Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Oh My! (Or should I say "My Oh"?)
This is my 1963 Marusho Flag Back (JCM 13C) card of Sadaharu Oh. Its a beauty.
This set is one of the ones that were imported to the US in the 1960s by Bud Ackerman, an American sailor stationed in Japan. I highly recommend Dave's excellent post on the history behind that, its a really interesting read.
Ackerman and his young son, after buying a lot of 10,200 of these cards, went to work stamping numbers on the back to help American collectors with player identification. So a lot of the ones floating around in the American market today (though not all) have a number from 1 to 40 stamped on the card back. Oh was given number 30 by Ackerman's son.
In Japan on the other hand its way more common to find them without a stamped number and my Oh doesn't have one.
I have a few cards from this set and none of them have the stamped number. I was curious if maybe some of Ackerman's cards had found their way into the Japanese market, either back in the 60s or maybe more recently, but my own collection shows no signs of this. My Masaichi Kaneda also lacks a number.