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"I have a Darrel Porter autographed baseball he gave me in 1982. Any idea what it may be worth?
Also, I have two team decks of 1991 Japanese teams. The Carp and the Swallow's. There are two American players in the Carp deck but I can't tell who they are because the writing is in Japanese. Know anything about these teams?"
Thanks for your time, Mark.
Gary Garland's Response
One of the foreign players on the Carp that season was Rod Allen, who came to Japan in 1989 (career stats in Japan: G 246 HR 45 RBI 133 AVG: .288) after originally coming up with the Mariners in MLB. Allen wore 00 on his uniform.
I'm not sure who the other one is, though it may be Ty Van Burkleo, a former Angel who played mostly with Seibu (1987-1990) and did not appear in an official game with Hiroshima that year, though he did indeed sign with them and wore number 5. I suspect he bombed out in spring training.
And for any questions on Japanese baseball cards in general, I would refer you to Rob Fitts, who has published books on the subject. His website is at: http://www.robsjapanesecards.com
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