It just doesn't feel like spring without baseball players on the field. So I thought we needed some.
Let me back this up a bit because I have an amazing shopping experience to share at a time when amazing shopping experiences that don't involve spending two hours in line to buy face masks are in short supply.
With my kids home I've taken to giving them little Pokémon figures every day as a reward for being good. I have a stash of them that I keep in my office. The other day I was getting low on Pokémons so I stopped at a big second hand store which sells huge bags of them very cheaply to re-stock. While grabbing a bag of Pokémon I noticed this on the rack next to it.
So I've had this bag of Hanshin Tigers sitting unopened in a cupboard for a few days. Today is a really nice spring day, sunny and warm. The day you want to see baseball. I ride my bike my work now to avoid the trains and I decided kind of on a whim this morning to take them with me and do a location photo shoot at a baseball field that I ride past during my commute.
Behold the splendor of baseball played before a backdrop of Nagoya's suburban sprawl!
up for auction on Yahoo Auctions right now, it looks like they were sold individually back then. It looks like there were 26 in the set, I think I am a couple short (the photos don't have all the ones I got though).
They look like they are having a great time on that bench.
Anyway, this kind of illustrates why second hand shops in Japan are so awesome, you can find treasures like this for insanely low prices sometimes - these probably set the guy who originally collected them back a couple of hundred bucks, but are now mine for only 3!
My photo shoot also resulted in an unexpected bonus, I actually found some baseball cards! Like literally just lying there on the ground right next to the bench where I took the above photos.
That is two cards from Series 1 of the 2020 Calbee set which I happen to be working on! What are the odds?
I picked them up and found Shohei Takahashi and Yoshiyuki Kamei staring back at me. They were a bit damp with morning dew on them but the coating on the cards prevented that from seeping into them. I guess somebody ate a bag of chips there, opened the cards and thought "Not interested" and just left them there. I need both of them so I dried them off and put them in my bag. This is the weirdest way I've ever been able to knock cards off a checklist, but I'll take them.
So anyway, this was my morning attempt to bring some baseball into spring. Looks like we might need some follow ups in the summer with the way things are going unfortunately. Stay safe!