Lot # 71: 1961 JCM 14d Bat on Right Menko Card--Dick Maibauer--Rare

Category: Baseball Cards

Starting Bid: $50.00

Bids: 3 (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

JCM 14d is the scarcest of the seven JCM 14 issues that were produced between 1959 and 1964. For some unknown reason, it seems as though one card is even scarcer than the rest of the cards in the set. That card features pitcher Dick Maibauer. JCM 14d is the only Japanese baseball card of Maibauer ever issued, so very few collectors own a Maibauer card.

Richard Maibauer was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1932. He began his career in organized baseball in 1951 and slowly worked his way up through the Phillies and Giants chains to the AAA level. However, his career stalled at that point, and after two lackluster seasons in AA and AAA in 1959 and 1960, pitching for three different organizations, Maibauer joined the Toei Flyers for the 1961 season. In 21 games for the Flyers, he went 6-3 with a 3.38 ERA and never played professional baseball again. He died in 1976 at the age of only 43 years.

Size: 1 13/16" x 3"

Condition: The card was most likely issued as part of an uncut sheet that originally appeared on a display sheet. It appears to have been hand cut from the sheet quite poorly many decades ago. However, the card has the original four white borders and retains its original vibrant colors.

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