Lot # 29: 1949 Kaoru "Big Lebowski" Betto Giant Sized Color Bromide Card

Category: Baseball Cards

Starting Bid: $50.00

Bids: 14 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Auction 58 Ended 8/29/2020",
which ran from 8/10/2020 8:00 PM to
8/29/2020 11:00 PM

This card is even a bit larger than the typical first prize winner card from a bromide display sheet! The text printed across the bottom describes Betto as the left fielder for the Osaka Tigers. The following year, he would leave for the expansion Mainichi Orions team. Known as the "Gentleman of Baseball," Betto was a collegiate star who didn't begin professional play until he was 28 years old. The bespectacled right handed slugger had a graceful spread legged stance reminiscent of Joe DiMaggio. In each of his first six professional seasons, first with the Tigers, and later with the Orions, he was selected to the league Best 9 team as an outfielder. Interestingly, in the U.S., Betto is best known for being pictured on a shirt worn by Jeff Bridges in the movie, The Big Lebowski. The shirt has reached cult status and replicas are still widely sold today. Blank backed.

Size: 9" x 12 3/8"

Condition: Good to Vg

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