All cards in the JF 26 Maruto Baseball Gum set feature close-up headshots. Thus, we are able to see what the player depicted looks like more clearly than on just about any issue of the era. As a result, JF 26 cards are quite popular, though hard-to-find. The Japanese Baseball Card Checklist and Price Guide, Vintage Edition 2.1 has assigned a scarcity factor of R4 to this set, indicating that 10 or fewer examples of each card are known in the hobby.
Shigeru Sugishita, a member of the Chunichi Dragons, won 20 or more games six times in his 11 year career, winning 30 or more twice! He won three Sawamura (Japan Cy Young) Awards, and in 1954 won the Central League MVP, Sawamura Award, and Japan Series MVP.
Size: 1 1/4" x 2 1/8"