Category: Collectibles

[11/17/2016] Ichiro Suzuki Gold Stamp Set

The Japan Post announced today that they will release a special limited edition 24-karat gold Ichiro Suzuki stamp.

Stamp Set Details

Name Ichiro MLB 3,000 Hits Commemorative Gold Stamp Set
Cost 510,000 yen (includes shipping and taxes)
Orders November 21, 2016 until December 17, 2016;
or until supplies run out (fifty-one will be available)
Delivery Beginning on March 11, 2017, within a two-week period
Set Details 24-karat/16gram gold stamp
Ichiro Photo
Ichiro autograph
* includes MLB Authentication Program Hologram

Source: Japan Post announcement (press release), Japan Post announcement (details), Japan Post announcement (sample image)

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[11/7/2016] Ryo Hijirisawa will not use FA option

Thirty-one-year-old Ryo Hijirisawa has a domestic free agent option. The Rakuten Eagles announced on November 7 that he is not planning to use the option.

The Eagles released the following statement from Hijirisawa:

I had a hard time with this decision. It may have been the most difficult decision in my life. That said, I want to work hard to have the type of season next year that will make this the best decision I made.

Source: Rakuten announcement, Sponichi 11/7/2016, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2016

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[11/3/2016] Commemorative Stamps (Nippon Ham, Hiroshima, Kuroda)

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced on November 2 that commemorative stamps celebrating their Nippon Series championship will go on sale in the Hokkaido, Tohoku, and Tokyo areas (excluding some areas) on November 4. Sets will begin shipping on February 20, 2017. The set will cost 3,100 yen and will include five 52-yen stamps, five 82-yen stamps, and a folder.

More information can be found at the official Nippon Ham Fighters’ website and at the Japan Post website.

The Hiroshima Carp also have a commemorative stamp set on sale until December 4. The set costs 4,980 yen and includes ten 52-yen stamps, a special commemorative board, two 3D postcards, and a zipper case.

Hideki Kuroda has his own stamp set as well. The set costs 5,700 yen and includes ten 52-yen stamps, 24 postcards, six premium postcards, a special case, a special folder, and a clear poster.

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2016 Central League Baseball Card Gum Packs

The 2016 Central League Baseball Card Gum pack will be hitting store shelves on June 21. Each 100 yen pack will contain gum and one card made by Epoch. There will be a total thirty-six cards (plus six rare cards) in the series, six players from each Central League team. Each card will be 89mm x 63.5mm. The target market includes male children and men between twenty and forty.

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hanshin 43 26 17 0
Hiroshima 46 26 19 1
Yomiuri 44 23 21 0
Yokohama 45 20 23 2
Yakult 44 19 25 0
Chunichi 46 17 26 3
G W L T
Rakuten 39 28 11 0
Softbank 46 28 18 0
Seibu 42 24 17 1
Nippon Ham 43 18 25 0
Orix 43 18 25 0
Lotte 45 12 32 1
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