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Hideki Matsui Topps Sterling Jumbo Swatch | The Card Blog
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Hideki Matsui Topps Sterling Jumbo Swatch

January 8th, 2008 by Alex

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Check out this beautiful jumbo swatch patch auto of Hideki Matsui. Its probably one of the nicest Yankees patches I have ever seen.

Matsui Jumbo Swatch 1
Get it now on eBay!

Unfortunately, when you find patches this nice on eBay your first thought is always that the patch is fake.

I am almost 100% sure this patch is authentic.
Here’s Why:

Some other Matsui Jumbo Swatches have pieces of the same patch:

Matsui Jumbo Swatch 2Matsui Jumbo Swatch 3

The interesting thing is, the Yankees have no such patch on their regular uniforms.

Yankees Home UniformYankees Road Uniform

Apparently the patch is from the 2003 season and it commemorates the team’s 100th Anniversary. It was worn during home games on the left sleeve and also on the caps.

Hideki Matsui Yankees

Here’s the full patch:
New York Yankees 100th Anniversary Patch

2003 was Hideki Matsui’s rookie year so the patches are from his rookie jersey, which I thought was interesting.

The cards I’ve shown are the Jumbo Swatches #’d 1,2, and 4 out of 10. I assume the 3/10 Jumbo also has a piece of the patch but it hasn’t turned up on eBay yet. Let me know if you spot it, or other interesting Jumbo Swatch patches from 2007 Topps Sterling.

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5 Responses to “Hideki Matsui Topps Sterling Jumbo Swatch”

  1. Jason Eggert Says:

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    I think it is authentic, but I do not think it comes from the same patch as the others. Comparing all the cards and the patch you show, the hat on the swatch is way too big, Looks like it about double the size it would be if it were from that patch.

  2. Alex Says:

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    Hmm you might have a point there…. However it might just be the scaling of the other pictures. The second one isn’t a straight on shot. Good point though. if the 3/10 and 5/10 appear on eBay maybe we can get a better idea.

  3. jorge Says:

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    Matsui is a great solid player, reliable and great work ethic. No wonder he’s a big star. If he had better English, he could be getting more commercial endorsements. At least he’s getting appearing in some TV commercials in Japan
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