Thursday, May 5, 2016

An Ichiro That Has Eluded Me

In 2001 when Ichiro hit the scene his cards were all the rage. I was living in Seattle at the time and he was the man to pull at the card shop and I busted plenty of boxes hoping to pull something of his and I eventually pulled one of his 2001 Topps rookie cards so I was satisfied. My LCS got in a couple of boxes of 2000 Japanese Ovation and I opened some packs in hopes of finding the Ichiro card and while I didn’t pull an Ichiro I did pull a Kenji Johjima, who like Ichiro came to the US following his retirement from the NPB. Johjima played for the Mariners for just 3 seasons but he was beloved by the Mariners’ faithful.

It has been 15 years since I tried pulling that 2000 Ovation Ichiro and over time I just forgot about it until recently when I came across a seller who had one at $11.99 BIN. I have wanted this card, not that it was high on my WANTS list but since it had been something of interest I finally picked one up.

I love these 2000 Ovation cards, the card surface feels like a baseball. Upper Deck did an amazing job with the set. I have a number of Griffey cards from the set, both from the American set and the Japanese set, and they are some of my favorites.


  1. Ovation is the best! Oops.... WAS

  2. Iconic card. It's been on my top 10 wishlist for awhile.