In honor of the 1931 MLB All Star Tour of Japan, the Yuasa Company issued a set of bromide baseball cards, currently classified as JBR 105 in the Japanese Baseball Card Checklist & Price Guide, Vintage Edition 2.1. Among the 19 different cards currently known to exist, eight contain white facsimile signatures, while the other 11 do not contain the signatures.
Additionally, we know that the G.T. Sun Company also produced their own version of the JBR 105 cards. At least several of the G.T. Sun produced JBR 105 cards differ from the Yuasa produced versions in two important respects. While the Yuasa versions contain the white facsimile autographs for eight cards, none of the G.T. Sun versions have facsimile autographs. Also, J.T. Sun produced cards have a number in the lower left corner, while the Yuasa cards do not.
Both the Yuasa and G.T. Sun versions were occasionally autographed by Tour participants in fountain pen. The card offered here is a JBR 105 G.T. Sun version autographed by Mickey Cochrane. Since it is the G.T. Sun version, there is no facsimile autograph on the card, and the number eight, etched into the photo negative, appears in the lower left corner. The card contains a bold, black fountain pen signature of Mickey Cochrane.
Cochrane appeared in 11 games of the 17 game Tour, batting .395 with three home runs.
Size: 3 3/8" x 5 3/8"
Condition: The baseball card is Nm. The autograph grades 6.5 out of 10.