Thursday, September 14, 2017

Interviewed by a Korean card collector

I forgot to mention this several months back. I'm on a Korean baseball blog café and one of the member wanted to interview me about collecting Korean cards. Here is the interview: Interview

Friday, September 8, 2017

Update #3: 2016 Vittum KBO Foreign Attack set

Hello everyone,

I've been exchanging emails with the printer and they said everything looks good and I made payment. WE ARE A GO! The price is a little cheaper than originally thought. The sets will be numbered to 20 and handwritten in pen.

Now the pricing below includes the (1) set print cost, (2) shipping to my friend, (3) cost of 50 card plastic case, and (4) shipping to you. All of you pay the same for #1 #2 #3, outside of U.S. pays more for #4.

For those of you in the US: $20 shipped (PayPal gift please)

For those of you outside US but not Korea: $30 shipped (PayPal gift please)

For those of you in Korea: $33 shipped (PayPal gift please) but bank transfer is acceptable too at W37,000) This includes double shipping to me then to you to make it easier for my friend.

As payments are confirmed, I will update the list below with "paid" next to your initials. Currently there are 6 sets available from the 20.

Reservation List
1. DS (paid)
2. TS (paid)
3. JP (paid)
4. DM (paid)
5. JS
6. JB (paid)
7. GS
8. RS
9. JM (paid)
10. RP (paid)
11. PB
12. NT
13. GF
14. RG
15. RC

I am in the process of designing the 2017 set with an 80s vibe. I have to wait until the regular season is over so I can use the stats for the back of the cards. I think this next 2017 set should run about the same price, maybe cheaper.

Thanks for everyone's interest in the set and giving me more inspiration.



Wednesday, September 6, 2017

2017 Samsung Lions Lee Seung-Yuop bobblehead

Thanks to my friend John who notified me last night, I went to the team shop and picked up the Lee Seung-Yeop bobblehead. The cost of the bobblehead was 22,000 KRW (~$18 USD). While the bobblehead has a horrible resemblance of Lee, I was going to buy it regardless to go along with the statue I bought of Lee last year.





Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Update #2: 2016 Vittum KBO Foreign Attack set

I was notified that my aspect ratios are slightly off for my designs but they edited them so that I don't have to edit all 96. But I found some spelling errors I need to fix. Release pushed back a little. Thanks, Dan

Monday, August 28, 2017

Update #1: 2016 Vittum KBO Foreign Attack set

Because I was getting flaky responses from the previous printing company I was talking with, I am now dealing with a new company. I uploaded my PDFs to them and am waiting to hear back. Remember, the price I am charging includes the price of the printing, shipping to me/then to you, plus the cost of the 50 count plastic storage box. This price might slightly decrease or increase depending what I hear back from them.

Also, I have just added two more cards to the set. These cards will be "League Leaders," now making it a 48 card set.

I'll keep you updated once I hear more.


2017 Blue Stars Bingo Player Cards (Samsung Lions)

This is the first time I've collected cards that were given away at a baseball stadium. This 2017 Samsung Lions set is made up of 30 cards total, one card being a Lucky Blue card related to the bingo game. These cards were randomly given away at the game after you entered the stadium. The cards were given away from July 21 - August 30.

The cards are numbered on the front with jersey number. All cards have the same back with rules of the bingo game. The fronts are also similar with the exception of Seung-yeop Lee's #36 card, which includes a hologram look. At the moment I have 29 of the 30 cards. Sadly, I had to give up the Lucky Blue card (a beater I received in a trade with a kid) for a Han-Yi Park card I was searching for. My friend John is a season ticket holder and was able to acquire the set plus others, which he traded me for my upcoming foreigner set. We believe the Lee card is a short print.

This set incudes all three foreigners on the Lions this year: #23 Anthony Ranaudo, #35 Zach Petrick, #50 Darin Ruf.

I have uploaded the set here: 2017 Blue Stars Bingo Player Cards

NOTE: I am posting this with one or to more games to attend this week to try and acquire the Lucky Blue card (NNO) to complete the set.

