Tanaka made a name for himself when he was a junior at Komadai Tomakomai High School in 2005 and led the school to it's second consecutive Japanese High School Baseball Championship. In 2006, Tanaka was drafted by the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, Orix Buffaloes, Yokohama BayStars and Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles during the first round of the NPB Draft. The Golden Eagles eventually won the rights to Tanaka and he immediately became the team's top pitcher.
In 2007, Tanaka went 11-7 with a 3.86 ERA and 196 strikeouts on his way to becoming the 2007 Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) Pacific League Rookie of the Year. Tanaka played seven years with the Golden Eagles and became the greatest pitcher on the planet. In 2013, Tanaka was a perfect 24-0 with 183 strikeouts as he won his second Eiji Sawamura Awards (Japanese Cy Young Award) and led the Golden Eagles to the 2013 Japan Series Championship. He played in five NPB All-Star Games, won two Eiji Sawamura Awards (2011 and 2013) and was part of Japan's 2009 World Baseball Classic Championship team.
In January 2014, Tanaka signed with the New York Yankees and continued to dominate his opponents. With 78.2 MLB innings under his belt, Tanaka is 8-1 and leads the American League with a 2.06 ERA and a 0.953 WHIP. He's the best pitcher in the American League and will keep the Yankees in the playoff race through the end of the season. It's quite possible the Tanaka could become the first player in MLB history to win the Rookie of the Year, Cy Young and Most Valuable Player Awards in the same season.
Checkout the list of Masahiro Tanaka Rookie Cards, Japanese Cards and Inserts that are available on EBAY RIGHT NOW! IF YOU HAVEN'T COLLECTED IN A WHILE, NOW'S A GREAT TIME TO GET BACK IN!
Masahiro Tanaka Rookie Cards, Japanese Cards and Early Inserts
2007 BBM ROOKIE EDITION JAPANESE BASEBALL CARDS
BBM is a Japanese baseball card company that has been around since 1991. They released their Rookie Edition set in January 2007. Tanaka's 2007 BBM Rookie Edition #140 is his earliest baseball card.
2007 BBM 1ST EDITION JAPANESE BASEBALL CARDS
BBM released it's First Edition in several months after it's Rookie Edition.
2007 CALBEE JAPANESE BASEBALL CARDS
Founded in 1973, Calbee is the oldest Japanese baseball card manufacturer there is. Similar what Topps used to do with gum, Calbee cards are issued with potato chips. The 2007 set includes one of Tanaka's earliest rookie cards and several inserts.
2008 BOWMAN STERLING WBC PATCH
This was Tanaka's first baseball card release in United States. The card was not part the regular set and could only be obtained through Bowman's World Baseball Classic "Mystery Redemption" program. Each card is individually numbered from #1-#65.
2009 BOWMAN CHROME
Tanaka is one of 40 members of the 2009 Japanese WBC Championship team that are featured in this set. The cards are numbered BCW21-BCW60. The Tanaka card is #BCW30. There are seven refractor parallels available (SUPER-FRACTOR, RED, ORANGE, GOLD, BLUE, X-FRACTOR and REFRACTOR).
2009 TOPPS CHROME
Inserts for 100 stars from the 2009 World Baseball Classic were inserted in one out of every four packs an individually numbered W1-W100. The Tanaka card is #W37. There are five refractor parallels (SUPER-FRACTOR, RED, GOLD, REFRACTOR) and 1/1 PRINTING PLATE.
2014 BOWMAN BASEBALL CARDS
The 220 cards in the base set and nine different parallels. This is one of the first sets to feature Masahiro Tanaka in a New York Yankees uniform.
2014 DONRUSS BASEBALL CARDS
You won't find Tanaka in the 200 card base set. The Masahiro Tanaka RATED ROOKIE card is only available through Panini's wrapper redemption program. Buy ONE BOX of 2014 Donruss Baseball cards (24 packs), send the wrappers in to Panini, and you will get three RATED ROOKIE cards of Masahiro Tanaka, Jose Abreu and Yordano Ventura.
2014 PANINI PRIZM BASEBALL CARDS
You'll find Masahiro Tanaka in the 200 card base set, as well as six levels of parallel cards. He's also included in several inserts including Rookie Reign and Next Era.
2014 TOPPS GYPSY QUEEN BASEBALL CARDS
A great place to find Masahiro Tanaka rookie cards at an affordable price. Look for short prints, minis, parallels and reverse negatives.
2014 TOPPS ARCHIVES BASEBALL CARDS
Masahiro Tanaka is featured in the 250 base card set. Look for short prints and several inserts.
Looking for a great deal? Checkout the Masahiro Tanaka rookie card auctions that are ENDING RIGHT NOW and PLACE YOUR WINNING BID!!
Labels: Masahiro Tanaka 2007 Japan Rookie Card, Masahiro Tanaka 2014 Rookie Card, Masahiro Tanaka Japanese Rookie Card, Masahiro Tanaka Rookie Card