The 1951 U.S. Major League All Star Tour of Japan was the first postwar American baseball Tour which included major league stars. The Americans rolled to a 13-1-2 record vs. various Japan Pro Baseball opposition. In commemoration of this Tour, the Daily Yomiuri, Japan’s largest newspaper, issued the JBR 127 set of six cards. The set was issued in two groups of three cards, with each group housed in a special commemorative green envelope.
Only three copies of this Mel Parnell card are known to exist. This large sepia beauty includes a facsimile autograph of Parnell, along with his name in Japanese within an off-white strip along the right edge. The card is blank backed except for "Yomiuri", which is embossed near the bottom.
Mel Parnell pitched in seven of the 16 1951 Tour contests, compiling a 4-0 record with a sparkling 2.25 ERA.
Size: Approximately 3 1/4" x 5 1/4"