Sunday, July 26, 2020
These are a fortune. Literally.
I got a big pile of them, display backing and all!
These are a couple that my wife and I got at the Hakozaki shrine in Fukuoka many years ago (the chocolate banana was also purchased there, it was a festival day).
My baseball ones feature colorful wrappers with six different players on them: Senichi Hoshino, Sadaharu Oh, Masahiro Doi (I think), Shigeo Nagashima, Koichi Tabuchi and Koji Yamamoto. The players whose head shots are featured on the ten strips peaking out at the bottom don't necessarily match the player on the wrapper (The one with Senichi Hoshino for example has a picture of Isao Harimoto on the strips. Though most of the others do match).
Judging from the fact that Isao Harimoto is featured as a Giant and Masahiro Doi is featured in a Taiheiyo uniform I would date these to 1976.
"Losing pitcher with a 5-10 record, so sad!" "HAZURE"
Oh no, I got the loser one!
Back in the day these sold for 10 Yen each. Looking around the internet it seems these "pull fortunes" were pretty popular back in the 1970s as there were similar bundles with various anime characters also sold from around that time. These seem to have been the only baseball ones made and they are pretty hard to find. Or at least I think they are, these were the first I've ever seen though I hadn't even known they were something I should be looking for in the first place until I found them!
Kind of a neat thing to add to my collection, they have a strong "Showa retro" look to them which I find appealing!