Since 1986, East has been meeting West in an international competition known as the "MLB Japan All-Star Series". Held intermittently in Japan, this postseason extravaganza has been played twelve times to date, with the MLB team besting the NPB squad nine times. From the second edition in 1988, comes this MLB team-signed bat and baseball pair. Led by Series MVP Barry Larkin, the talent-rich MLB team was victorious in this series of seven All-Stars Games, with a record of 3-2-2.
A combined grand total of (58) MLB All-Star signatures adorn this period-signed bat and ball duo, with signatures strength ranging ("8" to "10"), and both items present (NM+) quality. Each item is accompanied by individual full photo LOA from JSA, with:
Mizuno World Win model bat signed by (32): Bobby Brown (AL President), Sparky Anderson (HOF, manager), Doug Jones, Dick Dent (trainer), Fred McGriff, Kirby Puckett (HOF), Roger Craig, Willie McGee, Greg Maddux (HOF), Ellis Burks, Rafael Palmeiro, Andres Galarraga, David Cone, Jimmy Key, Bobby Bonilla, Vance Law, Paul Molitor (HOF), Don Sutton (HOF), Dave Henderson, Barry Larkin (HOF), Terry Steinbach, Tim Laudner, Vince Coleman, Alan Trammell (HOF), Alex Grammas (coach), Benito Santiago, Jeff Russell, Danny Jackson, Mark Gubicza, Mark Davis, and (2) undetermined;
Rawlings Official 1988 MLB-Japan All-Star Games baseball signed by (26) with:
Sweet spot: Sparky Anderson (HOF, manager), Alex Grammas (coach);
North panel: Alan Trammell (HOF), Dave Henderson, Danny Jackson, Rafael Palmeiro, Vince Coleman, Barry Larkin (HOF);
South panel: Jimmy Key, Ellis Burks, Paul Molitor (HOF), Mark Gubicza, Terry Steinbach, Mark Davis, Vance Law;
East panel: Doug Jones, Orel Hershiser, Kirby Puckett (HOF), Willie McGee, Benito Santiago, Jeff Russell, David Cone;
West panel: Roger Craig (coach), Greg Maddux (HOF), Fred McGriff, and Tim Laudner.