Today marks the third anniversary of this here blog, so I thought I’d freshen it up a bit with this new header. The old one only showed Ichiro’s Mariner cards, but this new one also includes the other teams he’s played for during his pro career — Nippon Professional Baseball’s Orix BlueWave, Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees, and his World Baseball Classic squad, Team Japan.
Below is the old header, shown here for posterity.
Topps didn’t issue any 2013 Ichiro baseball cards, which sucks. I’m guessing that, for whatever reason, Ichiro didn’t sign a contract with Topps, but who knows? There’s some speculation here.
ShlabotnikReport righted this wrong by creating this faux ’13 Topps Heritage replica card. Meanwhile, an eBay search for “Ichiro Topps 2013” mostly turns up these stupid fucking things.
Based on the 1987 Topps design. Love the wood grain.
Based on the 1980 Topps design. Found here.
Based on the ’77 Topps design. Found here.
This card’s photo by Otto Greule Jr. captures the most bittersweet moment I’ve ever experienced at the ballpark. It happened this past July 23, the day the Mariners traded Ichiro to the Yankees, just before his first plate appearance in a non-Seattle uniform. He was no longer a Mariner, as he had been for the previous 11-1/2 seasons, but his bow to the Safeco crowd spoke volumes about his respect for the Seattle fans. Thinking about it now, I still get a bit choked up.
This is the first Topps card of Ichiro in a Yankee uni.
Based on the ’72 Topps design.
Based on the ’74 Topps design. Found here.
Above, a 1961 Topps replica knockoff; below, a sketch…
A custom McFarlane figure (hope it looks better in person than this bad Photoshop job)…
I dig this ’82 Topps knockoff…
And one more illustration…
Here’s some Ichiro/Yankee stuff I found online this morning, like all these gifs…
…some cool art…
Oyl in Tokyo
…a newly released song by Seattle resident/Mariner fan/Death Cab for Cutie dude Ben Gibbard, titled “Ichiro’s Theme”…
…a bit of silliness…
…and a couple interesting links: Sportspress Northwest‘s exhaustive compilation of highlights of Ichiro’s 11-1/2 seasons in Seattle, and the Japanese reaction.
More to follow.
These should be out next month.
Pardon the redundancy, since we’ve already seen this card’s photo here and here.
It’s based on a sticker set Topps issued in 1967. (Yeah, this baseball-card size sticker has edges; you just can’t see ’em here.)
Based on the ’82 Topps set. I wish it had a unique photo, instead of the one already used on other 2012 Topps cards.