Tuesday, June 20, 2017

1998 Pro Baseball Stickers / 1998 프로 야구 스티커스

This post has been a long time coming because I picked up these stickers months ago. For those of you may not know, foreigners were first accepted into the league in 1998, so this may very well be the first appearance of them on any Korean sets. I do not know of any card sets in 1998, so the first actual foreigner cards appear in the 1999 Teleca set.

These are mini stickers that measure 6cm (2.36") on the long side. This complete set list is numbered to 289 but because some player stickers are paired with the same number, the set is actually 304 stickers. I uploaded the set, checklist and stickers (I have) to tradingcarddb.com here.

Each team has about 32 players, including any paired players. There are also five different symbols on some of the stickers. I am not positive what they mean but I can fathom some guesses. Those guesses are under each sticker image below.

I believe I'm missing some star players who may be on some of these variations. I will update this list as necessary.



Base stickers - These make up the majority of the set. The player image, name (in Korean) and team logo
are represented.



Backs - Each back has a baseball term in Korean, such as hook-sliding and double header, and all look the same.
Because the shiny stickers are made of a foil, the backs are darker and the sticker stiffer.




Shiny stickers - I believe these might represent the best player on the team. Because of the foil material used to
make this sticker, the backs are generally darker and stiffer. These stickers are not paired players and are one
per team, so there should be eight in total.

6
49
217
262
Dae-Jin Lee
Byung-Kyu Lee
Jae-Hong Park
Hyung-Gwang Joo
Haitai Tigers
LG Twins
Hyundai Unicorns
Lotte Giants




Gold Stars - Like the shiny, I think these also represent stars on the team but these are paired stickers,
with the exception of #289.

159a
159b
208a
208b
289
Soo-Keun Jung
Min-Ho Kim
Soong-Yong Lee
Kwang-Lim Kim
Ji-Chul Park
OB Bears
OB Bears
Hyundai Unicorns
Hyundai Unicorns
Lotte Giants




Green Baseball - I believe these are for the best pitchers

34a
34b
147a
147b
181a
181b
193a
193b
Jung-Soo Kim
Kang-Chul Lee
Joong-Sik Park
Sang-Yeop Kim
Myung-Hwan Park
Sang-Jin Kim
Woong-Chun Cho
Min-Tae Chung
Haitai Tigers
Haitai Tigers
Samsung Lions
Samsung Lions
OB Bears
OB Bears
Hyundai Unicorns
Hyundai Unicorns




Yellow Bat - I believe these are for the best hitters

21a
21b
62a
62b
122a
122b
269a
269b
Ho-Sung Lee
Hoon-Jae Choi
Jae-Hyun Kim
Jae-Hak Sim
Joon-Hyuk Yang
Dong-Joo Shin
Dae-Ik Kim
Eung-Kuk Kim
Haitai Tigers
Haitai Tigers
LG Twins
LG Twins
Samsung Lions
Samsung Lions
Lotte Giants
Lotte Giants




Blue Glove - I believe these are for the best defensive players.

75a
75b
92a
92b
Ji-Hyun Yoo
Myung-Suk Cha
Won-Hyung Kim
Sung-Bo Shim
LG Twins
LG Twins
Ssangbangwool Raiders
Ssangbangwool Raiders




Foreigners - There are a total of 10 foreigners in this set:

41
74
120
123
172
Alvares
Mike J. Anderson
Scott Baker
Jose Parra
Tyrone Woods
LG Twins (coach)
LG Twins
Samsung Lions
Samsung Lions
OB Bears
175
207
238
239
274
Edgar Caceres
Scott Coolbaugh
Joel Chimelis
Mike Busch
Doug Brady
OB Bears
Hyundai Unicorns
Hanwha Eagles
Hanwha Eagles
Lotte Giants


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