Saturday, August 13, 2016

Fellow Collector's Request! Why it matters and card history is important.

Now that I've settled into the new job and life in Alabama (at least for the next 10 months until we have to move again) I've started purging out excess material and doubles onto the Bay and gathering a few material to fill in holes to focus my collection.  I think we all go through this at some point....or we try to streamline our collections.  Plus, the excess material is better suited in new homes where another fellow collector can enjoy.  One purchase recently, however, really got me thinking about the history of our collections, where stuff came from, and ultimately where it goes when we are done with it.  The purchase of the following cards came with an amazing note; one where I had to stop and reread it to really understand the impact of what I had just bought  The cards and note are as follows:

Dear Ryan,

Thank you again!  I case history is important, these cards were purchased new near Kanto Mura Housing Facility/Yokota Air Base, Japan between 1973 and 1976 when I was a child.  They moved to Colorado Springs, CO and lived in a small areas south of town.  They remained in storage at my parent's home until a couple years ago.  I retrieved them from storage and brought them to my home where they have stayed until now.

One favor.  If you ever sell them, please be sure to pass along their history.

Thank you again.

Here was a childhood collector letting go of some of his Japanese memories which obviously meant enough for him to add the note and pass along their history.  As a fellow collector, I am honored to pass along the history of these cards if I do end up selling some of them...even if I don't, I've passed along some of that history here already.  Fortunately, most of these fill in some big holes in my collection so they will likely be staying put for a while.  I have a request out to the seller to do an interview to understand what it was like to collect menko and mini cards in Japan in the mid 1970s.  And hopefully get a better background on these specific sets.  I'm hoping it all works out where I can share that with all of you.

But more importantly, these few short sentences have verified and confirmed what us Japanese card collectors have had to deduce from countless hours of research.  It nails down timeframes, locations of sale, and even the mini card prize system.  It doesn't get any better than that!  Most of these sets are destined for the blogosphere so stay tuned.

Has anyone else ever had a similar request or a good story on the history of cards in their collection?  I makes me want to be a better seller and pass along any info I have as the cards change hands.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of the weekend!


  1. Its pretty cool (and rare) to be able to attach a story to the origin of a pile of vintage cards like that (nice ones too BTW).

    The closest I have is not in my baseball card collection, but in my other side-hobby which is collecting old Japanese video game cartridges from the 1980s (love the artwork on them). Kids back then were in the habit of writing their names on their cartridges, so about 1/4 or so of the ones out there have a name you can directly attach to it. Once I bought a lot of 6 or 7 Famicom games which all had the same kid`s name written on them and I realized it was probably the kid`s entire collection from about 1985-86. I thought that was pretty neat.

    Sometimes you run into old baseball cards like that, where a kid wrote his name or initials on the back, probably to prevent other kids from taking them (vintage Calbee cards sometimes have that). Of course it destroys the collector value, but since it adds a nice touch to the card`s story I kind of like finding them.

  2. I agree. I don't mind having cards marked with kids fact, the backs of these cards have the gentleman's initials on them and it adds character you can't get....give each one personality.

    I love the 1980s video games as well and pick up NES games when I can. Would love to hear more about your collection...maybe in a future blog! The memories I recall of playing video games back in the 1980s is pure joy.

  3. I didn't have a seller share the history of the cards, but just a bit ago a seller recognized my name and location and asked if I was the writer of The Raz Card Blog. They realized that we had a player collection in common and sent a bunch of amazing cards for that player along with the original item I purchased. The collecting community is a cool place.

    Those are some neat cards. I especially like the baseball disc and the guy in blue with the red boots in that bottom picture. I feel like I've seen that photo before, but I'm not sure where.

  4. Thanks for the comments and it sure is a cool place. It's a small world and you have a pretty established and well-written blog so I am not surprised.