Monday, April 27, 2020
My 1976 Yamakatsu Purchase is Confusing the Hell out of Me
Open it up and you find a couple of bonuses. There is an extra card, of Sadaharu Oh no less, pasted to the inside flap, so you've got 21 instead of just 20 cards. Plus there are two albums.
so often the case with cards from the late 70s, recent HOF inductee Koichi Tabuchi makes a prominent cameo behind the plate in the photo.
Spill it all out and this is what you've got!
But Engel gives this set the nickname "Blue Box". Because it came in a blue box. My box is green.
There is another set, JY1c, which is similar and Engel says it came in a green box. But the checklist for that one is definitely different from mine (the 715 home run Oh card only appears in the checklist for JY1 for example).
There are a few other Yamakatsu sets listed but none of them match this one either. It has to be JY1, but again - green box!
In writing about the late 70s Yamakatsu issues Engel notes, accurately, that "these sets are among the most confusing issues in history" and also acknowledges that there may be some mistakes in the way they were catalogues owing to limited information. I think my confusion over these would be resolved by recognizing that the JY1 "Blue Box" set was also released in green boxes.
Anyway, this is a cool set either way!