Sunday, March 23, 2008

Framed Print with Japanese Card

I have to apologize for the lack of posts recently, but life has been keeping me away from the blog. I've also been working on acquiring a fairly large collection of oddball Rickey items, which I will hopefully be able to start sharing next week. It's like Christmas waiting for them to arrive!

Today's post features a card that I've never seen the back of, as it's currently framed, and I've never run across another one! In honor of the A's upcoming games in Japan against the Red Sox, I present this framed Rickey print and card combination.



I don't remember exactly where I got this, but I'm pretty sure that it was either a Wal-Mart or a Kmart. I'm usually not a fan of the random framed prints, but because it had an actual card that I'd never seen before, I had to get it.



Here's a close-up of the card, including the Japanese characters. It's not clear why this particular card was chosen to accompany the print, but it is a pretty nice looking card, with an unusual picture of Rickey. If anyone can translate it, and let me know what it says, I'd really appreciate it. Also, if anyone knows anything about where this card came from, I'd love to know some more about it.



Finally, the frame also includes a little paragraph with the title of the litho, "Catch Me...If You Can," and the number 278 in the bottom corner, which I guess is supposed to represent some sort of limited edition. I was actually a little surprised that it was sanctioned by both the MLB and the MLBPA, since it is a pretty random print and card combination.

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