Thursday, July 9, 2020
Shigeo Nagashima Menko Find
The card is a bit of a mystery to me. I haven't been able to find a set that looks like this in Engel. The back has a picture of a gun wielding hero, with "General" written on it, a rock/paper/scissors symbol and a long menko number. I've never seen baseball menko with the same back:
I bought it from a seller as a single along with menko from two other sets (JCM 138 and 139) which were issued in 1960 and 1962. The size and general look and feel of this card is very similar to the cards from those sets, and those years fall in the right ballpark given how young Nagashima looks on this one. So I guess this is an uncatalogued early 60s menko of his. It might come from a set that featured non-sports subjects as well, the seller seemed to have a big pile of random menko and only the three that I bought featured baseball players.