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.


  1. Cat burglar. Smoking cat. Making it rain. Very entertaining my friend. And these cards are about as awesome as it gets.

    1. The make for some fun write ups. The ones you got were pretty awesome. I've been looking around seeing what else they have in this genre.

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    1. These are definitely out there. Thanks for stopping by!