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.