Hideo Nomo 1995 UD SP Premier Prospects Rookie Card
This set made by Upper Deck has a unique die-cut shape and shiny, foil-like surface (not depicted well in the scan). The photo on the card is from his first MLB start on May 2, 1995, against the San Francisco Giants. A great rookie card of Hideo Nomo from his 1995 MLB debut season!
Before even joining the professional ranks, Nomo was a sensation in Japan. He was a key member of “Samurai Japan” (the national team) in various international events, including the 1988 Seoul Olympics when he was only 19 years old. He joined the Kintetsu Buffaloes in 1990 and pitched at a level never before seen in NPB. He won the Pitching Triple Crown, earning him not just Rookie of the Year, but also the Sawamura Award for best pitcher and MVP of the Pacific League. He proceeded to lead the league in wins and strikeouts of his first four seasons.