In our 32 years of dealing with Japanese baseball cards and memorabilia, we have never before seen a first prize card from any of the Marutoku issues which contains a facsimile autograph! We have no idea which set of Marutoku cards, issued between 1950 and 1952 contains first prize winner cards with such autographs. Obviously, this is an incredibly rare card.
Takehiko Bessho, a 300 game winning pitcher, played for the Hawks until 1948. He joined the Yomiuri Giants in 1949 and led the Giants to a series of pennant winning seasons before his retirement in 1960. He was elected to the Japan Hall of Fame in 1979. Blank backed card.
Size: 7" x 9 5/8"
Condition: Good. Pinholes in all four corners.