Tetsuharu Kawakami, the God of Batting, and the best hitter of the 1940s and 50s, was playing in his last season as an active player in 1958. Shigeo Nagashima, Japan's Mr. Giants and Mr. Baseball, was at the very start of his career. The candid photo on this card of Nagashima in his uniform, with Kawakami in a kimono drinking tea captures the essence of Japanese baseball, Japanese culture, and the relationship between the two baseball giants.
The JBR 14 set has been assigned a scarcity factor of R4 in the Japanese Baseball Card Checklist & Price Guide, Vintage Edition 2.1 by Gary Engel, meaning that 10 of fewer copies of each card in the set are known. If you are a Nagashima and/or a Kawakami fan, this card might be an important addition to your collection.
Size: 2 11/16" x 4 3/16"
Condition: Ex/Mt to Nm