Monday, October 3, 2016
1950s Baseball Menko are Neat
I love vintage menko, they are so colorful and child-like it is hard not to be charmed by them. They are also one of those things that clearly distinguish the history of Japanese baseball cards from that of cards in the United States where no similar item ever existed.
While most of them are rectangular and look a bit like baseball cards, some are given unique shapes (especially the beautiful early sumo cards).
This particular set is the favorite of my current collection. It dates from the 1950s and features likenesses of some of the top players of the era (from top left: Betto, Sugiura, Noguchi, Aoda, Beshho, Kawakami, Uchihori, Doi, Chiba and Yamamoto).