The third part of my birthday box break extravaganza is upon us. First came the Panini All Goalies throw-in from D&A, followed by the first of my two boxes of 2010 Just Minors Mystery Mini Bats, which produced a Junichi Tazawa blonde bat #'d /20. Here's box and bat number two, and needless to say, I had no idea what the signature said.
Because it wasn't written in English. A check of the COA
revealed a familiar name: Junichi Tazawa. Yes, that Junichi Tazawa. The checklist made no mention of any rare parallel bats, but the box tells me Junichi signed just 5 blonde bats in Kanji, based on what Wikipedia tells me is the name for the Japanese script. The bat itself is not serial-numbered, but the box has a 1/5 sticker on it and the COA has the 1/5 label as well.
It is a bit of a letdown when you pull a duplicate player, but considering how short-printed both bats are, and how extremely rare the Japanese script bat is, it's still pretty awesome. 2010 Just Minors Mystery Mini Bats is definitely a product I would recommend as a cool alternative to a box of cards, though I prefer the severely discounted price to the regular price.
All that remains from my birthday stash is my Gint-A-Cuffs box of 2012 Allen & Ginter. That will go live tomorrow, so come on back to see what I pulled.