The previous lot is the advertising poster for the set that includes this card. The JF 48 Seiko Gum set contains 30 cards, but only five of the cards depict baseball players. One of them, offered here, depicts all time pitching great Masaichi Kaneda, the left handed pitcher who won 400 games in his career, while striking out nearly 4,500 batters.
The JF 48 set is interesting that each card has a series of "nipples" along the borders, which were used by the manufacturer to more easily remove each card from its printed sheet before inserting single cards into packages of Seiko Gum. Cards from this set are difficult to find. The Japanese Baseball Card Checklist & Price Guide, Vintage Edition 2.1 has designated a scarcity factor of R4 for this card, indicating that fewer than 10 copies are known in the hobby. This is only the second example of this card that we have ever offered at auction in our more than 30 years in the Japanese baseball card hobby. Blank backed.
Size: 1 1/4" x 2"