The JF 35e set carries an R5 designation in the Japanese Baseball Card Checklist & Price Guide, Vintage Edition 2.1 by Gary Engel, signifying that five or fewer copies of this blank backed card are known. Actually, we know of only two examples at this time.
An Oregon native, Al Lien was born in 1915. A 6' 2", 180 lb. lefthanded pitcher, he began his organized baseball career in 1936 with Joplin, Mo. of the Class C Western Association. Over the next five seasons, he advanced from Joplin to Wenatchee, Yakima and Binghamton before debuting with the San Francisco Seals in 1942. He went on to play for the Seals through 1954, winning 126 games. During 1944 and 1945, Lien was a member of the 7th Army Air Force of the Pacific team along with Joe DiMaggio. He won 20 games for the Seals in 1950 and finished his career with 196 wins. Al Lien passed away in 1967 at the age of only 52.
Size: 1 1/16" X 1 7/16"
Condition: A surface chip at the left knee, one at the top and a few more minor chips (specks) on the surface. Corners and borders are Ex/Mt.