About this website

    Welcome to my blog about sumo wrestling menko and cards!  After 17 years of collecting and research, I decided it was time to jump on the blog train and help shed some light on this small niche of Japanese sports collectibles since no resource exists out there yet.  This blog is meant to provide a forum for current collectors of Japanese menko and cards as a lot of the information is relevant to many different Japanese subjects and genres (baseball, non-sports, anime, sumo, trains, super cars, etc... ).  I have also published 3 color, hardcover book editions of my Sumo Menko & Card Checklist, but feel there is a need to provide this blog venue to discuss more timely topics and information on sumo menko and cards.  Since the Sumo Menko & Card Checklist is not a price guide, but a collecting and checklist resource, I continually update the book every year or two with the latest information and checklists.  On average, I discover dozens of news sets and hundreds of new menko and cards to existing sets every year that requires a new and current book every year or so.  I've built the checklists through thousands of hours of research and buying and have developed the cataloging system in use today.  There are just a few English-speaking collectors of sumo cards so this adventure, for the most part, has been mine alone so any errors or opinions on this subject are directly attributable to me, although early on, I did have great guidance from the pioneer of sumo card collecting, Charles Finberg and Mr. Kentaro Ohtani from Japan.

    Give me a holler if you have any questions!

11 comments:

  1. I know you've got some knowledge of Japanese collectibles, so I wanted to ask you about buying Sumo Banzuke picture "posters". I'm completely ignorant about pricing and perhaps purchasing one on eBay. I've seen ones for the current May basho going for $28 with free shipping (from Japan) but I wasn't sure if they were "legit", or if I'd be getting a Xerox'd copy for that price. I also saw that the seller had to handle import duty and taxes and I wasn't sure if it applied to the US and how that would be handled. Any info you have would be great. Thanks!

    Rob

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    1. Hi Rob, the picture picture banzuke Auctions on eBay right now seem legitimate. $28 isn't a terrible price, a little high but with free shipping you are probably alright. I order from Japan all the time so that import statement might only apply to other countries. If the seller is Japanese, I would say you are okay and the banzuke is not a copy. Give me a holler if you want me to look at a specific auction.

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  2. Thanks! I was looking at these two auctions in particular:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/332216091878
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/262907397162

    The first one has a Make an Offer option, so let me know if the seller seems reputable and what a decent offer would be. Thanks for your help!

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    1. They look legitimate. I would go with the first one and make an offer of $22....if you can get it for around $25 I think that would be fair.

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  4. As luck would have it, this one just showed up for half the price, with shipping. Let me know if this seems legit as well:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/282496892672

    Thanks! The dealer seems to sell a lot of sumo related stuff with no negative feedback.

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    1. Looks legit. I wouldn't be surprised if it creeps up a little more in price.

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  5. I got it for $15.51 shipped! Thanks for your feedback!

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    1. Awesome! I hope it leads to other cool Sumo collecting!!

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  6. I'm looking for the value of an autograph by Taiho Koki from 1963. I need this info for insurance purposes. It's on an 8x10 cardboard and is stylishly rendered. Also have an autograph by Wakanami Jun. My dad was able to meet both these men back in 1963.

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    1. Very cool. I don't collect autographs, but from what I've seen online the Taiho might be upwards of $250. Wakanami less....maybe $75 or so.

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