Japanese Wax: 2006 BBM Record Makers

This pack (from a set where I believe the full name is 2006 BBM Historic Collection Record Makers) is from a number of packs I bought at The National years ago… this is the next-to-last pack I have from that batch. I’ve been complimented before for my restraint on opening these, but a large part of it has been “out of sight, out of mind”. I’ve bought very few packs in 2020, so the rate of dipping into my reserve has picked up a bit.

Here’s the wrapper…

And the back, which doesn’t have a lot information that your average American can read.

This set is clearly about players who set – or, I suppose, at least tied – records, but as the text of the cards aren’t in English, I can only guess at their records.

This was the first card out of the pack, and I instantly liked the card so much that I knew that whatever I spent on this pack was money well spent. (My memory is crap, I don’t remember how much these packs cost).

Shinichi Etoh (or Eto, depending on how you transliterate) was an 11-time All-Star and a 3-time batting champion who played from 1959 to 1976. He hit 367 career homers and according to Baseball Reference, was the only 20th Century player to win a batting title in the Pacific and Central leagues. At the time this card came out, Eto held a Chunichi Dragons record for hits by a rookie (139, broken in 2017 by Yota Kyoda)

Here’s the back of that card.

Next up is Takeshi Yasuda who went 81 innings without walking a batter… this happened from July 17, 1973 to September 9, 1973.

This next card appears to be from an “Active Stars” insert set, judging by the different design and the card numbering. Koichi Isobe was an All-Star during the Rakuten Golden Eagles’ first season (2005).

It doesn’t show in the scan, but the background is matte while Isobe’s image is glossy… like they do with recent Topps Pro Debut sets. Also, the words “ACTIVE STARS” on the left side and along the bottom are done in silver foil.

Here’s the back:

Mitsuhiro Adachi played in 21 seasons for the Hankyu Braves (1959 – 1979), won an MVP award and appearing in 9 Japan Series. He struck out 17 batters in a game in 1962, which was a NPB record (and has since been broken)

Shigeo Nagashima is one of the greatest and most popular players in Japanese baseball history. He had a record for most homers by a rookie (28), won six batting titles (a Central League record), and lead the league in hits 10 times (also a record)

And that’s the end of this pack.

I’ve got one more Japanese pack to open, and given how little I’ve been able to satisfying my pack-busting itch, that will happen sooner rather than later.

10 thoughts on “Japanese Wax: 2006 BBM Record Makers

  1. Nice looking Japan baseball cards, some of the cards look like there game day action photos. Stats in American & Japan symbols. I understand that the Japanese players are very disciplined over there. Looking forward to more of the Japanese cards.

  2. Conversely, I have no love of the Japanese cards, leagues or players. Some of the graphics are eye-catching, but Japanese baseball is, to my way of thinking, the AAAA of Major League Baseball. There are not but a handful of Japanese players who could cut it in the MLB arena, and to me there’s not much point in wasting any time with their version of the game. By the same token, I enjoy your columns, so I’m not going to squawk about this occasional diversion of yours. Carry on!

    • Its not time wasted to those of us who enjoy it. Yeah, fair enough, its AAAA level baseball, but so what? Does that mean people shouldn’t waste their time on minor league cards either? I’m just having trouble understanding why you want to take a dump on other people’s interests like that.

      • I’m always astonished by people who take the time to comment about how they don’t care about something. I don’t follow any sports other than baseball but I don’t feel the need to tell someone who does why I don’t – I just move on. Life’s too short.

        And to the original commenter – don’t bother explaining to me why you don’t like Japanese baseball – I don’t care and I’m not interested in converting you. My gripe isn’t that you don’t like it but that you felt the need to dump on something someone else enjoys. And I’ve already wasted too much time on this…

      • I am just expressing my personal opinions about Japanese baseball cards. I’m not going to insist that Joe stop featuring them. I’m not going to impose my will and scream for their removal. Frankly, I don’t care one way or the other. If you and Joe and others enjoy the Japanese cards, let Joe continue to post about them. It’s fine. I will just not read his post that day. That’s all I’m saying. As an example, I prefer Mexican foo, but you prefer Italian food. I’m not right and you’re not wrong. It’s simply a difference of opinion. Nothing more, nothing less.

      • Not to beat a dead horse, but lets take that food analogy a bit further. If I saw you minding your own business eating Mexican food at a Food Court and then walked over and started telling you how I don’t care for that Mexican food you are eating, and started going on about how I can’t understand why anyone would waste their time with that stuff when obviously Italian food is so much better you’d probably find that kind of obnoxious right?

        This is basically how your first comment reads to those of us who are fans of Japanese baseball.

  3. Sweet Nagashima! I love seeing Japanese pack breaks. I’ve got a collection of unopened Japanese packs… plus I’m sitting on two boxes of this BBM multi-sport product that SumoMenkoMan hooked me up with. As soon as I have some free time, I’m gonna sit down and bust those babies open.

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