Those holding those World Baseball Classic Redemption cards better get them logged in to Topps quickly as it has just been announced that card #9 is of Jung Keun Bong of Korea, and #10 is of Daisuke Matsuzaka of Japan.
In four games, (as of March 23, 2009), Jung Keun Bong (yes, it's the same guy from the infamous Bong/Puffer card) started three games, posted a 2-0 record, a miniscule ERA of 0.51, walked 6, struck out four, and gave up 14 hits in 17.4 innings of work. Korea finished as the runner up to Japan in the WBC.
Daisuke Matsuzaka started and earned the win in all three games he started. He walked 5, struck out 13, with an ERA of 2.45, and gave up 14 hits in 14.2 innings of work. He was the pitcher that beat Team USA and helped Japan reach the WBC finals for the second tournament in a row.
None of the cards are autographed. For fans of either the Korean, or Japanese teams, you will certainly want to add these cards to your collections. So for those of you with Redemption card #'s 9 & 10, START REDEEMING!!!
The final checklist now includes:
- #1 Lee Jin Young, Korea
- #2 Derek Jeter, USA
- #3 Gift Ngoepe, South Africa
- #4 Ubaldo Jimenez, Dominican Republic
- #5 Sidney de Jong, Netherlands
- #6 Yoennis Cespedes, Cuba
- #7 Dae Ho Lee, Korea
- #8 Yu Darvish, Japan
- #9 Jung Keun Bong, Korea
- #10 Daisuke Matsuzaka, Japan