How To Spot A Fake Ichiro Suzuki 1993 BBM #239 BlueWave Rookie Card

Ichiro!  Ichiro!  Ichiro!  Fans love Ichiro.  They would chant his name hoping to see him get another record breaking hit every time he was at bat.  Before playing for the Seattle Mariners in 2001, Ichiro had a long career of playing baseball in Japan.

One of Ichiro’s most popular Japanese rookie cards can be found in the 1993 BBM set.  The look of this set reminds me of something Pro Set would’ve issued.  Watch out for counterfeits!

These are some items you should watch out for when it comes to counterfeit Ichiro 1993 BBM #239 BlueWave rookie cards.

  • Name placement – counterfeit examples have Ichiro’s name on the front placed off to the right.  Nowhere near as centered as it should be.
  • Compared to an authentic card, the counterfeit will almost always have a fuzzy (spotty) print pattern.
  • On a counterfeit, Ichiro’s name on the front tends to be rounded, fat, and fuzzy (spotty).
  • The “BLUEWAVE 51” lettering on the front is a bit larger and more bold on a counterfeit.
  • Take a look at the ORIX BlueWave logo on the front.  The word “ORIX” is much bolder on a counterfeit.  The red bleeding around the word “BlueWave” is much thicker on a counterfeit too.
  • On the back, the ORIX BlueWave mascot logo has the fuzzy (spotty) print pattern, and usually is lighter in color.

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Card of the Day: Ichiro Suzuki 1993 BBM #239

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Ichiro Collectors Prepare For Immortals Collection

Judging by the sales sheet, this might be one of Leaf’s best looking products to date.  I can guarantee its going to be one of their most expensive (dealer cost is about $550 per box).  Then again, if your an Ichiro collector you already know that his stuff doesn’t always come so cheap.

2013 Leaf Ichiro Immortals Collection gets straight to the point by having four base cards and one autograph per box.  The base cards will be numbered to 51, and will have parallels limited to 20, 5, and 1.  You’ll also find printing plates and the Immortals autos will be parallels of the base set limited to 5 or 1.  Insert autographs will also be limited to 5 or 1.  Inserts include Pendulum, Record Book Booklets, Accolades, Ichiro Signatures, Dual Jersey Autos, Triple Relic Autos, 200-Hit Autos, Letterman Autos, Kanji Letterman Autos, Jumbo Patch Autos, Jumbo Jersey Autos, Patch Booklet Autos, and Bat Booklets.

Ichiro collectors would probably like to get their hands on any of these cards, but it gets even better.  The Legacy Booklets have Ichiro’s autograph teamed up with signatures of some of baseball’s best players such as Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Mel Ott, Lou Gehrig, Pete Rose, and Hideo Nomo.  Leaf has also thrown in 1 Ichiro bat knob relic too.

A majority of Leaf’s products have had the same look for awhile.  When I first saw these cards, I seriously thought Upper Deck was starting to make baseball cards again.  It makes perfect sense for them to look like this too.  Leaf’s Director of Product Development once worked for Upper Deck.  The only downside I can see to this product is that there are no team names and/or MLB logos.  For the amount of money a box of this stuff will cost, collectors would probably want to see those two things.

Ichiro’s signature isn’t the easiest or cheapest to obtain.  Leaf plans to make 300 hand numbered boxes and it states on the sales sheet “There will not be another Ichiro only themed set produced by Leaf.”  That doesn’t mean we won’t see Ichiro pop-up in other Leaf products like we have been seeing though.  

Man does this stuff look like Ultimate Collection or Exquisite.

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