Monday, December 9, 2019
Rainbow Effect Menko
Colors! Like a rainbow only not in the correct order.
Baseball menko from the tobacco era (roughly 1957 to 1964) generally came in two styles: with border or without. I kind of prefer the ones without border and this collage of a dozen that I recently picked up (part of the same lot that turned up my black and white Kaoru Betto find) demonstrates why. These just look so awesome when you put them together, an effect that would be dampened if they had little white borders separating the bold colors each has as a backdrop.
Though they look largely the same on the front, they have different backs and the lot contains cards from five different sets:
JCM 27 1957 Yamakatsu
JCM 66a 1957 Maruya
JCM 33a 1958 Yamakatsu
JCM 43a 1957 Marusan
JCM 42a 1958 Marusan
Now that I have these cards, in addition to a few others from the same sets I had from before, I think I'll get to work on some actual set-building with them. Unfortunately they are pretty hard to come by.