Sunday, June 21, 2020

Sadaharu Oh Matchboxes


This is a kind of neat thing I picked up recently.  Sadaharu Oh gracing the front of a matchbox.

These matchboxes were distributed to advertise Meiji Gold Milk.  Meiji is one of the biggest makers of dairy products in Japan and you can see some of their stuff on the back.  Judging from the style of the bottles, and how Oh looks, I guess these date to sometime in the 1970s, though I can't say which year.

They are kind of neat, I like the photo of Oh and the way his bat is positioned.

I didn't get just one, but actually got a small pile of them all sold in one lot (none with any matches in them):

You can tell they are used since they all have a bit of discoloration along the right edge of the photo.  That is because the right side of the box has a rough surface for the matches to be struck on, and the heat of the lit matches slightly tinged that side of the box.

Matchbox collecting is a thing in Japan, lots of companies used to give them away as promotional items and many used distinctive photos or artwork.  There are a few with baseball players on them and I might try to collect some of those.  Fortunately they aren't too expensive.

12 comments:

  1. Very cool oddball item. That up the bat photo is awesome. Very 70's-ish.

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  2. Really cool card and a rather unique collectible. Awesome job on that find!

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  3. A few different baseball matchbooks standing next to each other would probably make for a cool little display on a bookshelf. If they're not that expensive, I say go for it!

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    1. Yeah, they do look neat as a little group. I paid about $15 US for them with shipping, so about $1.50 each.

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  4. Neat, are there other images of Oh out there on those?

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    1. There is also this one, which looks like it came at around the same time, also from Meiji:
      https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/t715728242

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  5. Bo, from Baseball Cards Come to Life!, would absolutely love this post!

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