There are only two known examples of this card, and this is the first example that Prestige Collectibles has had the pleasure of offering. The Morinaga Standups cards were originally imported to the U.S. by American servicemen in the late 1960s. As such, they have been widely known to American baseball card collectors longer than nearly any Japanese issue. These large size cards with their higher photo quality than American cards of the era and unique, easel type standup feature, have always been quite popular on both sides of the Pacific. However, what was unknown to collectors until recent years, is that there are five cards that were missing from the sets imported from Japan nearly 50 years ago. These five cards are even rarer than the four almost non-existent Kabaya-Leaf cards of the same era, with the Yamauchi card being one of the two scarcest. This card would be a special addition to any Morinaga Standups collection.
Japan Hall of Fame member, Kazuhiro Yamauchi, was the Pacific League home run leader in 1959 and 1960. In his career, he was selected to nine Best 9 teams. He is also known for batting .301 in 216 at bats against touring U.S. Major League All Star teams.
Size: 3 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Condition: Ex/Mt. The standup easel has never been used, but the bottom portion of the easel is no longer securely attached to the back of the card.