I got this pack at the National in Baltimore… I think it was the 2012 National, but as disorganized as I have been, I can’t swear it wasn’t the 2010 National. I bought this pack thinking that maybe I’d get a former Met like Benny Agbayani, Matt Franco or even Bobby Valentine.
Agbayani was a favorite of mine, getting one of his cards in this pack would save me from having to hunt one down.
Here’s the back of the wrapper… I’m of no help in translating; I don’t read Kanji and the only Japanese I know off the top of my head are “Gaijin”, “Dentaku” and “Domo Arigato”… the latter two come courtesy of songs by Kraftwerk and Styx.
Soichi Fujita appears to have been a reliever but not a closer… In 2004 he had 62 appearances but had no saves and a 1-1 record.
Incidentally, any stats I recite here are from baseball-reference.com.
Another subset, this one called “Once Upon A Time” for reasons I can only guess at. Kenji Morozumi is another career Marine, playing 13 seasons for the team. He went to Hosei University, which is one of the top Japanese universities in terms of baseball… and in terms of many other things, I’m sure.
I was hoping for a former Met in my pack, but I wasn’t expecting Komiyama; he pitched for the Mets in 2002 and struggled during his time in the Mets bullpen. Komiyama appeared on a few cards in 2002, but I was surprised to find I don’t have any in my collection so I’ll have to rely on the good people at COMC for an image…
So at least I did get a former Met, even if it wasn’t one I was expecting.
I’ve got more unopened Japanese packs, and I’ll try to get more out here a bit more frequently than I have been.