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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Sunday Fun-Day Fun-Facts

The first baseball cards appeared in Japan in the late 19th century and used traditional Japanese pen and ink illustrations.

Nippon Professional Baseball cards are currently widely available in Japanese toy stores, convenience stores, sports stores, and are included in certain types of potato chips.

In 1987 and 1988, Topps issued two series of American baseball cards featuring cards from Major League Baseball teams in the United Kingdom. The cards contained explanations of baseball terms but given the unfamiliarity of baseball in the U.K., the issues were not successful.

Topps issued baseball card sets in Venezuela from 1959 to 1977 using the Spanish language and the sets included winter league players.

In Cuba, baseball card sets were issued in the early 1900s. Baseball cards are still issued in post-revolution Cuba

Several sets of Mexican League baseball cards have been issued in the past few years as well.

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