The 1959 white bordered JCM 24 Hoshi Gangu 20 card set is a favorite with collectors. But there are two scarcer variations that truly challenge anyone who tries to complete the set--the gold border version, and the extremely scarce red border version. Among the various cards in the set, there are no more than a dozen examples of red border Hoshi Gangu known. In fact, this is the first red border Sugiura card that we have ever seen! A teammate of Shigeo Nagashima at Rikkio University, Tadashi Sugiura, unlike Nagashima, spurned the Yomiuri Giants to sign with the Nankai Hawks. He was Pacific League ROY in 1958, winning 27 games and fashioning a 2.05 ERA. The following season, Sugiura dazzled Japan with a 38-4 won/loss record and miniscule 1.41 ERA. This may be your only chance to possess a copy of this card.
Size: 1 5/16" x 2 5/8"