Monday, January 22, 2018

1992 BBM Sumo World Cards

After 18+ years of collecting sumo cards, new and amazing items keep surfacing that I have to have.  This 18-card set came stapled in the center of the 30 June 1992 magazine supplement to Sumo World (相撲界)magazine which was published by BBM.  These cards came in a sheet of 18 cards folded down the middle and are meant to be cut out individually by the buyer.  It is a very interesting set as it shows Akebono as a Sekiwake, but the magazine covers the announcement of his promotion to Ozeki.  There was a span of about 9 months during this time where there were no Yokozuna, but Akebono would soon blow through the Ozeki rank to achieve the highest rank the following year.  It also shows the extremely popular Hanada brothers who still had their original shikona of Takahanada & Wakahanada.  Not all of the Maegashira ranks are included in this set so I suspect there might be additional cards, or BBM only printed the most popular wrestlers.  The cards are about the same size as standard trading cards.

Even though this set came in a magazine, I will catalog it in the BBM section of the 5th Edition of the Sumo Menko and Card Checklist.

Here is the checklist:

1 - Ozeki Konishiki (Here is a great interview by John Gunning of Inside Sport)
2 - Ozeki Kirishima
3 - Sekiwake Tochinowaka
4 - Sekiwake Akebono
5 - Komusubi Akinoshima
6 - Komusubi Mitoizumi
7 - Komusubi Kotonishiki
8 - Komusubi Musashimaru
9 - Maegashira Terao
10 - Maegashira Takahanada
11 - Maegashira Takatoriki
12 - Maegashira Kyokudozan
13 - Maegashira Wakahanada
14 - Maegashira Mainoumi
15 - Maegashira Wakanoyama
16 - Maegashira Kotonowaka
17 - Maegashira Tokitsunada
18 - Juryo Genkai

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 19, 2018

1981 Japanese Nameneko "Perlorian" Cat Cards

I posted this over at A Pack To Be Named Later as well since it was so fun. 

What the heck?  Like a train wreck, it is hard to divert your eyes.  These are Japanese cat cards from 1981.   Both Fuji and Billy have done write ups as well on similar cards.  The idea started in Japan in the early 1980s and is known as Nameneko (Licking Cat) which Topps carried over to the States in 1983.  This is a taba pack from Japan with 30 different card envelopes attached.  This particular set seems to be called (マスコット).  Typically taba packs are hung from the ceiling in candy shops with the envelopes being sold on an individual basis for a few yen.  You would pay and pull off an envelope from the pack.  If you happen to get a "winner" card, it entitled you to another pull or other prize the shop owner had available.  This taba pack still has its 30 individual envelopes.  Can I resist and pull only one envelope to see what cards are inside?  Grab a can of Asahi Super Dry and some Tylenol as this could be painful.....

I think the left picture depicts a high school cat being too-cool-for-school.  It looks like the back of this taba pack had a sample card affixed, but someone stole it.  Dang cat burglars......  You can see the string that is used to hang the pack from the ceiling.

Here is one of the envelopes I pulled.  I couldn't resist and pulled three of them.   A cool cat along with his high school girlfriend? in her school-girl outfit.  Back in the 1980s, that skirt went down to the they barely reach mid-thigh.  I love the sunglasses and Walkman-type radio.

Oh boy, a great shot of the girlfriend? waving her boyfriend off to school.  Your eyes do not deceive you, that cat is getting ready to light up.  I doubt you will see that image in the 1983 Topps set.  I have to pull another envelope...>> '/\' <<

Here is the ID card of "Tanaka- the Family Cat".  Does your family know you are messing around with a chain-smoking tabby?  Alright, one more.....

The Japanese equivalent of the "Benjamin"....making it rain!

Two of the three cards have this for the back.  I'll have to look around to see if any of these Nameneko sets are checklisted.  Maybe this is the New Looks set.  I'll have to poke around to see if there are additional sets.

These cards are slightly smaller than a standard trading card and have a laminate covering.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

2017-18 BBM Basketball B.League - 2nd Half - 20 February 2018!

Barely a month after the 1st Half was announced, BBM announced that the 2nd Half of the B.League set will release on 20 February.  It looks to follow the same design as the 1st Half and will include cards and autographs from the rest of the team members that weren't captured in the 1st Half.  Here is the box art as well as some images of the autographs and inserts.  There will be 20 packs per box with a retail price of 8000 yen.  All images are courtesy of BBM's website,