We have occasionally seen the regular sized cards from this set, but unfortunately, not enough of those cards have been found to create a decent checklist for inclusion in the Japanese Baseball Card Checklist & Price Guide. Obviously,
the large prize cards from the set like this one are even scarcer than the regular cards. We believe that this card is a first prize premium for the set. Nishizawa is pictured here wearing a Dragons uniform of a style that was worn only
during the 1950 season. Additionally, the Pacific League abbreviation is found at left of the row of Japanese text across the bottom, which also includes (from left to right) Nishizawa's team, his name and position. Virtually all cards we
have ever seen with a Pacific League notation were printed in 1950, the first year of the division of Japan Pro Baseball into two leagues.
Michio Nishizawa made his Japan Pro Baseball debut as a pitcher in 1937 at the age of only 15! In
1940, at the age of 18, he went 20-9 with a 1.92 ERA. He pitched a no hitter in 1942. After the end of World War II, he switched to the outfield, where he became an even bigger star until his retirement after the 1958 season. A five time all-
star, Nishizawa was inducted into the Japan Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977. Nishizawa enjoyed a banner year in 1950, batting .311 with 46 home runs and 135 RBIs. Blank backed.
Size: 5 3/4" x 7 1/4"
Condition: Ex with extra glue and paper at the top of the blank back from having originally been offered by the manufacturer on a display sheet. Any examples found of this card would all have such markings.