Category: Collectibles

[12/14/2018] Shohei Otani’s Rookie of the Year Award Stamp Set

The Japan Post announced that they will release a stamp set commemorating Shohei Otani’s Rookie of the Year Award season. The set will go on sale on December 17 (Mon) for 6,000 yen.

Set Contents

  • one sheet containing ten 62 yen stamps
  • one special foil holder
  • two special foil postcards
  • twenty-four special postcards
  • two signed photos
  • one gold metallic plate

Source: Japan Post 12/11/2018


[5/15/2018] Shohei Otani Asics Signature Model Sets

Asics announced on May 15 that they will be releasing a set of signature model Shohei Otani gear. They began accepting advance orders through their online store on the same day.

Set information

  • Otani – two-way player set (already sold out)
    • Cleats, glove, bat, batting gloves
    • Display case
    • Serial number
    • 300,000 yen
  • Otani – pitcher set
    • Glove
    • Display case
    • 120,000 yen
  • Otani – hitter set (already sold out)
    • Bat, batting gloves
    • Display case
    • 80,000 yen

Each set will be limited to seventeen units.

Source: Asics 5/15/2018, Store Page


[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)


[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


[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.


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.


NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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