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About the Ball: The Rawlings 1988 MLB-Japan All-Star Games. The top panel stamp is the common Rawlings logo. A "Haiti" factory stamp is found on the reverse sweet spot."OFFICIAL BALL," and "1988 MLB JAPAN ALL_STAR GAMES" are stamped on the center League Panel. An interesting commemorative logo with both English and Japanese text is featured on the lower panel. Can you see what the pattern of the text forms? Interesting. A bit unpolished and even elementary, but we applaud the effort, and always appreciate a unique logo at BigLeaugeBaseballs.com.
About the Event: The Japan All-Star Games or All-Star Tour is an event that had been taking place for years -Â as far back as 1934. It's an event that pitted Japanese Professional baseball's Nippon Professional Baseball All-Stars against the stars from Major League Baseball.
Though it has taken on different names and formats, it basically is the Japan All-Star Series, which was played biannually from 1986-2006, with the exception of the 1994 MLB Strike year.
The series has since given way to the current World Baseball Classic, which of course incorporated teams from counties all over the world. It is also rumored that the tour was discontinued because Nippon Professional Baseball players felt under-compensated for their involvement in the games.