Sunday, March 29, 2020

Menko lots are fun.

I picked up the above lot of vintage menko for a whopping 500 Yen (about 5$ US) a couple of days ago.  These are almost all cards from the early 50s, though the one on the lower right corner might be pre-war (it is uncatalogued, featuring a generic player from Meiji University).

The condition on most of these is pretty low, which is not unusual for old menko.  But its great to be able to sort through stuff like this.

My purchase of the lot was mainly driven by the below card featuring Futoshi Nakanishifrom the 1960 JRM 53 set.  Just three weeks ago I had written about how I just needed this card to finish this baby off and here it is!   This is no small feat since there are only about 10 copies of this card known to exist in the hobby and its not the sort of thing you would expect to find in a lot where you paid about 30 cents per card.

 I love it when I can complete a set on the cheap!


  1. I am still surprised that neither BBM, nor Epoch, have issued any menko-style retro sets.

  2. Wow. Awesome find on multiple levels. Congratulations!

  3. Like finding a little piece of personal treasure. Congratulations!

  4. Nice haul. It seems prices on round and die-cut menko have been down recently. Demand is down.

    1. Thanks! And yeah, demand for all cards except the very high end stuff seems to be pretty soft these days.