Saturday, May 30, 2020

1997 Japanese BBM Historic Set Sample Cards

The first modern BBM (Baseball Magazine) pack-issued card sets were issued in 1997.  For the longest time, I had always thought the 1997 Modern set was released before the 1997 Historic set.  However, reading Sumo World Magazine from this time, it became evident that the 1997 Historic set was actually released first, followed several months later by the 1997 Modern.  What is the difference between the sets you may ask?  The 1997 Historic featured drawings and artwork of the very first rikishi before photography was invented.  Basically from the origins of sumo to the mid-1800s.  To help promote the 1997 Historic set, these 3-card promotional sets were given away to show potential buyers what the cards looked like as well as a little sales card that highlighted the composition of the set.  These very rarely pop up for auction so grab them if you can.  Have an awesome weekend and stay safe with all the craziness out there.  Sayonara!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

1958 Sumo Appointment Card - What day of the week is it?

Days have blurred into nights have blurred into weekends during quarantine.  Given the fact that I have not posted in almost a month just illustrates how time flies and gets blurred when work, home, hobby, and free time are all done within a 40' distance from one another.  I hope everyone is doing well and hanging in there.

I won this BB-series card several months ago and thought it was an apt opportunity to highlight it here.  I have only ever seen this card in all my years of collecting.  It appears to be an appointment card for the Daiichi Paint company that was prominent in the 1970s and 1980s.  On the front is then-Komusubi Tamanoumi and on the back are days of the week (Monday through Saturday) along with times from 1:00pm to 6:00pm.  It is a pretty cool piece of ephemera from the late 1950s.

Given it has a bunch of ambiguous days of the week and times, it fits perfectly into how most of us are feeling on a daily/weekly/monthly basis.  It measures about 2.5" x 3.75" and has a nice amount of foxing on the front to give it just the right amount of patina.

Have an awesome week!