I've seen this woodblock-printed menko on a few occasions before, but have never been able to pick up a copy. A few weeks back it came up in a large lot of other menko from this woodblock set (the set contains somewhere around 30-50 menko), luckily with some sumo wrestling menko that I needed from the same set. I haven't been able to nail down an exact year for the set, but it is somewhere between 1898-1903 according to the sumo wrestlers that are depicted. All the menko in this set are absolutely gorgeous with crisp, black lines, vivid red and pinks, and gold gilded ink to highlight parts of the menko. It measures about 1.75" in diameter. This particular menko shows three kids playing baseball...one getting ready to pitch, one batting, and one which looks to be a catcher. The large word in the middle is Marinage, 毬なげ, or playing catch. I love the gold gilding on the clothes and bat. According to Baseball Reference, "Horace Wilson introduced baseball to Japan sometime between 1867 and 1873 in the early Meiji Era. Wilson was a professor at Kaisei Gakko (now Tokyo University). In 1873 Albert Bates, an American teaching at Kaitaku University organized he first game." It makes sense that baseball would be depicted on the card as it seemed to be gaining popularity during this time and paper menko were becoming popular as well. More to follow and I'll post some other menko that I picked up from the set.