Japan's Yu Darvish headlines latest Topps World Baseball Classic redemptions

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Topps announced the sixth, seventh and eighth players in its 2009 Topps Series 1 World Baseball Classic redemption set on Friday afternoon. They are:

No. 6 — Yoennis Cespedes, OF , Cuba

No. 7 — Dae Ho Lee, 3B, Korea

No. 8 — Yu Darvish, P, Japan

The remainder of the 10-card set will be announced during the duration of the Classic.  Each Topps Series 1 hobby box includes one of the redemptions, which can be redeemed online at www.topps.com/redemption.

The cards will be printed on Chrome stock and shipped in June. The other cards previously announced include:

1 — Lee Jin Young, Korea
2 — Derek Jeter, USA
3 — Gift Ngoepe, South Africa
4 — Ubaldo Jimenez, Dominican Republic
5 — Sidney De Jong, Netherlands

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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