Finally was able to hunt down the brand in Toronto. Independent vendor who seemed legit. 50 8xR for about 25US.
Nero Speed reads it as a TY brand.
Serial is GG000092 - stamped backwards / reverse or something to that effect.
Other serial is from what I can make as PD519A200236GG.
No other info in packaging that reveals much (ex no mention of made in Japan)
Fingers crossed that they are real.