Tuesday, April 6, 2021

1991 Japanese Mike Tyson Toyota Truck Telephone Card

It's Super Strong....piffff.  Back in 1991 Toyota paid Mike Tyson a crap ton of yen to be the spokesperson for their line of Toyota Trucks.  There was a whole advertising campaign behind it with commercials (click here for three of them), magazine and pamphlets....and telephone cards.  Telephone card collecting was in full force in the late 1980s and early 1990s and Toyota decided to use this advertising medium to capture one of the most iconic boxers and athletes of all time, Mike Tyson, with one of the most profitable collecting hobbies ever, Telephone Cards.  Toyota ended up printing three different versions with Tyson on them and this red one is one of the most common.  Anyone else ever run across one of these?

Have a great Tuesday!

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Ultra-Rare 1984 Topps Glossy All-Stars Ted Simmons

According to Trading Card Database, only 143 people in the world have the #9 1984 Topps Glossy All-Stars Ted Simmons card with only a handful for sale on eBay.  Not sure why this is card falls in the ultra-rare category, but Diamond Jesters helps highlight the set.

Monday, March 29, 2021

1964 Japanese Sumo Wrestling Post Cards - PC641

I am not a big sumo wrestling post card collector, but I feel like I am missing the boat every time I pick up a few random post card sets.  Post Cards provide a snapshot in time of what sumo wrestlers looked like at the time of the photograph.  Although not as visually appealing as some of the menko of the day, some post card designs are very nicely done and worthy of a second look anytime I am browsing card auctions.  Take this newly discovered PC-series set, PC641: 1964 Blue Background Postcards, for instance.  The colors, simplicity, and "crudeness" make this an easy pick up in my book especially since there are some rikishi that very rarely show u[p on cards.  Equally interesting is how rare 1960s Japanese cards are; from the mid- to late-1960s they are virtually non-existent, including Japanese baseball cards.  There was a cultural and economic tussle in the 1960s that encouraged kids, and the Japanese economy, to strive to be #1 and consequently a lot of the toys and games kids played with went to the wayside while they focused their attention on studying.  Similarly, the accessibility of television sets also pulled kids attention away from the games of old to the virtual diversions being broadcast out to the masses.  This set captures the top rikishi from the summer of 1964:

Yokozuna Taiho

Yokozuna Kashiwado

Yokozuna Tochinoumi

Ozeki Sadanoyama

Ozeki Kitabayama

Ozeki Yutakayama