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1930s -1974 Japanese Card Collection Including Rarities and HOFers (155)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $705.00
Fascinating and substantial collection of baseball cards originating from "The Land of The Rising Sun." Japan was one of the first foreign countries in which the American game of baseball became extremely popular. That fact led to the production of numerous baseball card issues featuring all the great stars of the day from Japan. Starting in approximately 1930, numerous sets of cards of various styles were issued in Japan, some very similar in design to sets issued in America, and some others very distinctive in design. Presented here is a diverse collection of 155 of these attractive and scarce cards, spanning from the 1930s through the 1960s (with the exception of one card of Sadaharu Oh from 1974), including numerous rarities and Hall of Famers. The collection has an extremely high concentration of highlights, among them fifty-seven cards of Hall of Famers and a very interesting selection of bromides, which were special cards issued as prizes to people who pulled winning cards from packs. The condition of the cards range from Vg to Nr/Mt-Mt, averaging Ex-Mt overall, with a small percentage lesser grades. 1) 1949 JBR 37 Marusei Home Run Batter (34 cards): three Makoto Kozuru (HOF), four Iijima, three Kaoru Betto (HOF), five Shigeru Chiba (HOF), three Michio Nishizawa (HOF), five Tokuji Iida (HOF), two Aota (a top flight player who was denied HOF eligibility due to alleged Yakuza-Japanese organized crime-connections), Hiroshi Oshita, two Kazuo Horii, Susumi Yuki (uncatalogued common), and five unknown players. 2) 1951 JBR 31 Yamakatsu: Wally Yonamine (HOF; first American inducted). 3) 1954 JCM 54 Who Am I: Kawakami (HOF, uncatalogued). 4) 1957 JCM 65 Maruya Color Menko 1: Fujita. 5) 1958 JCM 29 Cartoon Catcher Back (6 cards): Tokuji Iida (HOF), Hideshi Miyake, Yoshinori Kido, Hiroshi Oshita (HOF), Futoshi Nakanishi (HOF), and Oshita/Nakanishi/Toyoda (HOF). 6) 1958 JCM 32a Marumatsu Scoreboard: Kawakami (HOF). 7) 1959 JCM 14b Marukami (17 cards): Anabuki, Motoshi Fujita (HOF), Terada, Tsuchiya, Kakurai, Nanba, Hasegawa, Ishigaki, Ito, Tatsuro Hirooka (HOF), Katsuya Nomura (HOF), Tadashi Sugiura (HOF), Takuwa, Sugiyama, Tadashi Sugiura (HOF), Kimura, and Sakazaki. 8) 1959 JGA 5 Doyusha (40): Complete set of forty separate cards plus original box, includes HOFers Nomura, Iida, Inao, Fujita, Kaneda, Nagashima, Sugiura, Hirose, Hirooka, Murayama. 9) 1960 JG 8 Jintan Gum: Motoshi Fujita (HOF). 10) 1963 JCM 14f 1963 Bat On Right: Harimoto (HOF). 11) 1964 JG 2 Morinaga Top Star (3 cards): Murayama, Shibata, and Yamauchi. 12) 1974 Calbee: Sadaharu Oh (HOF, PSA NM-MT 8). 13) 1930s to 1950s Miscellaneous Large Format Bromides (19): including Hall of Famers Fujimoto, Bessho, Nishizawa, Kawakami, Oshita. 14) 1930s to 1950s Miscellaneous Medium Format Bromides (23): including Hall of Famers Sugiura, Fujimoto, two Bessho, Yamakawa, Tsubouchi, Oshita, Sanada. 15) 1940s to 1950s Miscellaneous Small Format Bromides (6): including Hall of Famer Aota-Kawakami-Chiba. This is an outstanding selection of vintage Japanese cards, an area of collecting which is rich in history but has received very little attention in America, which could serve as a representative collection unto itself or as the foundation for a serious advanced collection. The collection is accompanied by a copy of the 2005 edition of Gary Engel's Japanese Baseball Card Checklist and Price Guide, the 374-page standard reference book for collectors of Japanese cards, which lists these cards for a book value well in excess of $3,000. Total 155 cards plus box. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $705.00
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