Ever wonder why this card seems to be hard to find and often expensive?
Masanori Murakami is not a name even the most ardent of modern baseball fan can rattle off. He’s not a Hall of Famer and his time in the Major Leagues was short. Yet Murakami was a ground breaker. Just 20 years after the end of World War II, he arrived on American soil as the first Japanese player to find a home in the big leagues.
His rookie card, 1965 Topps #282, won’t break your bank account but high grade copies can be pricey. Due to demand from Japanese collectors and vintage fans, it can be challenging and a little pricier than you might expect. Murakami pitched briefly in 1964 and again in 1965 before returning to Japan well before his prime.