Two Lone Sole Mates in a month! Hopefully I keep this up. This set has eluded me forever.....and the evidence was right under my nose the whole time. I've owned maybe 4-5 of the sumo card of Yokozuna Yoshibayama over the years, but could never find another sumo wrestling menko card in the set.....that's because he is the only sumo wrestling star in the set and the other cards are famous stars from baseball, tv, movies, and cartoons. I have a big box of misc menko cards that I've accumulated over the years as I tend to "dump" the non-sumo cards in this box when I buy auction lots. It's been slowly piling up and I've made a concerted effort recently to try and put some of the cards on eBay to thin the herd and give these menko new homes. I found a baseball menko of Fumio Fujimura that I listed on eBay with no takers....fortunately. When I studied the back design of the Fujimura menko I realized I had seen that back before and went to my binder of Lone Sole sumo menko. Low and behold I discovered a match...I then proceeded to dig through the box of misc menko and discovered 4 more bringing the total that I have of this set to 6.
I've labeled this set the M547 - 1954 Famous Stars 10 set with the checklist as follows:
- 9989354617 - Boy on Bear (Unknown)
- 8795234157 - Fumio Fujimura (Baseball)
- 7824357681 - Keiko Kishi (Actress)
- 6732548295 - Yokozuna Yoshibayama (Sumo)
- 2545678951 - Keiji Sada (Actor)
- 1698675432 - Tarzan (Actor)