....I've landed some Bass Fishing Lure Cards. Yes, you've read that correctly. Cards depicting bass fishing lures. These aren't knock offs either....they are made by Takara which is a legitimate company. This set is title "BassColle '97" or Bass Collection 1997. How, you may ask, does one end up buying bass fishing lure cards? When I browse the internet over in Japan it is a lot like Wikipedia. For example, it is like when you start by reading about the history of Greenland, but you are soon learning about the mating habits of ostriches....all by the virtue of everything being linked. When I stumbled upon these I knew I had to have them and landed a full sealed box and an opened box with just three of the packs missing. Some of you know my affinity for unopened boxes so the sealed box is going to stay in my collection. By now most of you are dying to know what these cards look like so I opened a pack from the open box with the contents show below.
This one is staying in my collection ^
Ready for opening ^
Why 1997 and why only one year...and why is company like Takara printing these cards? We have Brad Pitt to thank for that....Say what ?!! According to young cub reporter Steve Glain from the Wall Street Journal, the movie A River Runs Through It (a flyfishing hit), spread a huge Bass Fishing Boom around Japan in 1997, called a Bass Boom (I'm not making this stuff up) and Takara was likely there to capitalize on the boom....it really was All About the Bass in 1997 (cue music). There is even a magazine called Basser to get your monthly fix when not out fishing. I'm not lying...here is the cover from October 2011. The magazine is still in print so the boom lives on.
So there you have it....through the power of clicking and the Japanese internet we are now all a little smarter on the Bass Boom immortalized by the Takara BassColle '97 set.
[Pack Give Away]
I have 7 wonderful kick-bass packs to give away. I'll even pay for shipping and as an added bonus, I'll throw in 4 packs from the 2017 Japanese B.League Bassketball set (see what I did there?): two 1st-Half packs and two 2nd-Half packs. Just comment below on the craziest, oddest, or funniest set you've ever purchased. I'll chose a winner bassed on the best story and soon you will be well on your way to receiving some Japanese happiness.