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Sunday, June 17, 2012

BBA: This card is cheap... er, cool!

Fuji must have designed his current contest with me in mind. I bet he was thinking, "Hey. Ryan needs some incentive to write posts again. He only posts once a month these days. I know! This year's mega-contest will have a blog bat-around component! That'll work!"

Damn. He knows me better than I know myself.

Anyway, his current question:

What's a cheap (under $5), cool card you feel every collector should add to their collection?

My answer, in 1000+1 words:

Seriously, the first time I saw a baseball menko card I fell in love. There are round menko like the one above (which, by the way, comes in nearly half a dozen different sizes).
 There are colorful artistic menko, like the ones above and below.
And there are die-cut menko (though those can be pretty expensive).

If you want, you can get them in subjects other than baseball:
 Cartoons/TV Shows/Movies...

Yes, even trains. I have a couple of those.

What will a menko cost you? In America, it could be kind of expensive. But the giant round baseball menko at the top ran me 200 yen (about $2.50), and the non-sport menko (in non-mint condition, as to be expected) ran me less than 40 yen (about 50 cents) each.

Menkos are a unique, fun way of collecting cards, and old ones are fairly rare. But they're still pretty inexpensive. And while most of them feature players you've never heard of, they make for a great conversation piece! The cartoon ones make for nice wall art, too. (Hmm. There's a thought! Scan and blow up the image for a menko, and frame the enlarged image. I might just do that...)

By the way, I have some extra menkos sitting around, and after I take care of the (at least) seven people I promised Japanese cards to, I'll probably post some as trade bait!

(By the way, Fuji, a package was just sent your direction. Let me know when you get it!)


  1. Hey Ryan! That movie card...awesome. Glad Fuji could get a post out of ya!

  2. Batman and Robin, too cool!! watched that show religiously, Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel!!

  3. Great post! I'm a huge fan of menkos. I own two or three. But my favorite is a 1950 Hideo Fujimoto, for obvious reasons. I'll try to write a post on it sooner than later.

    I'll keep my eyes peeled for that package and let you know when it arrives. Thanks Ryan!