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Author: Subject: Upperdeck: Ichiro- Rookie of the Year

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[*] posted on 8-10-2002 at 10:40 PM
Upperdeck: Ichiro- Rookie of the Year

Upperdeck made a 51 card set called Ichiro- Rookie of the Year. I have consistently been looking for a place where I could buy a box of these cards so I could form my own set. The problem is that I can't find where to buy a box. I would be willing to buy the complete set from anyone, given that the card are in good condition. Anyway, if anyone has information, I would really appreciate it. Thanks.

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[*] posted on 12-24-2003 at 07:36 PM

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[*] posted on 6-19-2013 at 07:49 AM

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[*] posted on 8-26-2013 at 08:46 AM

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