#25 Young-Seop Bae

#23 Anthony Ranaudo

#35 Zach Petrick

#50 Darin Ruf

#36 Seung-Yeop Lee

#NNO Back with game rules

Admittedly, I can be a bashful person but last night I was walking around the stadium looking for people willing to trade or sell their cards. Sometimes I'd see a kid with a stack of cards and I'd be like "Wow!" and try to trade with him. I keep these cards in semi-rigids and I had extra holders. I was even able to trade the semi-rigids 1 for 1 for a player card because they don't sell them here in Korea. I'm anxious because I really want the Lucky Blue card so I can complete the set in full. Hopefully I can acquire it tomorrow night at the game, the final day of the card giveaway is Wednesday, the 30th. I may try to go Wednesday to acquire additional cards or search for the Lucky Blue if I don't find it Tuesday.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

2016 Vittum KBO Foreign Attack card set

Dear fellow KBO card enthusiasts,

Later this month, I am planning on ordering a custom-made (in English) 46 card KBO foreigner set which includes all 41 foreigners who appeared during the 2016 KBO season, plus 4 mvp cards and a checklist card. There will be 20 sets printed. They will first be available to those I know personally, the rest will be first come first serve. I will update a list at the bottom of this post.

Each set, which I will place in a 50 card clear plastic box, will run $23 (paypal gift) shipped to your US address. Overseas may cost about $30 and take a little longer. This per set price, if all sets are sold from the order, will make up the cost I am paying for printing/shipping.

A 2017 set is in the works.

If you are interested in purchasing a set, please reply with your name and mailing address. If you are in Korea, a bank transfer is acceptable later. Assuming everything goes smoothly with this order, I will email you later with my Paypal address/NH bank account.

Here are the three types of cards:

Base card:

MVP card:




Reservation List
1. DS
2. TS
3. JP (paid)
4. DM
5. JS
6. JB (paid)
7. GS
8. RS
9. JM
10. RP (paid)
11. PB
12. NT
13. GF
14. RG

Thursday, June 29, 2017

2000 Lotte Giants Phone Cards / 2000년 롯데 자이언츠 전화 카드들

I acquired seven of these cards in a lot on an eBay auction months ago that Dave or Jason told me about. I then found an older Korean gentleman here in Korea who sold me the three I was missing.

I identified some of these players by their uniforms and some by their 1999/2000 Teleca cards, since those cards listed jersey numbers. Dong-Hwan Moon (문동환) #75 was not in either set but I posted this card on a Korean café blog and others chimed in to as who he was. I checked Naver and found that he wore #16 with Hanwha after his time with Lotte. It appears his Giants teammate, Jung-Tae Park (정태박) #16, made him wait longer to change the number.

Since these are phone cards, there are no card numbers but I will be adding a checklist to TCDB soon using the jersey numbers. The cards have facsimile autos. I believe there are only 10 cards in all in this phone card "set" so I will display them all here, plus a back. Please let me know if I am missing any, or a lot, of cards for this release.

#0 Pil-Sung Kong (공필성)

#3 Dae-Ik Kim (김대익)

#12 Sung-Woo Kang (강성우)

#16 Jung-Tae Park (정태박)

#17 Eung-Kook Kim (김응국)

#27 Ki-Moon Choi (최기문)

#28 Hyung-Kwang Joo (주형광)

#30 Deuk-Yeom Ka (가득염)

#49 Hae-Young Ma (마해영)

#75 Dong-Hwan Moon (문동환)

Back (뒤)

0 Pil-Sung Kong (공필성)
3 Dae-Ik Kim (김대익)
12 Sung-Woo Kang (강성우)
16 Jung-Tae Park (정태박)
17 Eung-Kook Kim (김응국)
27 Ki-Moon Choi (최기문)
28 Hyung-Kwang Joo (주형광)
30 Deuk-Yeom Ka (가득염)
49 Hae-Young Ma (마해영)
75 Dong-Hwan Moon (문동환)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

1998 Pro Baseball Stickers / 1998 프로 야구 스티커스

This post has been a long time coming because I picked up these stickers months ago. For those of you may not know, foreigners were first accepted into the league in 1998, so this may very well be the first appearance of them on any Korean sets. I do not know of any card sets in 1998, so the first actual foreigner cards appear in the 1999 Teleca set.

