How many times can I sing the praises of menko cards? The artwork ranges from crude cartoons to museum-worthy, and the backs have all kinds of interesting things you don't find on regular cards. Like monkeys.
I try to avoid buying cards that don't fit anywhere in my collection. Do I need a card of that player? No? Am I building that set? No? Does it fill a gap in my type collection? No? Then I'll pass. Except menko. They're just so cool! I've assembled a small collection of menko that have no home, and I'm fine with that. So it is with these.
Let's start with a card I can't identify. The Clippers existed only in 1950; they merged with the Pirates to become the Lions in 1951. The player is Shissho Takesue (I hope that link works).
After this card,the remaining cards come from a 1950 set titled "Animal Back" for obvious reasons. Given a rarity of R3, they must be pretty rare, but aside from the first card below these are commons.
And thanks to a wonderful kid's card game, you now know four Japanese animal names.
Until next time..