Here is another example of more unique and collectible cards that are surfacing every so often. Enter 1960s Japanese Bromide sumo cards attached to yukata bolts. Yukata are worn by sumo wrestlers all times of the year and stores sell that same material in bolts to the fans to make their own. In the 1960s, the patterns were not as intricate so attaching a bromide card to the bolt would let you know which wrestler the material belonged to. Nowadays, printing technology allows the wrestlers' names to be printed into the actual material pattern, rendering the bromide card unnecessary. In the 1960s, they not only did this for sumo wrestlers, but other stars as well. I've seen these cards before, but have not paid serious attention to them until recently. Having a bolt of the material in hand, as well as the card, is a cool piece of history and a great collectible. I definitely am hooked...fellow sumo card collector, Paul F., is partially to thank for that! I have not decided how I am going to categorize them in the 5th edition of my book.....do I give them their own category or do I include them in the BB-series (Black and White Bromide) category? I have some time to think about it and try to uncover additional cards to see how many are out there.
Here are two bolts I won in the same auction. I haven't unrolled them (and don't plan on it), but they are probably around 30 feet in length. You can see them folded up here. The material and card on the right are Ozeki Tochihikari....the material on the left is attributed to an unknown wrestler.
Here is the inside of the first fold. You can see the round Tokyo Yukata seal at the bottom. One of the neat things about Tochihikari's is an attachment for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. I haven't translated that yet to see what it says exactly.
An end on shot here of the bolts....there is a lot of material there!
Thanks to Paul F. for this picture....a bolt that was sold on eBay of Yokozuna Taiho. You can see the similarity in all the cloth patterns making the bromide very useful and important.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope I am able to share more of these in the future.