These are mini stickers that measure 6cm (2.36") on the long side. This complete set list is numbered to 289 but because some player stickers are paired with the same number, the set is actually 304 stickers. I uploaded the set, checklist and stickers (I have) to here.

Each team has about 32 players, including any paired players. There are also five different symbols on some of the stickers. I am not positive what they mean but I can fathom some guesses. Those guesses are under each sticker image below.

I believe I'm missing some star players who may be on some of these variations. I will update this list as necessary.

Base stickers - These make up the majority of the set. The player image, name (in Korean) and team logo
are represented.

Backs - Each back has a baseball term in Korean, such as hook-sliding and double header, and all look the same.
Because the shiny stickers are made of a foil, the backs are darker and the sticker stiffer.

Shiny stickers - I believe these might represent the best player on the team. Because of the foil material used to
make this sticker, the backs are generally darker and stiffer. These stickers are not paired players and are one
per team, so there should be eight in total.

Dae-Jin Lee
Byung-Kyu Lee
Jae-Hong Park
Hyung-Gwang Joo
Haitai Tigers
LG Twins
Hyundai Unicorns
Lotte Giants

Gold Stars - Like the shiny, I think these also represent stars on the team but these are paired stickers,
with the exception of #289.

Soo-Keun Jung
Min-Ho Kim
Soong-Yong Lee
Kwang-Lim Kim
Ji-Chul Park
OB Bears
OB Bears
Hyundai Unicorns
Hyundai Unicorns
Lotte Giants

Green Baseball - I believe these are for the best pitchers

Jung-Soo Kim
Kang-Chul Lee
Joong-Sik Park
Sang-Yeop Kim
Myung-Hwan Park
Sang-Jin Kim
Woong-Chun Cho
Min-Tae Chung
Haitai Tigers
Haitai Tigers
Samsung Lions
Samsung Lions
OB Bears
OB Bears
Hyundai Unicorns
Hyundai Unicorns

Yellow Bat - I believe these are for the best hitters

Ho-Sung Lee
Hoon-Jae Choi
Jae-Hyun Kim
Jae-Hak Sim
Joon-Hyuk Yang
Dong-Joo Shin
Dae-Ik Kim
Eung-Kuk Kim
Haitai Tigers
Haitai Tigers
LG Twins
LG Twins
Samsung Lions
Samsung Lions
Lotte Giants
Lotte Giants

Blue Glove - I believe these are for the best defensive players.

Ji-Hyun Yoo
Myung-Suk Cha
Won-Hyung Kim
Sung-Bo Shim
LG Twins
LG Twins
Ssangbangwool Raiders
Ssangbangwool Raiders

Foreigners - There are a total of 10 foreigners in this set:

Mike J. Anderson
Scott Baker
Jose Parra
Tyrone Woods
LG Twins (coach)
LG Twins
Samsung Lions
Samsung Lions
OB Bears
Edgar Caceres
Scott Coolbaugh
Joel Chimelis
Mike Busch
Doug Brady
OB Bears
Hyundai Unicorns
Hanwha Eagles
Hanwha Eagles
Lotte Giants

Monday, May 1, 2017

2005 Hanwha Team Set / 2005년 한화 팀 세트

Although it is not complete, I was able to pick up this mostly complete 2005 Hanwha Eagles set. What's interesting about this set is that the names on the back are spelled in English but also have Chinese below the English names. I have yet to add this set to the Trading Card Database. I also noticed an error. All the player cards list 2005 as the year but the mascot/checklist card says 2005 on the ball in the upper right but at the bottom in the title of the set it shows 2000. The checklist seems to match the player cards for the 2005 roster so I will go with that.

I picked this up on a Korean blog café where Koreans buy, sell and show off what they have. I paid ~$20 and have some doubles even though the set isn't complete. Unfortunately I'm missing the fan favorite and KBO star Kim Tae-Kyun. The seller mentioned this was a commemorative set with the team's practicing in Japan. There is a checklist card with the Eagles mascot on the front and some unnumbered cards which have veterans and rookie cards.

Kwon Yung-keun (권영근) - base numbered card

Checklist with mascot

김인철 (Kim In-Chul) - unnumbered veteran

Yang Hoon (양훈) - unnumbered rookie