Sunday, September 11, 2016

Sadaharu Oh 700 Home Run Subset

One of the cooler subsets from the 1975-76 Calbee set is the Sadharu Oh 700th home run cards.  Each card commemorates one of his home runs in the lead up to hitting #700, a feat he accomplished in 1976.  I have several of the cards from this subset, but they don`t appear to be sequentially numbered as some fall in the 700s, 800s and 900s.

The series culminates with the above card, #927 in the set which commemorates home run #700, the back noting that he joins Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron as the only two in the 700 club.  Its a kind of cool scene, Oh getting interviewed while holding the typical bouquet of flowers.

These are a few of the other 700 Home Run cards of Oh.  I particularly like the one on the lower right, with him swinging away with all his might, eyes closed (card #800 in the set).  It is from a 2 home run game in which he hit his 12th and 13th of the season against Taiyo on May 22, 1976.


  1. Thanks for posting this article. I have cards #581, #798, and #906 from this series. Also two other Oh Calbee cards #1221 and #1300. I believe the latter two cards are from this series, but still researching.

  2. Well, after bouncing around your blogspot, I realize you have a ton of knowledge and was wondering if you could educate me on the Sadaharu Oh cards I mentioned above #1221 and #1300? Any input or a link would be greatly appreciated!

    1. Hi,

      Thanks for the comments. Yes, those cards 1221 and 1300 definitely come from this set (its easy to know for sure since this is the only Calbee set whose numbering goes above 1000!) They were released in late 1976 and usually sell in the 5-10$ range here. There is a copy of card 1300 up for auction right now with an 800 Yen starting bid: