I try to keep my eye on the listings for Japanese wrestling cards, because it seems like there is always something interesting up for sale. There are a handful of regular sellers who cycle their listings over and over, but every so often a new player enters the fold with an item or two. Recently a seller in Japan posted a few listings featuring two of my favorite exports from that country, BBM True Heart wrestling cards and SEGA Card-Gen baseball cards. I've purchased a few things from him before, most notably one of the prize items in my collection, a complete set of 2013 SEGA Card-Gen baseball cards that I am still trying to finish blog posts for. This time I came away with just two items, one wrestling card and one baseball card. I'm showing the wrestling card first.
This one hails from the recently released 2016 BBM True Heart Japanese Women's Pro Wrestling card set. The wrestler is Cassandra Miyagi, who is affiliated with the SENDAI Girls Pro-Wrestling promotion. I haven't seen much of her work in the ring; I've got a match between her and Rabbit Miu bookmarked to watch but I haven't made the time for it yet (edit: it wasn't the greatest match I've ever seen, tbh). I bid on the card mostly because she went above and beyond on her autograph, covering most of the card with doodles. She definitely did more than just a couple of scribbled initials. Her hairstyle / makeup is pretty distinctive, which really sets her apart from the other SENDAI wrestlers, who as far as I can tell are pretty traditional as far as ring gear goes. Although I can't say that I really have contacts in Japan because I don't have any real relationships with these sellers, it is nice that a few eBay sellers and webstore owners have made it possible for me to get items like this for my collection.