While I was on my trip in Japan I was hopeful that I would be able to check out a baseball card shop. I had read about Ryan G.'s experiences with some of the card shops in the Land of the Rising Sun so I did a Google search and luckily there was one right near my cousin's condo. The shop's name was Mint Opa! Urawa. Ryan had visited this store before so I figured I'd be the second blogging Ryan to visit! I had my wife and cousin in tow when I went so I didn't get as much time as I had liked to browse the boxes and boxes of cards but I did pick up some interesting items while I was there. I probably could have stayed in there for a half and day and spent a ton more money but the wifey and cousin probably would have been bored to tears.
I also looked for some other cards of the Orioles Japanese import Tsuyoshi Wada. While he hasn't thrown a pitch in the big leagues yet he'll probably be there by the time the season is done. While this looks like 1 card, it is actually 3! I think these came from the Softbank Hawks team set from 2010 and seems to be an insert. I'm glad I could get all 3 from the singles box!
Like I said earlier, I would have loved to have more time to browse the store but there was much more to do in Japan than look thru cards all day. I have tons and tons of cards that I don't look at home! I don't have much to compare it to but it took a trip to the other side of the world to find a decent card shop.
I have one more Japan related post coming up so stay tuned for that!
Thanks for looking!