I recently added the above card, #177 from the 1975 NST set featuring Shigeo Nagashima, to my collection.
Its notable for the fact that although it depicts Shigeo Nagashima it does not depict all of Shigeo Nagashima's nose. Or his left eye. Or his left eyebrow. Or the top and back of his hair.
You can really see those beads of sweat running down his face though.
This is the 1970s Japanese baseball card paradox. On the one hand they feature some of the best photography in baseball card history and completely blow away the boring posed spring training shots that appeared on most Topps cards in the US from that period. They are loaded with interesting shots, some candid, some in action, almost all taken during the regular season during games in the player's home stadium.
On the other hand they also feature some of the worst photos ever, mostly due to really bad photo cropping like the one above. For all its faults, I've never seen a Topps card which cut the tip of the depicted player's nose off.
I have a small type collection of these on the go now. They include:1977 Calbee #17
1976 Calbee #646
Ever wondered what former Dragons' pitcher Tatsuo Komatsu's chin looks like? To this day I still don't know.
Are there any examples out there of American cards (or other Japanese cards) cropped this badly?