You can take the title of this post anyway you want it. I'm a big boy. I can handle it.
This may or may not be a regular feature. It's just that I'm noticing that there is a lot about cards that I haven't figured out, and that there are a number of other people out there that know a lot more about a variety of card topics than I do. So, why not put that knowledge to my own, personal, selfish use and get a few nagging questions answered? Sound good? OK, let's go.
Here's the question: what kind of card is the one up top? I know it's a card of Cecil Fielder from when he was playing in Japan. I'm assuming it was issued in 1989. That's where my knowledge ends. I won this card as a door prize at a card show a year or two ago. I had my choice of cards and selected this one basically because it was the only baseball card in the bunch. The sleeve it was in bore a $20 price tag, not that that means anything.
This is the back:
Hmmmm. "Fieldar"? I know there are a couple of blogs that cover Japanese cards. I looked at one briefly but it seemed mostly about Japanese-born players. My question is: was this a Japanese issue set or an American issue set, what year was it issued, was it something issued each year, and were there any other American players in the set? Yup, the classic four-part question. I'm a journalist, what can I say?
(EDIT: The readers always come through. Not only do I now know that this appears to be a 1989 Lotte card, issued in Japan, but I also know a lot more about sumo, Japanese anime, and longtime minor league pitcher -- and former Dodger farmhand -- Lindsay Gulin, than I ever did).