Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Complete set of 1947 JCM 75: The Film Noir of Baseball Cards
The set has a lot of star power, more than half of these guys *5 out of 8) are hall of famers.
The artwork is quite striking. The images are a bit crude, not unlike other menko from the late 40s, but what is really interesting is the exaggerated shadows on all the players. It makes them look like characters from a film noir detective thriller from the same era. Especially Takehiko Besho:
Another interesting thing about this sheet is the backs. 7 out of 8 of the cards feature a "Baseball" back with a batter and math equation. But one card, that of Bozo Wakabayashi, features Tarzan and an elephant for some reason. I'm curious about why his card has a different back!
Kind of a cool set that currently sits in my ultra exclusive pile of "things I want to display if I ever move into a house big enough to display stuff in and also is not full of toddlers constantly covered in blueberry jam".