This uniquely designed card is part of a rare set containing at least 14 cards of which we are aware. This is only the second example of this card that we have seen, and is the first that we have ever had the opportunity to offer. All cards in the set have a sepia photo in the top portion, with the player's uniform number, a drawing of baseball equipment, a paper/scissors/rock symbol, and various text printed at either the left or right side and beneath the photo. Despite the paper/scissors/rock symbol, the set has been classified as a bromide set rather than a menko set because the cards do not have menko numbers and are photographic in nature.
In 1947, Wakabayashi was both the manager of the Osaka Tigers and the team's pitching ace, leading the team to the league championship. Already 39 years old in 1947, Wakabayashi, nevertheless, went 26-12, 2.09 on the mound. Lifetime, he was 237-144, 1.99 as a pitcher. Blank backed card.
Size: Approximately 1 11/16" x 2 3/4"
Condition: Fair. There is a small tear at lower right. The blank back shows evidence of the card's previously having been glued to an album page.