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Hideo Nomo Custom Art Card


A unique piece of original art, featuring Hideo Nomo of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The card celebrates Nomo’s winning of the 1995 National League Rookie of the Year, after an electric season of confounding hitters with his famous “tornado” windup.

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. His NPB achievements were immortalized with his induction in the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013.

He famously left NPB for the Dodgers in 1995, trailblazing the way for many after him. Nomo spent 12 productive years in MLB, including two no-hitters, one All-Star appearance, the 1995 National League Rookie of the Year award, and two seasons that we consider to be in the top 10 of seasons by Japanese pitchers in MLB; in fact, he pitched well enough for us to consider him the second-best Japanese import player in MLB history!

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This original art card handcrafted by artist Keith Kelley features a background made of a wrapper from Meiji candy’s iconic Hello Panda cookies (vanilla flavor).

The back is signed by the artist and hand-numbered 1/1, as it is the only one of its kind in existence!

Standard trading card size – approximately 2.5 x 3.5 inches.

The card will ship with a screw-down holder, as pictured.