Player Name: Hideo Nomo
Sets From: 1995 Bowman, Bowman’s Best, Collector’s choice, Emotion, Flair, Fleer Update, Fleer Update rookies, Leaf, Leaf Limited, Select, Select Certified,SP Championship, Stadium Club, Summit, UC3, Ultra Gold Medallion Rookies, Upper Deck, Upper Deck Special Edition, and Zenith
Card Numbers: 238, R83,547T, 144, 10, 175, 7, 267, 64, 251S, 98, 1,556, 141, 97, M17, 226, 168, and 149
Why are these cards a must have?: Everyone remember Nomo-mania in 1995? Cover of SI, cover of Beckett, Rookie of the Year, and 4th in Cy Young voting. He went 13-6/2.54/1.06 that season and won the hearts of Dodger fans and Japanese fans half way around the world. Unfortunately he never regained that season’s form, but still was an excellent pitcher throughout his career. He played for the Royals last season, only 3 appearances, and retired on July 17th last year. His career had it’s ups and downs, he had a no hitter in1996, and had 3 16 win seasons. But he also had some tough timesincluding going 6-12 in 1998 when he was traded from the Dodgers. Overall he had 1 All Star selection, and the ROY award. All time he is 11th in strikeouts / 9 innings and 76th in strikeouts. Although not a candidate for the Hall of Fame, he will always be a fan favorite and command high dollars for short printed cards and autographs.
On a scale of 1 – 10, how must have are these cards: 6, he’s definitely worth owning since he was the first Japanese player to come over to the USA. Like I said not a HOF guy, but his popularity will always be high. His cards book from $1 – $10 depending on the brand. Most cna be had on eBay for $1 – $5. Personally the Finest card is my favorite.