I was digging through some older stuff in a binder marked “misc” and came across a set that gave me pause. I really don’t know what they are or what they are supposed to be. I have four cards and I am pretty sure that is the entire set. I say that with limited confidence.
The set is made by hobby giant Kalifornia Kardz, exactly. They were made in 1991 and have three different themes. Here is the first.
This is the least weird card of the bunch. The back explains when the Japanese All Stars played a round of exhibition games versus MLB teams the players picked the MVP from the American teams. Their choice was Ken Griffey. The back explains he hit .421 and earned the nickname “The Wonder Child”.
Now it starts to get a little weird.
They are titled “Japanese Free Agent Draft” the back explains that Japanese baseball team owners started a draft for future rights to MLB players. It says the owners decided getting big name MLB guys would be a good idea. I have no idea if Japanese baseball actually does this. It seems a little strange to hold a draft for guys that may not have any interest at all in playing for you. Anyway Bo Jackson was the #1 pick. I guess the owners didn’t really follow US baseball. Bo was an amazing athlete, good football player and an OK baseball player. Maybe they were big Nike fans.
Canseco was a much better choice. They didn’t say what pick he was but did say he would be huge in Japan.
The back of Bo’s cards has “Bo knows Yen” in Japanese. Very strange.
The final card changes games to basketball.
The back explains that the Japanese baseball writers were asked if they could have one player to join the Japanese national team who would it be? Their #1 choice? David Robinson. Really, not MJ?
A very strange set on many fronts. The design is so gaudy it almost comes around the other side to being cool. Almost. It is also strange that they removed the logo from Bo’s hat but not junior and Jose. My guess is they got lazy, there is no way they had an MLB license.