Only two copies of this card from the rare JBR 93 set are known, including this one. During each month from June through September 1952, the children's magazine Shonen Shojo Boken Oh issued an uncut strip of three large baseball cards bound into the magazine. A total of 12 different cards were produced. This card appeared in the June 1952 edition of the magazine. JBR 93 cards are very rarely seen today, and the Japanese Baseball Card Checklist & Price Guide, Vintage Edition 2.1 has assigned a scarcity factor of R5 to the issue, indicating that five or fewer copies of each card are known to exist today. In our 33 years of business, this is only the second JBR 93 card of any player that we have had the pleasure of auctioning.
Takehiko Bessho was Japan's premier pitcher during the late 1940s and early 1950s. He twice won 30 or more games in a season, baffling hitters with a variety of off speed deliveries. During his career, he won two MVP awards and two Sawamura (Japanese Cy Young) awards. He won 310 games and had a lifetime ERA of only 2.18. Blank backed card.
Size; 3 5/16" X 5 7/16"
Condition: Would be Vg/Ex to Ex but has a small amount of writing on the blank back.