2012 BANDAI OWNERS LEAGUE LASTINGS MILLEDGE
Mets COTW is back in town after 5 weeks in Japan, jet lagged as hell and raring to go.
While in Tokyo, I dropped 5,000 yen on Japanese baseball cards at an Akihabara hobby shop. All in the name of research, I assured my wife, as she cocked her head and arched an eyebrow or two.
The primary card set in Japan is called “Owners League” and it is produced by Bandai, a prominent toy company. Like most card sets in Japan, the baseball issues are designed to be used in an online/electronic game.
Each card carries a QR code on the reverse, as well as a 16-character alphanumeric code. My understanding is that you enter these codes online to create your team, and then compete in games with other team owners.
You’ll find the same general principle on display in Japanese arcades, where cards and chips are utilized by many of the gaming machines. My kids were dropping their coins into the Pokemon Battrio game at the local super store, and then laying...