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Sneak Peek: 2009 Bowman World Baseball Classic Rising Stars cards

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Topps announced on Wednesday the inclusion of 20 World Baseball Classic Rising Stars cards that will be included in 2009 Bowman when it arrives in early May.

Japanese pitching star Yu Darvish will be one player many collectors focus on as it’s the first card of Darvish released by an American company and he has a good possibility of pitching in the Major Leagues in the future. He has several Japanese cards produced highlighting his Japanese pro career.

All 20 cards can be found on Base, Chrome, Refractor, X-Fractor, Blue Refractor, Gold Refractor, Orange Refractor, Red Refractor and SuperFractor technologies. The checklist is below:

Yu Darvish, Japan P

Phillippe Aumont, Canada P

Concepcion Rodriguez, Panama OF

Michel Enriquez, Cuba 3B

Yulieski Gurriel,  Cuba 3B

Shinnosuke Abe, Japan C

Gift Ngoepe,  S. Africa OF

Dylan Lindsa,  S. Africa P

Nick Weglarz, Canada OF

Mitch Dening, Australia OF

Justin Erasmus,  S. Africa P

Aroldis Chapman, Cuba P

Alex Liddi, Italy 3B

Alexander Smit,  Netherlands P

Juan Carlos Sulbaran,  Netherlands P

Cheng-Min Peng,  Taipei OF

Chenhao Li, China P

Tao Bu, China P

Gregory Halman, Netherlands OF

Fu-Te Ni, Taipei P

Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com.

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