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Japan Post: Ichiro and Matsuzaka Stamps

by on Feb.12, 2008 @ 11:44 pm, under Other

The Japan Post is releasing two special, limited edition, stamps sets featuring Matsuzaka and Ichiro. The image above is of the catalog cover announcing the limisted edition stamps.

Daisuke Matsuzaka: Debut Year & World Series Commemorative Stamp Set
Comes with ten 80 yen stamps, 5 limited edition post cards, and a special holder
4,950 yen
JP Post Link

Ichiro Suzuki: 2007 All Star Game MVP Commemorative Stamp Set
Comes with ten 80 yen stamps, a commemorative plate, and a special holder
5,100 yen
JP Post Link

According to the JP Post website, the Matsuzaka stamp set is currently their best selling stamp set, followed by the Ichiro stamp set.

0 comments on “Japan Post: Ichiro and Matsuzaka Stamps

  1. knucklehead7

    So the Ichiro one is just shy of $50. The shots are pretty nice, especially the one where the main shot is of him with the bat.

  2. Nykav

    Are the Japanese players playing in the US in general more popular in Japan than the stars that still play in Japan?

  3. Gwynar

    @Alex: Not necessarily. There are plenty of big names stars in Japan still. And there is a nice group of youngsters coming up that should keep that trend strong. Still, it is frustrating as a fan to see all the good players leave.

  4. emath

    Ok, is the following of players here in the States as big as it is for the stars there? I mean, as far as coverage-wise? Does Ichiro get as much, more, or less coverage on a daily basis as stars still in the country?

    Does the coverage fade over time? In other words, with Fukedome get more coverage now because he is new to MLB, but over time it will be less, or is the following remain strong over the years (Ichiro may be a better example, as I believe he was probably a bigger star going in)

  5. Gwynar

    I think the coverage decreases over time. When Hideki Matsui first went to the Majors, it was Hideki this, Hideki that… Now, not so much. Same with Kazuo Matsui, except he has more or less fallen off the radar due to his performance and injuries.

    Ichiro is a slightly different story, mostly because of how well he has done on a yearly basis. And he always seems to make headlines just as coverage starts to wane a little… As in 2004 when he broke the season hits record. And then last year when he became the first person to hit an inside-the-park homer at an All Star game and won MVP.

    There is also the matter of distance, difference in time, and also the number of games shown on public TV. No matter how close the US may seem now, it is still a far away country that most people in Japan will probably not have a chance to see in person. 13 hour time zone differences (and that’s just EST) mean that news will always be at least a half-day late. And the only channels that show MLB games on any regular basis are both satellite channels — and even then, the easiest and cheapest channel to access is one that more of less randomly picks games that feature Japanese players, so you don’t have the chance to follow one player throughout the course of a season.

    So I think no matter what, coverage of Japanese players in the Majors declines over time.

  6. Gwynar

    Feeling? Hmm… Well, Japanese baseball is much better live. The ballpark atmosphere is really great and I highly recommend it to any fan of the game. The way everyone gets into and cheers for their players… The way the outfield bleachers are split into the home and away crowd… The big banners waving… The seventh inning balloon launches… It’s really quite a unique experience.