Monday, September 21, 2020

National Rail Safety Week - Be Safe Out There!

This week is National Rail Safety Week, a week-long awareness campaign supported by the Operation Lifesaver, Inc. non-profit.  This week is important as it raises awareness of the need for rail safety education and how to keep save near highway-railroad crossings.  Last year there were 2,216 highway-railroad crossing collisions with hundreds of deaths across the country.  As part of the awareness campaigns of past, OLI issued this 36-card set in 1993 with locomotives from the major companies and catchy slogans on the back on how to stay safe around railroad tracks.  In the early 1990's anything and everything was printed on trading cards and this set was no exception.  This "Limited Edition" set is a must have for rail fans like myself.  Remember:

- Railroad tracks are meant for trains, not walking laines.  Look, Listen and Live!

- Trains and games don't go together.  Find a safer place to play.

- It only takes your car about 200 fee to stop at 55 mph.  A train takes 8000 feet to stop.

- When you approach a highway-rail grade crossing turn down your radio so you can hear the train whistle.

Probably the most famous train-track movies out there has to be Stand By Me

Sunday, September 20, 2020

1956 Japanese Sumo Magazine Card Inserts

We are well into our 6th month of coronavirus lock down and I sure hope everyone out there is doing well.  These are once-in-a lifetime, life-changing events so I can't complain about the relatively minor impacts my family and I are going through.  One thing that has affected my hobby of collecting sumo cards is the shipping of material from Japan now takes 2 months instead of 1-2 weeks.  Alas, the bright side is I often forget what I bought so there are great surprises when I get to open the boxes.  One of these nice surprises is this set of 1956 black and white bromide cards that was issued as a free giveaway to the purchasers of the March 1956 Sumo "相撲" magazine.  They are postcard sized with blank backs and came in this thin paper sleeve.  The entire set is 9 cards which represents the top 9 wrestlers at the time.  I have another set of these, but for almost 10 years I never knew how they were issued so I had originally cataloged them as a 1956 BB-Series (Black and White Bromide) set.  Now they are cataloged as a Z-Series (Magazine Insert) set with the designation Z563: 1956 Sumo Magazine Facsimile Bromide Set.  Here is the checklist:

Yokozuna Tochinishiki

Yokozuna Yoshibayama

Yokozuna Chiyonoyama

Yokozuna Kagamisato

Ozeki Wakanohana

Ozeki Ouchiyama

Ozeki Matsunobori

Sekiwake Asashio

Sekiwake Tokitsuyama

Stay safe and have a great week!

Sunday, September 13, 2020

1985 Japanese Takara Transformers Menko - Checklist Update

About 4 years ago I posted about some 1985 Transformers menko I had picked upGregory over at Nine Pockets recently asked if my checklist had grown any since he had picked up some doubles along the way and wanted to see if we could expand the checklist.  I had to go back and check since it has been a while since I browsed my collection and sure enough it looks like I have picked up a few since I last posted.  I've occasionally run across these on auction sites and I think there must be between 30-50 in the set.  Here are the ones I have along with the current checklist.  This set marked just about the end of the menko re-boom era that had restarted in the early 1970s and ended around 1985.  Before that the big menko boom happened from the 1930s to 1964 when it suddenly died off due to television.  Nostalgia kicked in and the re-boom era lasted about 12 or so years petering out in the mid 1980s when kids turned their attention to NES!

- Alert
- Blaster
- Bumblebee
- Convoy (Optimus Prime)
- Grimlock
- Hound
- Inferno
- Optimus Prime (Solo Card)
- Perceptro
- Prowl
- Sideswipe
- Slog
- Sludge
- Smokescreen
- Snarl
- Swoop
- Trailbreaker
- Wheeljack

- Bombshell
- Bonecrusher
- Condor
- Devastator
- Frenzy
- Glen (Crane)
- Jaguar
- Kickback
- Long Haul
- Megatron
- Mixmaster
- Reflector
- Rumble
- Scavenger
- Scapper
- Shrapnel
- Skywarp
- Soundwave
- Starscream
- Thundercracker
- Walter P-38