One of the most neglected parts of my sumo menko and card collection is the BB-Series, or Black and White Bromides. The 1940s BB-series bromides are a "nightmare" to try and catalog due to the sheer number of different sets produced. A lot of detective work has to go into binning them to the correct sets....and I don't always get it correct so every edition of my book I have to fix numerous sets and checklists as I get smarter on them. I'm not complaining, but with limited time these BB-series badboys get relegated to the bottom of my priority list. In fact, when I first started collecting sumo cards, I wouldn't even keep most of my BB-series bromides...that was a big regret. I've reached the point in my collecting where I can now focus on these black and white beasts. Now that we are settled in Germany, I've been experimenting with shipping from eBay purchases as well as shipping from Japan. My first pickup was this nice 1950s lot from Ebay. Believe it or not, a few cards from this lot are actually quite rare.....I was even able to catalog a new type of set which happens very rarely these days. The BB572 Marusho set now has been confirmed to have a Type 3: Brown Back. Pretty cool. These cards are well loved which makes me cherish them more. I love the candid shot of Yokozuna Wakanohana taking on three young boys which is quite common in the sumo world. Kids would test their strength against a sumo wrestler, usually during special events like retirement or promotion ceremonies.
Thanks for reading and hopefully I'll have some more posts for you soon as the goods start flowing into Germany.