saturday's mail brought another ttm request fulfilled. this time, ralph bryant signed and returned his trio of 1987 rookie cards. here's his fleer card, on which he shares space with jose gonzalez
when the dodgers brought in kirk gibson and mike davis for the 1988 season, there wasn't much room in the outfield for bryant, and he wound up heading to japan. although originally signed by the chunichi dragons, bryant played for the kintetsu buffaloes and won the pacific league mvp award in 1989. he led the league in home runs that year with 49 (only the seventh player in history and the second american to reach that total), and also sat atop the leader board in two other seasons. in all, bryant hit 259 home runs in japan in just eight seasons. following his retirement in 1995, he returned to the states and played in aa for the angels' affiliate.
bryant signed and returned the cards in 12 days. thanks ralph!