Monday, April 6, 2020

1941 Japanese Sumo Wrestling Menko - R416 Rikishi Math Backs 1-2

Being cooped up with a school-age kid makes me really appreciate all the hard work and effort our Nation's teachers give and sacrifice on a daily basis during a "normal" school day.  With the shift to online learning throughout the country, the new and creative way that teachers are overcoming this "new" method of teaching is nothing short of epic.  Thanks to all of our educators out there!!

Back in 1941, right before World War II started (or at least between the U.S. and Japan), an unknown Japanese company produced this Math Back menko set in order to entice kids to buy them in hopes that they would not only play with them, but use them as a learning tool as well.  There are numerous examples throughout the 1940s and 1950s of Japanese companies doing this.  They are the precursors to flash cards it seems.  These three menko that recently came up for auction are the only three of this set I have seen in my close to 20 years of collecting sumo menko making them extremely rare.  This small lot features the great Yokozuna Futabayama (75/5=), the weak Yokozuna Minanogawa(27+5=), and the even weaker Yokozuna Akinoumi shown here as an Ozeki (50+4=).  Amazingly, these menko survived the air raids and destruction of the city they resided in starting 79 years ago.

Take care and good luck with all the home schooling and online learning!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

1988 Score #555 Phil Niekro

I was browsing through my scanned folders and came across this beauty...a 1988 Score Phil Neikro adorned in orange-outlined goodness.  A most deserved Hall of Famer who played for 4 teams across 3 decades.  Phil had the remarkable luck of being born on 1 April 1939 making this a perfect fit to share with the blogging world as well.  Everyone stay safe during this crazy month of April.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Japanese Baseball 1960s Yukata Bolt & Card - Nagashima

Thanks to all that responded and replied in my last post on the 1960 Japanese Yukata Bolt and Sumo Card of Yokozuna Taiho.  Equally as popular in the 1960s were baseball stars Sadaharu Oh and Shigeo Nagashima and they both promoted yukata companies and adorned several cards attached to these beautifully indigo-dyed fabric bolts.  The bolts allowed the purchasers to make their own yukata patterns and sizes at home.....basically like buying fabric in bulk.  This particular bolt made by Tokyo Yukata features a beautiful jagged herring bone pattern in dark, light, and pale blues although the card of Nagashima shows him wearing a more cross-hatch pattern.

Stay safe everyone!