This JBR 64 Voice Bromide is still in its original glassine envelope packaging. The large, colorful JBR 64 cards were originally marketed in mounted wall racks as shown in the accompanying image (wall rack not part of the lot). The cards have a hole in the center and grooves which allow the card to double as a phonograph record. One can actually hear the player speak when the card is used as a record.
While two cards from this set featuring Sadaharu Oh and Shigeo Nagashima are quite common, all other cards in the set are quite rare. The Japanese Baseball Card Checklist & Price Guide, Vintage Edition 2.1 assigns an R4 scarcity factor to all cards other than the two more common Oh and Nagashima cards, signifying that fewer than 10 copies of each card are known in the hobby. This is the only Yoshida card known to still be packed in its glassine envelope sleeve.
Yoshio Yoshida was considered to be Japan's best shortstop during the 1950s and 1960s. He played his entire career (1953-1969) with the Hanshin Tigers. He was the Tigers' manager during their historic 1985 championship season.
Size: 4 3/16" x 5 5/8"
Condition: Nm/Mt in original packaging