upon closer inspection, the holographic card has surface smudges that can't be removed so I probably won't submit it to PSA but will look for a new copy.

2000 Lotte Giants Phone Cards

With the help of Dave over at Japanese Baseball Cards, who also collects Korean cards, he pointed me in the direction to pick up my first phone cards. I just started looking at these closely and will try to find out which company released these. I'm leaning towards calling these "Seoul International Phone Call" because it's in bold on the back with a logo. These are super unique and I'm very happy to have these now. I appreciate Dave giving me a heads up.

I'm not sure when these were released, if these only came in Lotte Giants players, or how many there are. There are no names listed on the cards, only the player photo and a facsimile auto. The expiration date for these cards was 4/30/2000 so I wouldn't be surprised if these were released in 1999. I used my 1999 and 2000 Teleca set uploads at Trading Card Database to identify the players.

#12 Sung-Woo Kang

#3 Dae-Ik Kim

#28 Hyung-Kwang Joo

#27 Ki-Moon Choi

#75 Dong-Hwan Moon

#0 Pil-Sung Kong

#17 Weung-Kook Kim

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Baseball's Best Players box breaks

I bought a box of each Baseball Best Players and tried to hit some of the inserts I needed to complete the sets.

2015 SMG Ntreev Baseball's Best Players Hell's Fireball box break

2016 SMG Ntreev Baseball's Best Players Diamond Winners box break

2016 SMG Ntreev Baseball's Best Players Forever Ace box break

Monday, February 27, 2017

Korean referenced U.S. cards: 2013 Bowman & 2013 Bowman Prospects

I think this Bowman design is rather boring but I like the country flag in the background. Another front white border set great for grading but a bore on the eyes. The base back presents us with a gray back. The three Koreans represented between both sets are Shin-Soo Choo (신수추), Hyun-Jin Ryu (현진류) (RC), and Ji-Man Choi (최지만).

Korean referenced U.S. cards: 2002 Leaf League of Nations

I will be sharing US issued sets that have Korean players in them when referencing the country or WBC. This set has 10 total cards, 3 of which are Korean players. Chan-Ho Park (박찬호), Byung-Hyun Kim (김병현), and Sun-Woo Kim (김선우). The set also includes three Japanese, one Netherlands, one Australian, one Canadian and one Cuban.

I like the design of this set. I like how the country flag is in the corner of the card and the "League of Nations" has a raised font which is cool. What's ultra cool is that Leaf actually included both languages for the bio on the back of the card. I can't say I have ever seen that.