Who is this? Former Yomiuri Giants second baseman Toshihisa Nishi What is this? An autograph card fromthe Japanese 2000 Upper Deck Victory set
Where'd I get it? I got it signed before a game between the Lancaster Barnstormers and Newark Bears last week. How much did it cost? The card cost $2.50.
Why is this so special? Nishi was the Central League Rookie of the Year for the Yomiuri Giants in 1996. He is a three-time all-star and four-time gold glove winner in Japan.
At age 38, Nishi came to America with the hopes of playing for a major league team. When he couldn't find a job, he signed with the Lancaster Barnstormers with the hope that he'd get picked up during the season.
I got to see Nishi hit his first Atlantic League home run the day he signed this card for me.
I was a little disappointed that he already has a (mostly illegible) American autograph, but it's still a neat acquisition for my collection.
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